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10:51 am
Tue November 3, 2009

Richardson Holds Public Meetings Wednesday

Las Cruces – Governor Bill Richardson will hold office hours on, Wednesday, November 4, 2009 in Las Cruces and Albuquerque to hear from New Mexico residents about the budget bills passed by the Legislature. The Governor has until November 12 to sign, veto or partially veto the budget bills.

While the Legislature made minimal cuts to education, legislators targeted state agencies under the control of the Governor for the most drastic cuts. That means critical services will be cut.

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5:39 pm
Mon November 2, 2009

Renaissance Artsfaire Preview

Las Cruces – Fred Martino speaks with Ceci Vasconcellos about the 38th Annual Renaissance Artsfaire, which takes place Saturday and Sunday, November 7/8, at Young Park in Las Cruces.

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Year of Science
5:09 pm
Mon November 2, 2009

Dr. Curtis Monger

Las Cruces – Fred Martino speaks with Dr. Curtis Monger, Professor in the Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences at New Mexico State University. They discuss cycles of vegetation change in New Mexico, including those connected to climate change.

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Year of Science
5:08 pm
Mon November 2, 2009

Dr. Jeff Arterburn

Las Cruces – Fred Martino speaks with Dr. Jeff Arterburn, professor and Director of the New Mexico IDeA Network of Biomedical Research. Among other issues, they discuss research into anti-cancer and anti-viral drugs.

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11:21 am
Mon November 2, 2009

Dona Ana County Accepts Credit Card Tax Payments..For A Fee

Las Cruces – Dona Ana County will now allow property owners to pay their property taxes using major credit cards.

Dona Ana County will accept Visa, Master Card, Discover and American Express.

But there's a catch .a big one ..

The credit card processor will charge a fee equal to 2.49 percent of the tax bill.

The Dona Ana County Treasurer's Office will also accept electronic checks. To use that convenience .there's a flat fee of 2 dollars and 95 cents.

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10:36 am
Mon November 2, 2009

Film Shoot Road Closures Move North

New Mexico – Motorists who travel through Albuquerque on interstates 25 and 40 this week will see parts of the highways closed due to a film production.

The movie "Due Date" starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jamie Foxx requested the closures. The film is about an anxious father rushing to see his child's birth.

A section of southbound lanes of Interstate 25 on Albuquerque's south side will be closed Tuesday from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

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Regional
9:18 pm
Sun November 1, 2009

First Candidate For NMSU President Arrives

Las Cruces – Dr. Richard Herman is one of five finalists for President of New Mexico State University. He is the Special Assistant to the President at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Herman served as President there from May, 2005, until last month, when he resigned after a major controversy. Fred Martino spoke with Herman, who will be at a public forum Monday at 7:00pm at NMSU's Fulton Center.

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7:06 pm
Sun November 1, 2009

NMSU Police Hope To Solve 2007 Rape

Las Cruces – New Mexico State University police say someone out there knows who raped a woman on campus on Halloween two years ago.

The rewards for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect is now $3,000.

NMSU Deputy Police Chief Stephen Lopez says with some small DNA samples still being tested, the case is far from being closed.

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Regional
11:21 am
Sat October 31, 2009

Tuition Refunds Update

Texas – Texas Comptroller Susan Combs, in a policy reversal, will urge a state oversight board next week to keep a generous refund formula for those who want to cancel their pre-paid college tuition plans.

Combs says she'll urge the Texas Prepaid Higher Education Tuition Board on Nov. 5 to cancel new rules that would cut the value of the refunds.

The proposed cuts sparked an outcry among parents and legislators.

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Regional
11:19 am
Sat October 31, 2009

Coast Guard Finds Body Of Missing Pilot

Texas – The U.S. Coast Guard says searchers have found the body of one pilot whose plane disappeared off the Texas coast.

The search continues for a second pilot who was aboard when the training plane went missing Wednesday.

The Coast Guard said in a news release that the body was found Friday afternoon when a floating rig's crew reported something in the water.

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Regional
11:19 am
Sat October 31, 2009

NM Gets Geothermal Grants

New Mexico – The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded more than $10 million to explore geothermal energy projects in New Mexico.

