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2:02 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Texas School Finance System "Unconstitutional"

A judge has again declared Texas' school finance system unconstitutional, reaffirming his 2013 decision despite $3.4 billion in extra classroom funding approved by the Legislature last summer.

State District Judge John Dietz's written opinion Thursday followed his verbal ruling last year that public school funding was inadequate.

He also said the "Robin Hood" system doesn't share funding fairly between school districts in wealthy and poor areas.

The Legislature cut $5.4 billion from public education in 2011, prompting more than 600 school districts statewide to sue.

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2:01 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Perry V. Cruz In 2016?

Credit Texas Governor Rick Perry (R)

   Two Texans, one White House. Is the 2016 Republican campaign trail big enough?

After plummeting from prime contender to political punchline three years ago, Gov. Rick Perry is gearing up for a second run for president. And he's turned his recent indictment on felony abuse-of-power charges into a campaign rallying cry.

But Perry may find himself bumping up against his state's junior senator, Ted Cruz. The tea party darling's firebomb approach on Capitol Hill has grassroots activists clamoring for him to make a White House run.

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1:59 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

New Parking Lot To Be Built For Air Show

  Amigo Airsho officials have announced that the proposed parking lot for this year’s event has been approved by Dona Ana County and construction has begun on the plot of land that will become patrons’ parking.  The parking lot will be attached to the Dona Ana County International Jetport in Santa Teresa.  In addition to the construction of the new parking lot, approval was also granted for repairs to be made to complete the existing taxiway at the airport.   These infrastructure projects should be complete within the next 30 days. 

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12:18 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Fatal Crash In Las Cruces

A two-vehicle crash Thursday morning on Lohman Avenue has claimed the life of an 84-year-old woman.

At around 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, Las Cruces Police were dispatched to the report of a crash on the 2001 block of east Lohman Avenue. The 84-year-old driver of one of the vehicles was critically injured in the crash. She was rushed to MountainView Regional Medical Center but was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.

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11:33 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Las Cruces Armed Robbery

Las Cruces Police are investigating an early Thursday morning armed robbery at a sandwich shop on University Avenue.

At around 2 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, Las Cruces Police were dispatched to a report of an armed robbery at the Jimmy John’s store at 901 E. University Ave. Police learned that two men, both armed with guns, entered the business, ordered employees to the floor and demanded money.

The suspects took an undisclosed amount of cash and left out of the store’s north entrance. No shots were fired and no injuries reported.

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10:13 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Drones Banned At Carlsbad Caverns

  CARLSBAD, New Mexico - Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), commonly known as “drones” are banned from many national parks across the U.S., including Carlsbad Caverns.

Officials at Carlsbad Caverns National Park have adopted the ban.  Anyone caught using model airplanes, quadcopters or other types of drones within the park’s boundaries could face fines and possible jail time.

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7:13 am
Thu August 28, 2014

State Police: Bloomfield Police Fatally Shot Man

Authorities say Bloomfield police have fatally shot a man following a report of a domestic dispute involving a possible suicidal man.

They say the man was shot Wednesday and died after he was transported to the San Juan Regional Medical Center.

New Mexico State Police Lt. Michah Doering says two Bloomfield police officers responded to a domestic call around 10:15 a.m. and were confronted with a suspect with a deadly weapon.

Police say the reason for the shots being fired still is being investigated.

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7:08 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Weapons Smuggler Gets Almost Eight-Year Prison Term

A South Texas man has been sentenced to almost 8 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to a weapons charge for trying to smuggle weapons to Mexico's Zeta drug cartel.

A U.S. Attorney's statement says Richard John Medina received the 93-month sentence Wednesday in federal court in Laredo. A federal agent testified Wednesday that Medina had smuggled firearms and grenades into Mexico for the Zetas.

U.S. District Judge Diana Saldana ordered the 40-year-old Laredo man to remain in custody pending transfer to a federal prison.

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7:05 am
Thu August 28, 2014

World War Two Albuquerque Vet's Family Gets Lost Medals

The family of a late World War II Albuquerque veteran who had lost his service medals has received replacements.

KOB-TV reports that the New Mexico National Guard presented the family of George Ayala a Bronze Star and five additional combat medals during a ceremony in Albuquerque on Tuesday.

Ayala's daughter, Georgia Brown, says after her father died in 2012, she found documents indicating his eligibility for service medals.

Ayala joined the United States Army and served in the Philippines and Japan during World War II as a private first class.

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7:03 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Santa Fe Council Votes To Decriminalize Pot

Credit santafenm.gov

The Santa Fe City Council has voted to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana.

City officials said in a news release that the council voted 5-4 Wednesday night to approve the pot ordinance

The measure makes possession of an ounce or less of marijuana a civil infraction punishable by a fine of no more than $25. It had been a criminal misdemeanor.

