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6:00 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Monday Business Watch

Every Monday at 7:51am on Morning Edition, Edmundo Resendez covers the week's top local business stories with Las Cruces Sun News Business Editor Jason Gibbs.

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2:08 pm
Sun September 21, 2014

El Paso Hospital Working With Feds After TB Exposure

  The El Paso hospital where more than 700 infants were exposed to tuberculosis over the past year says it will work with federal authorities to show its procedures were adequate.

A Providence Memorial Hospital nursery employee tested positive for TB in August and was placed on leave. Health officials believe she may have exposed infants and about 40 other hospital workers starting in September 2013.

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2:06 pm
Sun September 21, 2014

Las Cruces Area Prisoner Cuts Himself With Razor

  A man who was about to be sentenced for a murder conviction cut himself with a razor blade and had to be forcibly removed from a court holding cell and rushed to a hospital.

An investigation is being conducted into how 38-year-old Dominic Martin Montoya obtained the razor that he used to cut his arms and neck on Friday.

Montoya was supposed to be sentenced Friday for his murder conviction in the 2006 killing of 29-year-old Adam Avalos, then a fellow detainee at the Dona Ana County Detention Center, with a jail-issued razor.

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2:05 pm
Sun September 21, 2014

Albuquerque Workers Fighting Pay Raise Imposed By City

Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry
Credit http://www.cabq.gov/mayor

  More than 2,000 Albuquerque municipal employees say a proposed pay raise by the city would come at the cost of an unapproved contract.

KOAT-TV reports that representatives for more than 2,000 workers have filed a temporary restraining order against the city.

Mayor Richard Berry's administration announced earlier this month a 3 percent pay hike following an impasse with union locals representing workers.

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2:03 pm
Sun September 21, 2014

Lead In 60-Year-Old Santa Fe Case May Fizzle

  Investigators say several bone fragments are looking less likely to be connected a Santa Fe woman who disappeared more than 60 years ago.

Police said Thursday a lab in Texas determined that all but one of four fragments came from an animal.

Police spokeswoman Celina Espinoza says the lab will continue testing the last bone.

Police found the fragments in March in the garage of a home that once belonged to the husband of 26-year-old Inez Garcia.

Garcia was last seen in the early morning of Nov. 6, 1952 by her sister when the two were at a downtown bar.

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2:01 pm
Sun September 21, 2014

Carlsbad Caverns Closed Due To Flooding

  Carlsbad Caverns will remain closed because of hazardous road conditions caused by recent flooding.

National Park Service officials say crews are working Sunday to clear debris on a road brought in by high water.

The park has been closed since Thursday.

Southeastern New Mexico has been experiencing flooding the last few days as a result of the remnants of Hurricane Odile.

The New Mexico National Guard on Saturday rescued 40 oilfield workers stranded by floodwater on a county road near Artesia.

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2:00 pm
Sun September 21, 2014

Citing Joan Rivers, Perry Backs Clinic Law

Credit Texas Governor Rick Perry (R)

  Republican Gov. Rick Perry has pointed toward comedian Joan Rivers dying at a surgery clinic while defending a Texas law that would shutter abortion facilities statewide.

Perry said Sunday "it's a curious thought" whether Rivers might be alive had there been tighter regulations at a New York outpatient surgery center where she went into cardiac arrest this month.

The 81-year-old Rivers was undergoing a routine procedure. Health officials in New York are investigating.

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1:59 pm
Sun September 21, 2014

Poll Shows New Mexico Is Split On Business Incentives

  A newspaper's poll has found that nearly half of New Mexico voters support luring employers to the state with financial incentives.

The poll by the Albuquerque Journal shows 49 percent of voters are behind offering as much as $1 billion worth of financial incentives to attract a large company.

Thirty-nine percent say they were against offering public incentives. The remaining voters say they had mixed feelings or were undecided.

The poll was conducted Sept. 9-11, a few days after New Mexico lost out to be the site of a new Tesla plant.

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7:19 am
Sun September 21, 2014

In Depth: NMSU Falls To UNM 38-35

  LAS CRUCES, N.M. – The NM State Aggies fell to 2-2 on the season after losing the Rio Grande Rivalry 38-35 to the New Mexico Lobos, now 1-2 on the season, Saturday, Sept. 20, at Aggie Memorial Stadium in Las Cruces, N.M.

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6:00 am
Sun September 21, 2014

Long Range Transportation Plan Input Sought In Las Cruces

 

  The future of roads, streets and trails is the subject of upcoming meetings specifically asking for public input from residents of Las Cruces and surrounding areas so they have an opportunity to make an impact on planning decisions.

