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The Latest: Video Of Officer Being Shot Is Shown In Court

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The Latest on the trial of an ex-convict charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm used to fatally shoot a police officer (all times local):

1:25 p.m.

Police video has been played in federal court, showing the fatal shooting of an Albuquerque police officer who was gunned down last year during a nighttime traffic stop.

The video from Officer Daniel Webster's lapel camera was shown in court Monday during the jury trial of ex-convict Davon Lymon.

I-10 Closures This Week

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Monday, Oct. 24 through Friday, Oct. 28

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day

·     A right lane on North Mesa Street (SH 20) will be closed between North Desert Boulevard and approximately 50 feet past Osborne Drive (in the direction traveling toward Doniphan Drive).

This closure has been ongoing for two weeks. Crews are building a new bridge structure.

Early Voting Starts In Texas

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Texans who've registered to vote have the opportunity to cast ballots early for the Nov. 8 general election.

Early voting begins Monday and runs through Nov. 4 as Texans make their choices for president and other races.

Voters must present one of seven acceptable forms of photo identification. Some examples are a Texas driver's license, a U.S. military identification card, a U.S. passport or a Texas license to carry a handgun.

Monday Business Watch

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What’s happening in the world of business in the Mesilla Valley? Time now for the Monday Business Watch with Edmundo Resendez and Lucas Peerman, Content Director for the Las Cruces Sun-News. This week, there’s a bright spot in the New Mexico economy and it comes from tourism.

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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and organizations in Dona Ana County are working to raise awareness.

Silent Witnesses memorialized victims of Domestic Violence in Dona Ana County at a Candlelight Vigil organized by La Casa, Executive Director Theresa Armendariz says its events like this that help people understand the domestic violence problem.

Police: Woman Who Led Santa Fe Officers On Chase Had Pipe Bomb

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Authorities say a Santa Fe woman led police on a chase in a stolen vehicle that had a pipe bomb inside.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that officers were able to disarm the pipe bomb and arrest 22-year-old Jamie Tippett Saturday night.

Police say an officer was responding to a vehicle crash with his emergency lights and siren on when he got stuck behind Tippett, who had refused to yield.

The suspect then took off, and other officers located her near an intersection where she refused to pull over.

Deputies seize 130 marijuana plants from Chaparral home

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Authorities say they have found 130 marijuana plants growing in the backyard of a Chaparral woman's home.

61-year-old Candace Wilson is being held in lieu of bond until a court appearance.

Otero County sheriff's deputies arrested her Friday on a charge of marijuana distribution after a detective investigating a separate case saw the plants from the street.

Deputies produced a search warrant and seized the marijuana.

Undersheriff Liliana McDowell-Schnell says the plants were growing behind a trailer on 1 ½ acres of land.

Deming man killed in motorcycle crash

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State police say a motorcycle rider has died after crashing in Deming.

The crash happened around 10 p.m. Saturday in the area of New Mexico Highway 549 and Pine Street.

According to investigators, it appears the driver, 51-year-old Richard Cowles, lost control on a curve in the roadway and hit a median.

The impact threw Cowles from the motorcycle.

He was taken to a hospital but was pronounced dead.

The crash remains under investigation.

Lab workers in 1962 presidential visit photos stump author

Oct 23, 2016

Author John Bisney is trying to unravel a mystery as he writes a book about former President John F. Kennedy and his role in America's space program.

The Los Alamos Monitor reports ( the former CNN correspondent is combing through old photographs of Kennedy's visit to Los Alamos National Laboratory in 1962 and wants to identify workers in the photos.

Bisney said he's come up against dead ends so far, including at the Los Alamos Historical Society.

People can see the photos at and send tips to

Newspaper: Texas Latinos underrepresented in local politics

Oct 23, 2016

A newspaper analysis has found deep patterns of underrepresentation of Texas' fast-growing Hispanic population on city councils and commissioner courts across the state.

The Austin American-Statesman ( ) says more than 1.3 million Hispanics in Texas live in cities or counties with no Hispanic representation on their city council or commissioners court. And in a state where Hispanics make up 38 percent of the population, only about 10 percent of mayors and county judges are Hispanic.

NMSU Aggie fans raise an 'L for Lori'

Oct 23, 2016

New Mexico State University football fans are quick to get their “Guns Up” to support the Aggies. But a different version of that salute during halftime of Saturday’s game honored a special person the football program lost earlier this year.

