Regional
11:00 am
Fri December 24, 2010

New Mexico Settles With EPA

New Mexico – New Mexico, 10 other states, the District of Columbia and New York City have settled lawsuits against the Environmental Protection Agency after the agency announced a new plan to establish greenhouse gas pollution standards under provisions of the Clean Air Act.

The agreement followed a decision by the Obama administration to move through regulatory channels to clamp down on greenhouse gas emissions after Congress failed to act on new legislation.

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Regional
5:45 pm
Thu December 23, 2010

New Mexico Jobless Rate Rises Again

New Mexico – New Mexico's jobless rate reached 8.5 percent in November, up from the 8.4 percent rate recorded in October and the 8.1 percent rate of November 2009. The Las Cruces jobless rate also rose .1 percent to 8.5 percent.

The national unemployment rate rose to 9.8 percent in November.

State labor officials say New Mexico lost 4,400 jobs between November 2009 and November 2010.

The New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions says five industries have added jobs, while eight lost jobs.

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Regional
4:12 pm
Thu December 23, 2010

Unprecedented--EPA Takes Over Air Permits In Texas

Texas – The Environmental Protection Agency is taking the unprecedented step of directly issuing air permits to industries in Texas because of the state's refusal to comply with new greenhouse gas regulations going into effect Jan. 2.

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Regional
4:10 pm
Thu December 23, 2010

Martinez Announces Human Services Nominee

New Mexico – New Mexico Gov.-elect Susana Martinez has nominated a former U.S. Department of Health and Human Services official to head the state Human Services Department.

Martinez said Thursday that Sidonie Squier has a valuable perspective, having worked at both the state and federal level.

Squier directed the Office of Family Assistance in Health and Human Services from June 2005 through January 2009.

She has worked on such programs as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, Medicaid, nutrition and domestic violence.

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Regional
12:39 pm
Thu December 23, 2010

Police: Las Cruces Area Teens Connected To Mail Theft And Vandalism Case

Investigators sort through stolen mail.

Las Cruces – Three juveniles are targets of a Dona Ana County Sheriff's Department investigation into multiple counts of vandalism and mail theft.

At approximately 1:40 a.m. today, a sheriff's sergeant stopped a vehicle in the Shalem Colony area.

The vehicle was occupied by three 17-year-old juveniles -- two males and one female - who were found to be in possession of numerous pieces of mail.

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Regional
10:35 am
Thu December 23, 2010

Child Crisis Center Opens In Las Cruces

Las Cruces – The Child Crisis Center of Southern New Mexico is now open after receiving their New Mexico State Operating License, which means they can receive and care for children from birth to five years old, whose families are in crisis.

"Thanks to everyone who pooled together for the last two years, the children of Southern New Mexico have a safe and loving environment to come to, and just in time for the holiday season," said Donna Richmond, Executive Director of La Pi on Sexual Assault Services of Southern New Mexico.

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Regional
10:22 am
Thu December 23, 2010

State Unemployment Call Center Closed The Next Two Fridays

New Mexico – New Mexico's Unemployment Insurance Call Center will be closed the next two Fridays Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.

The state Department of Workforce Solutions says unemployment insurance claimants should plan for that.

The agency also notes the federal holidays of Christmas and New Year's on the next two Saturdays will mean banks and post offices will be closed. That could delay funds for unemployment insurance debit card holders and participants who have direct deposit or receive checks by mail.

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Regional
5:25 pm
Wed December 22, 2010

Dogs Quarantined After Gruesome Discovery

Las Cruces – Seven small dogs are quarantined at an animal shelter in southern New Mexico after their 98-year-old owner's toes were eaten as she slept.

Las Cruces officials said Tuesday the bedridden woman's toes might have been eaten by rodents inside her home.

Animal Services Center of the Mesilla Valley director Beth Vesco-Mock confirmed for the Las Cruces Sun-News the dogs, two pugs, four Chihuahuas and a heeler puppy were being watched for signs of rabies because of the incident.

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Regional
5:22 pm
Wed December 22, 2010

UNM Begins Budget Review To Deal With $28 Million In Recurring Cuts

Albuquerque – The University of New Mexico has convened a cost-containment task force to help the school craft a budget for next year and help formulate a three-year strategic financial plan.

UNM regents are to consider the budget plan next March.

UNM's acting president, Paul Roth, says the recession is continuing and state revenues are down.

He says that because of state cuts in the past two years, university officials expect future cuts.

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Regional
5:21 pm
Wed December 22, 2010

Obama Vows Fight For DREAM Act

New Mexico – President Barack Obama says it may be his "biggest disappointment" the failure to get Congress to pass the DREAM Act. It would offer a path to legal status for young illegal immigrants.

Obama says these children grow up like other kids in America, only to find themselves under a "shadow of fear" through no fault of their own. He says anyone who knows any of these young immigrants would want to help them.

He told reporters Wednesday that Republicans may be reluctant to do so because of "tough" politics on the issue.

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