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12:53 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Monarch Numbers Up Slightly, But Butterfly Still At Risk Of Extinction

  The annual overwintering count of monarch butterflies released today shows a modest population rebound from last year’s lowest-ever count of 34 million butterflies, but is still the second lowest population count since surveys began in 1993. The population was expected to be up this winter due to favorable spring and summer weather conditions in the monarch’s U.S. and Canadian breeding areas, as butterfly populations fluctuate widely with changing weather.

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Regional
12:48 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Children's Book Discourages Illegal Dumping

   Together with a multi-agency illegal dumping partnership, the Doña Ana County Codes Enforcement Division has written and published a children’s book aimed at educating students against illegal dumping.

The book, “Desert Adventure” features a main character, Carlos the Coyote, who teaches children about how to spot illegal dumping and where to report it. The book includes activities and invites readers to take the pledge to put trash in its place and report illegal dumpers and trash sites.

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Regional
12:45 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Roswell Braces For Departure Of Health Services Provider

  Roswell Mayor Dennis Kintigh reached into his shoulder bag and pulled out a four-page brochure Monday at the Roundhouse in Santa Fe.

The pamphlet the former Republican state lawmaker held begins with this statement in bold lettering: “The behavioral health system in Chaves County is in crisis.”

The brochure is the product of an ad hoc committee formed by a state court district judge in Roswell, Kintigh says. The pamphlet goes on to warn of the consequences when a community has too few services for the mentally ill and other vulnerable populations.

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Regional
12:44 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Las Cruces Tattoo Artist Charged In Stabbing

  Las Cruces Police arrested a tattoo artist suspected of stabbing a man during a confrontation Mondaymorning.

Jaime “Bolo” Monarrez, 36, is charged with one count of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

At around 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 26, Las Cruces Police were dispatched to the Sick West tattoo shop at 600 S. Solano Dr. where the incident is alleged to have occurred. Detectives learned that a 19-year-old man and Monarrez had been in a verbal confrontation with each other two weeks earlier.

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Regional
12:43 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

USDA Organic Survey Underway

Credit facebook.com/USDA

  The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) just kicked off the Organic Survey to gather detailed data on U.S. organic agriculture production. The survey is a complete inventory of all known organic producers that are certified, exempt from certification, and transitioning to certified organic production.

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Regional
12:40 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Public Invited To View, Critique Flood Management Plan

  Doña Ana County residents are invited to weigh-in on flood-management plans for several at-risk areas in the county during a question-and-answer session Thursday with the Doña Ana County Flood Commission.

The meeting will take place Jan. 29 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in Room 113 of the Doña Ana County Government Center, 845 N. Motel Blvd., in Las Cruces.

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Regional
12:38 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Accidental Electrocution Kills Las Cruces Man

A Las Cruces man was electrocuted Monday after he accidentally came into contact with a live power line.

Freddy Covington, 76, was reportedly pruning pecan trees on his property in the 3900 block of Crow just before 2 p.m. on Monday. He had been using a hydraulic lift to elevate himself into the trees when the lift became tangled with the power line.

Doña Ana County Sheriff’s investigators said Covington was pronounced dead shortly after they arrived.

Information from Doña Ana County

The Two-Way
11:42 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Obama Meets New Saudi King, Balancing Human Rights, U.S. Interests

President Obama meets Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz in Riyadh on Tuesday.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 12:39 pm

President Obama arrived in Saudi Arabia today to meet newly crowned King Salman and said in an interview that the U.S. needs to balance its concerns about Saudi human rights with "immediate concerns" such as counterterrorism and regional stability.

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Music Interviews
11:23 am
Tue January 27, 2015

At The BBC, The Beatles Shocked An Institution

Between 1962 and 1965, The Beatles were featured on 53 BBC radio programs. For The Beatles: The BBC Archives, executive producer Kevin Howlett had to search for many of these recordings, and they weren't easy to find.

Originally broadcast Nov. 27, 2013.

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The Two-Way
10:03 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Number Of Exonerations Last Year Reached New High, Report Finds

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 1:40 pm

A record 125 people were exonerated last year in the U.S. after being falsely convicted of crimes, according to a new report. The number surpasses the previous record of 91 set in 2013.

Much of the increase was due to one county in Texas. Thirty-three people in Harris County had their drug convictions thrown out after lab tests found they tested negative for the presence of illegal substances.

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