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3:30 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

NMSU And Las Cruces Public Schools Team Up To Provide More Clinical Services

  New Mexico State University is taking the wraps off a new project that will benefit the community and students.

On Wednesday, April 8, NMSU will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony to open the new College of Education Community Clinics. The ceremony will take place at the Arrowhead Medical Park Academy, located at 3600 Arrowhead Dr., Building 08, on the NMSU campus. The event starts at 4 p.m.

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3:28 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

"Shave The Beard" Fundraiser Will Benefit The Aggie Cupboard

NMSU President Garrey Carruthers will take part in a beard shaving fundraiser to benefit NMSU’s Aggie Cupboard. (NMSU photo by Justin Bannister)

  New Mexico State University President Garrey Carruthers is willing to pay money to get rid of his newly grown beard – it is just up to the community to determine exactly how much shaving the beard is going to cost. It’s all part of a fundraising event now underway to benefit Aggie Cupboard, a food pantry for students, staff and faculty in need of assistance.

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3:26 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Las Cruces DWI Patrols Set For April

  The Las Cruces Police Department will conduct at least two sobriety checkpoints and four saturation patrols within city limits during the month of April.

Sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols are intended to reduce and eliminate the number of motorists who drive while intoxicated.

Police also plan additional traffic safety activities in April including special operations in support of the city’s cell phone ordinance and the Operation Buckle Down seatbelt enforcement.

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3:22 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

New Safety Rules For BNSF Crude Oil Trains

BNSF railroad has started taking additional safety measures for crude oil shipments because of four recent high-profile derailments in the U.S. and Canada.

The railroad said Monday that is slowing down crude oil trains to 35 mph in cities with more than 100,000 people and increasing track inspections near waterways.

The Fort Worth, Texas, based railroad also is stepping up efforts to find and repair defective wheels before they can cause derailments.

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12:57 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Road Rage Attack In Santa Fe

Santa Fe police say a motorist was attacked by a man and then a woman in an apparent road-rage incident.

According to police, the Saturday incident started when the man pulled up to the motorist's car and accused the motorist of cutting him off. The man then followed the motorist and attacked his vehicle with a metal bar before the two men began struggling in the street.

Police said the motorist grabbed the bar, but then he was struck and pinned against the male attacker's car by the minivan of a woman who'd just driven up after apparently following the man.

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7:13 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Hispanic Activists Pushing For 'Glorieta Pass' Recognition

Hispanic activists in New Mexico are pushing for state schools to teach students about an important Civil War battle involving Latino and Native American Union soldiers.

KOB-TV in Albuquerque reports the League of United Latin American Citizens and the Hispano Round Table of New Mexico announced last week a new effort at trying to get the Battle of Glorieta Pass in classrooms.

During that battle, New Mexico's Volunteer Union Soldiers defeated two Confederate armies after three days of fighting.

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7:10 am
Mon March 30, 2015

UPDATE: New Mexico AG Unveils Changes On Hiring Private Lawyers

Credit Hector Balderas

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas has announced new reforms on hiring private lawyers to file lawsuits on behalf of the attorney general's office.

Balderas on Monday unveiled new policy changes on the practice and promises to make all documents from a bidding process available to the public.

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7:06 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Texas Lawmakers Delay Debate On In-State Tuition Law Repeal

A Senate subcommittee has pushed back for a week debate on scrapping a law that grants in-state public university tuition to the children of some people in the United States illegally.

Texas Democrats and Hispanic advocacy groups champion the law, while top Republicans have pledged to repeal it.

The two sides were to begin their clash Monday, but a border security hearing was delayed until April 7.

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7:04 am
Mon March 30, 2015

New Mexico Nuclear Enrichment Plant OK'd For Expansion

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has given its approval for URENCO USA to expand it nuclear enrichment facility east of Eunice in southeastern New Mexico.

The Hobbs News-Sun reports that the panel gave the OK last week on URENCO's most recent license amendment application.

That means URENCO can double its capacity over the course of two more phases beyond the current three-phase $4 billion facility.

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6:00 am
Mon March 30, 2015

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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6:00 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Senator Heinrich Fights For More Opportunities For New Mexico's Military Community

Credit US Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM)

U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich lobbied for a new active duty mission at White Sands Missile Range (WSMR) during a Senate Committee on Armed Services hearing this month. He argued that placing active duty at the range would make the best use of its facilities and lower costs over time.