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3:43 pm
Sat September 20, 2014

NM Dept. Of Health To Provide Tuberculosis Tests For Patients Possibly Exposed At El Paso Hospital

Credit New Mexico Department of Health

  (Las Cruces) – The New Mexico Department of Health announced it is providing tuberculosis screening to approximately 50 New Mexico babies who may have been exposed to a hospital employee with an active case of Tuberculosis (TB) in the post-partum and newborn nursery area of Providence Hospital in El Paso, Texas between September 2013 and August 2014.

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3:40 pm
Sat September 20, 2014

In Depth: NMSU And UNM Board Of Regents Discuss New Mexico Higher Education

  The New Mexico State University and University of New Mexico Boards of Regents held a special joint meeting Sept. 20 to discuss current issues in higher education in New Mexico.

Dave Lepre, executive director of the Council of University Presidents, gave an overview of the council’s efforts regarding the higher education funding formula. The formula has been moving from expenditure-based to performance-based, but has had some growing pains, Lepre said.

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6:00 am
Sat September 20, 2014

NMSU Alumnus Promoted To Colonel In Pinning Ceremony

  A pinning ceremony to acknowledge the promotion of United States Army Reserve Col. Richard Delgado Jr. – a New Mexico State University alumnus – will take place at the Fort Bayard Forgotten Veteran Memorial at 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20.

Col. Delgado’s official pinning was conducted on Saturday, Sept. 6, at the 79th Sustainment Support Command in Los Alamitos, California, by the Commanding General, Major Gen. Megan Tatu. 

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9:38 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

UPDATE: Suspect Shot And Killed After Las Cruces Standoff

Credit twitter.com/Las Cruces Sun News

  The Las Cruces Sun News reports an armed man was shot and killed by police after a nearly seven-hour standoff. The confrontation came after a 60-mile pursuit on Interstate 10.  The newspaper identifies the man as 33 year old William Smith of El Paso.

New Mexico State Police chased the man's vehicle from the Deming area Friday morning.

Las Cruces police stopped the vehicle in a mostly residential area when it got off the freeway about a mile southwest of downtown.

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4:18 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

NM Supreme Court: Advisory Questions Must Be Allowed On Ballot

The state Supreme Court is allowing two New Mexico counties to poll voters about lowering marijuana penalties. The court on Friday ordered Secretary of State Dianna Duran to place the advisory questions on November general election ballots in Bernalillo and Santa Fe counties.  The counties want to survey their voters on whether they support decriminalizing marijuana. Bernalillo County also plans to ask voters about a possible tax levy to finance mental health services.

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4:16 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Bizarre Multi-Vehicle Crash In Las Cruces

A bizarre series of events Friday morning resulted in the crash of a motorcycle, and the collision of an automobile with a bicyclist who was airlifted to an El Paso hospital in critical condition.

Shortly before 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 19, Las Cruces Police were called to Missouri Avenue near Gladys Drive where officers located an injured bicyclist and motorcyclist. The 36-year-old bicyclist was initially treated at the scene and then airlifted to University Medical Center of El Paso with a serious head injury.

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3:10 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Heinrich: Congress Should Limit Authorization For Use Of Military Force Against ISIL

Credit Senator Martin Heinrich (D) New Mexico

  U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) released the following statement after voting to prevent a government shutdown and to allow President Obama to train and equip Syrian opposition fighters in the effort to degrade and destroy the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL):

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1:42 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Citizen Police Panel Bill Sent To Albuquerque Mayor

  The City Council has approved a plan for greater civilian oversight of Albuquerque's police department, which has faced criticism over recent shootings.

The bill was approved 8-0 late Thursday and sent to the mayor, who has said he would carefully review any such proposal.

The ordinance is aimed at creating a more powerful agency to decide on civilian complaints against police.

The city has been rocked by angry protests and a U.S. Justice Department investigation over more than 40 police shootings since 2010.

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1:40 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Silver City Eyes Stronger Driving While Texting Law

  Silver City councilors are considering a proposal that would give the town a stronger driving-while-texting law than the recently passed state version.

The proposed measure calls for drivers to be fined $100 for texting while driving regardless of how many times motorists violate the state law.

State law prohibit drivers from sending or reading text messages and emails, or making Internet searches from smartphones or other hand-held wireless devices. There would be a $25 fine for a first violation and $50 for subsequent violations.

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1:39 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Higher Unemployment Rate In Texas, Still Below National Average

Unemployment across Texas rose slightly to 5.3 percent in August.

The Texas Workforce Commission on Friday announced the rate increased from the 5.1 percent recorded in June and July.

The national unemployment rate stood at 6.1 percent.

