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7:35 am
Tue September 2, 2014

New Mexico Utility Plans To Request Rate Increase

Public Service Co. of New Mexico plans to ask state regulators for a rate increase for the utility's electricity customers.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that PNM wants to recover costs for investment in power plants and other infrastructure, and to make up for a decrease in power consumption.

The drop in consumption is attributed to such factors as the state's weak economy, energy conservation and renewable sources such as rooftop solar.

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7:35 am
Tue September 2, 2014

New Mexico Utility Plans To Request Rate Increase

Public Service Co. of New Mexico plans to ask state regulators for a rate increase for the utility's electricity customers.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that PNM wants to recover costs for investment in power plants and other infrastructure, and to make up for a decrease in power consumption.

The drop in consumption is attributed to such factors as the state's weak economy, energy conservation and renewable sources such as rooftop solar.

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7:30 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Deputies: Family Leaves Child Behind At N.M. Store

De Baca County deputies are investigating after a 5-year-old girl was left behind when her family stopped at a convenience store during a camping trip.

KOB-TV reports the help of store clerks and media broadcasts of the girl's photo helped reunite the child with her family, but investigators say there still may be charges of negligence in the case.

Deputies say the family — including a mother, a father, eight children and a baby sitter — were camping at Lake Sumner. Some of them went to the store for supplies.

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7:24 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Two Teens Injured After Falling Out Of Carnival Ride

Two teenagers are recovering after being injured when they fell out of a carnival ride at a West Texas church bazaar.

Police in El Paso say the "Sidewinder" — a swinging pendulum ride with two gondolas at each end — was in motion Sunday night at the Saint Anthony's Bazaar when a door came open and the teenagers fell to the ground.

The male and female, both 13 years old, were taken to University Medical Center in El Paso. Police say their injuries are not believed to be life threatening.

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7:20 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Albuquerque Police Investigate Deadly Stabbing

Police are investigating a deadly stabbing outside an Albuquerque convenience store.

Investigators say 23-year-old Kenneth Boyd was at a party east of the city with his girlfriend and their small child when the suspect agreed to give them and two other people a ride.

Police spokesman Tanner Tixier says the child started crying so Boyd and his girlfriend got out of the car to grab a bottle. That's when the suspect, identified as 32-year-old Michael Fox, allegedly drove away with the child.

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7:17 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Bernailillo County Seeks Funds For Animal Shelter

Credit https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bernalillo-County-NM

Bernalillo County will be seeking voter approval in November for $4.5 million in bonds for a new animal shelter and adoption center.

The county already has $1.5 million and needs the bonds for the rest of the project, which would include a 25,000-square-foot shelter with space for a veterinary clinic.

The Albuquerque Journal reports the animal services department currently operates out of a converted fire station in the South Valley. In the truck bay, temporary kennels hold small dogs.

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6:00 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Large Scale Concrete Testing Takes Place For The First Time At NMSU

New Mexico State University civil engineering graduate student Andrew Giesler examines data from a large-scale test on a bridge girder build with ultra-high performance concrete that is stronger and has a longer life than regular concrete. (NMSU photo by Linda Fresques).

  Andrew Giesler, a graduate student in civil engineering, and his team at New Mexico State University are testing ultra-high performance concrete bridge girders on a large scale to aid the development of bridge design procedures for the state of New Mexico that could lead to a variety of improvements to the state’s infrastructure.

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2:05 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

Texas Keeps Toyota Despite $100 Million Offer From North Carolina

  North Carolina business recruiters offered Toyota more than $100 million for the world's largest carmaker to move its North American headquarters to Charlotte rather than a Dallas suburb but still lost out to a Texas offer half that size.

Texas and local officials in the Dallas suburb of Plano offered Toyota less than $50 million.

Both Toyota and North Carolina Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker agree that the company's decision shows incentive money was just one of many considerations the company considered when deciding to move from the Los Angeles area.

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2:02 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

Committee Recommends Closing Six State Homes

A state advisory committee is recommending Texas shut down six of its 13 residential facilities for individuals with mental and developmental disabilities.

The recommendation comes from a Department of Aging and Disability Services report released last month. The recommendation was made by a state panel that suggests ways to improve Texas agencies.

The panel gives several reasons for its recommendation, including costs and ongoing controversies over the quality of care at the centers.

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2:01 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

Author, Journalist Charles Bowden Dies

  Southwest author and journalist Charles Bowden has died at the age of 69.

Bowden's partner, Molly Molloy, says she found Bowden dead in their Las Cruces home Saturday evening. She told the Las Cruces Sun News he had recently fallen ill but did not want to speculate on what caused his death.

Bowden worked for years as an investigative journalist in Arizona and wrote many books and articles. He's credited with helping to bring national attention to the violence and corruption that has permeated the Mexican border city of Juarez.

