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12:46 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

New Catholic Parish In Santa Teresa

Las Cruces, New Mexico: Bishop Cantú, Bishop of the Diocese of Las Cruces will hold a press conference at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Heart of Mary on August 7, 2014 at 11:00 AM. Bishop Cantu will announce that he has issued a canonical decree to establish a new Catholic parish in Santa Teresa, New Mexico. The new Catholic parish will be named in honor of Saint John Paul II.

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5:04 pm
Sun August 3, 2014

Heinrich Blasts Redactions In CIA Interrogation Report

Credit Senator Martin Heinrich (D) New Mexico

  U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement on the CIA's redactions to the executive summary of the Committee's study of the CIA's Detention and Interrogation Program.

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12:21 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Woman Found Guilty Of Welfare Fraud

  Las Cruces—A jury found Miroslava Girard guilty of a single count of Failing to Disclose Facts to Obtain Public Assistance; a 2nd degree felony;  which included Food Stamps, Low Income Home Energy Assistance, Medicaid and cash from 2008-2012.

Girard violated New Mexico State Statutes by failing to report the income of her live-in boyfriend, who is the father of her child, and the fact that her son was covered under his medical insurance policy.

This 2nd degree felony verdict carries a maximum exposure of 9 years incarceration.

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8:46 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Heinrich Votes To Reform VA System

   U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), released the following statement after voting to pass the Conference Report for the Veterans' Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act. The proposal, cosponsored by Senator Heinrich, will improve veterans' access to health care services and address serious systemic problems facing the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). 

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4:54 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Heinrich Calls CIA Search Of Senate Computers "Shocking...Inexcusable"

Credit Senator Martin Heinrich (D) New Mexico

 

  U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement today after receiving a briefing on the results of a CIA Inspector General investigation, which confirmed that the agency improperly searched computers used by Senate Select Committee on Intelligence staff to prepare a report on the agency's detention and interrogation program.

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2:04 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Business Group Requests Records On Government Bids

Today, the New Mexico Association of Commerce and Industry (ACI), New Mexico’s statewide business advocate, submitted requests under the New Mexico Inspection of Public Records Act (IPRA) for records pertaining to contract purchases by Albuquerque Public Schools, Rio Rancho Public Schools, and the cities of Las Cruces, Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, and Santa Fe.  The requested records will show to what degree contracts are “piggybacked” on one another, rather than being put out for bids from competing businesses.  This practice is allowed under current statutes, further emphasizing the need for

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2:21 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Public Schools Should Not Be Profit Centers

  For-Profit virtual (or cyber-based) charter schools, funded with public taxpayer's money, entered the New Mexico public education system with the establishment of two schools:

1.     New Mexico Virtual Academy (2012), authorized by the Farmington Municipal School District, provides education for grades 6-12.  It is headquartered at the Farmington Learning Center and, through a contract authorized by the NM Public Education Department, is managed by K12 Inc, a company that trades on the U.S. Stock Exchange as NYSE:LRN, (4-Traders.com, 2012).

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1:13 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Heinrich Blasts Failure Of Bill To End Tax Incentive For Sending Jobs Overseas

  Today, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) released the following statement after S. 2569, the Bring Jobs Home Act, failed to overcome a procedural hurdle that requires 60 votes, with a vote of 54 to 42. The bill, supported by Senator Heinrich, would protect and promote U.S. job growth by ending a tax incentive for moving jobs overseas and creating a new tax incentive for bringing jobs back to the U.S.

 

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5:30 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Pearce: Arrivals And Departures At Artesia Facility Halted Due To Health Concerns

Credit Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

  Today, Congressman Steve Pearce received confirmed information about public health and safety issues at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers (FLETC) facility in Artesia. The information, confirmed by the Department of Homeland Security, detailed the conditions for the undocumented immigrant women and children held at FLETC. DHS confirmed that arrivals and departures have been halted as they treat and vaccinate the population for Varicella (Chicken Pox).

 

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2:11 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

El Paso Baseball Team Celebrates: Over 400,000 Have Attended A Home Game

Credit epchihuahuas.com

  EL PASO, Texas – Weeks after breaking the all-time Minor League single-season attendance record for El Paso baseball, the Chihuahuas are proud to announce that more than 400,000 fans have walked through the Southwest University Park gates. This comes on the heels of a social media milestone, as the team’s Facebook page hit 100,000 likes, ranking second in all of Minor League Baseball.

 

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1:58 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Heinrich Applauds Confirmation Of New VA Secretary

Credit Senator Martin Heinrich (D) New Mexico

  U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) released the following statement today after voting to confirm Robert McDonald as the next U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA):

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12:01 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Petitions For $10.10 Las Cruces Minimum Wage Certified By City Clerk

Las Cruces City Clerk Esther Martinez has validated the 2,257 signatures necessary to certify CAFé’s ordinance to improve wages to $10.10 by 2017 in Las Cruces. 

 

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3:04 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Settlement Requires Feds To Review Pesticide Impacts

The Center for Biological Diversity reached a settlement today requiring the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to analyze the impacts of five common pesticides on endangered wildlife across the nation. The pesticides up for review — carbaryl, chlorpyrifos, diazinon, malathion and methomyl — have all been found to be toxic to wildlife and may pose a health risk to humans. 

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4:34 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Steve Pearce Comments On House Working Group Report On Border Crisis

Credit Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

 

  Today, Congressman Steve Pearce responded to the House Working Group’s presentation Wednesday of its recommendations and solutions to the national security and humanitarian crisis at the southern border.