Through the course of the year, Texas employers have added 395,200 nonfarm jobs to their payrolls.

Professional and business services added about 8,700 positions in August, while education and health services added 7,500 that month.

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1:38 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

New Mexico Jobless Rate Rises

New Mexico's unemployment rate was 6.7 percent in August, up from 6.6 percent in July and down from 7 percent in August 2013.

The state Department of Workforce Solutions said Friday that New Mexico's economy gained 4,600 jobs from August 2013 in the third straight month of over-the-year increases after eight months of year-over-year losses.

Education and health services led all sectors with an increase of 6,100 jobs or 5 percent since last year, while manufacturing had the largest over-the-year losses, down 3,000 jobs, or 10 percent.

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1:37 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Dona Ana County Warns Of Flood Cleanup Scams

    

  Following heavy rainfall that drenched most of Doña Ana County this past week, county officials remind residents to be cautious about companies offering low-cost cleanup services or solicitors for flood-related charities.

            Financial contributions should only be made to the American Red Cross, or any other organization that can provide proper credentials with a photo ID. Anyone who suspects a scammer should contact the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office and report as much information on the person soliciting services or funds.

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1:36 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Standoff In Las Cruces

Credit twitter.com/Las Cruces Sun News

  

Las Cruces Police are continuing to assist New Mexico State Police with a high risk traffic stop on Avenida de Mesilla.

At around 9:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 19, New Mexico State Police asked LCPD for assistance with a vehicle that was eastbound on I-10 and refusing to stop for their officers.

The vehicle ultimately exited I-10 at Avenida de Mesilla and began heading eastbound where it was stopped by police between Valley Drive and Main Street. The man who was driving has remained inside the car and is refusing to cooperate with police.

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1:31 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Nearly $200 Million In Losses For Dallas Pension Fund

  Officials say bad real estate investments have cost the retirement fund for Dallas police officers and firefighters almost $200 million.

The Dallas Morning News reports the failed investments include a luxury resort and vineyard in California, luxury homes in Hawaii and large tracts of land in Arizona and Idaho. The investments began in 2005.

The fund's board listened to a presentation about the $196 million in losses by its staffers and a fund consultant on Thursday. Nearly half of the losses were recognized on the fund's 2013 books completed this summer.

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8:21 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Nuke Dump Cleanup Plans Still Under Review

Credit Department of Energy

Officials working to reopen the federal government's troubled nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico say their recovery plan is under review.

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8:16 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Clovis Police Officer Investigated After Traffic Stop

Clovis police have launched an internal investigation following a YouTube video of an officer slamming a handcuffed man into the asphalt during a traffic stop.

The Clovis New Journal reports the officer from the Aug. 3 stop was placed on limited duty this week and is under an internal investigation for use of force. Clovis police did not identify the officer.

According to the YouTube video, the officer is seen throwing to the ground a handcuffed 26-year-old Jorge Corona after Corona told the officer he didn't even ask for his name.

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8:12 am
Fri September 19, 2014

State Justices To Consider Marijuana Ballot Case

The state Supreme Court is to consider an elections dispute involving two counties that want to poll their voters in the November general election about lowering penalties for marijuana possession.

The state Supreme Court has scheduled a Friday hearing on whether state law allows nonbinding ballot questions.

Santa Fe and Bernalillo counties have approved ballot measures to survey their voters whether they support decriminalizing marijuana. Bernalillo County also wants to ask voters about a possible tax for mental health services.

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6:00 am
Fri September 19, 2014

NMSU Announces Tailgating Procedures For Aggie-Lobo Football Game

  The fight for in-state bragging rights will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at Aggie Memorial Stadium when New Mexico State University hosts the University of New Mexico in the annual football game. NMSU has announced modified tailgating procedures for fans attending the game.

For the UNM game only, fans will be allowed to park RVs in lot 30 (east Pan American Center parking lot) starting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18. All vehicles, including RVs, must be parked within parking stalls as marked.

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5:36 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

$10,000 Reward In Las Cruces Robberies

  Las Cruces Pic Quik stores are offering a $9,000 reward and an additional $1,000 is available from Crime Stoppers 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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5:35 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Plan To Protect Albuquerque Groundwater

  The U.S. Air Force has unveiled a proposal to start drilling wells next year to try to intercept groundwater contamination from a Kirtland Air Force Base fuel spill.

The plan released Wednesday is aimed at stopping contamination before it can reach Albuquerque municipal drinking water wells.

Under the plan, eight new cleanup wells will be operating by August 2016.

But a top Air Force official acknowledged that the first of the wells will not be installed until mid-2015, missing a December deadline to get that phase of the work completed.

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