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8:49 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Environmental Artist Visits New Mexico

  Prominent environmental artist and writer, Louise Phillips, will be visiting New Mexico from Washington, D.C. to inspire children to conserve nature through art.  Ms. Phillips has donated 3 paintings to commemorate her support of U.S. Forest Service efforts in New Mexico to take more kids to the woods. Her paintings celebrate the beauty of the Rio Grande Bosque, the Gila National Forest and the Lincoln National Forest.

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3:37 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Ad Race Heats Up For Pearce And Lara

  The ad war in the 2nd Congressional District race between incumbent GOP Rep. Steve Pearce and Democratic challenger Rocky Lara is heating up.

Lara is outspending Pearce for ads running in September, $209,020 to $151,265. But Pearce retains a substantial lead in spending on campaign TV ads, with more than $600,000 in ads scheduled through Election Day. He's the third-largest ad spender among New Mexico's political candidates, behind Republican Gov. Susana Martinez and Democrat U.S. Senator Tom Udall.

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3:24 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Police: Fort Bliss Soldier Murdered 2-Year-Old Daughter

  El Paso police have charged a Fort Bliss soldier with capital murder after they say he beat his 2-year-old daughter to death because she soiled her diaper.

Police Det. Mike Baranyay says 20-year-old Dartarious Graham was arrested Sunday.

He says the U.S. Army specialist beat his daughter, Peyton Graham, with a belt Saturday. When firefighters were called to the home, they found her unresponsive. She was taken to an area hospital where she later died.

The child's mother and the father's cousin also were charged with injury to a child by omission.

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3:22 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Texas District Temporarily Bans Seven Books

Credit Courtesy: US Dept. of Education

  A Texas school district has temporarily removed seven books from classroom-use after parents complained about them.

Some parents complained to the Highland Park school district about the novels because of sex scenes and references to rape, abuse and abortion.

The district's superintendent Dawson Orr says the books will be reviewed by committees of parents, teachers and students. Orr says the process could take months.

One book that will be reviewed is "The Glass Castle: A Memoir" by Jeannette Walls.

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3:20 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

SpaceX Breaks Ground On Texas Rocket Launch Site

SpaceX founder Elon Musk says his company expects to spend $100 million in South Texas over the next three to four years on the first commercial orbital spaceport.

Musk was joined Monday by Gov. Rick Perry and other officials as SpaceX broke ground at the state's southernmost tip.

The ceremony marked the start of construction of the $85 million site at Boca Chica Beach, east of Brownsville, where commercial satellites will be launched.

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3:19 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Perry Asks To Miss Court Date For European Trip

Credit Texas Governor Rick Perry (R)

  Indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry wants to skip his next scheduled court appearance because he'll be out of the country.

In a motion Monday, Perry's attorneys asked the judge to let him miss an Oct. 13 pretrial hearing due to "long-standing plans to be in Europe" all that week.

The motion says that if Perry has to appear, the hearing should be delayed until at least a day after he returns on Oct 19.

An Austin grand jury indicted last month Perry on two felony counts of abuse of power for threatening to veto state funding for a public corruption investigative unit.

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3:17 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

El Paso Woman Dies After Accident During Flood

Authorities are investigating the death of a woman in El Paso after torrential rains from the remnants of Hurricane Odile battered West Texas.  Rainfall amounts across Texas in the past week have ranged from 2 inches to as much as 14 inches. The greatest amount was recorded over a four-day period in a community about 70 miles southeast of Lubbock.

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8:15 am
Mon September 22, 2014

24 Spend Night In Carlsbad Shelter Due To Flooding

 

Some Carlsbad residents spent the night in a shelter because of Pecos River flooding that is now receding.

Red Cross spokeswoman Beverly Allen says 24 people took refuge at a shelter at Carlsbad High School.

Eddy County emergency center spokesman Kenny Rayroux says the problem stems from flooding of the Pecos River that runs through Carlsbad.

However, Rayroux says the river crested early Monday morning and is now receding.

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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
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  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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3:54 pm
Sat September 20, 2014

New Mexico Political Ad Buys At $5.3 Million

  Republican Gov. Susana Martinez and Democratic U.S. Sen. Tom Udall hold considerable leads in New Mexico TV advertising.  Since Jan. 1, the two incumbents have accounted for $2.9 million of the state’s $5.3 million in ad spending, and more than half of the more than 15,000 ads already run or scheduled to run before Nov. 4, a New Mexico In Depth analysis shows.

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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

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  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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