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11:08 am
Wed April 16, 2008

Governor Richardson Addresses Policy and Protestors at NMSU

Las Cruces – New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson delivered a foreign policy speech Wednesday at New Mexico State University. The Governor addressed members of NMSU's newly formed International Relations Institute and stressed the importance of open dialogue between nations. As KRWG's Evan Woodward reports, prior to the Governor's arrival a group of NMSU students and faculty tried to get his attention by holding a protest regarding the controversial dismissal of two minority junior professors.

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8:07 am
Wed April 16, 2008

First Commercial Photovolatic Opens in Las Cruces

Las Cruces, NM – The city of Las Cruces held a ribbon cutting ceremony to inaugurate Dona Ana County's first commercial photovoltaic system located on the roof of the southwest environmental center, or s-w-e-c. The six kilowatt system includes thirty three solar panels.

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8:16 am
Tue April 15, 2008

Watchdog Group Wins Court Decision

Santa Fe, NM – An environmental watchdog group has won another round in its efforts to obtain a document produced by the state about a landfill at Sandia National Laboratories. A district court judge has ruled the group can obtain more information from the state about the document. KUNM's Jim
Williams reports from Santa Fe.

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7:32 am
Mon April 14, 2008

NMSU Professors and Graduate Student Receive Written Threats

Las Cruces, NM – Four professors and a graduate student at New Mexico State University found threatening letters in their offices this morning. All five had recently stated concerns publicly about alleged discrimination and unfair hiring and firing practices within the College of Health and Social Services.

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6:36 am
Sun April 13, 2008

NMSU STUDENT PUBLISHES FICTIONAL NOVEL THAT SHIFTS THE BALANCE OF WORLD POWER

Las Cruces, NM – NEW MEXICO STATE UNIVERSITY STUDENT AND LAS CRUCES NATIVE RYAN LUCERO RECENTLY AUTHORED A FICTIONAL NOVEL TITLED THE WORLD IN GREY: DOM BOSCO'S PROPHECY. KRWG REPORTER, SARINA TURNBULL HAS THIS REPORT.

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7:22 am
Fri April 11, 2008

Otero County Sheriffs Settle Lawsuit With ACLU and MALDEF

Las Cruces, NM – Earlier this week a settlement was reached between the Otero County Sheriff's Department, the ACLU of New Mexico and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund over allegations that the department committed civil rights violations by conducting immigration sweeps. As KRWG's Evan Woodward reports, the department denied any wrongdoing but did agree to change their Standard Operating Procedures as part of the settlement.

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4:03 am
Fri April 11, 2008

Federal Tax Rebates May Help New Mexico

Las Cruces, NM – Most New Mexicans who filed a 2008 tax return will receive a rebate next month as part of the federal government's Stimulus Package. As KRWG's Whitney Jones reports, a New Mexico State University professor thinks a bigger package with more money is needed.

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7:32 am
Thu April 10, 2008

NMSU Faculty Members Continue to Work Despite Reassignment

Las Cruces, NM – Two New Mexico State University faculty members continue to work and represent the school even after being reassigned last month following allegations of sexual harassment and racial discrimination. As KRWG's Evan Woodward reports, others are now alleging retaliation because they spoke out against the two.

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5:06 am
Sun April 6, 2008

Graduation Promise Act: New Legislation Hopes to Decrease Drop Out Rates

Las Cruces, NM – NEW MEXICO UNITED STATES SENATOR JEFF BINGAMAN IS PUSHING BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION TO REDUCE THE NATION'S HIGH SCHOOL DROP OUT RATE. IF APPROVED, BINGAMAN SAYS THE GRADUATION PROMISE ACT, OR G-P-A, WOULD SET ASIDE TWO AND A HALF BILLION DOLLARS ANNUALLY TO REFORM THE NATIONS STRUGGLING HIGH SCHOOLS.