 

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2:15 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Santa Fe Workers File National Labor Relations Board Complaint

  SANTA FE--Today, workers from Posa's Restaurant held a demonstration in front of the business on Zafarano Dr.

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1:53 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Feds Propose Roadmap For Mexican Gray Wolves' Future In New Mexico, Arizona

  SILVER CITY, N.M.— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service laid out its vision for the future of the endangered Mexican gray wolf today, proposing releases of captive-bred wolves into new areas of New Mexico and parts of Arizona and allowing wolves to roam from the Mexican border to Interstate 40, a much broader region than currently permitted.

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9:08 am
Thu July 24, 2014

White House Announces $10 Billion For Rural Infrastructure

Credit facebook.com/USDA

  The White House Rural Council today announced the creation of the new U.S. Rural Infrastructure Opportunity Fund through which private entities can invest in job-creating rural infrastructure projects across the country. An initial $10 billion has been committed to the fund with greater investment expected to follow. Target investments will include hospitals, schools and other educational facilities, rural water and wastewater systems, energy projects, broadband expansion, local and regional food systems, and other rural infrastructure.

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8:21 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Pearce: Support Israel's Offensive Against Hamas

Credit Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

  Congressman Steve Pearce released the following statement in support of Israel’s offensive against Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

“I stand by our Israeli allies and their effort to permanently end terrorist attacks on civilians,” said Pearce. “Since the beginning of this military intervention into Gaza, the radical Islamic terrorist group Hamas fired over 1,000 rockets indiscriminately at Israeli civilians, while hiding behind women and children in mosques, hospitals and UN-administered schools. The moral case for Israel could not be clearer.”

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10:48 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Fish Only Found In New Mexico And Arizona Gains Endangered Species Protection

Credit USFWS

  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— Following an agreement with the Center for Biological Diversity to speed decisions for protection of 757imperiled species across the country, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today protected the Zuni bluehead sucker under the Endangered Species Act.

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10:41 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Rodríguez On Williams Institute's Report On The Economic Impact Of Same-Sex Marriage In Texas

Credit SEN. JOSÉ RODRÍGUEZ

  Today, the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law issued a report on the economic impact of legalizing same-sex marriage in Texas, and the results are substantial. According to the report, over the next three years, same-sex marriages in Texas would:

·         Inject $181.6 million into our state's economy;

·         Generate $14.8 million in sales tax revenue; and

·         Create between 523 and 1,570 new jobs.

These economic benefits are primarily a result of wedding spending and out-of-state guest spending.

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5:53 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Las Cruces Diocese: Local Donations Should Cease At This Time

Credit archdiocesesantafe.org / New Mexico Conference of Catholic Bishops

  Bishop Cantú,, Bishop of the Diocese of Las Cruces, would like to thank the many volunteers, and donors that came forward in support of our humanitarian outreach program, entitled Project Oak Tree. Today, we ask that all donations (monetary and goods) and volunteers cease until further notice.  We do not anticipate having any refugees this week, and the donations we have received have been sufficient for the time being.

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5:49 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Pearce Introduces New Organ Mountains Desert Peaks Monument Legislation

 Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM 2) has introduced the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument Corrections Act.

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4:14 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

New Mexico Economic Development Department: Study Supports State Film Incentives

Credit nmfilm.com

  Santa Fe - Today, the New Mexico Film Office released the final Phase 1 report of a study on the economic impact of the state's film incentive program.

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4:02 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Heinrich Meets With VA Secretary Nominee

  U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) met with Veterans Administration (VA) Secretary Nominee Robert McDonald in his Washington D.C. office yesterday where they discussed ways to improve veteran care and address systemic problems at the VA.

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4:10 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Civil Rights And Media Groups To FCC: Reclassify Internet Service Providers As Common Carriers

 

WASHINGTON - On Friday, the Voices for Internet Freedom coalition filed comments with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on behalf of more than 50 civil rights, human rights, community-based and media organizations in support of strong Net Neutrality rules that protect the digital rights of communities of color.

 

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3:40 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Udall, Heinrich: New Leadership Needed At New Mexico VA Medical Center

Credit Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

  WASHINGTON – Today, as the acting Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary visits New Mexico, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich urged the VA to move quickly to hire a qualified permanent director for New Mexico's VA hospital to help it immediately begin the work to regain the trust of veterans and address serious problems with scheduling, emergency response, care for rural veterans and other challenges.

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12:50 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Udall Supports Women's Access To Health Care Following Hobby Lobby Decision

Credit Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

  

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11:04 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Heinrich Co-Signs Letter Calling For Review Of Trade Agreement With Countries Violating LGBT Rights

Credit Senator Martin Heinrich (D) New Mexico

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9:00 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Pearce Urges Additional Flights For Deportations Of Central American Immigrants

Credit Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

  Congressman Steve Pearce issued this statement today after the Department of Homeland Security's first flight of deported immigrants left the Roswell International Air Center. The undocumented women and children were being temporarily housed at the Federal Law Enforcement and Training Center (FLETC) in Artesia.

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11:11 am
Sun July 13, 2014

Pearce: We Must Know The "Whole Story" Before Congress Acts On Immigration

Credit Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

  For the past few months, our nation has been shocked by the tens of thousands of Central American women and children flooding across our border illegally. To date, it has been reported that more than 100,000 individuals have crossed the border, nearly half of them being unaccompanied minors. Yet after months of this problem continuing to grow, we are no closer to knowing root causes that lead individuals to risk their health and safety, and how to mitigate this humanitarian crisis.

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