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Abbott To Visit Mexico Amid Tension

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Republican Gov. Greg Abbott is heading to Mexico for the first time since taking office and amid some tension between Texas and the state's largest trading partner.

Abbott will meet with Mexico President Enrique Peña Nieto during a three-day trip starting Sunday. It marks the first international visit for Abbott as governor.

Abbott said Thursday he wants to improve bilateral relations and create more economic prosperity.

A judge has approved more than $1.5 million in damages against the county in the case of a former Dona Ana County internal affairs investigator who says she was wrongfully terminated.

The judge signed off on the award Wednesday. Kim Stewart was awarded in July after a jury determined county officials violated her rights under New Mexico's Human Rights Act and Whistleblower Protection Act.

Community Invited To NMSU Salon Disovery September 18

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NMSU student Min Tran

  The community will have a chance to discover the rich history and continued accomplishments of the Department of Astronomy at Salon Discovery’s fall gala event, “NMSU Astromony: Clyde Tombaugh and Beyond” at 7:30 p.m., Sept. 18 in Atkinson Recital Hall.

Border Organization To Honor Las Cruces-Area County Commissioner

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  After extended consultation with hundreds of families that comprise its membership in the US/Mexico Border region, the Border Network for Human Rights has selected District 4 Doña Ana County Commissioner Wayne D. Hancock to receive its 2015 Safe Communities Award.

Commissioner Hancock will receive the award at a Nov. 14 dinner and ceremony at St. Pius Catholic Church’s Parish Hall in El Paso.

The letter notifying Hancock of the award praised him for his work as a county commissioner and community activist.

Teens Take On Preservation Work At National Monuments

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Bandelier National Monument--photo by Sandy King

A crew of Native American youth has spent the summer helping on a preservation project at Bandelier National Monument in New Mexico.

The project is part of the National Trust for Historic Preservation's HOPE initiative, or Hands-On Preservation Experience.

The trust teamed up with the National Park Service and the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps. The goal was to train more young people in preservation skills while helping historical sites on public land. From New Mexico and Arizona to Virginia and Vermont, crews worked on some 30 projects this summer.

AFT National President To Unveil New Mexico Preschool Plan

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American Federation of Teachers national president Randi Weingarten is scheduled to unveil a plan aimed at expanding early childhood education in New Mexico amid a stalemate over funding.

Weingarten is slated Thursday to join Democratic Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez at a Los Ranchos De Albuquerque preschool to discuss efforts to put pressure on state lawmakers and Gov. Susana Martinez to expand the program.

Veteran Actor To Headline Inaugural Las Cruces Film Festival

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Veteran actor Danny Trejo will be the headline at the inaugural Las Cruces International Film Festival next spring.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports the festival will run from March 2-6.

Trejo has appeared in dozens of movies and is best known for his title role in the "Machete" trilogy.

His recent television work includes a regular role on the series "Saint George," recurring roles on "Sons of Anarchy" and "King of the Hill" and appearances on "Modern Family" and "Breaking Bad."


USDA Invests In New Mexico Rural Development

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NM USDA Rural Development Director Terry Brunner


   New Mexico depends heavily on infrastructure investments from the federal government.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has spent nearly $67 million dollars on rural development projects in Dona Ana County since 2009.

Over $25 million was spent on housing…including home loans.

And more than $41 million went to business and infrastructure.  Water and wastewater is a big part of that.  For example, more than $8 million dollars was spent on wastewater systems in 2014 alone.  And $1.2 million was spent on an arsenic treatment system in La Union in 2012.

House Committee Will Investigate New Mexico Secretary Of State

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NM Sec. of State Dianna Duran / Official photo

  The speaker of New Mexico's House of Representatives says he's created a special committee to investigate charges against Secretary of State Dianna Duran.

Don Tripp says he believes it's the "appropriate and responsible next step" for the House to begin the process of determining whether the charges have merit and rise to the level of impeachment.

