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11:20 am
Sun February 1, 2015

In Depth: Texas Legislature Issues To Watch

Hubbub surrounding proposals to allow open carry of handguns has overshadowed another bill that could spark an equally large battle but actually appears to be on a faster track to becoming law: campus carry.

A proposal allowing students, faculty and staff with proper licenses to carry firearms in college classrooms and buildings has 19 co-sponsors in the Senate, enough to bring it a full floor vote. New Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has already referred the bill to committee, likely clearing the way for its swift passage through the full chamber.

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11:20 am
Sun February 1, 2015

Flying Star Files For Chapter 11

  An Albuquerque-based restaurant chain has closed some of its locations and is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.  The owners of Flying Star Cafe closed restaurants in Bernalillo and Santa Fe on Friday amid an outstanding debt of more than $6 million.

Husband and wife Jean and Mark Bernstein own the 28-year-old company.

Jean Bernstein says between 40 and 45 jobs have been lost due to the closures. But some of those employees will be transferred to another location.

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11:18 am
Sun February 1, 2015

Immigrants Could Wait Until 2019 To Have Cases Resolved

Thousands of immigrants seeking legalization through the U.S. court system have had their hearings canceled and are being told by the government that it may be 2019 or later before their futures are resolved.

The increase in cancellations began late last summer after the Justice Department prioritized the tens of thousands of Central American families and unaccompanied children crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.

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11:17 am
Sun February 1, 2015

NM Jail To See Changes After Riot

A New Mexico county jail administrator is pushing reforms following a violent December riot that involved drunken inmates.  San Juan County Adult Detention Center Administrator Tom Havel says new policies will make it more difficult for inmates to conceal prescription medication and jailhouse liquor, or "hooch."

He also says there will be more patrols within the jail pods, and guards will receive more training.

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11:15 am
Sun February 1, 2015

Hunting Group's Arizona Convention Draws Fire Over Coyotes

Credit Courtesy: State of Texas

A hunting group accused by advocates of holding coyote "killing contests" is coming to southern Arizona.

The Arizona Daily Star reports that the group called Predator Masters is holding a convention in the Tucson area Thursday through Saturday.

Animal protection advocates say the group's previous conventions have included daily predator hunts that amount to an "indiscriminate slaughter" of coyotes. Advocate Greg Hale says a Predator Masters hunt in New Mexico last year left nearly 40 coyote carcasses strewn out and rotting.

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11:14 am
Sun February 1, 2015

Latest Suit To Block Mustang Roundups Targets Drugs

Credit Courtesy: Linda Kemmerer via NMFO

A federal judge has agreed to let wild-horse advocates make their case for a court order blocking another mustang roundup in Nevada in a legal battle underscoring divisions among protection groups over the use of a fertility drug to slow herd growth.

Judge Larry Hicks set a Feb. 9 hearing in Reno on the request for a temporary injunction prohibiting the government from gathering 332 horses in the Pine Nut Range southeast of Carson City.

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4:15 pm
Sat January 31, 2015

Martinez Pushes Small Business Tax Cut

Gov. Susana Martinez is pushing legislation that would let small business owners deduct their business income from personal income taxes.  Martinez and state Rep. Sarah Maestas Barnes announced the proposal Saturday in Albuquerque. They say the targeted tax relief will help small businesses that are just getting off the ground.

Under the bill, small business owners with less than $200,000 in taxable income and less than $350,000 in total net business income would be eligible.

Martinez says the legislation would allow entrepreneurs to expand and hire more workers.

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4:13 pm
Sat January 31, 2015

Border Patrol Names Man Shot To Death After Eluding Checkpoint

The FBI has identified a 25-year-old as the man Border Patrol agents shot and killed after he drove through a West Texas checkpoint without stopping.

FBI Special Agent Michael Martinez says Tiano Meton was fatally shot Jan. 22 after leading authorities on a 30-mile chase on Interstate 10. Martinez said other information about Meton, including his hometown, was being withheld because the shooting remains under investigation.

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1:08 pm
Sat January 31, 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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12:17 pm
Sat January 31, 2015

"Open Carry" Gun Debate Turns Wild In Texas

The Texas gun debate has gone wild, wild west.

Many thought a bill to allow the open carry of handguns would be a slam dunk for the Republican majority in the Legislature. But the opening weeks of the session have seen the issue turned into a tempest.

It began with a videotaped confrontation between gun owners and a state lawmaker who later was given a state security detail. Then a call for installing panic buttons in legislative offices. Guns were also made and displayed at the Capitol gates.