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6:30 am
Fri April 4, 2008

Panel Focuses on Public Response to ImmigrationCoverage

Las Cruces, NM – New Mexico State University held the J. Paul Taylor Social Justice Symposium. This year's theme was "Justice for Immigrants." One panel discussion focused on the public's response to media reports on immigration. As KRWG's Whitney Jones reports, most of the response is negative.

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2:42 am
Thu April 3, 2008

Otero County Residents Approve Bond Issue

Las Cruces, New Mexico – Tuesday, Otero County voters approved a 5-million dollar bond to benefit New Mexico State University-Alamogordo campus. A large portion of the money from the bonds will go towards a proposed new trade program at the University.

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7:19 am
Mon March 31, 2008

Las Cruces Voters to Weigh in on Three-mil Levy for Schools Tuesday

Las Cruces, NM – Voters within the Las Cruces Public Schools District will have a chance Tuesday to vote on a three-mil levy intended to help the district restructure its bond debt. As KRWG's Evan Woodward reports, the district wants to stretch the debt over an additional two years in order to free up money without raising taxes.

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9:04 am
Sun March 30, 2008

March Recognizes World War II Heroes

Las Cruces, NM – Today, over four thousand people marched across several miles of Desert Terrain at White Sands Missile Range, during the Bataan Memorial Death March. KRWG's Marco Grajeda has more.

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8:15 am
Thu March 27, 2008

Law Firm Seeks Help from Mexico in Civil Lawsuit

Las Cruces, NM – Gilardi and Co, LLC, a law firm based out of San Rafael, California, is preparing a civil lawsuit against the Dona Ana County Adult and Juvenile Detention Centers. The suit claims several inmates many of whom were Mexican nationals were subjected to illegal strip searches. As KRWG's Marco Grajeda reports, in an effort to find possible victims, the firm has asked the Mexican Government for help.

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8:12 am
Thu March 27, 2008

Military Base Planning Commission Meets in Las Cruces

Las Cruces, NM – The New Mexico Military Base Planning Commission, chaired by Lieutenant Governor Dianne Denish, held its first meeting of the year today in Las Cruces. The fourteen member board was first created in response to an announcement by the Department of Defense that it planned to cut base capacity nationwide, in order to save money. KRWG's Marco Grajeda has the details.

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2:33 am
Wed March 26, 2008

Mesilla Marshal Stays for Now

Las Cruces, NM – Monday evening, the Town of Mesilla's Board of Trustees voted to keep Marshal Angelo Vega at his current position for the time being. Two weeks ago, Mayor Michael Cadena dismissed Vega, amid controversy, just shy of his one year anniversary. That same week, Vega was placed on indefinite paid administrative leave, pending a final decision by the board. KRWG's Marco Grajeda was at yesteday's meeting and has this report.

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5:44 am
Fri March 21, 2008

Las Cruces Introduces New Internet Safety Initiative

Las Cruces, NM – The City of Las Cruces in collaboration with Las Cruces Public Schools and New Mexico Attorney General Gary King's office introduced a new internet safety initiative called Click Right. As KRWG's Whitney Jones reports,the plan in meant to protect kids from online predators

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4:43 am
Fri March 21, 2008

Ceremony to Break Ground for New City Hall

Las Cruces, NM – Wednesday, the Las Cruces city council broke ground for what will be the local government's new headquarters. As KRWG's Marco Grajeda reports, the three story, 117, 000 square foot structure, which will house all the city council offices, is being touted as state-of-the-art and eco-friendly.

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8:03 am
Wed March 19, 2008

Spring Break: Mexico No Longer the Favorite Destination

Las Cruces, NM – New Mexico State University students are preparing for Spring Break which begins Thursday. For many university students the time of will mean a temporary escape from Las Cruces the preferred destination usually is Mexico. However, as KRWG's Callie French reports, there is a definite decline in NMSU spring breakers traveling south of the border this year due to increased reports in increased drug violence.

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7:58 am
Wed March 19, 2008

Vagina Monologues Visit Las Cruces

Las Cruces, NM – This week, the seventh annual Vagina Monologues was performed at the campus of New Mexico State University. The monologues, originally produced by a sexual and physical abuse victim, were created to help women talk about their bodies and attempt to reduce the prevalence of violence against women.

