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11:38 am
Mon June 30, 2014

N.M. Police Officer Hit By Suspected Drunk Driver

A state police officer has been discharged from a hospital after being struck by a suspected drunken driver while conducting a traffic stop in southeastern New Mexico.

According to state police, Officer Carlos Verdugo was in his patrol car near an intersection in Hobbs on Saturday when he was hit by a vehicle driven by 40-year-old Jason Allred.

Verdugo was initially reported to be in critical condition at a hospital in Lubbock, Texas, but state police say he later was discharged from the hospital to recuperate at home for an undetermined amount of time.

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Regional
11:23 am
Mon June 30, 2014

The Full Schedule: Las Cruces Fourth Of July Celebration

  There is still time to enter the City of Las Cruces Electric Light Parade Presented by Wells Fargo. The parade is at 9 p.m. on Thursday, July 3. Enter by calling the City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department for a parade packet at 575/541-2550, Monday thru Thursday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Deadline to enter is Friday, June 27. Entry is free and this year’s theme is “Hats Off to America.” The parade will remain in downtown Las Cruces.

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Viewpoints
11:20 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Water Release To Benefit Native Plant Restoration

  LAS CRUCES – The United States Section of the International Boundary and Water Commission (USIBWC), the Elephant Butte Irrigation District (EBID), and Audubon New Mexico were joined today by local government, nonprofit organizations, farmers and members of the public to celebrate the first irrigation to benefit native plant restoration efforts along the Rio Grande in New Mexico.

 

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Regional
10:22 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Boosting High Tech In Southern NM Means Faster Commercialization Of University Technology

The water desalination product was developed from existing New Mexico State University technology and patents
Credit Simon Thompson

32 of New Mexico’s fastest growing tech companies saw collective growth of 14% since the recession. That is according to the ‘The Flying 40’, a list that reports on New Mexico’s tech industry progress annually. But when it comes to tech companies in the southern part of the state few are even mentioned.

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Regional
9:54 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Homeland Security Secretary Johnson To Visit Border Facilities

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh (Jay) Johnson is traveling to South Texas to tour Border Patrol facilities amid the crush of immigrant children and families from Central America.

Johnson says his trip to the border Monday is focused on getting a firsthand view of the government-wide response to record numbers of child immigrants caught crossing the Mexican border alone.

This is the second trip Johnson has made to South Texas in two weeks.

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Regional
8:49 am
Mon June 30, 2014

KRWG Business Watch

Every Monday at 7:51am on Morning Edition, Edmundo Resendez covers the week's top local business stories with Las Cruces Sun News Interim Business Editor Jason Gibbs.

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Local Viewpoints
6:00 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Pearce: I Continue To Seek Answers From Albuquerque VA

Credit Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

  Congressman Steve Pearce met for the second time with administrators of the Albuquerque VA Medical Center Friday to discuss the ongoing concerns about the VA Health Care system and veterans services. He announced plans for a pilot program in Southeast New Mexico for veterans to see local doctors for specialty care. Congressman Pearce also again engaged with VA administrators, asking them for transparency in answers to patient lists.

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Regional
4:50 pm
Sun June 29, 2014

Hot Temperatures Delay NM-28 Work Until Tuesday

Las Cruces: The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) District One with Blue Collar Construction will continue with maintenance work on a portion of NM 28 that resides in the Town of Mesilla. The NMDOT has rescheduled the maintenance resurfacing treatment that consists of chip sealing which will enhance and extend the roadway.

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Regional
10:21 am
Sun June 29, 2014

Boat Draining Required In Texas To Stop Spread Of Invasive Species

  Holiday boating over Fourth of July weekend in Texas will include more regulations meant to stop the spread of invasive zebra mussels.

Updated rules that take effect Tuesday require all boaters to drain their vessels and on-board receptacles when near any bodies of fresh water.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department says the regulation applies to boaters leaving or approaching lakes and rivers. State officials say the rule applies to all types and sizes of boats whether motorized or not.

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Regional
10:20 am
Sun June 29, 2014

Priests From India Coming To Serve In New Mexico

Bishop Oscar Cantu
Credit archdiocesesantafe.org / New Mexico Conference of Catholic Bishops

  The Diocese of Las Cruces has announced that three priests from India are coming to work in southeastern New Mexico.

Bishop Oscar Cantu told a crowd last week the priests will work in parishes around Carlsbad.

The new priests are coming after the Franciscan order removed its three friars from churches in Carlsbad, Loving and Malaga.