No one loved New Mexico State University’s football team more than Las Crucen Lori Paulson, who passed away March 16, 2016, at age 35 after battling pancreatic cancer. Although a passionate and avid supporter of NMSU athletics, the Aggie football team truly captured her heart.

Investigation Questions How Texas Classifies Some Border Arrests

Oct 22, 2016

Records reviewed by The Associated Press show that some arrests along the Texas border labeled as "high threat" include drunken drivers and child-support dodgers.

Texas has a nearly $1 billion border security mission, and the state's Department of Public Safety in 2015 classified more than 1,800 highway patrol arrests near the Texas-Mexico border as "high threat."

Man Charged In Hatch Officer's Murder Wants Trial Moved

Oct 22, 2016
Jesse Hanes

An Ohio man charged in the killing of a New Mexico police officer wants his trial moved.

Attorneys for 38-year-old Jesse Denver Hanes recently filed a motion asking that his trial next year be held outside of Dana Ana County.

In court documents, Hanes says media coverage of the death of Hatch police Officer Jose Chavez would make a fair trial impossible.

Police say Chavez pulled over a vehicle in Hatch on Aug. 12 that was occupied by Hanes, James Nelson and a hitchhiker. Authorities say Hanes then shot Chavez, who died at a hospital.

New Mexico jobless rate rises to 6.7 percent in September

Oct 21, 2016

New Mexico's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate is up for the third straight month.

The Department of Workforce Solutions reports that the September rate was 6.7 percent as nonfarm employment dropped by 2,000 jobs from September 2015.

The state's unemployment rate was steady at 6.2 percent in March, April, May and June before rising to 6.4 percent in July and 6.6 percent in August.

Of the 13 industries measured in the state's economy, six added jobs, six lost jobs and one was unchanged from September 2015.

Ex-student pleads guilty in UTEP betting scheme

Oct 21, 2016

A former UTEP student has pleaded guilty to a role in a gambling operation at the university that took bets from basketball players on different sports.

The FBI says Michael Karpus pleaded guilty during a Friday federal court hearing in El Paso to misprision of felony, a charge involving failure to report a felony to authorities.

Authorities say Karpus received wagers from basketball players at the University of Texas at El Paso and unsuccessfully tried to recruit one player to participate in point-shaving to influence the outcome for bettors.

Feds not dropping fraud case against Texas attorney general

Oct 21, 2016
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton

Federal regulators who accuse Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton of committing securities fraud aren't giving up after a judge threw out their first try.

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday filed a revised civil lawsuit against Paxton that again accuses the Republican of personally duping investors in a high-tech startup before taking office in 2015.

U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant had ruled this month that the case against Paxton wasn't strong enough to continue. But the judge also gave the SEC two weeks to revise arguments and try again.

Cash-strapped New Mexico takes back construction funds

Oct 21, 2016

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has signed a budget solvency bill that would shore up the state general fund with money from stalled construction projects.

The Republican governor signed a measure Friday that would shift almost $90 million to state operating reserves mostly from projects authorized in 2013 and 2014 that never broke ground. Some projects would be reauthorized with borrowings from severance tax bonds.

Lawmakers approved a solvency package this month during a special session to help address a nearly $600 million operating budget deficit.

  A food pantry that provides needed support to students and employees at New Mexico State University and Dona Ana Community College received an infusion of cash at a crucial time, thanks to a Homecoming week partnership between the university’s Alumni Association and several Las Cruces restaurants.

NMSU Arrowhead Center’s Aggie Shark Tank event continues to grow

Oct 21, 2016

  Arrowhead Center at New Mexico State University hosted its third Aggie Shark Tank event Wednesday at the Las Cruces Convention Center, and while the “shark” investors may have chosen not to bite on any of the business opportunities that were offered up by student and alumni entrepreneurs, they did share an ocean of advice on how they might take their ideas to the next level, along with an offer to try out one product, which may prove more valuable than an investment.

NMSU ranks in top 50 best value online colleges for 2017

Oct 21, 2016
Darren Phillips, NMSU

  New Mexico State University has been ranked 35th on the Top 50 Best Value Online Colleges for 2017 by Value Colleges, an independent online guide to the best values in undergraduate and graduate education. 

