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2:34 pm
Sun April 26, 2015

Report: West Texas Space Flights May Begin Later This Year

In October, 2012, Blue Origin’s pusher escape system rockets the Crew Capsule away from its West Texas launch pad, demonstrating a key safety system for both suborbital and orbital flights.
Credit Blue Origin

VAN HORN, Texas (AP) — A remote operation that resembles the Air Force's famously secret Area 51 is one of two Texas sites playing host to a 21st-century space race.

The private ventures at opposite edges the state are backed by Internet billionaires whose strategies and personalities seem worlds apart.

Low-key Amazon founder Jeff Bezos over the past decade has bought huge tracts of West Texas mountains and desert for his Blue Origin firm's launch site. Officials, who rarely discuss their plans, have said suborbital test flights may begin late this year.

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2:29 pm
Sun April 26, 2015

In Depth: Abortion Restrictions And A Budget Battle In Texas

Abortion politics roared back to life in the Texas Legislature and after some wrangling on the House floor could loom over the final five weeks of the 2015 session.

Although the issue had been mostly quiet after 2013's Senate filibuster and rallies at the Capitol when lawmakers passed some of the toughest abortion restriction in the country, House Republicans reignited a push for even tighter controls with a vote to end abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy when the fetus has severe health abnormalities.

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2:27 pm
Sun April 26, 2015

Inmates Sue New Mexico County For Inadequate Medical Care

Several San Juan County prison inmates are suing the jail over claims they were left injured or in pain after being denied basic medical care.

18 current and former San Juan County Adult Detention Center inmates filed a complaint earlier this month in state district court.

In the April 17 complaint, they allege the jail's health care providers displayed a "severe and deliberate indifference" to their medical needs.

The inmates are asking for financial compensation as well as court-mandated changes in jail policies, training and procedures.

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2:26 pm
Sun April 26, 2015

High Rate Of STD In El Paso County

A health study has found an alarming rise in El Paso County of a sexually transmitted disease.

A report conducted by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute shows that chlamydia cases in the county far exceed statewide and national rates.

The study found there are 600 new cases for every 100,000 people in El Paso. The state average is 488 cases per 100,000.

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2:24 pm
Sun April 26, 2015

Martinez Markets New Mexico For Nuclear Waste Site

Credit Office of the Governor

A rural area of southeastern New Mexico is being touted as an interim storage site for the country's high-level nuclear waste.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that Gov. Susana Martinez reached out to the Obama administration earlier this month to consider the 1,000-acre parcel as a place for storing spent radioactive fuel rods from power plants.

In an April 10 letter to Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, which was obtained by the newspaper, Martinez praised area residents for being able to "carve out a niche in the nuclear industry."

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6:00 am
Sun April 26, 2015

Holloman To Hold Active Shooter Exercise

A 49th Security Forces Squadron member covers fellow SFS members as they check and clear rooms during an active shooter exercise at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., last year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Montoya / Released) Edit | Remove

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4:24 pm
Sat April 25, 2015

North America's Largest Powwow Draws Thousands To New Mexico

Droves of Native American and other indigenous performers and spectators have converged in New Mexico for the 32nd annual Gathering of Nations, North America's largest powwow. Here are some things to know about the event:

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FROM FAR AND WIDE

More than 3,000 dancers, drummers and singers representing some 700 tribes from the United States and Canada typically attend the three-day festival in Albuquerque. The competitions also draw tens of thousands of spectators from around the world.

This year's celebration started Thursday.

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4:21 pm
Sat April 25, 2015

This Is Not A Misprint: Former Perry Staffer Is A Judge In Perry's Appeal

Credit Former Texas Governor Rick Perry (R)

An ex-Rick Perry's staff member is one of three judges who will consider the ex-governor's appeal to have his felony abuse-of-power charges dismissed.

Justice Bob Pemberton is one of the judges from the Republican-dominated 3rd Texas Court of Appeals named to hear Perry's appeal. According to his court website biography, Pemberton was a deputy general counsel on the former governor's staff and briefing attorney to former Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Tom Phillips, who is now on Perry's legal team. Perry appointed him to the appeals court in 2003.

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4:19 pm
Sat April 25, 2015

Report: Albuquerque Officer Used Excessive Force

New Mexico State Police say their investigation has concluded that an Albuquerque police officer used excessive force during a call for service last month.

They say 24-year-old Officer Cedric Greer punched the individual in the head several times and struck the individual's chest enough to cause bruising on March 20.

