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4:20 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

Overnight Closure Thursday On Missouri In Las Cruces

  Las Cruces – The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) District One office along with FNF Construction continue with work along I-25 between Lohman Avenue (exit 3) and University Avenue (exit 1). An overnight closure is scheduled for Thursday May 28, 2015 as work progresses on the southbound bridge.

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2:22 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

Gessing: Be Prepared For Obamacare Changes

  The U.S. Supreme Court is poised to issue its decision in King v. Burwell in June. The ruling could have tremendous consequences for the healthcare law commonly known as Obamacare – and more importantly, it could have a huge impact right here in New Mexico.

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2:17 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

Texas House Mulls Shielding Agencies That Bar Gays From Adopting

The Republican-controlled Texas House is poised to hear rules allowing religious child welfare agencies to block gays and same-sex couples from adopting children.

The measure protects agencies that object to such adoptions on religious grounds from being sued.

Social conservatives are championing it, but Democrats want to block it via stall tactics.

The prohibition should come via an amendment to a bill reorganizing the Department of Family and Protective Services, up for consideration Tuesday.

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2:16 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

Rio Rancho Officer Shot To Death Identified

Credit https://www.facebook.com/RioRanchoPolice

A police officer in a suburb of Albuquerque who was shot and killed during a traffic stop has been identified.

Rio Rancho police said Tuesday that Gregg Benner, a military veteran who had been with the department for four years, was gunned down while pulling over a vehicle shortly after 8 p.m. Monday.

Police say Benner later died at a hospital.

A person believed to be involved in the shooting was taken into custody in the Albuquerque area early Tuesday, but authorities are still searching for another suspect.

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2:15 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

Border Patrol Agent Who Shot Into Mexico And Killed Teen Wants Case Dismissed

A U.S. Border Patrol agent who fired shots across the U.S.-Mexico border, killing a teenager, wants a civil rights lawsuit against him dismissed on grounds that the boy was in Mexico and therefore wasn't protected by the U.S. constitution.

A federal judge will hear arguments on his lawyer's motion to dismiss Tuesday.

The case was filed in Tucson, Arizona, on behalf of Araceli Rodriguez, the mother of 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez. The teen was killed Oct. 10, 2012, while in Nogales, Sonora, near the border fence.

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2:13 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

Actor Sam Shepard Arrested For Suspicion Of DWI In Santa Fe

Credit imdb.com

Actor and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Sam Shepard has been booked into the Santa Fe County jail on suspicion of aggravated drunken driving.

Police say Shepard was arrested Monday evening outside La Choza restaurant in downtown Santa Fe.

The 71-year-old Shepard told a police officer that he had two tequila drinks and was planning to drive home. The officer could smell alcohol on Shepard's breath and the actor had bloodshot, watery eyes.

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8:28 am
Tue May 26, 2015

Texas House Bill Would Allow Concealed Weapons On Campus

The Texas House is scheduled to vote Tuesday on whether to allow concealed handguns in public college classrooms and buildings.

The measure sailed through the Republican-controlled Senate in March, but hasn't been set for a vote in the House until the final week of the legislative session. If approved there, it would go to Gov. Greg Abbott to sign into law.

Abbott has pledged to expand gun rights in his first session and the state's chief executive.

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8:25 am
Tue May 26, 2015

Doña Ana County's Onion Crop Looking Strong

Dona Ana County's onion crop is looking stellar so far this harvest season.

Agriculture officials say the crop hasn't suffered much from disease or pests.

The onion harvest tends to begin in the final week of May but this season actually kicked off last week.

Luna and Dona Ana counties are the main growing areas in New Mexico for onions.

New Mexico produced about 306 million pounds of onions in 2014.

Both the amount and the production value were up from 2013, though both figures tend to fluctuate — sometimes significantly — from year to year.

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8:21 am
Tue May 26, 2015

Rio Rancho Officer Fatally Shot; Person In Custody

Credit https://www.facebook.com/RioRanchoPolice

A suburban Albuquerque police officer has been fatally shot during a traffic stop, the first time a Rio Rancho officer has been killed in the line of duty in the department's 34-year history.

Police Capt. Paul Rogers says the officer, a military veteran who had been with the Rio Rancho Police Department for four years, was shot while pulling over a vehicle Monday night.

The officer died at a hospital. His identity was not released immediately.

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6:00 am
Tue May 26, 2015

Las Cruces Remembers Those Who Served On Memorial Day

Across the country, people took time out of their schedules to reflect on all those veterans who died while serving. Las Cruces held many events to remember those who’ve fallen.

Teckla McGuinness was one of many who attended a memorial service at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens Cemetery; she laid a wreath on the veteran’s monument to remember those she lost.

