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8:49 am
Thu February 1, 2007

LCPS District 5 Seat Has Two New Challengers

Las Cruces, NM – One of the two Las Cruces Public School Board seats being contested in this year's election is in District 5, which represents much of the Eastern side of the city from I-25 North of Lohman Avenue. The seat is currently held by Board President Dr. Sharon Wooden.
As KRWG's Evan Woodward reports she is being challenged by a former Engineer Dr. Connie Phillips, and former Broadcast Journalist David Morgan.

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8:46 am
Thu February 1, 2007

LCPS District 4 Seat To Be Decided February 6th

Las Cruces, NM – Late last year John Schwebke announced he would not seek another term for the District 4 seat on the Las Cruces Public Schools Board. The District covers some of the Northern areas of the city West of I-25. As KRWG's Evan Woodward reports, former school administrator Dr. Bonnie Votaw, and Allstate Insurance Agent, and former interim school board member Larry Garcia will vie for the position during the February 6th election.

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8:11 am
Mon January 29, 2007

Richardson Speaks in Support of Spaceport America at Vista Middle School

Las Cruces, NM – This afternoon New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson threw his support brhind Dona Ana County's proposed Gross Receipts Tax to fund the construction of Spaceport America.

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5:09 am
Fri January 26, 2007

Violent Students Now To Be Identified

Las Cruces, NM – . IN 2007, STUDENTS CHARGED WITH VIOLENT CRIMES COULD HAVE THEIR RECORDS GIVEN TO THEIR SCHOOL OFFICIALS. A NEW BILL HAS BEEN INTRODUCED DURING NEW MEXICO'S CURRENT LEGISLATIVE SESSION BY STATE SENATOR STEVEN NEVILLE OF AZTEC. THIS LEGISLATION WOULD MAKE IT MANDATORY FOR SCHOOL DISTRICTS TO BE NOTIFIED IF A STUDENT A VIOLENT CRIME.

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5:01 am
Fri January 26, 2007

NMSU Professors React to State of The Union Address

Las Cruces, NM – President George Bush's State of The Union Address covered many topics that were important to the state of New Mexico and the country as a whole. Three of the major topics were foriegn policy, education, and energy policy.

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7:50 am
Thu January 25, 2007

News Brief: Looking for leads in Las Cruces shooting

Las Cruces, New Mexico – Las Cruces police are looking for any information leading to a shooting at the McDonalds off Mesa Grande and Battan Memorial West on Monday night. Officer Kiri Danes says she is not sure were the bullet came from.

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1:25 am
Thu January 25, 2007

News Brief: NM Senate Bill 204 in Process

Las Cruces, New Mexico – If current legislation proposed in Santa Fe passes, New Mexico State University might get tax breaks to host more live events in the future. State Senator Leonard Lee Rawson is sponsoring senate bill 204, which would eliminate the gross receipts tax currently charged for hosting events at the Pan American Center. Rawson says the bill would not remove the tax from NMSU athletic events.

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1:26 am
Tue January 23, 2007

School Board Sticks With Decision to Fire Superintendent

Las Cruces, NM – The Las Cruces Public Schools Board of Education unanimously upheld their decision to discharge Superintendent Sonia Diaz during a special meeting Monday night.

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8:42 am
Mon January 22, 2007

State Of The Union: NPR's Don Gonyea Preview

Las Cruces, NM – President Bush is giving his first State of the Union Address before a predominantly Democratic Congress. KRWG's Jodi Breisler spoke with NPR White House Correspondent Don Gonyea to get a preview of the significance of this year's Address and advice on what to be listening for.

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8:03 am
Thu January 18, 2007

New Mexico And West Texas Prepare For A Taste of Winter

Las Cruces, NM – As southern New Mexico and West Texas prepares for another blast of winter weather, agencies throughout the area are organizing resources to combat the possibility of icy and snow-packed roads. As KRWG's Charles Winiecki reports, officials are ready to respond to the forecasted weather conditions, but are asking motorists to stay off the roads if possible.

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7:43 am
Mon January 15, 2007

Tri-County Meeting Stirs Debate Over Spaceport

Las Cruces, NM – New Mexico Economic Development Secretary, Rick Homans says he expects to break ground at Spaceport America by this time next year. Homans was in Las Cruces today to answer questions from three county commissions and their residents about the proposed spaceport. Dona Ana, Otero, and Sierra county commissioners were all on hand along with a number of area residents and representatives. As KRWG's Evan Woodward reports, some serious concerns were raised by local officials.

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7:18 am
Wed January 10, 2007

City Discusses Future Relations with El Paso Electric

1/10/07 – An informational public meeting was held in Las Cruces city hall yesterday/Tuesday to clear up confusion regarding the city's franchise agreement with El Paso Electric. In June, the electric utility company asked the Public Regulation Commission for an 18% rate increase for the citizens of Las Cruces. as KRWG's Amanda Grube reports, the city is planning an intervention with the PRC to fight the rate increase.

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6:00 am
Tue January 9, 2007

Las Cruces One Step Closer to Cure for Cancer

Las Cruces, NM – Southern New Mexicans seeking cancer treatment now have a local option. Tuesday was the grand opening of the University of New Mexico Cancer Center South at Memorial Medical Center in Las Cruces.

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6:15 am
Fri December 22, 2006

New Mexico Lags in Recycling

Las Cruces, NM – According to an annual report, New Mexico is seriously lags behind the nation in recycling. But one state organization says the report might be incomplete.

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5:05 am
Wed December 20, 2006

Tipsy Tow for a Safe Ride Home This Holiday

Las Cruces, NM – Holiday revelers in Las Cruces and El Paso have yet another option to get home safely this year - AAA is sponsoring the tipsy tow program. Pre-registration is not allowed. The phone number for the service is 1-800-AAA-HELP, or 222-4357.

