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11:53 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Man Charged In Las Cruces Burglary

  Las Cruces Police arrested a man suspected of breaking into a neighbor’s home and stealing a credit card.

Joshua D. McKinney, 34, is charged with one count each of aggravated burglary and theft of a credit card.

On the morning of April 7, an alert neighbor summoned police to the 700 block of Del Monte after he saw a man climb through the window of a home. Officer arrived and found a .22 caliber rifle on a sofa but no one in the residence.

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7:41 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Feds To Release Water From Santa Rosa Dam

The Pecos River south of Santa Rosa will be flowing a little faster next week.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it will begin a routine release of water from Santa Rosa Lake and Dam starting Wednesday morning.

The release follows a request by the Bureau of Reclamation and the Carlsbad Irrigation District for 30,000 acre-feet of water. The extra flows are expected to last through May 4.

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7:39 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Justice Dept. Seeks Input On Albuquerque Police

The U.S. Justice Department is seeking community input on possible reforms for the Albuquerque Police Department over its use of force.

The federal agency recently issued a scathing report on what it called excessive force and a culture of abuse and aggression at the Albuquerque Police Department.

Albuquerque officers have shot at 37 men since 2010, killing 23.

The report also criticized the city's oversight system and limited powers in investigating cases of questionable police conduct.

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7:25 am
Fri April 18, 2014

NMSU Police: Homeless Man Died Of Natural Causes

New Mexico State University police say the death of a homeless man whose body was found in an Interstate 25 drainage tunnel in Las Cruces in January has been determined to have been from natural causes.

Police say the Office of the Medical Investigator determined that 55-year-old Richard Livsay had various medical conditions and that he likely he was dead before a fire in the tunnel led to a discovery of his body.

Arson investigators determined that the fire started accidentally from a candle that ignited other materials and spread a mattress.

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5:25 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Omed Noori, President-NMSU International Club

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5:22 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Julia Brown, Dona Ana County Manager

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4:26 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

34 Gang Members Arrested

Homeland Security Investigations have arrested nearly three dozen "violent" Sureno gang members and associates during a New Mexico gang sweep.

The federal agency announced Thursday the 34 people were taken into custody as part of a national sting called "Project Southbound" aimed at arresting Sureno members linked to criminal activities.

Kevin Abar, assistant special agent in charge in New Mexico, says the gang members were arrested during a month-long sting that began in March with the help of Albuquerque and Santa Fe police.

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4:25 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

NM Supreme Court Justices Bow Out Of Pay Raise Case

Four of the five New Mexico Supreme Court justices have bowed out from hearing a lawsuit challenging Gov. Susana Martinez's veto that denied judges an 8 percent pay raise.

The lawsuit was filed Monday by a coalition of judicial associations, individual judges and two state senators.

Supreme Court Clerk Joey Montoya tells the Albuquerque Journal that the fifth justice, Richard Bosson, will serve as acting chief justice to preside over the case and appoint temporary justices to hear it.

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4:22 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Cruz Makes Just Second Border Visit

Credit Senator Ted Cruz (R) Texas

In his second visit to the U.S.-Mexico border since taking office nearly 16 months ago, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz told a far South Texas audience that Texans in the area care mostly about the same issues as those in other parts of the state.

However, the Texas Republican bypassed his often-expressed concerns for illegal immigration and border security in his address Thursday to the Harlingen Chamber of Commerce. Instead, he focused his criticisms on White House economic policies.

Cruz also was to appear in Laredo in a campaign-style tour of the border area.

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4:20 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Doctors Sue Texas Hospital To Get Admitting Rights

Two doctors who perform abortions have sued a Dallas hospital alleging that their admitting privileges were illegally revoked after a court upheld strict new Texas abortion restrictions.

Dr. Lamar Robinson and Dr. Jasbir Ahluwalia perform abortions on their own time, away from the hospital.

A Texas law approved last summer contains a series of rules, including one that required doctors to have hospital admitting privileges within 30 miles of where they perform abortions.

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3:52 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

New General Counsel For NMSU

Lizbeth Ellis, the interim associate dean for academics at New Mexico State University’s College of Business, has been named as the university’s new general counsel. NMSU President Garrey Carruthers announced the appointment today. Her new position begins July 1. 