The state Attorney General has leveled allegations of fraud, embezzlement and money laundering against Duran, who is New Mexico's top elections official.

Texas Football Player Shot By Police Had Drugs In His System

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Christian Taylor

An autopsy report has found that a black college football player killed by a police officer had used a synthetic psychedelic drug and marijuana prior to the deadly confrontation at a Texas car dealership.

Christian Taylor was unarmed when Arlington police officer Brad Miller shot him on Aug. 7. Miller has been fired, but his attorney said Wednesday that he hopes the chief will reconsider that decision.

The report released Wednesday shows there was THC, one of the active components of marijuana, and a synthetic drug that causes hallucinations in Taylor's system.

Texas Union Chief: "There Is An Open War Against The Police"

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Todd Harrison, CLEAT

The leader of the largest Texas law enforcement union is accusing President Barack Obama and other politicians of all stripes of doing nothing to protect law enforcement officers and their families.

Austin police Sgt. Todd Harrison is president of the 20,000-member Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas, or CLEAT. In a statement Wednesday, he said, "There is an open war against the police on the streets of America." He further said, "President Obama and all the politicians in Texas and the U.S. have something in common: they've done absolutely nothing."

Clinics File Supreme Court Appeal Of Texas Abortion Law

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Texas abortion clinics are asking the Supreme Court to take up a major case about abortion rights.

The clinics say they filed an appeal Wednesday aimed at permanently blocking parts of a state law that already have forced nearly two dozen clinics to close and would leave the second most populous state with 10 abortion providers. If the law passed in 2013 takes full effect, there would be no clinic west of San Antonio and only one would operate on a limited basis in the Rio Grande Valley.

Critics: New Mexico PRC Too "Chummy" With PNM

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An environmental group says members of a powerful New Mexico regulatory body are too "chummy" with utility executives and should not be making any decisions about the fate of a coal-fired power plant that serves customers around the Southwest.

Santa Fe-based New Energy Economy filed a motion late Wednesday with the Public Regulation Commission, seeking the recusal of four of the panel's five members.

The motion hinges on numerous emails and phone calls that make reference to private meetings, dinners, coffee dates and invitations to conferences and sporting events.

Las Cruces Library Calls for Time Capsule Submissions

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  Thomas Branigan Memorial Library will be celebrating its 80th anniversary this November by creating a time capsule. Plans are to display the contents of the time capsule in the library for the month of November. The time capsule will then be put into a secure, marked place at the Library, and registered with the International Time Capsule Society. In 50 years, the capsule can be opened so all can see the changes that have spanned the decades.

Man Suspected of Having Stolen Guns

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  Las Cruces Police arrested a man suspected of knowingly having two stolen firearms in his possession.

John Alexander Moreno, 19, of 435 Ithaca Ct., is charged with two counts of receiving stolen property, firearms. The two counts are fourth-degree felonies.

Casting Call for Major Feature Film Shooting in Southern New Mexico

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Actor Gary Oldman

  An open casting call for the major feature film “Out of This World” will take place Sunday, September 6,from 1 – 6 p.m., and Monday, September 7, from 9 a.m. – to 2 p.m. at the Mesilla Valley Mall (700 S. Telshor Blvd.). The casting event will be located in the Mall’s western wing near Allen Theatres and Gordon’s Jewelers.


The production is looking for men, women and children of all races to join a scene filming in mid-September with actor Gary Oldman and other cast members as they present space exploration plans for a trip to Mars at Spaceport America.


Suspect in May 2014 Las Cruces Armed Robbery Arrested

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  Las Cruces Police arrested the man believed to be responsible for the May 2014 armed robbery of a Subway restaurant.

Gilbert Dominguez, 38, of Dona Ana, N.M., was arrested today and charged with one count of armed robbery.

