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10:59 am
Fri July 2, 2010

Big Money In New Mexico Elections

New Mexico – The latest campaign finance reports show that Republican gubernatorial candidate Susana Martinez has raised more than $600,000 since late May, but Democratic Lt. Gov. Diane Denish has far more money in her campaign account.

Denish reported a cash balance of nearly $2.2 million as of last week and Martinez had about $300,000.

Martinez collected about $611,000 in contributions, most of that since the June 1 primary election. Included was $250,000 from the Republican Governors' Association. Her campaign spent $453,000.

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10:58 am
Fri July 2, 2010

State Prosecutor Murdered In Juarez

Juarez, Mexico – Gunmen have killed an assistant attorney general for northern Chihuahua state and one of her bodyguards in the violent border city of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.

Authorities reported today that the sport utility vehicle carrying Sandra Salas Garcia and two bodyguards was chased by armed assailants through the darkened Juarez streets and riddled with bullets Wednesday night.

Attorney General's Office spokesman Arturo Sandoval says the second bodyguard was seriously wounded.

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10:56 am
Fri July 2, 2010

New Mexico To Collect Data On Children

New Mexico – The state Department of Health will begin collecting body mass index information on New Mexico kindergarten students and third graders this fall to determine the extent of obesity that could mean health problems later on.

Body mass index is calculated from a person's weight and height, and is considered a reliable indicator of body fatness.

The information will be collected from 50 elementary schools around the state.

The Health Department says the system won't identify individual students.

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10:56 am
Fri July 2, 2010

Private Land Hunting

New Mexico – The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish wants the public to comment on agreements that would open some private lands to public hunting and trapping in exchange for closing some state trust land to those activities.

State officials say the agreements among the department, the state Land Office and several landowners in southeastern New Mexico are designed to benefit sportsmen and landowners.

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10:55 am
Fri July 2, 2010

Silver City Man Sentenced In Artifact Case

Silver City – A southern New Mexico man has been sentenced to a year of probation for illegally removing archaeological resources from the Gila National Forest.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says James Hamm of Silver City also faces six months of home detention. He was sentenced Wednesday in Las Cruces.

The charge stems from a 2008 investigation by the Forest Service. The agency had received a tip from a local rancher that Hamm was excavating and removing artifacts from a site in the Gila Forest.

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10:53 am
Fri July 2, 2010

NM Open Enrollment In New Health Pool

New Mexico – Gov. Bill Richardson says uninsured New Mexicans with pre-existing medical conditions can enroll in a new insurance program made available through a federal health care overhaul.

The governor said Thursday the health insurance will be offered through a high-risk pool operated by the federal government.

People without insurance for at least six months and who have a pre-existing medical condition can qualify.

Enrollment opened on Thursday and insurance coverage will start in August.

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6:44 pm
Thu July 1, 2010

Obama Presses For Immigration Reform

New Mexico – President Barack Obama says America's borders are "just too vast" for the immigration problem to be solved with fences and border patrols alone.

He said that a comprehensive solution is needed, instead, urging one that holds everyone accountable, from illegal immigrants to the businesses that hire them.

Obama said the reality is, Republican support is needed to arrive at such a solution. Right now, GOP support is not forthcoming in an election year.

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11:39 am
Thu July 1, 2010

Man Stabbed and Robbed In Las Cruces

Las Cruces – Las Cruces Police are investigating an early-morning stabbing that sent a 26-year-old man to an El Paso hospital with multiple wounds.

At around 2:30 a.m. Thursday, July 1, officers were alerted to a man walking on Valley Drive with what appeared to be multiple stab wounds. Officers located the victim who appeared to have been beaten and stabbed several times.

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11:55 pm
Wed June 30, 2010

Good News For NMSU

Las Cruces – New Mexico State University is ranked No. 19 on the list of Top 100 Undergraduate Degree Producers in the category of Hispanic bachelor's degrees by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education. The same publication ranked NMSU No. 20 for Native American bachelor's degrees and No. 69 for total minority bachelor's degrees.

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6:54 pm
Wed June 30, 2010

EPA Vs. Texas

Texas – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has officially overturned a 16-year-old Texas air permitting program it says violates the Clean Air Act, leaving some of the country's largest refineries in a state of limbo.

The move ends years of backdoor bickering, negotiations and public arguments between the EPA and Texas. The argument recently escalated from a battle over environmental issues into a heated political dispute over states' rights.

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