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3:35 pm
Sat July 4, 2015

Texas AG Breaks State Law; Fills Jobs Without Posting

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton's office hired several people from his campaign and elsewhere before they submitted applications or the jobs were posted publicly, as required by state law.

The Austin American-Statesman reports that five people from Paxton's successful campaign last year were given administrative jobs in the attorney general's office. Five others came from former Gov. Rick Perry's office, and four more worked for U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz.

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3:33 pm
Sat July 4, 2015

Controversy Over Martinez Appointment

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The New Mexico governor's reappointment of a career prosecutor to the Public Defender Commission has revived lawmakers' questions about whether Susan Riedel is legally qualified for the post.

Riedel resigned from the commission before its January 2014 meeting to run for attorney general but lost the race. Gov. Susana Martinez reappointed Riedel on Friday.

The announcement prompted State Rep. Brian Egolf, a Santa Fe Democrat, to say the governor "has it out for" public defenders and the accused who can't afford an attorney.

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3:30 pm
Sat July 4, 2015

Man Charged With Killing Rio Rancho Officer Now Accused Of Attacking Jail Guard

A man charged with killing a Rio Rancho police officer is accused of assaulting a jail guard.

KOB-TV reported Saturday that Metropolitan Detention Center officials say Andrew Romero has been charged with assault by a prisoner for allegedly trying to head butt an officer.

According to the criminal complaint, Romero refused to leave a segregation unit's recreation yard cage.

Staff members allege he refused to cooperate despite verbal commands and was subdued with a stun gun and cuffed.

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12:22 pm
Sat July 4, 2015

State Police: Man Killed In Crash Near Truth Or Consequences

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New Mexico State Police say a man has died after his car rolled over north of Truth or Consequences.

Authorities say 46-year-old Brent R. Bason, of Hillsboro, was driving a Ford pickup truck northbound on Interstate 25 late Thursday when the crash occurred.

They say the pickup left the right shoulder of the roadway and then rolled.

Bason was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle.

The Office of the Medical Investigator pronounced him dead at the scene.

State Police say the crash is still under investigation.

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9:42 am
Sat July 4, 2015

New Mexico Now 6/25/15

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9:31 am
Sat July 4, 2015

LULAC New Mexico Director Dennis W. Montoya

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9:30 am
Sat July 4, 2015

South Sun Rises - Valentin Sandoval

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9:22 am
Sat July 4, 2015

Texas Democrat Files Complaint Against AG

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A Texas Democrat has filed a complaint against Attorney General Ken Paxton accusing the Republican of instructing county clerks to "break the law" over gay marriage.

Glen Maxey, a former state legislator, wrote to the State Bar of Texas accusing Paxton of violating rules of professional conduct set out for lawyers.

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9:20 am
Sat July 4, 2015

Nearly 10,000 Stolen Border Crossing Cards Recovered In Mexico

Mexican officials say they've recovered nearly 10,000 stolen border crossing cards meant to permit entry into the U.S. from Mexico.

Tamaulipas state Attorney General Ismael Quintanilla said in an interview with Milenio TV on Friday that most of the stolen visas were recovered a day earlier in the border city of Reynosa. A package of 260 was found in a garbage dump and more than 9,000 others were found in an abandoned truck at a shopping center.

Quintanilla said 12,600 cards were originally stolen.

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9:19 am
Sat July 4, 2015

Texas "TEA Party" Board Dissolves

Credit Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick - R

The grassroots advisory board Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick set up as a sounding board for his tea party constituency is dissolving after a legislative session that left the leadership of that constituency dissatisfied.

In a joint statement issued Friday, Patrick and board chairwoman JoAnn Fleming, a state tea party leader who heads Grassroots America — We the People, said they mutually agreed to dissolve the board and work together on a less formal basis.

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9:17 am
Sat July 4, 2015

Federal Training Center In Artesia Hiring Amid Strike

A company contracted to maintain the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Artesia is seeking to replace 50 striking workers.

The Omni Corp. is recruiting people for several positions as the labor dispute enters a second week.

A union representing the workers claims the training facility is already feeling the effects of the strike with unsanitary bathrooms, overflowing trash and dirty training areas.

