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4:09 pm
Wed December 24, 2014

Albuquerque Journal Website Hacked

  Officials at the Albuquerque Journal say they have notified federal authorities that the newspaper's website was hacked.

It happened Wednesday morning when someone replaced the top story about the 1971 slaying of a state police patrolman with material that expressed support for Islamic militants and warned Albuquerque residents that their secrets were being collected through mobile devices.

The website was taken down for several hours and the material was removed. The original story about the murder case was reposted when the website came back online.

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1:04 pm
Wed December 24, 2014

Jon Barlea- New Mexico Economic Development Secretary

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1:03 pm
Wed December 24, 2014

Mark Medoff Profile

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1:02 pm
Wed December 24, 2014

Therapeutic Horse Riding - Sarah Veeder

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12:55 pm
Wed December 24, 2014

Kirtland Man Wanted In Kidnapping, Beating

  Authorities in Kirtland are searching for a man accused of kidnapping, beating and hitting a woman with his car.

The San Juan County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday that deputies have an arrest warrant out on 27-year-old Brandon Lee for aggravated battery, kidnapping and assault with intent to commit a violent felony.

Sheriff's spokesman Cory Tanner says Lee allegedly forced 30-year-old Crystal Begay into his car Saturday afternoon and battered her using brass knuckles.

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12:54 pm
Wed December 24, 2014

Fired Prosecutor Could Get $270,000 Settlement

A Travis County prosecutor who was fired after making racial comments to a jury could receive $270,000 to settle his wrongful termination lawsuit.

Travis County commissioners approved allocating the funds for Steve Brand, pending a final settlement. The money would come from the risk management fund.

The assistant district attorney lost his job last June. Brand's dismissal came a month after his comments dismissing a prospective juror who was a member of the NAACP, comparing the juror's membership to white supremacy.

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12:51 pm
Wed December 24, 2014

Outrage Over Police Bonuses

  Some Albuquerque officials say they are troubled that top staffers in the city's police department are getting salary bonuses.  City councilors say retention bonuses are meant for rank-and-file officers, not department executives.

The city council received data this week showing a request for $1 million in annual retention pay for more than 100 officers, including Police Chief Gorden Eden and some deputy chiefs.

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12:50 pm
Wed December 24, 2014

Texas Traffic Stop Yields Nearly $500,000 In Drugs

  A California man has been arrested after a Texas Panhandle traffic stop yielded nearly $500,000 in marijuana and methamphetamine.

Carson County jail records show 32-year-old Carlos Alberto Ruiz-Alamo was being held Wednesday on charges of possession and delivery of marijuana and possession of a controlled substance.

The 32-year-old Fontana, California, man was detained Tuesday while driving an SUV near Conway, about 20 miles east of Amarillo.

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12:49 pm
Wed December 24, 2014

Navajo Council Tables Election Funding Bill

   Navajo lawmakers have temporarily set aside legislation that would have funded a special presidential election.

The Navajo Nation Council tabled a bill requesting more than $280,000 in election funding.

Delegate Walter Phelps motioned for the legislation to be considered Dec. 30, giving the council more time to deal with other bills related to the election.

The Navajo Nation Supreme Court ruled Dec. 17 that the special election must be held by Jan. 31.

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12:47 pm
Wed December 24, 2014

UPDATE: Three Killed In El Paso Wreck; Man Charged With Intoxicated Manslaughter

Joel Garcia

  Authorities say three people were killed after a driver ran a red light in El Paso and hit another car, triggering a fire that consumed both vehicles.

Police said 24-year-old Joel Garcia ran the light early Wednesday. Garcia has been charged with three counts of intoxicated manslaughter and is being held at the El Paso County jail on a $300,000 bond. Authorities say he does not yet have an attorney.

Police say one of the victims was ejected from the back seat.

Enrique Gaurin, also 24, survived the crash.

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12:45 pm
Wed December 24, 2014

Martinez Requests Help In 1971 Murder Case

Credit Office of the Governor

  Gov. Susana Martinez has renewed a request that the Obama administration try to extradite from Cuba the last living suspect in the 1971 shooting death of a New Mexico state police officer.  Previous attempts by state officials were unsuccessful, but now President Barack Obama's move to thaw U.S. relations with Cuba has given some who have fought for justice new hope.

Martinez sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry and Attorney General Eric Holder asking for them to push for the return of Charlie Hill.

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7:43 am
Wed December 24, 2014

GPS Used To Track Some Immigrants Caught At Border

Credit U.S. Department of Homeland Security

The Homeland Security Department is using GPS-enabled ankle bracelets to keep track of some immigrants caught crossing the border illegally.

The pilot program comes months after officials found that 70 percent of immigrant families disappeared after they were released into the U.S. with instructions to report back to immigration authorities later.