Shortly after 10 p.m. Sunday, May 4, 2014, Las Cruces Police responded to the report of an armed robbery that just occurred at the Subway restaurant at 2523 N. Main St. Detectives learned that the suspect displayed a black handgun and demanded cash from the register. No injuries were reported and the suspect fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Auditor: New Mexico Had $100M Special Education Shortfall

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The New Mexico State Auditor's office says a new audit shows the state saw a shortfall of more than $100 million in special education funding.

The office said Wednesday an independent account firm found the shortfall in special education funding from July 2009 to June 2012. Officials say the numbers were based on New Mexico Public Education Department's calculations and placed federal funding at risk.

Auditor Tim Keller says the shortfall is another piece of system-wide challenges that plague the state's educational system.

  A jury Tuesday found Davalous Brown, 22, guilty on two counts of Battery on a Peace Officer, both felonies, and Resisting, Evading or Obstructing an Officer that could result in 6 years incarceration.

Texas Court Strips Lesser Prairie Chicken Of Protections

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State of Colorado

A federal court in Texas has vacated Endangered Species Act protections for the lesser prairie chicken.

The ruling is a victory for Texas oil and gas companies that argued the conservation efforts are working. The Permian Basin Petroleum Association said regulations would impede operations and cost hundreds of millions of dollars in oil and gas development in one of the country's most prolific basins.

The nonprofit Center for Biological Diversity said Wednesday that the lesser prairie chicken has lost 85 percent of its habitat.

Colorado Mine Spill Prompts Changes To Warning System

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A wastewater spill from a Colorado mine has prompted state officials to expand the list of downstream users they warn after such accidents.

Colorado officials notified only agencies inside their state after 3 million gallons of water tainted with heavy metals gushed out of the Gold King mine Aug. 5, eventually reaching rivers in New Mexico and Utah.

NMSU Professor To Host Discussion Of Alaska

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  As the original mastermind behind the “Global Connections” talks hosted by NMSU’s College of Arts and Sciences, Jon Hunner, an NMSU history professor and historian, is kicking off this year’s events with a discussion of Alaska.

Hunner’s talk, titled “Alaska from Kenai to Denali,” will highlight his experiences while visiting the 49th state last July. The event will take place Wednesday, September 9, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. in the Gerald Thomas Hall Auditorium. 

“Alaska is a special place,” said Hunner, who traveled to the area while visiting his son. 

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Arrest Made Following Non-Injury Officer Involved Shooting In Mesilla

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  The man who was being detained Tuesday following an incident involving an officer with the Mesilla Marshal’s Office – who subsequently fired his duty weapon – has been arrested.

   The shooting is under investigation by the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department.

San Juan County Declares State Of Disaster Following Storm

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The San Juan County Commission has declared a state of disaster following a violent storm that swept through Aztec and caused what officials estimate is more than $1 million in damage.

The commission approved the resolution Tuesday, allowing the county to request state funds to repair public property that was damaged by the Aug. 26 storm.

Officials say the storm's quick rainfall overwhelmed culverts, cut streams into dirt roads, flooded buildings and closed SunRay Park & Casino's horse racing track for the season.

President Secures 34th Vote For Iran Nuclear Deal

Sep 2, 2015

Senate Democrats have rallied the 34 votes they need to keep the Iran nuclear deal alive in Congress, handing President Barack Obama a major foreign policy victory.

Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland became the crucial 34th vote Wednesday morning, declaring the agreement is the best way to curb Iran's nuclear ambitions.

Congress is to vote later this month on a resolution disapproving the deal, which is unanimously opposed by Republicans, who call it a dangerous giveaway to Iran.

Spaceport America Hosts Open House Day

Sep 2, 2015

Spaceport America, the world’s first purpose-built commercial spaceport, will host an open house event free to the public on October 3, 2015.

$31.5 Million In State Funding Going To Alamo

Sep 2, 2015

State officials say the Alamo is to benefit from $31.5 million for preservation and development of the downtown San Antonio shrine.

Land Commissioner George P. Bush has scheduled a Wednesday news conference at the Alamo with legislative members and top Bexar County and San Antonio officials to describe the state appropriation and the legislative support that made it possible.