The full-time and part-time positions that need filling include janitorial services, grounds maintenance, carpenters and warehouse personnel.

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9:15 am
Sat July 4, 2015

Texas Wants Its Gold Back Inside State Borders

Forget Fort Knox or the Federal Reserve.

Texas has decided to keep its gold holdings within in its own borders. But what makes sense politically in such a sovereignty-loving place is creating a logistical conundrum.

Texas is the only state that owns an actual stockpile of gold. That's not just gold futures, but approximately 5,600 gold bars worth around $650 million. It's currently stored at a New York bank.

The Legislature's decision to bring its gold cache home was hailed by many conservatives who are suspicious of national government.

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9:14 am
Sat July 4, 2015

Immigrant Children Struggle To Stay, Adapt

At 1-year-old, a wide-eyed, restless Joshua Tinoco faces the prospect of deportation to Honduras. He is one of tens of thousands of unaccompanied children who arrived at the U.S.-Mexico border last year.

While his teenage mother has been allowed to stay and seek a green card under a program for abused and abandoned children, Joshua's lawyer says he has been classified as an enforcement priority by government lawyers.

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9:12 am
Sat July 4, 2015

Feds: Immigrant Children Given Adult Dose Of Hepatitis A Vaccine

Authorities say about 250 immigrant children were given an adult dose of a Hepatitis A vaccine at a Texas detention facility where they are being held with their mothers.

U.S. Immigration and Customs spokesman Richard Rocha says health care professionals will monitor the children over the next five days for any potential side effects, though no adverse reactions are expected from the incorrect dose.

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3:26 pm
Fri July 3, 2015

Santa Fe Commission Delays Vote On $40M Hospital Expansion

Santa Fe officials are delaying a vote on whether to allow a proposed expansion of a hospital that is one of the city's largest private employers.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the Santa Fe Planning Commission decided Thursday to postpone the vote on the $40 million expansion of Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center until August.

The plan calls for a new 65,000-square-foot, two-story hospital wing that would house more private rooms.

Area residents say they are worried about the increased traffic and construction noise the project would generate.

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3:24 pm
Fri July 3, 2015

1 Dead, 2 Injured In Car Crash Near Deming

Authorities say a 23-year-old man from Louisiana has died in a single-vehicle crash near Deming.

New Mexico State Police say officers responded Friday shortly before 12:30 a.m. to the crash scene on Interstate 10 east of Deming.

According to investigators, a car driven by 26-year-old Charles Preece, of Berwick, Louisiana, was heading eastbound on the interstate when it struck a guardrail.

The vehicle flipped and came to a rest on its top.

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7:03 am
Fri July 3, 2015

Gov. Martinez: New Mexico Needs Tougher 'Three Strikes' Law

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New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez says the state's "three strikes" laws are weak and don't do enough to take violent criminals off the streets.

Martinez said this week she'd like to see tougher "three strikes" laws in New Mexico and hopes lawmakers examine it next session.

The Republican says the "three strikes" law is so narrow that no inmate currently is serving a life sentence under it.

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7:01 am
Fri July 3, 2015

El Malpais Monument Begins Bat Flight Programs

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Officials at El Malpais National Monument in western New Mexico say rangers will begin presenting bat flight programs starting Friday.

The free programs will be held every Friday over the next two months at the El Calderon Trailhead southwest of Grants.

Rangers say the bat flights out of El Calderon are a tradition at El Malpais. Thousands of bats emerge from the cave in the evening in a swirling pattern, spreading out to hunt insects during the night.

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8:10 pm
Thu July 2, 2015

Los Alamos National Laboratory Selects NMSU Physics Professor For Award

New Mexico State University Assistant Professor Edwin Fohtung was named the 2015 Rosen Scholar, a high-profile fellowship, which comes with $150,000 in funding.

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8:02 pm
Thu July 2, 2015

NHMC Demands PGA To Suspend Golf Tours On Trump Courses

Today, the National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) sent a letter to the PGA of America asking it to suspend its relationship with Donald Trump and his business enterprises due to the racist comments he made about the Latino community during his Presidential announcement speech on June 16.