A confidential government document obtained by The Associated Press shows that the pilot program involves about 250 parents caught crossing the Mexican border illegally with their children in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas.

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7:41 am
Wed December 24, 2014

New Mexico Airlines Working To Get Back In Air

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A small airline that serves several New Mexico communities and recently grounded its planes is working to get back up and running.

KOAT-TV reports that New Mexico Airlines has at least one operating airplane a week after it voluntarily grounded its fleet to address mechanical issues.

FAA spokesman Lynn Lunsford won't say what mechanical issues New Mexico Airlines is fixing. However, he confirmed that the Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the small airlines in connection with the maintenance problems.

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7:39 am
Wed December 24, 2014

Police Shootings, Politics Top NM Headlines

Officers surrounded James Boyd as they tried to talk him into surrendering from his campsite in the Sandia foothills. He told officers he didn't want to come down because he feared police would shoot him.

The standoff dragged on for hours, with Boyd threatening to kill officers at one point. Video from a helmet camera shows him gathering his belongings in an apparent agreement to surrender. Officers then opened fire.

The footage went viral, sparking violent demonstrations.

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12:56 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

Group Wants Transparency With New Mexico Water Exchanges

  Environmentalists are crying foul over a water exchange between the federal government and the city of Santa Fe.

The group WildEarth Guardians has sent a letter to the U.S. Interior Department, saying such transactions along the Rio Grande should be transparent and that policies need to be changed to allow for the river's flows to be protected.

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12:54 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

American Offers Raises To Employees; Bargains With Pilots

  American Airlines CEO Doug Parker is rewarding employees who have already reached new labor agreements with the company with an extra 4-percent raise.

The raise, which is added to employee's base salaries, will also go to all managers below the level of director.

Parker is also dangling the raise at the airline's pilots who are fighting with him over a new contract. The pilots can either take the raise, in addition to a multi-year deal that's already been proposed to them, or forego the raise and move forward with a deal set out in arbitration.

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12:52 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

NMSU Grad Students Collect 600+ Books For Local Library

Students from the Communication Studies Graduate Student Association held a book drive to collection donations for Jardin de los Ninos. The books were presented at the dedication of the Jackson Whelpley Memorial Library at Jardin de los Ninos. From L-R: Josele Diaz, Beth Cole, Alexis Duprey, NMSU College of Arts and Sciences Professors Anne Hubbell and Greg Armfield, Nicholas Eckhart and Audrey Hardman- Hartley, executive director of Jardin de los Ninos. (Photo by Isabel Rodriguez)

  Jackson Carl Whelpley never made it to college, but a library in his honor will provide books for homeless children thanks to a group of New Mexico State University students.

The Communication Studies Graduate Student Association in the College of Arts and Sciences organized a book drive that helped collect more than 600 books and magazines for a library at Jardin de los Ninos named in honor of Whelpley, an 18 year-old Onate High School graduate who died after being struck by lightning a day before he was to begin college in Fulton, Missouri.

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12:50 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

Majority Of New Mexico Immigration Detainees Were Released

Authorities say a majority of Central American immigrants held at a southeastern New Mexico detention center over the last six months ended up getting released.  Immigration and Customs Enforcement says more than two-thirds of an estimated 1,200 immigrants were released before the Artesia facility closed last week.

ICE spokeswoman Leticia Zamarripa says while more than 800 were released, about 370 were deported.

Zamarripa says 15 remaining people will be relocated to a new family detention center in Texas.

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12:44 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

NMSU Takes Steps To Streamline Research Processes

Electrical engineering professor Steve Stochaj poses for a photograph outside his office. Stochaj’s research interests center around particle astrophysics including solar particles. Stochaj said the new Research Tab is easy to navigate and greatly reduces the administrative burden associated with funded research activities. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

  Landing a significant grant is challenging enough in a time of shrinking state and federal funds available for even the most important research projects. Even when a researcher at New Mexico State University is able to line up a great idea with a willing funding agency, the challenge may just be starting.

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7:05 am
Tue December 23, 2014

El Paso Smoking Ban To Expand Jan. 1

The next phase of a West Texas city's smoking ban is set to take effect on Jan. 1.

El Paso residents won't be able to smoke or use electronic cigarettes at all city-owned facilities, including bus stops, playgrounds and parks.

The El Paso Times reports the city passed the state's most stringent anti-smoking law in 2001, but the ban focused on prohibiting smoking inside buildings, including restaurants and bars.

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7:02 am
Tue December 23, 2014

UPDATE: Man Killed In Las Cruces Police Shooting Identified

The Officer Involved Task Force (NM State Police, Dona Ana County Sheriff’s Office, and NM State University Police Department, and LCPD) is continuing the investigation that started Monday. LCPD has identified the man involved in yesterday’s shooting as Jose Salas, 29, of Las Cruces. Salas died of gunshot wounds at the scene.  Police must first positively identify a person and notify the next of kin prior to releasing a name.