Church officials say the new priests are part of a missionary group called Heralds of the Good News.

One of the priests has his visa and could be in Carlsbad this week.

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Regional
10:18 am
Sun June 29, 2014

Drought Sparks Fourth Of July Fireworks Concerns

The fire season has been relatively mild across the West this year, but officials in New Mexico and Arizona are doing what they can to rein in the use of fireworks given the dry conditions plaguing both states.

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has been pushing hard for cities and counties to restrict fireworks with local ordinances.

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Regional
5:28 pm
Sat June 28, 2014

First Hispanic Party Chair Of Texas Democrats Re-Elected

Texas Democrats have easily re-elected state party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa, who remains the first Hispanic to hold the post.

More than 6,000 delegates overwhelmingly chose Hinojosa for the next two years Saturday, as they wrapped up the state Democratic Convention in Dallas.

A former county judge and Democratic National Committee member from Brownsville, the 61-year-old Hinojosa was challenged by a little-known party activist. But a series of top Democratic legislators took the stage to endorse him.

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Regional
11:07 am
Sat June 28, 2014

New Mexico, Other States Reward Dual-Language Grads

Credit Courtesy: US Dept. of Education

   Several states are starting to recognize and reward high school graduates who are bilingual.

California, New Mexico, Washington, Illinois and Louisiana recently moved to add special bilingual seals to the diplomas of students who are proficient in two languages.

Other states are working on rules to begin using diploma seals.

In Oregon, one high school granted the seals this month to more than a dozen students, and seals will be available statewide next year.

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Regional
11:05 am
Sat June 28, 2014

Dallas Man Gets 28 Years For Child Porn

A Dallas man has been sentenced to 28 years in prison in a child pornography case linked to online chat rooms and a desire to sexually assault youngsters.

Ted Lynn Snider was sentenced Friday in Dallas.

Jurors in March convicted Snider of receipt of child pornography, possession of child pornography and two counts of transporting and shipping child pornography.

FBI agents in May 2013 discovered that a person, later identified as Snider, was online sharing images and videos of children in sexual acts.

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Regional
11:04 am
Sat June 28, 2014

King Hires New Campaign Manager

  Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gary King says he's hired a new campaign manager.

King said Friday that Keith Breitbach will be responsible for day-to-day operations of his campaign against Republican Gov. Susana Martinez in the November general election.

Breitbach replaces Steve Verzwyvelt ((Ver-ZWEI-velt), who resigned last week because of disparaging comments posted on Twitter in the past about women and Republicans.

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Regional
11:03 am
Sat June 28, 2014

Water Planning Forum In Albuquerque

  The Middle Rio Grande Water Assembly wants to hear from residents as work gets underway to update the region's water plan.

The assembly is hosting a public forum Saturday in Albuquerque.

In the decade since the first water plan was adopted, significant conservation efforts have been undertaken to reduce water use in the Middle Rio Grande. Still, increased population and drought suggest future water supplies could fall short for people and the environment.

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Regional
11:02 am
Sat June 28, 2014

Baylor College Of Medicine Put On Probation

An accrediting group has cited more than a dozen areas of concern in placing Baylor College of Medicine in Houston on probation.

The Liaison Committee on Medical Education made the formal notification Friday. The probation is based on deficiencies involving administrative processes and procedures, not instruction.

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PUENTES
5:54 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Best Children's Books

Dr. Anita Hernandez at KRWG FM studios with a few of the award-winning children's books.

  June 27, 2014 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra bridges the community with (NMSU) New Mexico State University Associate Professor, Dr. Anita Hernandez. She was recently selected as the Coordinator of the Children’s Choice Awards, and also has been NMSU’s Kidd Literacy Chair in the College of Education for four years.

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PUENTES
5:10 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Active Seniors

  June 21, 2014 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra bridges the community with Owner and Publisher of “Southwest Senior,” Keith Whelpley, to talk to us about seniors and an active senior friendly community. He is also the co-host of “Speak Up, Las Cruces” on KOBE 1450AM. 

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Regional
5:05 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

5-Year Prison Sentence For Man Convicted In Battery At Las Cruces Club

  Las Cruces—Judge Marci Beyer sentenced Nicholas Vallejos 5 years prison followed by 5 years probation for his violent actions at Graham’s Central Station in July 2011.      

Vallejos was charged with 3 counts of Aggravated Battery (Deadly Weapon or Great Bodily Harm), Conspiracy to Commit Aggravated Battery (Deadly Weapon/Great Bodily Harm).