 

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7:45 pm
Thu July 2, 2015

Conservationists Sue To Protect Mexican Gray Wolves

A group of conservation organizations has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over its policies on Mexican gray wolves.

The Western Environmental Law Center filed the suit in Tucson this week on behalf of the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance and Friends of Animals.

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7:41 pm
Thu July 2, 2015

Sheriff's Departent Offers Unique Use Of Force Class, Interactive Scenario

The Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department will offer a unique, one-day class to educate the public on the use of force in police work, and the split-second decisions law enforcement officers are trained to make in potentially deadly situations.

The class is free and open to the public. Due to the subject matter, the class is limited to the first 25 people who apply.

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3:24 pm
Thu July 2, 2015

Police Investigate Shooting With Ex-CNN Reporter As Homicide

Police are trying to sort out a fatal shooting at an Albuquerque motel involving a former CNN anchor and her former CNN reporter husband during an alleged robbery attempt.

Albuquerque police spokesman Tanner Tixier said Thursday the shooting that left one man dead is being investigated as a homicide.

Lynne Russell says her husband, Chuck de Caro, and another man exchanged gunfire after the man entered their room at a Motel 6 on Albuquerque's western edge and demanded jewelry.

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3:12 pm
Thu July 2, 2015

Udall, Heinrich Announce $365,000 To Prevent Drunk Driving, Improve Traffic Safety In New Mexico

Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced more than $365,000 for the New Mexico Department of Transportation to help prevent drunk driving and improve safety on New Mexico roads. The funds will support local safety efforts including sobriety checkpoints, seat belt safety education and enforcement, and ignition interlock programs. The department will receive four grants funded through the U.S.

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2:58 pm
Thu July 2, 2015

World's Largest Folk Art Market To Open In Santa Fe

A mecca for master artisans from around the world, Santa Fe is in the final stages of preparing for this year's International Folk Art Market.

In its 12th year, the market will feature more than 150 artists from around the world. The three-day event begins July 10 in Santa Fe and some 20,000 people are expected to attend.

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1:48 pm
Thu July 2, 2015

Suspect In Beating Sought By Police

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Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a man suspected of beating a 61-year-old man, dumping the victim on the East Mesa and stealing his vehicle sometime Wednesday evening.

 

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9:12 am
Thu July 2, 2015

Special Election Fills Vacant Seat On Navajo Council

A Utah man is the Navajo Nation Council's news member, winning a seat vacated by the tribe's vice president.

Unofficial results from a special election this week show Herman Daniels Jr., of Monument Pass, winning the post. He defeated several others for the job.

Daniels served on the council in 2010 and 2011, filling in for his father who died while in office. He'll represent four Navajo communities on the 24-member council.

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9:10 am
Thu July 2, 2015

Gov. Martinez Says Pump System In Use For Jet Fuel Clean-Up

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Gov. Susana Martinez says a pump-and-treat system designed to clean up a massive plume of jet fuel at the edge of Albuquerque is now in use.

She made the announcement Wednesday and praised her administration for putting pressure on the U.S. Air Force to clean up the plume.

First detected in 1999, the fuel leak is believed to have been seeping into the ground for decades. Estimates of the amount of fuel spilled range from 6 million to 24 million gallons.

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9:07 am
Thu July 2, 2015

Albuquerque Settles Excessive Force Lawsuit For $500K

The city of Albuquerque is paying a man a half-million dollar settlement to conclude an excessive force lawsuit.

The Albuquerque Journal reports this new amount includes $200,000 previously awarded by a jury to Jerry Rodriguez for compensatory damages and eliminates a second trial phase that would have focused on municipal liability.

Rodriguez and his long-time partner Elaine Romero filed the lawsuit over a 2010 incident with police that took place a month after they questioned him about a homicide.

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9:05 am
Thu July 2, 2015

New Mexico Tribal Leaders Gather For Annual Summit

Native American leaders from around New Mexico are gathering at Santa Ana Pueblo for the state's annual tribal summit.

Economic development, health and wellness, and education are among the topics on the agenda. Gov. Susana Martinez also is expected to meet with tribal leaders on Thursday.

Martinez says the summit offers an opportunity to work with tribes in a collaborative way to address issues such as student achievement gaps and health outcomes among Native American populations.

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