Heinrich then spoke about the effects of sequestration and the empty facilities that could be used by active duty military at WSMR.

During the hearing…the New Mexico Democrat also expressed his support for housing F-35 fighter planes at Holloman Air Force Base (HAFB).

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11:10 am
Sun March 29, 2015

Budget Battle, In-State Tuition Fight In Texas

Get ready for budget battle week.

The House on Tuesday is scheduled to debate its version of the proposed state budget. That will likely mean slogging through numerous proposed amendments, and possibly fighting off Democratic- or tea party-led procedural challenges meant to stall the process.

The Senate is also expected to take up its budget plan this week, though the amendment fight shouldn't be as raucous as in the lower chamber.

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11:08 am
Sun March 29, 2015

Texas Spent $30 Million On Tuition Program With Lax Rules

Texas agencies have spent millions on tuition payment programs for state workers in a program with lax rules and oversight.

The state has spent at least $30 million during the past two decades for employee tuition. The Texas Department of Transportation has paid out at least $13 million since 1993, the most of any state agency.

TxDOT makes all of its tuition payments before classes begin.

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11:07 am
Sun March 29, 2015

Drownings Spike Along Rio Grande

More immigrants have been drowning in the Rio Grande over the last six months.

Authorities say that's because immigrants are choosing more dangerous crossings into South Texas to avoid detection. Many of the bodies have been found in the weed-choked irrigation canals that feed into the Rio Grande.

The Border Patrol has responded by expanding its search-and-rescue teams to monitor the area.

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11:06 am
Sun March 29, 2015

Amid Border Surge, Fewer Stops/Arrests In Other Parts Of Texas

Outside of its surge along the Texas-Mexico border, state police agencies are making fewer arrests and fewer traffic stops than the same time period a year ago.

Highway Patrol citations have fallen 14 percent from last year, new investigations started by the state criminal investigations division have fallen 13 percent and Texas Rangers arrests have fallen by 25 percent.

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11:04 am
Sun March 29, 2015

Dairy Industry To Monitor More Wells In Southern New Mexico

An agreement has been made on new requirements to abate groundwater contamination on southern New Mexico dairies.

The New Mexico Environment Department, dairies and a coalition of Anthony and Mesquite residents recently agreed that the industry will monitor additional wells.

Under the agreement, dairies also will increase the frequency and duration of sampling and ensure a high level of accuracy when checking for background concentrations of pollutants in wells.

Tests will look for nitrate, chloride and dissolved solids.

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11:01 am
Sun March 29, 2015

Amtrak: New Mexico Routes Will Remain

Credit facebook.com/amtrak

Amtrak says it will stick with its existing New Mexico route of the Southwest Chief passenger train.

Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari told the Santa Fe New Mexican that the Southwest Chief will continue to make stops in New Mexico towns of Raton, Las Vegas, Lamy and Albuquerque.

The announcement ends more than two years of fear and uncertainty in Northern New Mexico's smaller communities about whether Amtrak would alter the route.

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12:13 pm
Sat March 28, 2015

High Hopes For Garnet Mining In Otero County

A historic southern New Mexico mining town that once shined with the gold rush could sparkle again with some garnet.

Otero County commissioners approved financial assistance Tuesday for a proposed garnet mining operation in Orogrande.

Commissioners and the Alamogordo Chamber of Commerce have been in talks with former Rosemont Realty CEO Dan Burrell about the $20 million project.

Burrell discovered one of the largest freestanding deposits of garnet in the U.S. in the Jarilla Mountains Mineral District.

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12:09 pm
Sat March 28, 2015

"Chico" Makes His 500th Appearance For El Paso Baseball

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Credit facebook.com/Chihuahuas

  As Chico entertained the students at Dr. Green Elementary School’s State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) Pep Rally, the Chihuahuas mascot recorded his 500th community appearance since he wandered onto the steps of Southwest University Park less than one year ago.

“____________________________________________________,” said Chico. “__________________________________ _____________________________!”

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12:04 pm
Sat March 28, 2015

Three Teens Charged In Las Cruces Vandalism Spree

Police arrested three juveniles suspected of vandalizing several vehicles early Friday morning in Las Cruces’ Bellamah neighborhood.

Blas Ramon Tarango, 16, Anthony Gonzalez, 17, and a 13-year-old girl have been detained and charged for their part in this morning’s vandalism spree.

