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Video Appears To Show Texas Deputies Shooting Man With His Hands Up

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Video obtained by a San Antonio TV station appears to show a man with his hands up fatally shot by deputies.

The Bexar County Sheriff's Office said Monday that 41-year-old Gilberto Flores died after the shooting Friday.

Sheriff Susan Pamerleau said what the video shows "is a cause for concern," though her office in a Facebook post criticized its release amid an investigation.

The department says deputies responded to a domestic disturbance and found a woman with a cut and a baby who appeared injured.

  Disparities in school attendance rates starting as early as preschool and kindergarten are contributing to achievement gaps and high school dropout rates across the country, according to a new report released today by Attendance Works and Healthy Schools Campaign. 

New Mexico To License Medical Cannabis Producers

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  The New Mexico Department of Health (DOH) announced today that a four-member review committee has narrowed the applicant pool from 86 to 17 for the licensing of new medical cannabis producers. Secretary of Health Retta Ward will now review and determine the number of producers that will receive licenses. This represents the top 20 percent of applications submitted. Secretary Ward is expected to make a final decision about which applicants will be licensed in the next 30 days.

Photo by: Lourdes Cardenas

  When Hurricane Katrina stranded 800 people at the historic Fairmont Hotel in downtown New Orleans, head pastry chef Thierry Marceaux sent up hundreds of chocolate truffles to the guest rooms.

Those where his last days working at the century-old landmark. The storm shut down the hotel and destroyed everything inside his home, which was located in the city's heavily flooded Lakeview neighborhood. Marceaux left the bayou and moved to the desert.

  For the second time since late July, Las Cruces Police have arrested a man suspected of strangling his ex-girlfriend.

Jesus Garcia, 21, of the 100 block of Cinnabar Lane, is now charged with aggravated battery causing great bodily harm, battery against a household member and false imprisonment.

Shortly after 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, Las Cruces Police were dispatched to the report of a domestic incident at Garcia’s residence. Officers arrived and made contact with Garcia’s 23-year-old ex-girlfriend who indicated that she was battered and strangled by Garcia.

NM Sec. of State Dianna Duran / Official photo

Democratic Leaders in the New Mexico House of Representatives are taking aim at the state's top elections official after allegations of fraud, embezzlement and money laundering were leveled against her.

House Democrats said Monday they want to begin the impeachment process against Republican Secretary of State Dianna Duran. They've asked Republicans, who hold the majority in the chamber, for a meeting.

Arizona Woman Pleads Guilty To Heroin Trafficking

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A 21-year-old Arizona woman has pleaded guilty in New Mexico to a heroin trafficking charge.

Federal prosecutors say Janette Marline Montero of Glendale entered the plea Monday in federal court in Albuquerque.

A Drug Enforcement Administration agent said in a criminal complaint that Montero was arrested Aug. 5 after the agent found four kilograms of heroin in packages inside a suitcase on a Greyhound bus and that Montero said the luggage was hers.

According to the complaint, Montero said she was transporting the heroin to Chicago.

  The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s El Paso Area Office and the Consulate General of Mexico in El Paso.

Injunction Against Federal Water Rule May Expand

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A federal judge in North Dakota is allowing arguments over the scope of his injunction blocking a new rule that would give the federal government jurisdiction over some smaller waterways.

U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson in Fargo last week issued a temporary injunction requested by North Dakota and 12 other states, including New Mexico, to stop the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers from regulating some small waterways under the Clean Water Act.

  Doña Ana County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating a weekend incident in which multiple shots were fired at a residence in Doña Ana.

   Sheriff’s deputies responded just after 5 a.m. Saturday to the 5700 block of Tanglewood Place after neighbors in the area called 911 to report they had heard what sounded like gunfire. Detectives discovered multiple bullet holes in the residence.

  This summer, New Mexico State University was approved to participate as an institution of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) after the state of New Mexico joined the initiative in May. Vermont and Wyoming also joined 20 other states as members of SARA. 

  Dominic Tyrel Holland, 28, of Las Cruces, N.M., was sentenced this morning to 40 months in federal prison followed by two years of supervised release for his bank robbery conviction.

  The New Mexico State University College of Health and Social Services will host the Southwest Institute for Health Disparities Research 2015 Conference: Academic-Community Partnerships to Address Health Disparities in the Border Region from 1-5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11, at the Pete V. Domenici Hall Yates Theater. The event is free and open to the public. 

 

  Over 100 residents gathered to support Kasandra Gandara as she announced her candidacy to serve as Las Cruces City Councilor in District 1. A resident of the city for over 20 years, In a release, the campaign said Gandara would work to develop city policy that benefits the diverse needs of residents and businesses in her district, if elected.

UPDATE: Embattled Albuquerque School Chief Resigns

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Dr. Luis Valentino, Albuquerque Schools Superintendent

The board that oversees New Mexico's largest school district has unanimously voted to accept the resignation of its embattled superintendent, who hired an administrator charged with child sex abuse.

Board members voted on Luis Valentino's fate Monday following a controversy that has enveloped Albuquerque Public Schools just two months after he became its superintendent.

NMSU helps Mexican Universities With Extension Programs

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New Mexico State University and the University of Arizona have partnered to help several Mexican universities increase their ability to develop and deliver extension programs to rural Mexico.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports (http://bit.ly/1Jrh1Y0 ) that members of the NMSU Cooperative Extension Service and representatives from 19 Mexican universities traveled to Washington, D.C., in August to meet U.S. Department of Agriculture officials and congressional staff.