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Regional
4:42 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

New Mexico Denies Los Alamos More Time For Toxic Waste Removal

  The state is denying Los Alamos National Laboratory's request to extend deadlines for cleaning up toxic waste across its northern New Mexico campus.

The New Mexico Environment Department has sent more than 20 letters this month denying the lab for more time to meet deadlines under a 2005 consent order. In the letters, the state said past extensions were granted while the lab diverted resources to expedite the shipment of thousands of barrels of already processed waste to the government's underground nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico.

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Regional
4:23 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Road Work On NM-28 In Mesilla

  The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) District One Maintenance with Blue Collar Construction continues work with pavement preservation and rehabilitation on a portion of NM 28 that resides in the Town of Mesilla. The NMDOT has scheduled work that will enhance and extend the longevity of the roadway in order to provide a safe passage for the traveling public.

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Regional
3:34 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

UPDATE: Suspect In Custody In Burglary Of NMSU's O'Donnell Hall

  UPDATE---LCPD has received word that police at New Mexico State University have identified the male suspect who is now is custody. 

Original post:

Las Cruces Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information that helps identify the young man suspected of burglarizing an academic building at New Mexico State University twice within the past week.

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Regional
3:28 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Two Remain Hospitalized After Floor Collapse

Officials say only two people remain hospitalized a day after a floor collapsed under a large crowd at a Houston-area religious gathering.

West I-10 Fire Department spokesman Tim Thomas said Friday no information was being released about the conditions of the two individuals still receiving treatment.

Officials say 36 people were transported to hospitals Thursday, with most suffering from minor injuries.

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Regional
3:27 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Texas Democrats Face Sticky Platform Issues

Credit Senator Wendy Davis (D)

  Thousands of delegates at the Texas Democratic Convention have promised to produce a party platform far more-inclusive than the state GOP.

But more-openness can also mean defying traditional Democratic values, or taking positions that alienate some voters.

Democratic gun-owners said during Friday's gathering in Dallas that they want to better-defend the Second Amendment, while those opposing abortion say their voices should be heard.

The party also has previously opposed the death penalty — something not popular with many Texans.

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Regional
3:25 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

King: Ruling Could Help Thousands

  New Mexico Attorney General Gary King says thousands of people may receive money back from high-interest lenders thanks to a state Supreme Court ruling.

King said Friday that the ruling against two lenders who were charging as much as 1,500 percent means his office can begin pursuing cases against dozens of other companies.

The New Mexico Supreme Court cracked down Thursday on small consumer loans carrying quadruple-digit interest rates.

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Regional
3:24 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

This Week In The Las Cruces Bulletin

  Every Saturday at 5:30pm on Images, Fred Martino speaks with Las Cruces Bulletin Managing Editor Brook Stockberger about the week's top stories and much more in the Bulletin.

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Regional
2:04 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Pearce Meets With VA Officials; Announces Pilot Program

  

  Congressman Steve Pearce (R-NM 2) met with officials from the Veterans Administration in Albuquerque on Friday.   The Congressman said he left the meeting with assurances that the VA was going to conduct a pilot program in New Mexico designed to improve health care services to veterans.

Congressman Pearce says the pilot program would involve the government paying gasoline expenses for doctors willing to travel to treat veterans.  Pearce says he has asked for the pilot program to occur in the southern part of New Mexico in August.

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Regional
8:44 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Rules Ignored In Texas High School Basketball Recruiting Scandal

  The Dallas school district says rules were regularly ignored as coaches and other district employees conspired to falsify student residency documents to field talented basketball players.

The district earlier this month fired 15 employees, including the head coaches of top basketball programs in the state, after learning of the falsified documents. Officials on Thursday then released the results of internal investigations showing how assistant coaches, athletic department administrators and others were involved.

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Regional
7:25 am
Fri June 27, 2014

CN Wire Manufacturing Facility To Be In New Mexico

CN Wire
Credit cnwire.com

Gov. Susana Martinez says CN Wire will establish its first North American manufacturing facility in Santa Teresa, bringing 300 new jobs to the community.

State officials announced Thursday that CN Wire will invest $42 million to purchase and renovate a 256,000 square-foot building in the Santa Teresa Business Center.

The facility will serve customers throughout North and South America, mostly in the automotive and aerospace industries.

The company's products include single wire, multi-wire, bunched and stranded wire, tin-plated copper and braid wire.

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