Regional
8:38 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Former Las Cruces Police Officer Pleads Guilty To Felony Sex Charges

 

  Michael Garcia pleaded guilty Thursday to five counts of Criminal Sexual Contact a Child. Each count is a 2nd degree felony, carrying a penalty of up to 15 years prison. He entered the guilty plea in District Court in Las Cruces, NM. Sentencing will be set at a later date.

Dona Ana County District Attorney Mark D'Antonio said that he was happy to secure convictions in this case which is so important to the victim,  to the police, to the community, and to him.

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Regional
8:34 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Sipapu To Manage Pajarito Mountain Ski Area

Credit twitter.com/SkiPajarito

Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort is taking over management of Los Alamos's Pajarito Mountain Ski Area.

Los Alamos County and Sipapu on Thursday announced the agreement for the upcoming season. Sipapu also says it will offer a New Mexico Power Pass for unlimited access to both mountains, plus free lift tickets at more than 20 other ski areas throughout the country.

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Regional
8:24 am
Fri July 11, 2014

DHS Secretary Johnson To Visit New Mexico Migrant Detention Center

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is scheduled to visit a newly opened temporary immigration detention center in southeastern New Mexico.

Johnson will meet later Today with officials in Weslaco, Texas. There, they'll discuss the ongoing humanitarian immigrant crisis caused in South Texas by the surge in unaccompanied minors and family groups. Most of the immigrants are fleeing violence and poverty in Central America.

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Regional
8:22 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Gov. Martinez Appoints Hobbs Lawyer To Judgeship

Credit Office of the Governor

Hobbs lawyer Laura Castillo has been appointed by Gov. Susana Martinez to a newly created district court judgeship in southeastern New Mexico.

Castillo has operated her own law practice in Hobbs since 2010, and before that worked in a private law firm in the community and was an assistant district attorney.

She received her law degree in 2004 from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas. Castillo received an undergraduate degree from the University of the Southwest in Hobbs.

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Regional
8:21 am
Fri July 11, 2014

New Mexico Delegation: Public Faith In VA Is Eroding

New Mexico's congressional delegation has serious concerns about the handling of a patient's death at the Veterans Affairs hospital in Albuquerque and the agency's lack of transparency.

The delegation outlined the concerns in a letter sent Thursday to the acting VA director.

The senators and representatives say the agency's lack of transparency is eroding the public's faith and is inhibiting the delegation's ability to conduct any kind of oversight of the VA in New Mexico.

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The Two-Way
8:01 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Elephant Featured In Film 'Alexander' Killed By Thai Poachers

A photo released by the Ayutthaya Elephant Palace and Royal Kraal, shows Thai police officers examining the slain elephant.
AP

Originally published on Fri July 11, 2014 8:33 am

Poachers in Thailand killed a 50-year-old elephant who appeared in Oliver Stone's 2004 film Alexander before crudely hacking off the animal's giant tusks, according to The Bangkok Post.

The Asian elephant, named Phlai Khlao, was used in scenes from the movie starring Colin Farrell and Angelina Jolie. The animal had also been part of ceremonial performances for Thailand's royal family.

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The Two-Way
7:41 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Liverpool Unloads 'The Biter,' Sending Suarez To Barca For $128 Million

Luis Suarez will wear the number 9 for Barcelona.
FC Barcelona

Originally published on Fri July 11, 2014 9:45 am

Luis Suarez, the Uruguayan striker who became headline news in the U.S. after biting an Italian player during the World Cup, is moving to a new club. He'll play for Barcelona, after the team reached terms with Liverpool in a transfer widely reported at 75 million pounds, or more than $128 million.

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The Two-Way
6:47 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Germany Calls For 'Honest Foundation' In Relations With U.S.

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier at a news conference at the Foreign Ministry in Berlin on Friday. Steinmeier will meet Secretary of State John Kerry this weekend to discuss allegations of U.S. spying.
Michael Sohn AP

Originally published on Fri July 11, 2014 9:42 am

Germany's foreign minister said his government's decision to ask the CIA station chief in Berlin to leave was inevitable given recent allegations of spying, but he said he wants to renew the friendship between the two countries based on an "honest foundation."

Frank-Walter Steinmeier told reporters in Berlin on Friday that the decision to expel the U.S. intelligence official "is the right decision, a necessary step and a fitting reaction to the break of trust which has occurred."

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The Two-Way
6:39 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Dozens Of Ukrainian Troops Reportedly Killed By Militants

Ukrainian soldiers man a checkpoint about 30 miles from Donetsk on Thursday. A government official said Friday that a rocket attack had killed as many as 30 troops.
Genya Savilov AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri July 11, 2014 9:35 am

Separatists in eastern Ukraine reportedly used a rocket-launching system in an attack Friday that a Ukrainian official says might have killed as many as 30 government troops. The strike comes after days of steady gains against the rebels by Ukrainian forces.

From the Interfax-Ukraine News Agency:

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Shots - Health News
6:09 am
Fri July 11, 2014

How A Fanny Pack Mix-Up Revealed A Medicare Drug Scam

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Originally published on Fri July 11, 2014 3:30 pm

The fraud scheme began to unravel last fall, with the discovery of a misdirected stack of bogus prescriptions and a suspicious spike in Medicare drug spending tied to a doctor in Key Biscayne, Fla.

Now it's led to two guilty pleas, as well as an ongoing criminal case against a pharmacy owner.

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