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12:17 pm
Sat January 31, 2015

Air Force Instructor Gets 20 Years In Prison For Rapes

A military jury has sentenced a U.S. Air Force instructor to 20 years in prison for raping two women, including a recruit he was training two decades ago at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio.

The jury sentenced Air Force Master Sgt. Michael Silva on Friday, a day after finding him guilty in a 2007 rape of a woman in Wyoming and a recruit in 1995. He could have been sentenced to up to life in prison without parole.

Silva had been charged with raping three women. He was found not guilty in a rape that prosecutors said occurred in North Carolina in the early 1990s.

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12:16 pm
Sat January 31, 2015

In Depth: The Week In Texas Politics

Here's a look at who else had a tough week in Texas politics — and who fared better.

WHO'S UP

Border Security Proponents

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12:13 pm
Sat January 31, 2015

Albuquerque Officer Who Shot Detective Still On Leave

Authorities say an Albuquerque police officer who shot and critically wounded a detective remains on leave but not for punitive reasons.

The Albuquerque Journal reported Saturday that Lt. Greg Brachle is still on administrative leave three weeks after the shooting that occurred during an undercover drug bust.

Police spokesman Tanner Tixier says Brachle is getting counseling and trying to figure out when he can return to normal duty.

Tixier says that is normal with all officer-involved shootings.

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12:07 pm
Sat January 31, 2015

DeLay: Perry Hurt By Indictment

Credit Former Texas Governor Rick Perry (R)

Former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay says he can relate to the fallout of an indictment that now dogs Rick Perry as the ex-Texas governor mulls a GOP presidential bid.

DeLay told a legal seminar Saturday in Houston that Perry may downplay the effect of a felony abuse of power indictment in Travis County. But DeLay says his experience shows an indictment has political legs, makes people shy away and influences financial donors.

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12:06 pm
Sat January 31, 2015

NM Appeals Court To Rule On Teen's Clean Air Lawsuit

A New Mexico appeals court may overturn a ruling against a high school student's lawsuit against the state calling for air quality protection.

The New Mexico Court of Appeals heard arguments Tuesday in then-16-year-old Akilah Sanders-Reed's 2011 suit, saying the state is obligated to protect the public's air quality.

A state district judge ruled against Sanders-Reed, who is now a university student in Minnesota.

At the time, Sanders-Reed's lawsuit was one of many nationwide as part of an effort to hold states responsible for greenhouse gas emissions.

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12:03 pm
Sat January 31, 2015

15-Year-Old Texas Boy Accused Of Murdering Mother

Corpus Christi police say a 15-year-old boy faces a juvenile murder charge after his mother was found slain in her home.

Police say the boy was arrested Saturday on a murder warrant and moved from a hospital to a juvenile detention center. The youth was treated for injuries sustained prior to being detained by officers and was under police guard while hospitalized.

Cdmr. Michael Alanis says autopsy results are pending on the 45-year-old woman. Her body was discovered Thursday after a neighbor contacted police to report a foul odor.

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12:00 pm
Sat January 31, 2015

Las Cruces Fire Leaves Behind Heavy Smoke Damage

The Las Cruces Fire Department responded to the 1900 block of Carlyle Drive for a structure fire.

 

Las Cruces Firefighters were dispatched just after 1 a.m. Saturday to home fire.  The first arriving fire crew witnessed heavy smoke and flames coming from a bedroom window.  Fire crews attacked the fire and had it extinguished within minutes.  All residents had evacuated prior to the arrival of fire crews.  

 

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12:00 pm
Sat January 31, 2015

Mother Arrested Unresponsive In Desert With Infant Sleeping In Car

  Doña Ana County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a remote desert area northeast of Las Cruces just before 2 p.m. Thursday after two teenagers reported seeing a young woman who appeared to be passed out next to her vehicle. An infant was sleeping inside the car.

            The woman was later identified as Rokki Howard, 24. According to investigators, Howard appeared intoxicated and became combative when deputies tried waking her.

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5:15 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Drunk Driver Charged With Killing Best Friend

  Las Cruces—Estevan Herrera was indicted on January 29, 2014 on 8 counts which included, Homicide by Vehicle (Driving While Under the Influence) Homicide by Vehicle (Reckless), Leaving the Scene of an Accident (Great Bodily Harm or Death), Aggravated Driving While Under the Influence of Intoxicating Liquor or Drugs, Reckless Driving, No Seat Belts, Negligent Use of a Deadly Weapon (Intoxication), Failure to Give Information and Render Aid, Failure to Give Immediate Notice of Accidents.