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12:42 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Finalists Chosen For NMSU College Of Business Dean

Two finalists have been chosen to interview on campus later this month in the search for a newdean to lead New Mexico State University's College of Business. The finalists will be on the NMSU campus to interview for the dean's position April 23 and 29.
  
The two finalists and the day they interview are:
 
Stuart Michelson, a professor and former associate dean for Rawls College of Business at Texas Tech University, will interview April 23.

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10:12 am
Thu April 17, 2014

NMSU Launches Specialized Reading Program

  In an effort to help teachers be more effective at teaching reading as well as identifying children who may have dyslexia, the New Mexico State University College of Education has launched a Read to Succeed concentration in the Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders.

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9:22 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Air Force Says It Will Treat Toxic Plume

Credit Kirtland Air Force Base

The Air Force say its committed to treating an underground plume of toxic chemicals, backing away from a possible option of diluting contaminated water before it is delivered to customers of Albuquerque's water system.

The Albuquerque Journal says consideration of the option of diluting contaminated had received a stiff-arm response from local water officials and others who said it would be unacceptable to serve water with any contamination level.

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9:18 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Update Expected On Carlsbad Nuclear Dump

The Department of Energy plans an update on its latest entries into southeastern New Mexico's troubled nuclear waste dump.

Officials says crews made two more trips into the half-mile deep mine this week, and they plan to update the Carlsbad community about their findings at a community meeting Thursday evening.

The plant has been closed since mid-February, when a mysterious leak sent low levels of radiation into the air and contaminated 21 workers.

The leak happened nine days after a truck hauling salt underground caught fire on Feb. 5.

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9:16 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Helicopter Pilot Reported Problem With Controls

Credit facebook.com/UNMHospitals

The pilot of a medical helicopter that crashed in Albuquerque last week reported that the control pedals jammed or locked while taking off from the helipad on the University of New Mexico Hospital's roof.

The pilot's statement is contained in a National Transportation Safety Administration preliminary report on the April 9 crash.

It says the pilot began making a left turn but the helicopter kept turning and spun several crimes before crashing.

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6:00 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Drones Help NMSU Researchers

  A small group of researchers and technicians recently gathered on a dirt airstrip at the USDA Jornada Experimental Range to launch a Bat 4 unmanned aircraft on a mission, flying through both military restricted airspace and the National Airspace System. 

“We do rangeland monitoring, and it’s a way to gauge rangeland health to see how the plants are doing over the course of the year,” said Connie Maxwell, USDA biological science technician and NMSU affiliated faculty member.

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3:47 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

NMSU Regents Approve Revenue Bonds For Energy Savings

  At a special meeting April 16, the New Mexico State University Board of Regents gave final approval to issue $15.9 million in system subordinate lien revenue bonds. 

The proceeds from the sale of the bonds will be used to fund various energy cost savings improvements throughout the campus. These improvements are part of a guaranteed utility savings contract with Ameresco, an energy services company.

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3:45 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

New Mexico Prisons To End Overnight Family Visits

The New Mexico Department of Corrections has announced that it is ending overnight family visits for inmates.

The agency said Wednesday inmates will no longer be allowed conjugal visits beginning May 1.

Officials say the policy change comes after two years of "careful consideration."

The policy recently drew scrutiny after it was revealed last year that convicted killer and rapist Michael Guzman fathered multiple children while serving a life sentence.

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3:45 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

New Mexico Supreme Court Revives Election Challenge Against Democrat

New Mexico's highest court has revived a lawsuit seeking to remove maverick Democratic Rep. Sandra Jeff of Crownpoint from the June 3 primary election ballot.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered the case back to a district court in Gallup for a hearing Friday on whether Jeff submitted enough valid voter signatures on nominating petitions to qualify as a candidate.

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3:43 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Arizona House Passes Bill Allowing Self-Defense Killing Of Endangered Wolves

The Arizona House of Representatives has approved a Senate bill allowing ranchers to kill endangered wolves in self-defense.

Senate Bill 1211 would allow livestock owners to kill a Mexican gray wolf if one was caught attacking livestock or a person.

Wildlife activists say the bill violates the federal Endangered Species Act. But a staff attorney says the bill has been watered down and now meets constitutional requirements.

