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9:38 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

UPDATE: Suspect Shot And Killed After Las Cruces Standoff

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  The Las Cruces Sun News reports an armed man was shot and killed by police after a nearly seven-hour standoff. The confrontation came after a 60-mile pursuit on Interstate 10.  The newspaper identifies the man as 33 year old William Smith of El Paso.

New Mexico State Police chased the man's vehicle from the Deming area Friday morning.

Las Cruces police stopped the vehicle in a mostly residential area when it got off the freeway about a mile southwest of downtown.

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4:16 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Bizarre Multi-Vehicle Crash In Las Cruces

A bizarre series of events Friday morning resulted in the crash of a motorcycle, and the collision of an automobile with a bicyclist who was airlifted to an El Paso hospital in critical condition.

Shortly before 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 19, Las Cruces Police were called to Missouri Avenue near Gladys Drive where officers located an injured bicyclist and motorcyclist. The 36-year-old bicyclist was initially treated at the scene and then airlifted to University Medical Center of El Paso with a serious head injury.

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3:10 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Heinrich: Congress Should Limit Authorization For Use Of Military Force Against ISIL

Credit Senator Martin Heinrich (D) New Mexico

  U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) released the following statement after voting to prevent a government shutdown and to allow President Obama to train and equip Syrian opposition fighters in the effort to degrade and destroy the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL):

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1:42 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Citizen Police Panel Bill Sent To Albuquerque Mayor

  The City Council has approved a plan for greater civilian oversight of Albuquerque's police department, which has faced criticism over recent shootings.

The bill was approved 8-0 late Thursday and sent to the mayor, who has said he would carefully review any such proposal.

The ordinance is aimed at creating a more powerful agency to decide on civilian complaints against police.

The city has been rocked by angry protests and a U.S. Justice Department investigation over more than 40 police shootings since 2010.

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1:40 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Silver City Eyes Stronger Driving While Texting Law

  Silver City councilors are considering a proposal that would give the town a stronger driving-while-texting law than the recently passed state version.

The proposed measure calls for drivers to be fined $100 for texting while driving regardless of how many times motorists violate the state law.

State law prohibit drivers from sending or reading text messages and emails, or making Internet searches from smartphones or other hand-held wireless devices. There would be a $25 fine for a first violation and $50 for subsequent violations.

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1:39 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Higher Unemployment Rate In Texas, Still Below National Average

Unemployment across Texas rose slightly to 5.3 percent in August.

The Texas Workforce Commission on Friday announced the rate increased from the 5.1 percent recorded in June and July.

The national unemployment rate stood at 6.1 percent.

Through the course of the year, Texas employers have added 395,200 nonfarm jobs to their payrolls.

Professional and business services added about 8,700 positions in August, while education and health services added 7,500 that month.

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1:38 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

New Mexico Jobless Rate Rises

New Mexico's unemployment rate was 6.7 percent in August, up from 6.6 percent in July and down from 7 percent in August 2013.

The state Department of Workforce Solutions said Friday that New Mexico's economy gained 4,600 jobs from August 2013 in the third straight month of over-the-year increases after eight months of year-over-year losses.

Education and health services led all sectors with an increase of 6,100 jobs or 5 percent since last year, while manufacturing had the largest over-the-year losses, down 3,000 jobs, or 10 percent.

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1:37 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Dona Ana County Warns Of Flood Cleanup Scams

    

  Following heavy rainfall that drenched most of Doña Ana County this past week, county officials remind residents to be cautious about companies offering low-cost cleanup services or solicitors for flood-related charities.

            Financial contributions should only be made to the American Red Cross, or any other organization that can provide proper credentials with a photo ID. Anyone who suspects a scammer should contact the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office and report as much information on the person soliciting services or funds.

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1:36 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Standoff In Las Cruces

Credit twitter.com/Las Cruces Sun News

  

Las Cruces Police are continuing to assist New Mexico State Police with a high risk traffic stop on Avenida de Mesilla.

At around 9:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 19, New Mexico State Police asked LCPD for assistance with a vehicle that was eastbound on I-10 and refusing to stop for their officers.

The vehicle ultimately exited I-10 at Avenida de Mesilla and began heading eastbound where it was stopped by police between Valley Drive and Main Street. The man who was driving has remained inside the car and is refusing to cooperate with police.

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1:31 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Nearly $200 Million In Losses For Dallas Pension Fund

  Officials say bad real estate investments have cost the retirement fund for Dallas police officers and firefighters almost $200 million.

The Dallas Morning News reports the failed investments include a luxury resort and vineyard in California, luxury homes in Hawaii and large tracts of land in Arizona and Idaho. The investments began in 2005.

The fund's board listened to a presentation about the $196 million in losses by its staffers and a fund consultant on Thursday. Nearly half of the losses were recognized on the fund's 2013 books completed this summer.