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4:25 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Man Sentenced To 39 Years For Murder

  Las Cruces---Today in district court, Leonard Telles was sentenced to 39 years for his conviction of 2nd Degree Murder, First Degree Kidnapping and Tampering with Evidence for the beating death of Jerome Saiz in November 2013.

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4:22 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

NMSU Regents Approve Land Lease For Possible Future Campus Hotel

  SANTA FE – The New Mexico State University Board of Regents approved a land lease for Aggie Development Incorporated during their regular meeting in Santa Fe Jan. 30. Aggie Development allows NMSU to better manage and develop its assets. The lease will allow Aggie Development to pursue a third-party to develop a hotel property on the NMSU campus. 

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1:15 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

High Speed Pursuit In Las Cruces Ends With Arrest And Near Tragedy

  A driver suspected of running a stop sign in Sonoma Ranch Thursday led a Las Cruces Police officer on a pursuit before attempting to hide the vehicle in his family’s garage.

Nicholas Newell, 23, is charged with one felony count of aggravated fleeing from a law enforcement officer. Newell also faces the possibility of being charged with multiple traffic offenses.

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1:06 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Health Audit Offers Striking Numbers, But No Proof Of Fraud

The headline the New Mexico Human Services Department trumpeted in June 2013 was eye-popping: An audit of 15 health organizations found nearly $36 million in potential overbilling and possible Medicaid fraud.

But the state-commissioned audit, released Thursday by new Attorney General Hector Balderas, does nothing to provide definitive proof that the 15 organizations defrauded Medicaid, the government’s health insurance program for the low-income, including those who are mentally ill or struggle with addiction.

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1:04 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

With Audit Release, Balderas Ends 19 Months Of Secrecy

New Attorney General Hector Balderas reversed a decision by his predecessor that had been upheld by two judges when he released a 2013 audit of 15 health organizations on Thursday.

Former Attorney General Gary King and the state’s Human Services Department (HSD) fought for a year and a half to keep most of the audit secret. They argued that releasing portions related to organizations under investigation for potential Medicaid fraud could compromise those probes.

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1:02 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

In Depth: Redacted New Mexico Behavioral Health Audit Released

Credit Hector Balderas

  Weeks after taking office, new Attorney General Hector Balderas released on Thursday the 2013 audit of 15 New Mexico behavioral health agencies, albeit with some redactions.

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12:30 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Lt. Gov. Sanchez Appointed To Innovate ABQ Board Of Directors

  SANTA FE – This week, Lieutenant Governor John Sanchez was appointed to the Innovate ABQ, Inc. Board of Directors by the University of New Mexico (UNM) Board of Regents.

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10:57 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Las Cruces Police Investigate Shooting

Las Cruces Police are investigating a shooting that injured a 38-year-old man.

At around 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, Las Cruces Police were dispatched to Memorial Medical Center where a 38-year-old man was suffering from a gunshot wound to his abdomen. Police learned that someone transported the man to the hospital and left before providing information to medical personnel.

The 38-year-old man was stabilized at MMC before being airlifted to University Medical Center of El Paso. He remains hospitalized in critical condition Friday morning.

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8:08 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Balloon Crew Nearing North America Matches Duration Record

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

The pilots of a helium balloon flying across the Pacific Ocean have matched a duration record as they approach North America, marking another historic day for the team that's already set a distance record.

Pilots Troy Bradley of Albuquerque and Leonid Tiukhtyaev of Russia marked another milestone early Friday when they hit 137 hours, 5 minutes and 50 seconds in the air in a traditional gas balloon.

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8:06 am
Fri January 30, 2015

George P. Bush Headlines Texas Capitol 'School Choice' Rally

Credit George P. Bush - Photo from texasgop.org

New Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush is leading a "school choice" rally supporting calls to expand voucher programs and charter schools statewide.

Organizers say Friday's gathering outside the Texas Capitol will be the largest of its kind in recent memory.

Bush served on the board of one of Texas' top charter-school operators, and his office oversees the nation's largest educational endowment.

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8:04 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Difficult Driving Conditions Reported On Some NM Highways

Forecasters predict heavy snow in the mountains and a mix of rain and snow in lower elevations as a winter storm moves across northern and central New Mexico.

The New Mexico Department of Transportation reported difficult driving conditions Friday morning on some highways, including Interstate 25 between Rowe and Watrous. That stretch of I-25 is wet, snow-packed and icy in spots, and crews are out plowing, salting and cindering.

Other highways in the Las Vegas area also have difficult driving conditions.

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