Witnesses say the individual was cooperative before and after the battery.

The name and age of the person isn't immediately available.

Greer turned himself into State Police on Friday night.

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4:18 pm
Sat April 25, 2015

ENMU Drops Zia Name And Symbol

Eastern New Mexico University's board of regents has approved the school dropping the use of the Zia sun symbol and name for the women's sports teams.

University officials say the cost of discontinuing use of the symbol will be minimal and the policy will go into effect as soon as possible.

Both the ENMU men's and women's teams now will be called Greyhounds.

The Portales-based university has used the "Zias" name for women's sports teams since 1981.

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4:15 pm
Sat April 25, 2015

New Mexico Employees Accused Of Misusing Election Day Leave

Hundreds of New Mexico state employees are being accused of taking advantage of paid leave to go vote in last November's election but not actually voting.

Gov. Susana Martinez's administration has sent letters to more than 200 employees among 50 state agencies warning of possible disciplinary action.

The State Personnel Office says an audit of the Nov. 4 general election found that a majority of the workers were registered to vote but didn't.

According to the office, another 42 employees were not even registered.

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4:14 pm
Sat April 25, 2015

Union Fights New Mexico Nurse's Dismissal

A union that represents hundreds of workers at Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe is accusing the hospital of firing a longtime nurse in retaliation for her criticism.

The union filed a complaint Friday with the National Labor Relations Board.

An attorney for Diane Spencer, a registered nurse for more than 20 years, says she was dismissed over "a very trivial matter."

Spencer has testified in recent years in favor of legislation involving hospital staffing levels.

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4:13 pm
Sat April 25, 2015

Texas Trade Group Heads To Cuba

A Texas trade delegation is arriving in Cuba with hopes of building a front-of-the-line trade position for renewed trade with the Caribbean nation long isolated by a U.S. trade embargo.

The delegation landing in Havana Sunday is looking to expand Cuban imports of Texas agricultural products.

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4:12 pm
Sat April 25, 2015

Texas Judge To Appeal Order That She Get Social Media Instruction

A state district judge says she'll appeal a judicial admonition over her Facebook posts about trials before her court.

Part of the discipline the State Commission on Judicial Conduct meted out to Judge Michelle Slaughter is that she attend classes on the proper use of social media.

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4:10 pm
Sat April 25, 2015

A New Chair For New Mexico Democrats

A Democratic activist and tribal administrator from Albuquerque is the new leader of New Mexico's Democratic Party.

Debra Haaland became the first Native American to lead a state party in New Mexico on Saturday following a Democratic State Central Committee meeting at a high school gym in Albuquerque.

The 54-year-old, who ran for lieutenant governor last year, beat Santa Fe County party chairman Richard Ellenberg by a vote of 214 to 168.

Haaland replaces Sam Bregman.

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3:00 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Anthony, New Mexico Man Sentenced To Federal Prison For Drug Trafficking

  ALBUQUERQUE – Fernando Garcia, 30, of Anthony, N.M., was sentenced yesterday in federal court in Las Cruces, N.M., to 46 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release for his methamphetamine trafficking conviction.

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2:59 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Group Hopes To Increase Voter Turnout In El Paso

  El Paso - Community leaders and political activists are sponsoring a VoteEPVote civic engagement meeting on Saturday (April 25, 2014) to address El Paso's low voter turnout. This will be the second meeting of this project to discuss and develop an action plan that increases civic engagement and voter participation in this community.

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2:54 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

The Current Digital Divide - Dr. Jan Van Dijk

The Current Digital Divide - Dr. Jan Van Dijk

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2:47 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Road Closures For Las Cruces Country Music Festival

  The Las Cruces Country Music Festival begins today and several roadways will be closed or have limited access Friday through Sunday to accommodate staging, seating and other related activities.

Most of Main Street north and south through the Downtown Mall will be closed for the weekend festival and the Farmer’s Market that’s held every Saturday.

Other road closures include:

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2:46 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Students Gather In Las Cruces For Youth Research Conference

  About 175 students from across southern New Mexico, including Deming and Las Cruces, gathered April 16 to discuss issues important to them, including problems in schools and communities, at the fourth annual ENLACE Youth Research Conference.

The conference took place at the Arrowhead/Early College High School on the New Mexico State University campus, and was organized by the NMSU College of Education’s ENLACE Southern Program.

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2:42 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Las Cruces Mother Indicted After Child Tests Positive For Meth

  Las Cruces—A Grand Jury has found sufficient evidence to indict Monica Quintana, 34, mother of two children after her young son tested positive for methamphetamine.