Blue Bell Resumes Selling Ice Cream After Listeria Recall

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Blue Bell Creameries has resumed selling its products in select locations Monday, four months after the Texas-based retailer halted sales due to listeria contamination.

Blue Bell ice cream is now available at stores in the Houston and Austin areas, including in the company's hometown of Brenham, plus parts of Alabama.

The company voluntarily recalled its products in April after they were linked to 10 listeria cases in four states, including three deaths in Kansas.

Monday Business Watch

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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.  This week, Jason discusses the increasing amount of student debt. 

The head of a key Texas business group says he doesn't trust the high school dropout and graduation rates provided by state officials.

Texas Association of Business president Bill Hammond told The Dallas Morning News that public schools can manipulate the statistics they give to the Texas Education Agency, including the rates of students who opt for home-schooling.

But TEA spokeswoman Debbie Ratcliffe said the state monitors the numbers it receives and requires documentation to avoid stat fixing.

The managers of the agencies that provide health care and disability benefits to New Mexico veterans say wait times for medical appointments and disability claims have improved.

Andrew Welch, New Mexico VA Health Care System director, and Chris Norton, regional director for the Veterans Benefits Administration, told the Albuquerque Journal that notable progress has been made in the past two years.

Welch says as of last month, the average wait time for a primary care appointment was about seven days.

Ninth-graders who were barely a month into high school when Texas' latest school finance trial began in 2012 are now entering their senior year.

There's no end in sight for the case, in which oral arguments begin Tuesday in front of the state Supreme Court.

Attorneys for the more than 600 school districts suing Texas argue that classroom funding is inadequate and unfairly distributed. The state has said it meets constitutional requirements.

Members of the New Mexico Military Institute's girls college volleyball team suffered minor injuries when their bus crashed following a tournament in Texas.

The Institute says all cadets and coaches who were hurt have since been released from various medical centers and should be back on post Sunday.

Institute spokeswoman Lt. Col. Colleen Cole Velasquez told KOB-TV in Albuquerque (http://bit.ly/1JENbTE) that the incident occurred Saturday around 7:30 p.m.

Velasquez says the team was heading back to Roswell after winning a volleyball tournament in Abilene.

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A statue of Jefferson Davis has been removed from its place on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin after a failed appeal by a Confederate heritage group.

Crews could be seen Sunday morning removing the statue of the Confederate president from its place near the university's iconic clock tower.

University President Greg Fenves recently said the statue would be moved to a museum.

Strong Opposition To El Paso Electric Rate Hike

Aug 30, 2015

  

It’s summertime in Las Cruces and increased air conditioner usage has many residents expecting high electric bills.  But those bills could be even higher next summer if a proposed rate increase is approved.

Unearthed Atari Games Bring In Over $100,000

Aug 29, 2015

A cache of Atari game cartridges dug up in a New Mexico landfill last year has generated more than $100,000 in sales in the last several months.

The estimated 850 games that sold on eBay has brought in close to $108,000.

Joe Lewandowski, a consultant for the film companies that documented the dig to retrieve the games, announced the figure at an Alamogordo City Commission meeting earlier this week.

Of the revenue, Alamogordo will receive about $65,000. The Tularosa Basin Historical Society will get $16,000.

EPA Moves Forward With Water Protection Measure Despite Court Ruling

Aug 29, 2015
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The Environmental Protection Agency says it is going forward with a new federal rule to protect small streams, tributaries and wetlands, despite a court ruling that blocked the measure in 13 central and Western states.

The EPA says a rule that took effect Friday in 37 states will safeguard drinking water for millions of Americans.

Opponents, including farm and business groups, have pledged to fight the rule, emboldened by a federal court decision Thursday that blocked the rule from Alaska to Arkansas.

Abbott Pushing For More Abortion Restrictions

Aug 29, 2015
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Gov. Greg Abbott is calling on the Legislature to approve several new abortion restrictions — even though Texas already has some of the nation's toughest limits on the procedure.

Lawmakers don't reconvene until 2017, unless Abbott calls a special session.

Still, in a statement Friday, the Republican said he'd like laws changed to make performing partial-birth abortions a state felony. He also wants to pull all state and local funding from Planned Parenthood, a group that's already a frequent target for legislators.

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A Bernalillo County grand jury has indicted three suspects in the fatal drive-by shooting of an Albuquerque teenager two months ago.

The county District Attorney's Office says all three suspects were indicted Friday on first-degree murder and other charges and remain held without bond pending their arraignment hearings.

One of the suspects is 18-year-old Donovan Maez, who is the son of Democratic Rep. Stephanie Maez of Albuquerque.

Southern Heritage Group Loses Appeal Of UT Davis Statue Move

Aug 28, 2015

A Southern heritage group has lost an appeal to block the removal of a statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis at the University of Texas.

A state district judge on Thursday rejected efforts by the Sons of Confederate Veterans to force the university to leave the statue near the campus's iconic clock tower.

Attorney Kirk D. Lyons said the group appealed that decision Friday to the Third Court of Appeals in Austin, but lost again.

University President Greg Fenves recently ordered the statue moved to a museum.

EPA: Soil On Navajo Nation Trending To Pre-Spill Conditions

Aug 28, 2015
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Federal officials say the concentration of metals in the San Juan River on the Navajo Nation is returning to what it was before the release of toxic sludge from a gold mine.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released new data Friday of surface water and soil samples from nearly a dozen locations on the reservation. The EPA says iron and other metals peaked in the week following the Aug. 5 spill at the Gold King mine but since have declined.

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