A separate bill approved by both chambers sets up a reimbursement fund for ranchers who lose cattle to wolves. It stills final action.

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3:42 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Texas Awards $4.8 Million For West Recovery

State officials say an additional $4.8 million in disaster assistance will be provided to the Central Texas community of West as it continues to rebuild from the devastating fertilizer plant explosion last year that killed 15.

The office of Gov. Rick Perry announced Wednesday that the funding comes at the request last week by West officials for additional state money.

It will be used for work on water treatment and storage facilities, infrastructure repairs and other needs.

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3:38 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Outrage Over Martinez Statements

Democrats are calling on Republican Gov. Susana Martinez to apologize after a liberal publication released recordings in which she and aides used profanity and offensive names to describe political opponents.  Martinez said the tapes are stolen recordings of private debate prep sessions when she was running for her first term four years ago. She called their release by Mother Jones "the absolute height of desperation" by liberals trying to unseat her. But she does admit having "to fund the cuss jar a few times."

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3:31 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Victims Bilked Of Thousands By Fake Attorney

  Doña Ana County Sheriff’s investigators are seeking victims of a man who fraudulently acted as an attorney and took retainers for services he never provided. 

   According to court documents, Rafael Herrera, 38, worked for a local law firm from October 2011 to September 2012 and misrepresented himself as an attorney to at least one woman who claims Herrera charged her a $2,500 retainer for an immigration case.

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7:31 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Concession Stand Closures Eyed For Chimayo Walk

The New Mexico Department of Transportation is asking law enforcement agencies to stop all concession and roadside stands along the annual Good Friday pilgrimage route to the El Santuario de Chimayo.

The state agency said Tuesday to move to close concession stands is a safety measure aimed at protecting crowed walking areas.

Beginning Thursday through Good Friday, crews will work around the clock to provide the various accommodations for pilgrims.

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7:27 am
Wed April 16, 2014

NM Land Office Earns $69 Million In March

New Mexico schools, hospitals and universities received $69 million last month from the State Land Office.

Public Lands Commissioner Ray Powell announced the monthly distributions Tuesday, saying his office is working collaboratively with the private sector, tribes and local, state and federal agencies to create jobs for New Mexicans while taking care of the health of the state's working trust lands.

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7:23 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Gov. Martinez's PAC Raises $210K

Credit Office of the Governor

Republican Gov. Susana Martinez's political action committee has raised about $210,800 in the past six months.

According to the latest campaign finance disclosure, Susana PAC had cash-on-hand of about $68,000 as of last week.

The oil and gas industry was a leading contributor to the PAC, providing $85,800. That included $10,000 each from five companies based in Artesia.

Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, who owns a house in Taos, contributed $10,400.

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6:00 am
Wed April 16, 2014

NMSU Researchers Study Tumbleweed Control

  In January, while the West made national news with extreme cold weather caused by the polar vortex, the Southwest experienced another phenomenon. It was the morning of Jan. 27 when strong winds hit the town of Clovis, breaking off dry tumbleweeds from the fields. In a matter of hours, thousands of weeds covered houses and businesses, many up to the roof. It took heavy machinery to help people out of their own houses. 

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4:10 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

New Mexico Holds A "Water Town Hall"

Credit Senator Martin Heinrich (D) New Mexico

State officials, business leaders and others from around New Mexico are gathering for a two-day town hall focused on water use and other policy recommendations for dealing with severe drought.

Sen. Martin Heinrich, state engineer Scott Verhines, tribal leaders and mayors from several New Mexico towns are at the Albuquerque meeting, which runs through Wednesday. Meeting organizer Heather Balas says 31 of 33 counties are represented and interests span from lawmakers, farmers and students to researchers.

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4:09 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Santa Fe Mayor Proposes Higher Fines For Using Cell Phones While Driving

Credit NMSU

Santa Fe's mayor is proposing stiffer fines for people cited for using a cellphone while driving.

According to the Santa Fe New Mexican, Mayor Javier Gonzales wants motorists who drive while using a cellphone to face a $200 fine.

That would be twice as much as the existing $100 fine.

The proposed fine would be $300 if the offense occurs in a school zone.

Gonzales says the city needs to do its part in combating distracted driving.

Municipal Court records indicate Santa Fe police issued 478 citations for cellphone violations last year.

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