Quintana and her children reside on Van Patten Street with her parents although she is the primary caregiver for her son who is on a ventilator and feeding tube. After the results of a hair sample from the boy tested positive for methamphetamine, Quintana was subsequently charged with Child Abuse-Negligently Caused.

Quintana faces 3 years of imprisonment if convicted.

A trial date is pending.

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9:01 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Two Men From China Sentenced To Prison In Export Case

Two men from China have been sentenced to federal prison in New Mexico for conspiring to export sensors primarily manufactured for sale to the U.S. Department of Defense.

A federal judge Thursday sentenced 29-year-old Bo Cai, of Nanjing, to two years in prison.

Cai's 30-year-old cousin Wentong Cai, of Chifeng, received an 18-month prison term.

Both will be deported after completing their sentences.

The men pleaded guilty last year to conspiring to smuggle sensors to China without first obtaining the required export license.

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8:28 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Judge: Slain Deputy's Personal Records Will Not Be Released

The defense team for a Santa Fe County sheriff's deputy accused of shooting another deputy will not be using the victim's personnel records in their defense after a judge denied their request to have the documents released.

Tai Chan is accused of killing Santa Fe County Deputy Jeremy Martin in October after they went drinking in Las Cruces where they were staying after transporting a prisoner. Chan has pleaded not guilty to first degree murder.

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8:14 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Texas House OK's New Abortion Restrictions, Then Backtracks

The Texas House briefly approved new abortion restrictions involving fetuses with severe abnormalities before a sweeping health bill was quickly withdrawn.

The unexpected vote Thursday marked a new push by Republicans to further tighten Texas abortion restrictions that are already among the toughest in the nation.

Abortions are banned in Texas after 20 weeks except when the fetus has severe health defects. While the Republican-controlled House debated a mundane health agency bill, state Rep. Matt Schaefer successfully tacked on a rider that would end that exception.

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8:12 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Cesar Chavez Receives Navy Honor 22 Years After Death

The sister of the late labor leader Cesar Chaves says she could feel her brother's presence at a moving ceremony honoring his Navy service 22 years after his death.

Rita Chavez Martin was one of several hundred gathered at his graveside for a ceremony bestowing honors from the U.S. Navy. Relatives said that at his death nobody thought about his military service. They focused instead on his work with farmworkers.

Chavez Martin says she wrote a letter to her brother every day of his service in the Pacific.

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8:10 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Pair Of Mexican Grey Wolves Released In Arizona

A breeding pair of endangered Mexican gray wolves has been released into the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest.

The female had been captured in January to be paired with a more genetically diverse male.

Wildlife officials say they're hopeful the two will improve the overall genetic profile of the wolf population. They believe the female wolf is pregnant.

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8:04 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Oil And Gas Sale Brings $2.1 Million For New Mexico

  

April's oil and natural gas lease sale has netted more than $2.1 million for state trust land beneficiaries.

The New Mexico Land Office says a dozen tracts totaling more than 3,500 acres were leased.

The highest sealed bid of $480,160 for 160 acres in southeastern New Mexico's Eddy County came from Chase Oil Corp. of Artesia.

The highest oral bid of $840,000 was submitted by Yates Petroleum for 320 acres in Lea County.

The revenue raised by the monthly sales benefit public schools, universities and hospitals.

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6:00 am
Fri April 24, 2015

New Mexico State Police Investigating Las Cruces Recall Misrepresentation Allegations

During the recent recall petition process of Las Cruces City Councilors Gil Sorg, Nathan Small, and Olga Pedroza, Many Las Cruces residents alleged that petitioners were using misleading information to get them to sign the petitions. Samantha Sonner has more on what is being done to address the allegations.

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4:55 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Report: Gila Cliff Dwellings Brings $1.7+ Million To Local Economy

  Silver City, New Mexico – A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 31,136 visitors to Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument in 2014 spent $1,746,000 in communities near the park. That spending supported 24 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $1,753,000.

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4:53 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Report: Tourism to White Sands National Monument Creates $29 Million In Economic Benefits

Credit White Sands National Monument

  Alamogordo, NM – A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 503,660 visitors to White Sands National Monument in 2014 spent $25,565,300 in communities near the park. That spending supported 386 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $29,051,300. “White Sands National Monument welcomes visitors from across the country and around the world,” said Superintendent Marie Frías Sauter. “We are delighted to share the story of White Sands and the experiences offered.

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