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12:29 pm
Mon June 14, 2010

Sexual Assault Arrest

Las Cruces – The man wanted for sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl in Las Cruces was arrested over the weekend in El Paso, Texas.

Oscar A. Luevano, 33, of the 1900 block of south Telshor Boulevard, was arrested by El Paso Police on a warrant out of Las Cruces. Luevano is charged with two counts of criminal sexual contact of a minor and three counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

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11:31 pm
Sun June 13, 2010

New Mexico Wildfires

New Mexico – Firefighters are battling a lightning-caused wildfire that has charred more than 2,500 acres on the Santa Fe National Forest near Polvadera Peak.

The South Fork Fire is one of three fires burning on the northern New Mexico forest. Fire officials say the blaze has been pushed by strong winds, which have produced flame lengths of more than 200 feet and grounded all air support on Saturday.

South of Gallinas Canyon on the Pecos district, the Tecolotoe Fire has burned more than 1,300 acres.

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10:42 pm
Sat June 12, 2010

Texas GOP Calls For Immigration Law

Texas – Republican activists, bucking Texas Gov. Rick Perry, are proposing a crackdown on illegal immigration similar to a law passed earlier this year in Arizona.

A proposed Republican Party platform calls for the Legislature to make it a crime for any illegal alien to "intentionally or knowingly" be in the state of Texas. It will be debated Saturday at the GOP state convention.

The proposal would make illegal entry a Class A Misdemeanor and require local police to verify U.S. residency when making arrests.

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11:35 am
Sat June 12, 2010

Richardson Pumps $200,000 Into Film Industry

New Mexico – The New Mexico Filmmakers Program has been awarded an additional $200,000 in state funds.

Gov. Bill Richardson announced the funding Friday during a stop in Albuquerque.

The money will be used for filmmaker training and outreach programs, including the New Mexico Filmmakers Showcase, the annual New Mexico Filmmakers Conference and the New Mexico Filmmakers Resource Center.

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11:15 am
Sat June 12, 2010

Man Wanted In Sexual Assault Of Child

Las Cruces – The Las Cruces Police are asking for the public's help in locating a man who sexually assaulted a 13-year-old girl earlier this week.

An arrest warrant has been issued for Oscar A. Luevano, 33, whose last known address is an apartment on the 1900 block of south Telshor Boulevard in Las Cruces. Luevano is charged with two counts of criminal sexual contact of a minor and three counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

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Regional
7:58 pm
Fri June 11, 2010

Civil Rights Probe Into Shooting

El Paso – A federal official tells The Associated Press that the FBI has opened a civil rights probe as part of the investigation into the shooting of a 15-year-old Mexican boy by a U.S. Border Patrol agent at the international boundary with Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.

The FBI formally added the civil rights portion to its broader investigation into the alleged assault on the Border Patrol agent, said the official, who was familiar with investigation, but was not authorized to speak on the subject.

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7:56 pm
Fri June 11, 2010

Mexican Gray Wolf Protection

Las Cruces – Environmentalists have petitioned the federal government to halt all trapping and snaring in an area of southwestern New Mexico where the Mexican gray wolf has been reintroduced.

WildEarth Guardians and the Sierra Club contend that more than a dozen of the wolves have been trapped either illegally or inadvertently in recent years.

Wendy Keefover-Ring of WildEarth Guardians says trapping on the range of an endangered species is irresponsible.

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7:53 pm
Fri June 11, 2010

Tests Negative So Far In Grave Medical Error

Albuquerque – A University of New Mexico School of Medicine administrator says 37 people have come forward to identify themselves as participants in a medical screening test that might have placed them at risk for contracting serious diseases.

The school's associate dean for clinical affairs, Dr. Robert Bailey, says tests conducted so far on 27 patients have come back negative for Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV. He says that means the possibility for infection is considered minimal.

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7:46 pm
Fri June 11, 2010

Harvard Student Being Deported To Mexico; Grew Up In Texas

Texas – A Harvard University student says he is facing deportation to Mexico after being detained by immigration authorities.

Eric Balderas, an undocumented student who just completed his first year at Harvard, said Friday he was detained by immigration authorities after he tried to board a plane from his hometown of San Antonio to Boston using a consulate card from Mexico and his student ID.

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7:44 pm
Fri June 11, 2010

NM Film Festival At Kilmer's Ranch

New Mexico – How about spending the day at actor Val Kilmer's Pecos River Ranch?

It will cost you, but organizers of the Santa Fe Film Festival say it's going to a good cause.

Festival co-executive director Michael Hare says Kilmer has agreed to help the festival raise money by offering up his northern New Mexico ranch.

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