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8:34 am
Tue December 19, 2006

AFSCME Charging NMSU For Illegally Denying Payraises

Las Cruces, NM – The labor union at New Mexico State University filed formal changes with the school's labor board for illegally denying pay raises. As KRWG's Lacey Daniell reports, this includes NMSU janitors who are also worried about job security due to budget cutbacks in their department.

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8:21 am
Tue December 19, 2006

Mining Merger To Affect Grant County

Las Cruces, NM – In late November, a primary merger was signed between two mining company giants, Phelps Dodge and Freeport McMoran. If the merger goes through, the two would create the world's largest publicly traded copper company. As KRWG's Evan Woodward reports, this conjoining coule affect mining operations in Grant county, New Mexico.

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8:45 am
Fri December 15, 2006

NMSU Advising Iraq on Agriculture

Las Cruces, NM – NMSU is joining four other Universities to help Iraq develop it's agricultural economy. KRWG's Matt Vann looks into what that means.

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8:31 am
Fri December 15, 2006

Regents Adpots New Master Plan, Welcomes New Member

12/15/06 – THIS FRIDAY, THE BOARD OF REGENTS MET AT NEW MEXICO STATE UNIVERSITY, ADOPTING A NEW MASTER PLAN FOR NMSU CAMPUSES. THIS NEW PLAN UPDATES ONE THAT WAS ORIGINALLY ADOPTED IN 1990 AND OUTLINES THE PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT AND LAND USE. THIS INCLUDES INFRASTRUCTURE, BUILDINGS AND TRANSPORTATION. WHILE THE BOARD ADOPTED THE NEW PLAN, NMSU SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT BEN WOODS SAYS NOTHING IS CONCRETE.

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6:59 am
Fri December 8, 2006

Luminarias Bring Warmth to Las Crucens

Las Cruces, NM – Horse drawn carriages with sleigh bells pulled fascinated Las Cruces residents through a maze of over 6,000 luminarias at the New Mexico State University Campus last Sunday evening. KRWG's Lacey Daniell sends this audio postcard.

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6:58 am
Fri December 8, 2006

BLM Forum Will Cover Future Public Land Usages

Las Cruces, NM – The Bureau of Land Management will hold an open forum meeting Tuesday night about the future of public lands in Dona Ana, Otero, and Sierra Counties.

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8:01 am
Mon December 4, 2006

Robert Gates Defense Hearings Preview

Las Cruces, NM – Former CIA Director Gates is undergoing intense scrutiny in his bid to replace Donald Rumsfeld as Secretary of Defense. KRWG's Jodi Breisler spoke with NPR Senior National Correspondent Linda Wertheimer to put the hearings into context with the recent elections and Rumsfeld resignation.

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8:03 am
Sat December 2, 2006

Renowned Violinist Grilled By University Hills 5th Graders

Las Cruces, NM – Renowned violinist Corey Cerovsek is in Las Cruces to play with the Symphony Orchestra. As KRWG's Jodi Breisler reports he first had a whirlwind tour of elementary schools.

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2:39 am
Sat December 2, 2006

Austrian Poet Celebrated in Las Cruces and Alamogordo

Las Cruces, NM – Writer and translator Peter Filkins is in Alamogordo today for public readings of Austrian poet Ingeborg Bachmann. This is part of the worldwide celebration of what would have been Bachmann's 80th Birthday. As KRWG's Jodi Breisler reports, one of Europe's greatest post-War poets explored the meaning of boreders in ways relevant to our community.

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5:34 am
Wed November 22, 2006

Gadsden Purchase Reenactment Draws Many

Mesilla, NM – Emcees, Re-enactment actors dressed for the occasion, and the festive atmosphere drew in visitors and residents to the Mesilla plaza. KRWG's Amanda Grube sends this audio postcard.

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6:59 am
Mon November 20, 2006

Hacked City Website Will Be Back Up Soon

Las Cruces, NM – The City of Las Cruces website was infiltrated on Friday and Saturday by a person calling themselves The Turkish Hacker . The hacker posted violent pictures on the site from last summers Israeli/Hezbollah conflict. As KRWG's Evan Woodward reports, the city has taken the site down until security updates can be completed.

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1:49 am
Mon November 20, 2006

Bingaman Answers Questions About Upcoming Session

Las Cruces, NM – In his first conference call with New Mexico reporters since being re-elected to the United States Senate, Jeff Bingaman spoke optomistically about the upcoming Congressional session in Washington D.C.

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7:37 am
Mon November 13, 2006

Anti-Abortion Display Stirs Up Campus

Las Cruces, NM – Justice for All, a Pro-Life non-profit organization raised a controversial exhibit Monday morning in the center of the New Mexico State University campus. The group displayed giant pictures of aborted fetuses. As KRWG's Evan Woodward reports, the display prompted a number of different reactions from onlookers, who say they respect the group's freedom of speech on a University campus.

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11:00 am
Thu November 9, 2006

Aggie Volleyball Team Prepares for Homecoming

Las Cruces, NM – As conference play comes to a close for New Mexico State University's Women's Volleyball team, a new beginning is on the horizon. For the first time this year, the 20th ranked Aggies will be able to play on their home-court in the Pan-American Center. As KRWG's Charles Winiecki reports, while disappointed, the team didn't allow not having their usual home court affect their performance.

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2:27 am
Wed November 8, 2006

State Representative Talks About His Election Night

Las Cruces, NM – State Representative in New Mexico, Joseph Cervantes talks about what races he has been watching throughout the night. KRWG's Mike Doiron spoke with Cervantes about his thoughts on the results and what needs to be done in the next New Mexico Senate session.

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