Regional
10:34 am
Fri June 17, 2011

Pearce Announces Opposition To Moving Las Cruces Postal Facility

Las Cruces – Congressman Steve Pearce has voiced his opposition to the proposed closing of the mail processing facility in Las Cruces.

Pearce's office says this move was already attempted in 2007, and failed so completely that the decision was reversed.

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Regional
9:35 am
Fri June 17, 2011

Southern Baptists Advocate Path To Legal Status For Undocumented

Texas – The Southern Baptist Convention has passed a resolution advocating a path to legal status for illegal immigrants.

The resolution was passed on Wednesday at the annual meeting of the nation's largest protestant denomination in Phoenix. It also calls on Southern Baptists to reject bigotry and to minister to all people, regardless of immigration status.

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Regional
9:33 am
Fri June 17, 2011

Texas House Approves Bill That Could Cut Teacher Pay

Texas – School districts will be able to pay public school teachers less and furlough them without pay beginning in 2012 under a bill passed by the House on Thursday.

The measure also allows the education commissioner to consider budget cuts in allowing larger class sizes in some schools. The bill now goes back to the Senate to consider amendments added by the House on Thursday.

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Regional
9:31 am
Fri June 17, 2011

Poll: Texans Support Perry And Obama

Texas – A poll by the nonpartisan Lyceum group finds that the majority of likely voters in Texas approve of the job Republican Rick Perry is doing as governor and Democrat Barack Obama is doing as president.

The poll shows Perry a potential presidential candidate with a 54 percent job approval rating among those surveyed.

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Regional
9:30 am
Fri June 17, 2011

Texas Suit Over Cyberbullying

Houston – Three Houston-area girls have been sued over an alleged cyberbullying video threatening a classmate.

The Houston Chronicle reports three Riverwood Middle School students made the video last month while off campus. The Facebook posting has since been removed.

The attorney father of the targeted girl gave the video to school officials, sent cease-and-desist demands to the three families, plus requested each donate $5,000 to a group dedicated to responsible Internet use.

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Regional
7:57 am
Fri June 17, 2011

UPDATE: Ruidoso Fire Burns Homes, Prompts Evacuations

Ruidoso, New Mexico – RUIDOSO, N.M. (KRWG) Firefighters have stopped the spread of a blaze that erupted in a wooded Ruidoso neighborhood and quickly engulfing several homes.

Ruidoso village officials say evacuated residents were allowed to return home about 8 p.m. Thursday.

They say the afternoon fire charred about 10 acres, burned eight structures and forced the evacuation of residents from the Pinecliff area east to DiPaolo Hill near the Ruidoso Downs Race Track.

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7:55 am
Fri June 17, 2011

Mora Park Closed To Camping

Mora County, New Mexico – MORA, N.M. (KRWG) State park officials are closing Morphy Lake State Park to overnight camping because of high fire danger.

The camping ban begins on Friday and will continue indefinitely.

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Regional
6:40 pm
Thu June 16, 2011

Ruidoso Fire Destroys Homes, Prompts Evacuations

Ruidoso – Firefighters are battling a blaze that erupted behind a Ruidoso business and quickly raced up the mountain behind it, engulfing homes along the way.

The Ruidoso News reported Thursday afternoon that residents from Swallow, Wood Lane, Miriam, Lark and Mockingbird were being evacuated.

An evacuation also was ordered for the Turkey Canyon area of Ruidoso Downs and from the Pine Springs Motel.

The fire was moving northeast but remained on the south side of highway U.S. 70.

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Regional
3:46 pm
Thu June 16, 2011

Las Cruces Police Arrest Man For Entering Home And Assaulting Child

Las Cruces – Las Cruces Police arrested a man who entered a home early Saturday morning and sexually assaulted an 11-year-old girl as she slept.

Devin W. Acosta, whose address was listed in San Antonio, N.M., is charged with criminal sexual contact of a minor and aggravated burglary.

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Regional
3:33 pm
Thu June 16, 2011

Las Cruces Asks Residents To Reduce Fire Risk

Las Cruces – The Las Cruces Fire Department is encouraging residents to remove dead plant material from their yards as it could be a fire risk.

The freezing temperatures Las Cruces and Dona Ana County experienced in February killed many plants and grasses. The warm and dry conditions that southern New Mexico continues to experience have contributed to the problem.

Dry grasses, weeds, chaparral and other flammable landscaping surrounding homes and outbuildings can pose as a significant fire danger.

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