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1:56 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

Six Dead In Dallas Crash

Police say a speeding car slammed into a tree after losing control along a Dallas roadway, killing all six people inside.

Dallas police officer Monica Cordova says the crash occurred Sunday night in a residential area in southeast Dallas. The victims were two teenage boys, two men and two women ranging in age from 15 to 23.

Cordova says the 20-year-old driver lost control as the road curved when the back passenger-side tire of the Chevrolet Impala hit a curb. The vehicle slid across three lanes before hitting a tree in the median.

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1:53 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

Deputies: Family Leaves Child Behind At New Mexico Store

  De Baca County deputies are investigating after a 5-year-old girl was left behind when her family stopped at a convenience store during a camping trip.

The help of store clerks and media broadcasts of the girl's photo helped reunite the child with her family, but investigators say there still may be charges of negligence in the case.

Deputies say the family — including a mother, a father, eight children and a baby sitter — were camping at Lake Sumner. Some of them went to the store for supplies.

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1:52 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

Teens Recovering After Falling Out Of Carnival Ride

Two teenagers are recovering after being injured when they fell out of a carnival ride at a West Texas church bazaar.

Police in El Paso say the "Sidewinder" — a swinging pendulum ride with two gondolas at each end — was in motion Sunday night at the Saint Anthony's Bazaar when a door came open and the teenagers fell to the ground.

The male and female, both 13 years old, were taken to University Medical Center in El Paso. Police say their injuries are not believed to be life threatening.

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1:49 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

Las Cruces Plane Crash Injures Two

  The Las Cruces Fire Department responded to a downed aircraft at the Las Cruces International Airport Monday.

Firefighters were alerted just before 8:00 a.m. to a report of a general aviation airplane that crashed on the western perimeter of the airfield. The aircraft rescue firefighting crew based at the airport quickly located the heavily damaged single engine plane and its two injured passengers.

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8:18 am
Mon September 1, 2014

Famous Faces To Fete NMSU Professor, Playwright

Tony-Winning Playwright Mark Medoff
Credit cmi.nmsu.edu

New Mexico State University is using star wattage to raise funds for a new lecture series named after longtime professor and Tony-winning playwright Mark Medoff.

NMSU is hosting "Mark Medoff: Far From Finished," a fundraising dinner Saturday at the campus Center For The Arts in Las Cruces.

Organizers say several actors who previously worked with Medoff are scheduled to attend including Richard Dreyfuss, Jeffrey Tambor and Linda Hamilton.

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8:11 am
Mon September 1, 2014

VA To Hold Town Halls To Discuss Health Care

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Credit albuquerque.va.gov

Officials with the Veterans Affairs health care system in New Mexico are planning two town halls to discuss health care and disability claims with veterans and their families.

The back-to-back town halls will be Sept. 10 at the New Mexico Veterans' Memorial in Albuquerque.

Following whistleblower complaints, investigators earlier this year uncovered large-scale improprieties in the way VA hospitals and clinics around the country scheduled veterans for appointments. Thousands of patients were forced to wait months for appointments.

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8:07 am
Mon September 1, 2014

NM Utility Works On 3 New Solar Power Centers

Credit pnm.com

Dirt is being leveled in three New Mexico counties as the state's largest electric provider prepares to install thousands of solar panels.

PNM says its planned solar power centers in Valencia, Cibola and Sandoval counties will be capable of producing enough electricity to meet the needs of 8,900 average residential customers.

The solar centers will cost about $48 million to construct. The largest one, the Meadowlake energy center east of Los Lunas, will be made up of more than 122,000 solar panels.

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8:04 am
Mon September 1, 2014

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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10:02 pm
Sun August 31, 2014

Perry: Those Naughty Tweets From My Account Weren't Authorized

Credit Texas Governor Rick Perry (R)

  Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry says a disparaging tweet from his personal account about the Democratic district attorney he's charged with unlawfully trying to oust was unauthorized.

A tweet from Perry's account Sunday, after the other post was deleted, said he does "not condone the tweet." The tweets were sent from Perry's verified account, but it was unclear who does the actual posting for the feed. Perry aides did not immediately return messages.

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5:43 pm
Sun August 31, 2014

Fort Bliss Increases Security

Fort Bliss says it's taking extra security precautions.  Spokesman Ltc. Lee Peters says the U.S. Army post has closed some entry gates to non-Defense Department personnel, and increased random vehicle searches through Tuesday.

He said the added security comes amid recent Defense Department guidance and internal security assessments.

Peters also cited media reports that have to be "assessed" about a possible attack on America's southern border by militants from the Islamic State extremist group that's attacking cities in Iraq.