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8:21 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Nuke Dump Cleanup Plans Still Under Review

Credit Department of Energy

Officials working to reopen the federal government's troubled nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico say their recovery plan is under review.

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8:16 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Clovis Police Officer Investigated After Traffic Stop

Clovis police have launched an internal investigation following a YouTube video of an officer slamming a handcuffed man into the asphalt during a traffic stop.

The Clovis New Journal reports the officer from the Aug. 3 stop was placed on limited duty this week and is under an internal investigation for use of force. Clovis police did not identify the officer.

According to the YouTube video, the officer is seen throwing to the ground a handcuffed 26-year-old Jorge Corona after Corona told the officer he didn't even ask for his name.

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8:12 am
Fri September 19, 2014

State Justices To Consider Marijuana Ballot Case

The state Supreme Court is to consider an elections dispute involving two counties that want to poll their voters in the November general election about lowering penalties for marijuana possession.

The state Supreme Court has scheduled a Friday hearing on whether state law allows nonbinding ballot questions.

Santa Fe and Bernalillo counties have approved ballot measures to survey their voters whether they support decriminalizing marijuana. Bernalillo County also wants to ask voters about a possible tax for mental health services.

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6:00 am
Fri September 19, 2014

NMSU Announces Tailgating Procedures For Aggie-Lobo Football Game

  The fight for in-state bragging rights will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at Aggie Memorial Stadium when New Mexico State University hosts the University of New Mexico in the annual football game. NMSU has announced modified tailgating procedures for fans attending the game.

For the UNM game only, fans will be allowed to park RVs in lot 30 (east Pan American Center parking lot) starting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18. All vehicles, including RVs, must be parked within parking stalls as marked.

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5:36 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

$10,000 Reward In Las Cruces Robberies

  Las Cruces Pic Quik stores are offering a $9,000 reward and an additional $1,000 is available from Crime Stoppers for information that helps identify the suspects in any of the recent robberies and Aug. 19 shooting at their stores.

The $9,000 Pic Quik reward is only good for the first viable tip received before Nov. 23, 2014.

The three robberies at Pic Quik stores include:

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5:35 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Plan To Protect Albuquerque Groundwater

  The U.S. Air Force has unveiled a proposal to start drilling wells next year to try to intercept groundwater contamination from a Kirtland Air Force Base fuel spill.

The plan released Wednesday is aimed at stopping contamination before it can reach Albuquerque municipal drinking water wells.

Under the plan, eight new cleanup wells will be operating by August 2016.

But a top Air Force official acknowledged that the first of the wells will not be installed until mid-2015, missing a December deadline to get that phase of the work completed.

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5:33 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Poll: 66 Percent Support Tapping New Mexico Permanent Fund

A new poll says nearly two-thirds of New Mexico likely voters believe the state should tap its $14 billion Land Grant Permanent Fund to expand early childhood programs.

The poll conducted for the Albuquerque Journal found 66 percent said they would support tapping the permanent fund. The fund currently pays out hundreds of millions of dollars each year for New Mexico K-12 and higher education programs.

Twenty-four percent of voters said they opposed tapping the fund for more money for early childhood programs.

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5:31 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Contempt Case Against Perry Prosecutor Reopened

Credit Texas Governor Rick Perry (R)

  The special prosecutor handling the felony indictment against Gov. Rick Perry is himself facing legal trouble after a court ruling cleared the way for a criminal case to be filed against him.

In January, prosecutors in Bexar County filed a contempt-of-court motion against Michael McCrum, but the case was halted because it was filed after deadline. An opinion this week by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals renewed the case.

McCrum is accused of telling a witness in a manslaughter trial to "get lost for a while" to hinder her being called to testify.

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5:29 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Border Patrol To Test Wearing Cameras

  The head of the Border Patrol's parent agency says a test of body-worn cameras for agents will begin next month as part of an effort to improve accountability and transparency.

Customs and Border Protection Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske said Thursday the government has purchased a variety of cameras to be used at the Border Patrol academy in Artesia, New Mexico, starting Oct. 1.

He isn't saying when or even if they will be introduced to the roughly 21,000 agents in the field.

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5:27 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

King And Martinez Spar In Las Cruces

  With early voting set to begin in a few weeks, Republican Gov. Susana Martinez and Democratic challenger Gary King are sparring over the economy and taxes.

King and Martinez outlined their campaign views Thursday in separate appearances at a public policy conference at New Mexico State University.

King said New Mexico has been going down "the wrong path." He pointed to a Census Bureau report showing the state's poverty rate had increased last year. He also said it's unacceptable that New Mexico ranks at or near the bottom nationally in child well-being.