Sens. Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall say the grants will be used for four projects in Albuquerque, Jemez Pueblo and Socorro.

Udall says geothermal energy is a carbon free energy source. He says New Mexico has known and potential geothermal resources, so the state is in a good position to develop the energy and create jobs.

Jemez Pueblo will receive nearly $5 million to locate geothermal reservoirs.

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11:18 am
Sat October 31, 2009

Udall Asks FCC To Provide Phone Service To Tribes

New Mexico – Sen. Tom Udall is asking the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission to share plans for providing telephone service to Native American communities.

In a letter Friday to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, Udall writes that more than 30 percent of households in Indian Country do not have access to basic telephone service.

Udall says on the Navajo Nation, two out of three people cannot receive telephone service in their homes.

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Regional
1:24 pm
Fri October 30, 2009

Report: More Controversy Over NMSU Applicant

Las Cruces – There's new information about one of the candidates for President at New Mexico State University.

The Raleigh, North Carolina News and Observer reports that former North Carolina State Chancellor James Oblinger brokered a severance package for his Provost Larry Nielsen.

Nielsen and Oblinger both resigned in the wake of a controversy over the University's hiring of former North Carolina first lady Mary Easley.

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10:33 am
Fri October 30, 2009

Texas Law Challenged

Texas – A 1970s-era Texas law that allows parents to show "harmful material" to their children has come under fire.

That's after an Amarillo prosecutor said he couldn't charge a man accused of forcing his 8- and 9-year-old daughters to watch hardcore online pornography.

Randall County District Attorney James Farren has asked the Texas attorney general's office to review his decision not to pursue charges in the case. That case has prompted at least one lawmaker to vow to change the state's public indecency law.

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10:30 am
Fri October 30, 2009

NM Utility Assistance Program

New Mexico – The New Mexico Human Services Department is asking poor homeowners who need help their energy bills this winter to apply to a state assistance program.

The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program helps families pay for natural gas, electricity and bulk fuels, like propane, firewood and wood pellets.

The department says nearly 70,000 New Mexico households participated in the program last year.

The one-time benefit this year is expected to average $150.

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Regional
6:58 pm
Thu October 29, 2009

Wilson Will Not Run For NM Governor

New Mexico – Former Rep. Heather Wilson says she will not run for governor of New Mexico in 2010.

Wilson says in a statement Thursday that the governor's post has no significant national security role, which is an issue that is important to her.

She says New Mexicans have encouraged her to run for the last 10 months but her work in the private sector is satisfying.

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6:30 pm
Thu October 29, 2009

Senator Jeff Bingaman Proposes Steps to Create Jobs

Las Cruces, NM – This week New Mexico U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman outlined four steps congress can take to help create jobs in the current economic climate. KRWG's Vanessa Dabovich reports

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6:29 pm
Thu October 29, 2009

Senator Tom Udall says Nuclear Power Will be Important in New Bill

Las Cruces, NM – New Mexico U.S. Senator Tom Udall says even though nuclear energy provisions haven't been mentioned publicly in the new climate bill they do play a big role in the legislation. KRWG's Vanessa Dabovich reports

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6:19 pm
Thu October 29, 2009

Report: Holloman May Get F-35

Alamogordo – Members of the New Mexico congressional delegation confirmed that the Holloman Air Force Base is being looked at as a possible home for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

The Air Force has informed the delegation that it will conduct environmental impact analyses on three bases, one of which will be selected to house a F-35 training mission. In addition to Holloman, the Air Force is looking at Luke (Arizona) and Eglin (Florida) Air Force bases.

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12:44 pm
Thu October 29, 2009

El Paso Company Secures Major Project

El Paso – An El Paso company has been chosen for a major federal stimulus project in New Mexico.

Licon Engineering Company of El Paso has been selected for Middle Rio Grande Flood Protection project.

The one million dollar contract using federal stimulus dollars .was granted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Albuquerque District.

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11:33 am
Thu October 29, 2009

21 H1N1 Deaths In New Mexico

New Mexico – New Mexico health officials say five more people have died from swine flu in the past week.