“We’ve long known about both the quality education and the affordability we offer our students,” NMSU Chancellor Garrey Carruthers said. “This ranking is just the latest to recognize the work we are doing at our great university.”

The Value Colleges rankings are based on three factors: cost, reputability and return on investment. 

Navajo Nation Rejects New Nursing Home

Oct 21, 2016

The Navajo Nation Council voted against a proposed 120-bed nursing home before ending its fall session.

The Gallup Independent reports that the Navajo Nation Sihasin fund appropriated $8 million for the planning and construction of a new Chinle Nursing Home to care for Navajo elders on the reservation. The plan, however, needed at least 16 yes votes from the council to be approved.

It failed with a vote of 14-6 after a long debate.

DA: State AG Will Prosecute Suspect In Officer's Death

Oct 21, 2016

Officials say the state attorney general's office will prosecute the man suspected of shooting and killing an Albuquerque police officer last year.

Michael Lewis, a deputy district attorney in Bernalillo County, says the state case stemming from the 2015 shooting death of Officer Daniel Webster will be transferred to the attorney general's office for prosecution.

The Latest: More Voters Registering Online In New Mexico

Oct 21, 2016

The Latest on efforts to modernize New Mexico's campaign finance and elections systems (all times local):

12:40 p.m.

Online voter registration has gained in popularity in New Mexico since the system pioneered at the start of the year.

New Mexico Elections Director Kari Fresquez said Friday that about 108,000 people have gone online to register or update voter records this year in a state with nearly 2.1 million residents. More than 25,000 people used the online system in the last couple of days before the general election registration deadline.

Isleta Pueblo To Celebrate Multimillion-Dollar Settlement

Oct 21, 2016

Tribal and federal officials will be gathering on the banks of the Rio Grande at Isleta Pueblo to celebrate the settlement of a dispute stemming from one of the diversion dams along the river.

Officials said Friday the multimillion-dollar agreement grants the federal government easement for the dam for the next 100 years and resolves trespass issues associated with dam.

The pueblo also will receive a lump sum payment as well as support for sediment management, restoration projects in the wooded area along the river and other environmental work.

Effort To Reveal Political Spending Comes With Own Price Tag

Oct 21, 2016

New Mexico's director of elections is briefing state lawmakers on efforts to modernize an online campaign finance information system widely criticized for obscuring the complete sources and destinations of political spending.

Elections Director Kari Fresquez of the New Mexico Secretary of State's Office is scheduled to brief a legislative technology committee Friday on the estimated $985,000 cost for the project.

New Mexico Military Institute Celebrates 125 Years

Oct 21, 2016

This year's homecoming celebration at the New Mexico Military Institute is about more than just a football game. The school is marking its 125th anniversary.

To celebrate, the Roswell Daily Record reports that cadets will be representing each decade of the institute's history by wearing uniforms from those decades.

In 1898, 13 cadets made history by being the first women to enroll, including Edith Matthews. She'll be represented this weekend by her great-great-granddaughter, cadet Maddux Porter.

Acoma Pueblo Takes Property Tax Fight To Federal Court

Oct 21, 2016

Acoma Pueblo has launched a legal fight, arguing that a more than century-old federal law prevents local and state officials from collecting property tax on tribally-owned land even if it's located outside of the tribe's recognized boundaries.

The tribe filed its lawsuit in federal court in Las Cruces earlier this month.

New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Secretary Demesia Padilla and Cibola County Treasurer Geraldine Rael are named as defendants.

Your Weekend Pulse!

Oct 21, 2016

Time now for Your Weekend Pulse! your guide to what is happening in our area this weekend with Lorena Sanchez, Pulse Editor for the Las Cruces Sun-News and Edmundo Resendez. This weekend, the seventh annual Zombie Walk, a pumpkin splash and the empty bowls fundraiser.

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District Attorney Race: Democrat Mark D'Antonio

Oct 21, 2016
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The race for the third judicial district attorney pits Republican challenger Brad Cates who is running against Democratic incumbent, Mark D’Antonio. Today, we meet Mark D’Antonio who was asked why he is running for district attorney.  

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The South Central Regional Transit District rural bus service has been back in operation since February, The Dona Ana County Commission recently got an update on the progress the rural bus service has been making.