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8:00 am
Mon May 25, 2015

Texas Senate Approves Sharp Limits On Accident Report Info

The Texas Senate has voted to bar law enforcement from giving the media the names of people involved in traffic accidents.

The move came on a bill to protect accident victims from being harassed by lawyers seeking to file lawsuits. But the Senate pushed it further in what would be a drastic rollback of state public records law.

Sen. Charles Perry, a Lubbock Republican, says he wants to protect the families of fatal accident victims from hearing their loved one's name in the media. He said the media would still get access to criminal reports.

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7:58 am
Mon May 25, 2015

San Juan County Septic Pump Companies Facing State Fines

The New Mexico Environment Department is ramping up enforcement of required certification for septic pumping companies in San Juan County.

The Daily Times in Farmington reports that the department plans to fine non-compliant companies $100 per violation or face court action.

Department documents show only three of 22 septic pumping businesses in the county are properly certified.

State environmental regulators say the companies have until June 15 to get certified before receiving violation notices.

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7:55 am
Mon May 25, 2015

Work Begins On Interim Ventilation System At Nuke Dump

Credit Department of Energy

Workers at the federal government's nuclear waste repository in southern New Mexico are installing a temporary ventilation system that will increase airflow in the underground facility.

The system will include two above-ground filter units and fans that will be connected to ductwork that feeds the underground portions of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.

The plant has been closed for more than a year following a radiation release that stemmed from a chemical reaction among waste improperly packed inside a drum at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

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6:00 am
Mon May 25, 2015

Monday Business Watch

 

   Fred Martino speaks with Jason Gibbs, Business Editor of the Las Cruces Sun News, for the latest local business updates.

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6:00 am
Mon May 25, 2015

Camp For Young Writers Coming To NMSU

NMSU doctoral student Michael Alarid is shown working with area middle and high school students during a previous summer creative writing workshop hosted at NMSU. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

  New Mexico State University is hosting a summer camp titled “Ink Spilling and Pixel Piling: An adventure for young writers.” The weeklong day camp runs from June 22-26. Workshops will include creative dramatics, poetry, creative nonfiction and short story writing.

This is the third year the Borderlands Writing Project and the English department in NMSU’s College of Arts and Sciences have sponsored the program, which gives writers from 7th – 12th grades the opportunity to explore their abilities with professional writers. 

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3:00 am
Mon May 25, 2015

For Southern New Mexico’s Best Spellers Competing Nationally Often Means Representing Texas

Native Las Crucen student Olivia Weinbaum holds the sign she wore while was representing Texas in the 2013 Scripps National Spelling Bee.
Credit Simon Thompson

Only twice has a New Mexican ever won the Scripps National Spelling Bee… 

And both times the victory ended up going to Texas.

A lot of New Mexico’s best spellers only get a shot at making the national spelling bee by crossing state lines and competing in a Texas competition.

New Mexico ranking second to last nationally in both reading and writing the trend might spell out a bigger problem for the state education.

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11:20 pm
Sun May 24, 2015

Texas House And Senate Approve Tax Cuts

Credit Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R)

  The Texas House gave preliminary approval to increasing homestead property tax exemptions, key to a $3.8 billion tax cut package on Republican Gov. Greg Abbott's wish list.

Hours later Sunday, the Senate voted to cut business taxes by more than $2 billion.

The property tax cut saves homeowners about $120 annually, but only if approved by voters statewide in November. Homeowners could exempt $25,000 of their appraisal value from being taxed by local school districts.

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12:27 pm
Sun May 24, 2015

About 1 In 4 NMSU And UNM Graduates In STEM Majors

New Mexico's major universities may not be turning out graduates in science and mathematics at a rate fast enough for employers in those fields.

The University of New Mexico and New Mexico State University have given fewer degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics — known as STEM subjects — than in liberal arts.

Records showed 25 percent of the more than 3,700 bachelor's degrees UNM conferred in fall 2014 were for STEM.

Twenty-eight percent of NMSU's 1,300 graduates at that time earned STEM degrees.

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11:54 am
Sun May 24, 2015

This Week In The Las Cruces Bulletin

   Every Saturday at 5:30pm on Images, Fred Martino speaks with Las Cruces Bulletin Managing Editor Brook Stockberger about the week's top stories and much more in the Bulletin.

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11:40 am
Sun May 24, 2015

ENLACE Program - Dr. Federico Marquez and Dr. Christopher Adams

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11:32 am
Sun May 24, 2015

Udall, Heinrich Announce Major Grant To Study Viability Of Health Startup Companies At NMSU

Credit Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

  U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that New Mexico State University will receive $488,000 in grant funding from the Economic Development Administration (EDA) for a study on the creation of a health care delivery and medical technology development cluster at Arrowhead Park. The funding will help New Mexico State University expand activities at the multi-disciplinary Arrowhead Park to better support the creation of startup companies focused on improving health care for New Mexicans and diversify New Mexico’s economy. 