The officers that were involved in the shooting will not be named as the incident is still under investigation by the Officer Involved Shooting Task Force.

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7:01 am
Tue December 23, 2014

New $2.9M Kidney Dialysis Center Coming To Hobbs

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A booming southeastern New Mexico city is getting a new kidney dialysis center.

The Hobbs News-Sun reports that plans in the works to bring the aptly named Kidney Care Center to Hobbs.

Officials say the 8,800-square-foot building will cost around $2.9 million.

The kidney dialysis center is being developed by CJ Development of Lubbock.

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7:00 am
Tue December 23, 2014

Construction Begins At Albuquerque Balloon Park

Work is underway on a new pilots' pavilion at Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Park.

City officials held a groundbreaking ceremony Monday. They say the $2.3 million project is expected to be done in time for the 2015 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.

The 12,000-square-foot building is named after Sid Cutter, the founder of the fiesta.

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6:58 am
Tue December 23, 2014

New Mexico Builders Eye Pending Immigration Reform

Builders in New Mexico are watching how new immigration relief will affect their industry.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that builders are working with immigrant advocates to determine just how many workers will benefit for coming changes.

Builders recently sponsored a lunch forum with Marcela Diaz, executive director of Somos Un Pueblo Unido, a Santa Fe-based immigrant rights group.

Advocates are holding legal workshops around the state to prepare immigrants who might be eligible for relief following President Barack Obama's announcement.

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6:00 am
Tue December 23, 2014

NMSU Professor Conducts Research In Alaska

Brian Hampton's students enjoy a sunset in the western Alaskan range in one of the researchers' field localities, the Revelation Mountains. (Courtesy photo)

  You might not think snow-covered Alaska and the desert Southwest have much in common. But New Mexico State University professor Brian Hampton says Alaska’s tectonic processes share similarities to those in the Southwest and make it a an ideal natural laboratory to explore.

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6:00 am
Tue December 23, 2014

NMSU Program Prepares Newly Elected County Officials

NM EDGE instructor Tom Weeks, left, visits with Village of Milan officials Triny Barajas, center, accounts payable clerk, and Theresa Garcia, village clerk, during a class on purchasing. This is just one of a hundred classes available to county and municipal elected officials and employees in the certified public official curriculum. (NMSU photo by Jane Moorman)

  Most people who run for public office say they do so with the intention of serving their communities – but new officials don’t always immediately understand the intricacies of governance. They need a way to get up to speed before being sworn into office, become better-educated on various aspects of their new roles.

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7:00 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

New Mexico Forecast: Winds, Snow, Freezing Temps

A fast-moving winter storm is slamming parts of New Mexico with snow, gusty winds and freezing temperatures.  The National Weather Service in Albuquerque has issued winter storm and wind warnings for the northeastern corner of the state and parts of east-central New Mexico.

Forecasters say damaging winds in excess of 60 mph are expected in some parts and the snow will likely become more persistent over the northern mountains through the night.

Snow has already started to accumulate in the northeast highlands and far northeast plains.

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4:21 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Woman Wanted After Alleged Knife Attack On Former Boyfriend

  Doña Ana County Sheriff’s investigators have obtained a warrant for a Las Cruces woman who allegedly attacked her former boyfriend with a knife.

Lisa Holguin, 23, allegedly attacked the 35-year-old victim as he was eating breakfast on Dec. 21 in the 9000 block of Horace Lane. Holguin was reportedly armed with a set of brass knuckles that were also outfitted with a knife.

According to the victim, Holguin entered the front door unannounced and began accusing the victim of trying to get her in trouble over another legal matter.

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3:29 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Lagging Pension Fund May Harm Texas Credit Rating

Credit State of Texas

  Budget analysts are warning lawmakers the state's credit rating could be harmed unless they do more to properly fund the retirement plan for Texas employees.

The outgoing leader for the Employee Retirement System of Texas says the plan's unfunded balance is about $7.5 billion. That number is projected to increase to nearly $10 billion by 2018 if the Texas Legislature doesn't immediately pursue reforms.

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12:36 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

25 States Now On Board In Texas-Led Lawsuit Over President's Immigraiton Order

  Tennessee is joining a multi-state lawsuit seeking to halt President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration.

Attorney General Herbert Slatery on Monday notified the parties in the lawsuit that Tennessee will become the 25th state to join the legal challenge filed in federal court in Texas.

Slatery said in a statement that Tennessee "cannot sit on the sidelines of this case, when unlawful directives of this magnitude grant lawful presence and other rights like work permits to such a large number."

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