The deaths include a 52-year-old Sandoval County man, a 51-year-old San Juan County woman, a 69-year-old Bernalillo County man, a 73-year-old Socorro County man and a 49-year-old man whose residence wasn't immediately determined.

All five victims had chronic medical conditions that placed them at higher risk.

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11:32 am
Thu October 29, 2009

DA: Ruling Guts Drug Law

New Mexico – A New Mexico court says drug sellers must know they are in drug-free school zones in order to face the more serious penalties for trafficking in those areas.

Bernalillo County District Attorney Kari Brandenburg says the Court of Appeals ruling issued last week effectively guts the law on drug-free school zones. But she says it will affect only a small number of cases.

Her office handled more than 30,000 cases last year and the school zone drug enhancement applied in only about 15.

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11:30 am
Thu October 29, 2009

NM Protects Domestic Violence Victims

New Mexico – The Motor Vehicle Division will allow domestic violence and sexual assault victims to obtain a driver's license with a confidential mailing address.

MVD Director Michael Sandoval said Wednesday the agency is implementing a confidential address program authorized in a 2007 law to reduce the risk that abusers will track down their victims.

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11:28 am
Thu October 29, 2009

Some Charges Dropped In Corruption Case

El Paso – A federal judge in El Paso has thrown out bribery charges against a lawyer and a district clerk in a public corruption investigation.

Attorney and former El Paso County Judge Luther Jones and District Clerk Gilbert Sanchez are accused in an alleged scheme to award a contract.

U.S. District Court Judge Frank Montalvo, in an opinion released Wednesday, dismissed both bribery charges, as well as one count of mail fraud.

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11:27 am
Thu October 29, 2009

NM Projects Get Funding

New Mexico – New Mexico national security initiatives in Los Alamos, Albuquerque and Socorro will receive $43 million in federal funding.

Sens. Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall say the money was contained in the 2010 Homeland Security Appropriations bill that was signed into law Wednesday.

The funding includes $23 million for New Mexico Tech's National Energetic Materials Research and Testing Center in Socorro.

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11:26 am
Thu October 29, 2009

2 Bodies Found Near Reservation

Shiprock, NM – Investigators are looking into the discovery of two bodies found this week on the Navajo Nation in New Mexico, but FBI agents say the deaths are not believed to be related.

One body was recovered from an irrigation ditch near Fruitland and the other at the base of a 150-foot cliff northeast of Shiprock.

Tribal employees found the body of 22-year-old Jeremy Johnson Bee of Lower Fruitland in the ditch. Investigators say Bee's family had been searching for him since Tuesday.

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11:25 am
Thu October 29, 2009

Dairy Permit Denied

Truth or Consequences – For the second time, New Mexico Environment Department officials have rejected a discharge permit for a proposed dairy near Truth or Consequences.

Environment Secretary Ron Curry issued the decision after the state Water Quality Control Commission remanded the permit issue back to the department.

The decision affects the Parasol Dairy, located about 5 miles southwest of Caballo.

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Regional
6:36 pm
Wed October 28, 2009

Las Cruces Couple Arrested In Series of Thefts

Las Cruces – Las Cruces Police have arrested a couple believed to be responsible for a number of thefts over the past three months from vehicles parked at area home improvement stores.

Guadalupe Atwell, 26, of the 5300 block of Sunny Acres Drive, and Cindie Pauline Carter-Mitchell, 43, of the 2300 block of Saturn Drive, were arrested Wednesday after an intensive investigation by LCPD detectives and officers from patrol, the Targeting Neighborhood Threats unit and the street crimes unit.

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6:06 pm
Wed October 28, 2009

Senate Votes to Move Forward on Unemployement Benefits

Las Cruces, NM – The senate has voted to move forward with legislation to extend unemployment benefits. As KRWG's Vanessa Dabovich reports thousands of New Mexicans could benefit from an extension.

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6:43 pm
Tue October 27, 2009

Five Finalists Announced for NMSU Presidency

Las Cruces, NM – Tuesday a list of finalists for the New Mexico State University presidency were announced. KRWG's Vanessa Dabovich has the details

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