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11:24 am
Sun August 31, 2014

150 New Jobs Coming To Farmington

  Farmington -  Governor Susana Martinez has announced that Process Equipment and Service Company (PESCO), a long-time New Mexico family-run manufacturing and service business, will expand in Farmington, creating another 150 manufacturing-related jobs. The announcement comes just two days after another family-run manufacturer, Accurate, announced the creation of 250 new jobs in Los Lunas. Average salary is $40,000 a year plus benefits for PESCO's new positions.

 

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11:20 am
Sun August 31, 2014

Was 2010 Raid A Voter Suppression Effort?

Credit Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott (R)

  In 2010, investigators working for Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott's office and suspecting election fraud raided the headquarters of a group called Houston Votes.

A year later, the investigation was closed with no charges filed. But Houston Votes never recovered. Its efforts to register low-income voters stalled permanently.

Aides to Abbott, now favored to win the governorship in November, say the previously unreported raid was part of an effort to preserve the integrity of Texas elections.

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11:18 am
Sun August 31, 2014

Man Injured In Jail Beating Files Federal Lawsuit

  A man who alleges he was beaten by a corrections officer while at the San Juan County Adult Detention Center has filed a federal lawsuit, saying his civil rights were violated.

31-year-old Crandell Martin says his right to due process was violated while and he was subjected to cruel and unusual punishment.

Surveillance video shows then-Officer John Robins slamming Martin's head into a brick wall July 2 while booking him into the detention center for a probation violation.

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11:16 am
Sun August 31, 2014

Study Finds More Arsenic In Wells Near Drilling

  University of Texas at Arlington researchers say their study of North Texas water wells shows higher levels of arsenic and other carcinogens compared to a decade ago.

In the study published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology, UTA biochemists measured 100 wells across the natural gas-rich Barnett Shale.

30 percent of those within 1.8 miles of active gas drilling had 18 times the amount of arsenic and other heavy metals.

One of the researchers, UTA biochemist Zacariah Hildenbrand called the results "alarming."

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11:15 am
Sun August 31, 2014

Navajo Supreme Court Dismisses Speaker's Appeal

  The Navajo Nation Supreme Court has dismissed a tribal leader's appeal of a lower court decision that allowed his colleagues to put him on administrative leave.

The court dismissed the appeal of Navajo Nation Council Speaker Johnny Naize on Aug. 22 because he did not file required paperwork in time.

According to the two-page ruling, the lower court record and transcripts of the proceedings were never submitted before the Aug. 18 deadline.

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11:14 am
Sun August 31, 2014

Tesla Dealing As States Play "Factory Poker"

Credit facebook.com/tesla

   It's the corporate equivalent of high-stakes poker.

Tesla Motors has five states bidding to attract a $5 billion factory that will make batteries for a new generation of electric cars. The winner is expected to offer publicly financed incentives exceeding a half-billion dollars.

And the package could be far more, because the states don't know what their competitors are offering.

So far, Tesla has done initial work on a potential site in Nevada. But the company will prepare at least one other before making a final decision by year's end.

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4:23 pm
Sat August 30, 2014

In Depth: Election 2014 In New Mexico

New Mexico voters will be choosing a lot more than a governor this November. They will also be electing a new attorney general and deciding whether Democrats will retain control of the state U.S. Senate seats and the statehouse. Here are five things to know about the midterm elections:

— U.S. SENATE

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4:21 pm
Sat August 30, 2014

Texas To Appeal Ruling Against New Abortion Law

Tough new Texas abortion restrictions are on hold after a judge found Republican-led efforts to hold abortion clinics to hospital-level operating standards unconstitutional.

The state has vowed to appeal. U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel ruled Friday that Texas has reached a "tipping point" with new laws that he called state-imposed obstacles to a woman's constitutional right to an abortion.

His decision throws out requirements that threatened to effectively close more than a dozen clinics.

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4:21 pm
Sat August 30, 2014

Texas Voter ID Trial Set To Begin

  A major election year in Texas has overshadowed an upcoming trial on the fate of the state's tough new voter ID law.

A trial begins Tuesday in Corpus Christi over one of the most stringent voter ID measures in the nation. U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos will decide whether the Texas law is a legal safeguard or a discriminatory mandate that suppresses minority turnout.

Her ruling is unlikely to come before Election Day. That means 13.6 million registered voters will still be required to show a photo ID.

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4:20 pm
Sat August 30, 2014

Cruz Addresses Conservative Summit

Credit Senator Ted Cruz (R) Texas

  An address by firebrand U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz keynotes the closing day of an influential conservative group's national summit.

The tea party darling from Houston will address the Americans for Prosperity gathering in Dallas on Saturday. The organization is the powerful political arm of the billionaire Koch brothers.

Cruz is frequently the undisputed star of grassroots gatherings around the country, but he has to share the spotlight this time.

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