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11:11 am
Sun May 24, 2015

Surprise In Santa Fe: Inert Bomb Found By Hikers

Authorities say two hikers unknowingly found an inert bomb in the Santa Fe area wilderness.

The men were hiking Rowe Mesa on Friday afternoon and found the missile-shaped object.

Police say the men loaded the metal device into an SUV.

But the pair called Santa Fe police after arriving in Santa Fe and were advised to immediately stop driving and wait for emergency responders.

Police spokeswoman Lt. Andrea Dobyns says Air Force officials X-rayed the device and determined it was inert.

The item has since been sent to Kirtland Air Force Base.

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11:09 am
Sun May 24, 2015

Man Acquitted In Alleged Las Cruces Rape

A man has been acquitted on charges of raping a 22-year-old woman in Las Cruces.

El Paso attorney Randolph Ortega says 20-year-old Cody Gregory Highfill was found not guilty of criminal sexual penetration by a jury on Thursday.

Police say a woman told them in October 2013 that she was drinking in a Las Cruces apartment with Highfill and another man and became heavily intoxicated.

Las Cruces police said Highfill and two other men sexually assaulted the woman, then carried her to her apartment in the same complex and sexually assaulted her again.

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11:07 am
Sun May 24, 2015

New Details In Deadly Ruidoso Police Shooting

New Mexico State Police are disclosing new details in last week's fatal shooting of a man by Ruidoso police.

A State Police report indicates that 27-year-old Timothy Jones was wielding a sword when officers responded to a home for an alleged domestic disturbance.

The report on the May 17 incident says Jones' 56-year-old mother, Elizabeth, called 911 and told a dispatcher that her son "wanted to kill her."

According to investigators, Jones aggressively charged toward officers with the sword.

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11:06 am
Sun May 24, 2015

Albuquerque Panhandling Initiative Struggles For Donations

An Albuquerque initiative aimed at steering people to donate to charities instead of panhandlers is struggling to bring in donations.

KRQE-TV in Albuquerque says city officials estimate about $170 has come in since the initiative was unveiled more than three weeks ago by the Mayor's Office.

The "There's a Better Way" initiative focuses on getting panhandlers help and informing passing drivers of a website where they can instead give money to the United Way of Central New Mexico.

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3:42 pm
Sat May 23, 2015

Scammers Prey On County Residents

 

  Telephone scams that surfaced in 2014 are again targeting Doña Ana County residents, posing a variety of threats related to bogus warrants, unpaid taxes and other creative ways to con people out of money.  Scammers are also altering the caller ID to make it look like the sheriff’s department or the IRS is calling.

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3:41 pm
Sat May 23, 2015

Rodriguez Votes Against Texas "Open Carry" Law Passed By Senate

Credit SEN. JOSÉ RODRÍGUEZ

  AUSTIN – After a lengthy debate, the Senate voted to approve the open carry bill. Prior to passing the bill, an amendment was added to prevent the law from being used to profile people:

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3:32 pm
Sat May 23, 2015

Settlement To Change New Mexico Disability Waiver System

A settlement has been reached in a lawsuit over claims of wrongly denied or limited services for people with developmental disabilities after the state adopted a new assessment system.

U.S. District Judge Judith Herrera recently approved the agreement between the state and The Arc of New Mexico, Disability Rights New Mexico and eight individual plaintiffs.

The agreement calls for the state in November to implement a new system for assessing needs.

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3:31 pm
Sat May 23, 2015

Santa Fe Teacher Won't Face Charges In Book Throwing Case

A Santa Fe middle school principal and teacher will not face charges over allegations the teacher threw paperback books that hit two students.

The 1st Judicial District Attorney's office said in a court filing Friday that De Vargas Middle School teacher Marcy Slaughter and Principal Marc Ducharme will not be prosecuted.

District Attorney Angela Pacheco says Slaughter's alleged action qualifies as a petty misdemeanor battery.

But Pacheco says prosecuting Slaughter "serves no legitimate purpose."

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3:29 pm
Sat May 23, 2015

Appeals Court Reverses Las Cruces Man's Conviction In Daughter's Death

 A New Mexico appeals court has overturned the convictions of a Las Cruces man sentenced in the death of his baby daughter.

The New Mexico Court of Appeals found Robert Flores' right to a speedy trial was violated.

In an opinion filed Wednesday, the court says the 3rd Judicial District Attorney's Office negligently delayed Flores' case between 2007 and 2012.

Flores was sentenced in 2013 to 18 years in prison for reckless child abuse resulting in death and evidence tampering.

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