Activists had submitted enough valid voter signatures to force a public vote on the matter.

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6:59 am
Thu August 28, 2014

New Mexico Winery Gets Federal Grant For Chile Wine

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A New Mexico winery has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the federal government to expand production of its chile-infused wines.

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall announced the funding during a visit to St. Clair Winery in Deming on Wednesday.

With the funding, the New Mexico Democrat said the winery will be able to boost revenues and grow its customer base for its chile-infused line of wines by reimbursing production, marketing and distribution costs.

The winery's chile wines are made using hot peppers from the Hatch Valley in southern New Mexico.

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6:00 am
Thu August 28, 2014

International Studies Office Opens At WNMU

Pictured are four international students that arrived this summer. From left to right they are Nemorio Rodriguez, Brazil; Enrique Ruiz, Spain; Igor Moreira, Brazil; and Lara Villarmea, Spain.

  Silver City, NM – A recent push by foreign countries to send students to study abroad has helped galvanize efforts at Western New Mexico University to expand services to international students.

The new Office of International Studies opened this fall semester with a purpose to facilitate registration to WNMU by international students and provide support services for these students.

Currently at least 19 countries are represented by WNMU’s student population and Dr. Alexandra Neves, professor and director for the new office, hopes to see that number increase.

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9:11 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Four Dead In Las Cruces Plane Crash

Authorities say four people are dead in the crash of a small plane in Las Cruces.  New Mexico State Police say the twin-engine, fixed winged aircraft had just left the Las Cruces Airport and was headed to Phoenix.  They say the plane crashed around 7 p.m. Wednesday and burst into flames about one mile south of Interstate 10 near the southern New Mexico Fair Grounds.

Witnesses say the plane was flying at a low altitude before the crash.

Police say all four people aboard the aircraft were killed. Their names and hometowns aren't immediately available.

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5:06 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

In Depth: 250 Manufacturing Jobs Coming To Los Lunas

  Los Lunas - Today Governor Susana Martinez announced that family-owned manufacturing company Accurate will bring 250 new jobs to Los Lunas, paying between $18 and $30 per hour.

 

 

"We are proud to help local, family-owned companies like Accurate grow and expand in New Mexico," said Governor Martinez. "Businesses like this are the backbone of our continuing efforts to diversify our economy so that our families and communities can succeed."

 

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5:01 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

No NCAA Sanctions On UNM Soccer Team

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  The NCAA says it won't impose sanctions on the University of New Mexico women's soccer team over hazing.

KOB-TV reports that the governing body said Wednesday it leaves all allegation of hazing for schools to address.

Last week, the University of New Mexico suspended women's soccer coach Kit Vela for a week without pay and suspended 22 players for one game over the hazing episode.

The soccer team later apologized for a hazing case that sent two players to the hospital for excessive alcohol intoxication.

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4:58 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

President Crafts Legal Rationale For Immigration Orders

The White House is crafting a blame-it-on-Congress legal justification to back up President Barack Obama's impending executive actions on immigration.  Obama's self-imposed, end-of-summer deadline to act on immigration is rapidly approaching. Administration officials say the goal had been to announce Obama's decision around Labor Day. But a host of national security crises that interrupted Obama's August vacation have pushed back the announcement, likely until mid-September.

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4:56 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Activists Protest Police Shooting Contest In Albuquerque

Activists say they want a planned police shooting contest in Albuquerque canceled, especially after the city has been under scrutiny for police excess force.

Advocates held a rally Wednesday in downtown Albuquerque to call for the event's cancellation.

The city and its police department are hosting the National Rifle Association competition Sept. 13-17 for law enforcement members who can "select to fire in just one match or fire in all of the championship match events."

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4:53 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Reward Grows To $10,000 In Armed Robberies, Shooting

  Las Cruces Pic Quik stores have pitched in $9,000 on top of the $1,000 reward Crime Stoppers is offering for information that helps identify the suspects in any of the recent robberies and Aug. 19 shooting at their stores.

The $9,000 Pic Quik reward is only good for the first viable tip received before Nov. 23, 2014.

The three robberies at Pic Quik stores include:

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4:52 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Udall: Grant Will Help Deming Winery Expand

Credit Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

  DEMING, N.M. – Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture and Rural Development, visited the St. Clair Winery in Deming and announced a $50,000 grant to help expand production of its Hatch chile-infused wines and support New Mexico's agricultural industry, which is creating jobs in Luna County. The funding will help the winery to boost revenues and grow its customer base for its chile-infusted line of wines by reimbursing production, marketing and distribution costs. “St.

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4:42 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Man Arrested In "Spice" Influenced Stabbing

  Doña Ana County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Las Cruces man late Tuesday night after he allegedly stabbed his girlfriend multiple times while under the influence of spice.

