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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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Regional
7:21 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Deputies: Espanola Councilor Pistol Whipped Man

A northern New Mexico city councilor is facing aggravated battery and assault charges after deputies say he pistol whipped a man and shot at his vehicle.

KOB-TV reports that the Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office arrested Espanola city councilor Eric Radosevich this week in connection with a bizarre Saturday altercation.

According to authorities, 43-year-old Radosevich got into an argument with a man at a gas station after Radosevich approached the man's wife.

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Regional
7:19 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Court Upholds Conviction In Baby-Stomping Death

New Mexico Supreme Court
Credit nmsupremecourt.nmcourts.gov

The state Supreme Court has upheld the intentional child abuse conviction of a Flora Vista man for stomping an infant to death in 2007.

The court on Thursday rejected Jose Garcia's challenges to his conviction for the death of 17-month-old Taegan McKinney.

Garcia and his girlfriend were babysitting the infant. Garcia said told police he might have stepped on the baby while trying to jump over a pile of clothes.

However, a pathologist testified the baby had numerous injuries that were the result of being beaten and stomped to death.

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Regional
7:15 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Hiker In Serious Condition After Fall In Sandias

Authorities say a woman who fell from a cliff in a mountain range outside of Albuquerque is in serious condition.

KOAT-TV reports the woman was free-climbing Thursday morning in the Sandias when a rock she was holding onto broke.

Rescue workers say she tumbled and landed on her back.

They say she was conscious when they reached her. Crews lifted her to the top of the crest and she was airlifted to a hospital.

Mark Beverly, a member of the Albuquerque Mountain Rescue Crew and who also knows the hiker, says the woman is an expert climber.

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Regional
3:03 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

"Car Surfing" Leads To Arrest Of Driver On Child Abuse Charges

  A 23-year-old Las Cruces man was arrested Wednesday night on charges of child abuse, reckless driving and DWI after a Doña Ana County Sheriff’s deputy witnessed someone on top of the man’s car as it was spinning out on the river levee near Shalem Colony Trail.

   Just after 8 p.m. Wednesday, a deputy on regular patrol in the area saw Dominic Estrada driving recklessly along the river levee, allegedly doing “donuts” with someone on top of his car.

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Regional
2:41 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Migrant Child At San Antonio Shelter Recovering From Swine Flu

Federal officials say a child in a temporary shelter in San Antonio for Central American immigrant families is recovering from swine flu.

Kenneth Wolfe, a spokesman for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, says the unaccompanied child was recently hospitalized after being diagnosed with swine flu, or H1N1.

In an email Thursday, Wolfe says the child is responding to treatment and being monitored in custody at Lackland Air Force Base.

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Regional
2:40 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Suspect In 2006 New Mexico Murder Captured

A man wanted for the 2006 murder of an El Paso woman in Chaparral has been captured in Mexico.

New Mexico Attorney General Gary King announced Thursday that Eduardo Estrada Garcia recently was arrested in Baja California, Mexico after local authorities received a tip.

Estrada Garcia has long been a suspect in the murder of 31-year-old Emely Corina Howard-Ianni, whose body was found near N.M. Highway 213 in November 2006.

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Regional
2:38 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Some New Mexico Employee Wages Increased 6 Years Late

About 5,300 state workers will receive hourly salary increases from 13 cents to more than 50 cents in this week's paychecks to help resolve a six-year-old union contract dispute.

State officials said Thursday that salaries were adjusted in early June to reflect wage rates that should have been in place starting in 2008.

Employees will get paychecks Friday reflecting the increases for a two-week pay period.

There will be separate checks issued in the upcoming budget year for back pay — thousands of dollars in some instances.

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Regional
2:38 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

36 Taken To The Hospital After Texas House's Floor Collapses

Authorities say a floor collapsed under a large crowd of people gathered in a suburban Houston home, sending three dozen people to hospitals, most with minor injuries.

West I-10 Fire Department spokesman Tim Thomas says the collapse occurred as about 100 people were gathering for a religious event in a residential neighborhood in Katy, just west of Houston.

He says people were in a room above a detached garage when the floor gave way, though it's unclear how many people were inside at the time.

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Regional
1:34 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Las Cruces Police Issue 65 Tickets On Lohman In Morning Operation

  Las Cruces Police issued 65 traffic citations in two hours during a special operation held Thursday morning.

Of the 65 citations, 19 went to drivers who made an improper right turn from Foothills Road onto eastbound Lohman Avenue. The violation occurs when the driver fails to maintain the immediate first lane of traffic after a turn.

Another 16 citations were issued to drivers who were in violation of the city’s cell phone ordinance, the law that bans cell phone use while driving within city limits.

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Local Viewpoints
12:08 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Heinrich Presses Obama For More Transparency On Drone Policy

Credit Senator Martin Heinrich (D) New Mexico

 

  U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), and Mark Udall (D-Colo.) pressed the Obama administration today for additional transparency on U.S. drone policy, including its interpretations of when it can take lethal action outside of declared war zones and against Americans. The senators - all members of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence - also said the American people have a right to know the "limits and boundaries" of the president's power to take lethal action against them.

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Regional
12:02 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Autopsy Report Issued In Death Of Reported Intruder

  The autopsy report on a man who was stabbed to death on New Year’s Day north of Las Cruces has been received by Doña Ana County Sheriff’s investigators. The case into Sal Garces’ death remains open while key pieces of evidence remain under examination.

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Regional
11:52 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Martinez Visits Santa Teresa To Mark Previously Announced Turkish Wire Company Addition

Credit Office of the Governor

  Governor Susana Martinez visited Santa Teresa Thursday to mark the previously announced news that CN Wire will establish its first North American manufacturing facility in the city, bringing 300 new jobs to the community.  Dona Ana County had approved the issuance of bonds to draw the company.

 

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Regional
11:35 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Senate Panel Approves $47 Billion Homeland Security Budget

A key Senate panel has given swift bipartisan approval to a $47 billion budget for the Department of Homeland Security, boosting funding to cope with an influx of Central American children who arrive in the U.S. unaccompanied by their parents.

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