5:48 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Unrest In Ferguson May Speed Up Decline Of Real Estate

Children watch from their home as people march about a mile to the police station to protest the shooting of Michael Brown on Aug. 20, in Ferguson, Mo. Brown's shooting in the middle of a street by a Ferguson policeman on Aug. 9, sparked protests, riots and looting in the St. Louis suburb. Some people are ready to leave the troubled city. Others say they will remain no matter what.
Charlie Riedel AP

A grand jury has yet to decide if it will indict Darren Wilson, the police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., this summer.

Protests over Brown's death are ongoing in Ferguson, though they are calmer than the sometimes violent clashes that happened immediately after the shooting.

Still, many residents there are worried about public reaction once the grand jury announces its decision, and some say they've had enough. They're planning to move. That could accelerate an already existing trend in the region.

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The Two-Way
5:41 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

CDC Announces New Guidelines For Health Care Workers Treating Ebola Patients

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 5:55 pm

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new guidelines on Monday for health care workers caring for patients with Ebola.

The new guidelines "provide an increased margin of safety," CDC Director Tom Frieden said in a conference call with reporters.

Frieden added that they represented a "consensus" by the health care workers who have treated people with Ebola in the United States, including those workers at hospitals in Atlanta and Nebraska that have treated Ebola without further transmission.

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4:47 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Sheriff's Office Warns Of Phone Scam

Credit Dona Ana County Sheriff

The Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents of a recent telephone scam that attempts to collect money for bogus warrants.

            About a dozen victims have reported the scam to the sheriff’s office in the last week. The victims all report the same nature of the call: a person falsely identifies themselves as a member of the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office, telling the victim that there is an outstanding warrant for their arrest. In order to clear the warrant, the victim is told to deposit money into a Pay Pal account.


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4:43 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Man Suspected Of Striking Two Officers

Adam Wayne Schmidt
Credit Las Cruces Police

A man suspected of striking two Las Cruces Police officers has been charged with a pair of felonies.

Adam Wayne Schmidt, 30, is charged with two counts of battery upon a peace officer and one count of resisting an officer. The battery charges are fourth-degree felony offenses.

At around 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19, Las Cruces Police were dispatched to the report of a fight between three men on the 1100 block of east Montana Avenue. Officers spoke with neighbors who described what they saw but no fight was observed by police.

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4:39 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

WNMU To Open State's First Center For Gender Equity

WNMU students Enrique Soto Ruiz, Maria Montanez, Fabiola Barba and Marilynn Grijalva; professor Dr. Emma Bailey and professor Dr. Lydia Huerta
Credit Western New Mexico University

Western New Mexico University has a new initiative called The Center For Gender Equity. It is the first center focusing on all genders on a college campus in New Mexico and its opening marks another step in making the WNMU campus an open and diverse community for students.

The new Center will have a ribbon cutting and open house on Thursday, October 30 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Located on 1211 Mississippi Street, The Center will be the home of programs and initiatives celebrating gender and sexual identity diversity and inclusion for students at WNMU.

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Shots - Health News
4:23 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

When Reassuring Isn't: The Rush To Test Cruise Passenger For Ebola

The cruise ship Carnival Magic floats behind a catamaran off Cozumel, Mexico on Oct. 17. The ship skipped a planned stop there Friday, the cruise line says, after Mexican authorities delayed granting permission to dock.

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 6:08 pm

Here's a question about the fine line between a prudent response and worrisome overkill: Is the sight of a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter hovering over a cruise ship to pick up a blood sample (which is to be tested for Ebola) a sight that should inspire feelings of reassurance, or a nagging sense that something is not quite right?

The question is still in the air after the weekend's effort to airlift a few milliliters of blood from a passenger who was on board what is now being called the Ebola Cruise.

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The Two-Way
4:03 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

This Past September Ranks As Hottest On Record, NOAA Says

Four months in 2014 have already been the warmest on record.

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 4:34 pm

This past September was, on average, the hottest on record, meteorologists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Monday.

The combined average temperature over global land and ocean surfaces was 60.3 degrees Fahrenheit, or 1.30 F hotter than the century average.

The AP reports:

"It was the fourth monthly record set this year, along with May, June and August.

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3:19 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Officials: Dead Chickens Left At NM Cemetery

Authorities say dead chickens and pigeons are being left at a New Mexico cemetery.

Bernalillo County officials told KRQE-TV that Animal Care Services reported at least eigh

t mysterious cases where the dead birds have been left at an Albuquerque South Valley cemetery over the last year and a half.

Animal Care Services spokesman Larry Gallegos says he birds in bags and boxes appeared to have been killed humanly. But he says since the acts appear to be part of a religious ceremony, the person leaving the dead animals likely won't face charges.

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3:12 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Santa Fe Police: Wanted Man Arrested At Motel

Santa Fe police have arrested a 33-year-old man accused of attempting to ram a police car while trying to avoid arrest during a pursuit.

Police spokeswoman Celina Espinoza says Robert Pacheco was arrested early Monday morning after police received information he was hiding out a hotel.

Espinoza says officers were attempting to detain Pacheco on an outstanding warrant last Wednesday when the attempted ramming to place.

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3:11 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

VA Hospital In Albuquerque To Operate Fewer Beds

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

The Department of Veterans Affairs says it is reducing the number of inpatient beds at its Albuquerque hospital by 20 percent due to a nationwide nursing shortage.

The department says the Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center is limiting its inpatient beds to 120, down from 150.

The department says the reduction of the number of beds in multiple wards addresses concerns regarding patient safety and quality of care.

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