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6:30 am
Tue March 18, 2008

NMSU Bookstore May Be Ousted

Las Cruces, NM – At the end of February, New Mexico State University released a Request for Proposal, or RFP, asking for offers from companies interested in managing and operating the bookstore on campus--essentially outsourcing it. As KRWG's, Whitney Jones reports, several students and staff at the university worry about how saying so long to NMSU's bookstore will affect the campus.

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12:31 am
Tue March 18, 2008

Western Athletic Conference Championship

Las Cruces, NM – For the second consecutive year Las Cruces played host to the Western Athletic Conference, or WAC, Basketball tournament at the Pan American Center. As KRWG's Callie French Reports, this year the city saw an increase in attendance during the five-day tournament and pulled in over two million dollars in revenue.

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7:21 am
Mon March 17, 2008

NMSU Students Protest with "Sewing Circle"

Las Cruces, NM – Monday afternoon a group of New Mexico State University students, along with faculty and community members held a "sewing circle" protest in response to comments made last week by university President Michael Martin in the Las Cruces Sun News. As KRWG's Evan Woodward reports, an email apology issued by the President over the weekend, did little to satisfy the concerns of many protesters.

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8:51 am
Sun March 16, 2008

NMSU Fraternity Raises $3,000 to Help the Disabled

Las Cruces, NM – A fraternity at New Mexico State University worked las week to raise money for people with disabilities. The Eta-Omega chapter of Pi Kappa Phi held its 14th annual couch-a-thon on the university campus outside the business complex.

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2:28 am
Sat March 15, 2008

Several Environmental Groups Sue EPA

Las Cruces, New Mexico – This week, several environmental groups filed a lawsuit against the environmental protection agency or EPA to close loopholes which they say allows industries, including mining companies to leave clean up costs to the public by declaring bankruptcy.

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7:47 am
Fri March 14, 2008

Internal Investigations Underway at NMSU College of Health and Social Services

Las Cruces, NM – Earlier this week students in New Mexico State University's College of Health and Social Services held a protest on campus to raise awareness of what some claim are racist and unfair hiring and firing practices. As KRWG's Evan Woodward reports, the grievances expressed by students center mostly around the dismissal of two minority professors.

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5:10 am
Thu March 13, 2008

Pulitzer Prize Nominee Richard Rodriguez Speaks As Part Of The University Speaker Series

Las Cruces, NM –
Earlier this week Journalist and Pulitzer Prize nominee, Richard Rodriguez, spoke on the campus of New Mexico State University as part of the University Speaker Series. As KRWG's Callie French reports, Rodriguez offered his views on the perceptions of Hispanic Culture in America.

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4:56 am
Thu March 13, 2008

Couple Accuses Health and Social Services College of Racism

Las Cruces, N.M. – A husband and wife team of faculty members at New Mexico State University's College of Health and Social Services allege racism was behind a decision not to renew their contracts. As KRWG's Sarina Turnbull reports, students from the college are rallying behind their former professors.

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4:24 am
Thu March 13, 2008

Vote-Buying Allegations in State Republican Party

Albuquerque, NM – The pre-primary nominating conventions are coming up this weekend for both the Republican and Democratic parties in the state. And as was recently reported by independent Albuquerque journalist Dennis Domrzalski, there's a bit of a cloud that continues to hang over them in light of allegations of pressure from candidates to get certain delegates elected. But as KUNM's Jim Williams reports, those allegations may be symptoms of a larger problem with how party rules are written.

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2:27 am
Wed March 12, 2008

Proposed Changes to Nuclear Complex Spark Debate

Las Cruces, NM – The National Nuclear Security Administration, or N-N-S-A, is considering changes to the nation's nuclear weapons complex which includes New Mexico's Los Alamos National Laboratory. As KRWG's Marco Grajeda reports, the federal agency, within the Department of Energy, says the plan referred to as Complex Transformation is designed to make the nation's weapons program smaller, less expensive, more efficient and safer.

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