According to investigators, Benjamin Ziehl, 29, was enraged over infidelity issues with his girlfriend when he became combative, grabbed a knife, and allegedly began to stab the woman multiple times in her face.

The woman was escaped and flagged down a passer-by for help. Sheriff’s deputies located Ziehl, at a home in the 7500 block of El Centro, and took him into custody.

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12:51 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Las Cruces Man Arrested For Mass Shooting Threat At NMSU

A Las Cruces man has been arrested for threatening a mass shooting at New Mexico State University in May.

Federal authorities took 19-year-old Zachary Hess into custody Monday and charged him with making a threat online.

According to unsealed documents, authorities say Hess threatened a mass shooting at NMSU during an anonymous online chat four days after a mass shooting near a college in Isla Vista, California, that left seven people dead.

Investigators say an anonymous chatter snapped a screen shot of Hess' message and posted it the NMSU Facebook page.

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12:48 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

FBI Raid At Former College

   FBI agents in West Texas and New Mexico have raided the offices of a former college and the house of its owners as part of an investigation that includes the U.S. Department of Education.

FBI spokesman Michael Martinez said three search warrants were served Wednesday and no arrests have been made. He declined to elaborate.

One campus of Anamarc College and the owners' house are in El Paso. Another campus is in Santa Teresa, New Mexico.

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12:46 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

NMSU Police Department Celebrates K-9 With Retirement Ceremony

  The New Mexico State University Police Department is hosting a retirement ceremony at 3:30 p.m. today at the department’s headquarters to honor K-9 officer Raven. She is one of three K-9’s with NMSUPD to specialize in explosive detection.

A Belgian Malinois-German Shepherd cross, Raven has worked with the NMSUPD for three years, and she inspected buildings and venues across campus including Aggie Memorial Stadium and Pan American Center. She also has been a regional asset and assisted with bomb threats in Dona Ana County.

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12:42 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Manhunt Is On After Armed Robbery In Las Cruces

  Las Cruces Police are investigating Tuesday evening’s armed robbery at a Pic Quik store on Missouri Avenue.

Shortly before 11 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26, two armed men entered the Pic Quik, at 2240 Missouri Ave., and demanded cash from the store clerk. The men took an undisclosed amount of cash and fled the store on foot heading east toward Payne Street.

  No shots were fired and no injuries were reported.

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8:21 am
Wed August 27, 2014

UNM Gets Grant To Study Rise In Rural Hepatitis C

The University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center is getting a $1.3 million grant to study the rise of Hepatitis C infections in rural New Mexico.

New Mexico Democratic Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham Tuesday announced the funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Lujan Grisham says New Mexico is experiencing a disproportionate rise in infections, largely among young adults in rural areas. She says the research is crucial to developing long-term solutions for prevention, early detection and treatment.

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8:20 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Inventory: New Mexico Piñon, Juniper Trees Are Growing

The most abundant types of forest in New Mexico are made up of pinon and juniper trees.

A five-year inventory of the state's forested lands shows the popular trees cover more than 13.6 million acres.

The inventory also shows pinon woodlands that are old enough to produce harvest-worthy quantities of pine nuts occupy about 8 million acres in New Mexico.

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8:16 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Santa Fe Council To Consider Pot Measure

The Santa Fe City Council is considering a proposal that would put a measure decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana on the November ballot.

The New Mexican reports that officials will hold a public hearing Wednesday, a day after the Santa Fe County Commission unanimously approved a similar resolution.

Activists have submitted enough valid voter signatures to force a public vote on the matter.

Secretary of State Dianna Duran says she is not sure if it will fit on an already crowded general election ballot.

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8:11 am
Wed August 27, 2014

New Mexico's Infant Mortality Rate Drops

New Mexico health officials say the state's infant mortality rate has dropped significantly.

The state Department of Health said Tuesday the latest figures show a decrease from 6.9 infant deaths per 1,000 live births in 2012 to 5.4 in 2013.

Health Secretary Retta Ward says the rate can vary substantially year to year and steep increases or decreases are not uncommon.

Ward says the department continues to try to understand the causes and implement initiatives to prevent or decrease infant deaths.

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4:29 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

"Captain Fantastic" Begins Filming In Las Cruces

Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima with actors from "Captain Fantastic"

Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima officially welcomed the cast and crew of Captain Fantastic to Las Cruces this week.

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4:21 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Udall Co-Sponsors Bill To Provide Background Checks To Organizations That Serve Children

Credit Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

  U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced that he is cosponsoring bipartisan legislation that would enable children’s groups, summer camps, and other youth-serving non-profit associations to gain access to federal criminal background checks on new employees and volunteers.  He discussed the legislation yesterday during a visit with the Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails in Albuquerque.

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