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12:02 pm
Sat March 28, 2015

Albuquerque Becomes State's First "Purple Heart City"

Credit Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry

There will soon be new signs popping up around Albuquerque to reflect its designation as a "Purple Heart City."

Mayor Richard Berry unveiled the signs during a news conference Friday.

The first of 36 signs that will be installed around the city will be located at the intersection of Eubank and Southern, adjacent to the Nuclear Museum.

The effort is part of a national campaign by the Military Order of the Purple Heart of the USA to recognize those who have received the prestigious military decoration.

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12:01 pm
Sat March 28, 2015

In Depth: Busy Times For Texas Legislators

Having faced six major school finance lawsuits since 1984, the Texas Legislature has traditionally stayed away from passing major reforms while the courts are in the process of sorting out the issue.

Why? Because any eventual ruling can wipe out policies that legislators have just approved.

Well, so much for conventional wisdom.

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11:57 am
Sat March 28, 2015

New Mexico Brothers Charged In Murder

Authorities say three brothers ganged up to fatally stab a Fruitland man who was dating an ex-girlfriend of one of the siblings.

36-year-old Maynard Shirley was charged in federal court Friday with murder and assault resulting in serious bodily injury in the killing of Brandon BlueEyes. His brother, 29-year-old Elijah Shirley, was charged with the same counts Wednesday.

FBI spokesman Frank Fisher says a third brother, Michael Shirley, was arrested Thursday in connection with the attack.

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2:48 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Disaster Drill Tuesday In Santa Teresa

  

  Several law enforcement agencies and first responders will launch a full-scale exercise designed to test readiness and communications in the event of a widespread disaster – a simulated emergency near the U.S./Mexico border that causes a mass migration of about 3,000 people.

The simulated emergency involves the detonation of a weapon of mass destruction.

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1:00 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Sexual Assault Claim At State Juvenile Center Near Ruidoso

A southern New Mexico juvenile detention center is the focus of a State Police investigation into a male detainee's claim that a female staff therapist sexually assaulted him.

The Albuquerque Journal reports the director of the state's juvenile justice services has resigned and two administrators have been placed on paid administrative since the alleged assault was reported in early February.

All of the youths detained at the Lincoln Pines Youth Center near Ruidoso have been relocated to other facilities while authorities investigate what happened at the center.

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12:56 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Texas Jobless Rate Declines To 4.3 Percent

The Texas unemployment rate slipped to 4.3 percent during February for the sixth month in a row of declines.

The Texas Workforce Commission reported Friday that the latest statewide jobless rate compares to 4.4 percent unemployment in January. The nationwide unemployment rate last month was 5.5 percent.

TWC officials say Texas had a net gain of 7,100 nonagricultural jobs in February, with 357,300 positions added over the year.

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12:55 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

DA: No Charges Warranted In Non-Fatal Albuquerque Police Shooting

Bernalillo County's district attorney says no charges should be filed against an Albuquerque police officer in the 2013 shooting and wounding of an armed motorist.

District Attorney Kari Brandenburg announced Friday there was no probable cause to bring charges against Officer Pete Romero.

The district attorney's office reviewed police reports, lapel camera recordings and witness interviews before making a determination.

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12:53 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Abbott: National Guard Can't Leave Border Yet

Credit Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R)

Gov. Greg Abbott remains noncommittal on a timeline for pulling the National Guard off the Texas-Mexico border after hundreds of police officers applied for jobs to effectively replace those troops.

Abbott toured the border Friday with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a likely Republican presidential contender. But Walker was out of sight to reporters after arriving in Texas hounded by uncomfortable new questions about his stance on immigration.

Abbott has not endorsed anyone for 2016.

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12:52 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Official: International Rail Crossing Study On Fast Track

The head of the New Mexico Border Authority says a $2 million study on the feasibility of building an international rail crossing at Santa Teresa is on a fast track.

Bill Mattiace says the feasibility study could be completed as early as July.

Mattiace says the rail crossing would be a key element in building the border community into a regional powerhouse for international trade.

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12:49 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

New Mexico Adding Jobs, But Unemployment Rate Rises In February

In February, New Mexico's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 6 percent, up from 5.9 percent in January but down from 6.7 percent in February 2014.

Officials said Friday the state's economy added 15,900 jobs from a year earlier for a 2 percent increase.

February was the first month since May 2006 that no industry posted an over-the-year job loss.

Across the economy, 12 industries added jobs while only one — financial activities — remained unchanged from February 2014.

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