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10:09 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Storm Hits Hard In Southern New Mexico

Overnight rainfall from Hurricane Odile has water-logged several communities in southern Doña Ana County, flooding some roadways in La Union and Berino and prompting a temporary shelter to open in Sunland Park.  The American Red Cross had opened the shelter just after midnight at the Senior Center in Sunland Park in anticipation of a few homes that were evacuated, but the shelter was deactivated early Thursday morning.

About 250 sandbags were sent to Sunland Park overnight, courtesy of the Doña Ana County Fire and Emergency Services Department.

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9:10 am
Thu September 18, 2014

New Mexico Under Flash Flood Watch As Storm Moves

Much of New Mexico remains under a flash flood watch thanks to remnants from Tropical Storm Odile.

The storm system's center approached New Mexico on Thursday bringing threats of flooding and possible mudslides in areas previously level by wildfires.

The New Mexico Department of Transportation says Highway 152 in the southwestern part of the state was closed indefinitely Wednesday after severe weather damaged portions of the road.

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9:04 am
Thu September 18, 2014

55 Indicted In El Paso Gang Investigation

Investigators say 55 suspected gang members and associates in far West Texas have been indicted on charges including murder, drug dealing and extortion.

Federal officials in El Paso on Wednesday announced that 20 people believed connected to the Barrio Azteca gang face charges.

Authorities say 35 others face state charges of organized crime as part of the multi-agency investigation. Officials say six people facing federal charges and nine facing state charges remain at large.

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9:02 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Navajo High Court To Hear Case On Language Fluency

The Navajo Nation Supreme Court has scheduled oral arguments in a case challenging a presidential candidate's ability to speak Navajo.

The candidates are required under tribal law to speak Navajo fluently and understand it.

Dale Tsosie contends that Chris Deschene lied about being fluent when he entered the race to preside over the country's largest American Indian reservation.

Deschene says fluency is a matter of opinion and that his language skills are progressing.

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8:59 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Funding To Boost Training For Alzheimer's Care

Training for family caregivers of those with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias will be getting a boost thanks to $100,000 in state funding.

Gov. Susana Martinez announced the funding Wednesday. She says the investment will triple the number of Alzheimer's caregivers in New Mexico.

About 50 new teachers are expected to complete a seven-week course offered through the Alzheimer's Association. The course focuses on practical strategies for caregiving and helps decrease caregiver stress.

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8:58 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Marijuana Ballot Dispute Before Federal Judge

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A federal court is to consider whether it will referee a legal fight over New Mexico's largest county trying to place nonbinding questions over marijuana and taxes on the November general election ballot.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Karen Molzen has scheduled a hearing Thursday afternoon in a dispute between Bernalillo County and Secretary of State Dianna Duran.

The county has approved advisory ballot questions to ask voters whether they support decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana and favor a tax for mental health services.

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8:56 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Census Data Shows Poverty Rate Rises In New Mexico

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A New U.S. Census Bureau numbers show New Mexico has the nation's second-highest percentage of people living in poverty.

Figures released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau indicate that 21.9 percent of New Mexico residents lived in poverty last year, roughly 22,000 more people than in 2012.

The national rate was 15.8 percent in 2013 compared to 15.9 percent the year before.

Only Mississippi had a poverty rate higher than New Mexico in 2013 with 24 percent of that state's residents living in poverty.

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7:00 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Critics: Democratic Process Denied In Las Cruces Minimum Wage Debate

The Las Cruces City council voted 4-to-3 to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 by 2017. But the new wage law won’t necessarily be enacted. Some say the council majority is subverting the democratic process to keep the minimum wage from increasing that quickly.

State legislators passed a bill to raise New Mexico’s minimum wage to $8.50 in 2013, a bill Governor Susana Martinez vetoed. And despite calls by President Obama to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 Congress has failed to act. For local group CAFÉ, Communities in Action and Faith that was a call to action.

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6:00 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Candidates Will Be Able To Campaign At NMSU For Aggie-Lobo Football Game

Credit NMSU President Dr. Garrey Carruthers

  Candidates for political office will be permitted to campaign at New Mexico State University during the tailgate activities ahead of the Aggie-Lobo football game Saturday, Sept. 20. NMSU President Garrey Carruthers spoke with the state Democratic chair and the local Republican chair about the idea earlier this month.

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6:00 am
Thu September 18, 2014

NMSU Faculty Partner With Community To Launch Parent Library At Las Cruces School

New Mexico State University College of Education faculty, from left, Mary Fahrenbruck and David Rutledge worked with Eunice Zemek, Title I coordinator at Central Elementary School, to launch a Parent Library Zone at the school. (NMSU photo by Julie M. Hughes)

  For Central Elementary School parents, taking their children to school each morning now includes the chance to grab a book or magazine from a new Parent Library Zone launched this year.

The idea for the new literacy opportunity was presented to the school by New Mexico State University College of Education faculty Mary Fahrenbruck and David Rutledge, based on a national initiative called the Little Free Library.

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