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1:40 pm
Sun January 25, 2015

Federal Officials Participate In New Mexico Pharmacists' Association Meeting

  ALBUQUERQUE – Representatives from the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the DEA participated in the New Mexico Pharmacists' Association’s Mid-Winter Meeting held this weekend in Albuquerque, N.M., for the purpose of educating the Association’s membership about how prescription drug trafficking and abuse contributes to New Mexico’s heroin and opioid epidemic and enlisting their support in combating the epidemic.

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11:59 am
Sun January 25, 2015

VIDEO: New Mexico Capital Outlay Process

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11:54 am
Sun January 25, 2015

House Majority May Give New Mexico GOP The Advantage In Passing Bills

With their takeover of leadership in the New Mexico House of Representatives for the first time in 60 years, Republicans likely improve their chances of passing legislation.

Before the session started on Tuesday, House Republicans were nearly equal with their Democratic counterparts in terms of the number of bills they pre-filed through Jan. 16.

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11:48 am
Sun January 25, 2015

CARE in Doña Ana - Yolanda R. Diaz

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11:41 am
Sun January 25, 2015

Senator Bill Burt

KRWG General Manager Glen Cerny speaks with Senator Bill Burt (R-District 33) on the 2015 premiere of Your Legislators.

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11:08 am
Sun January 25, 2015

Protestors Target Perry And Christie Over Immigration Issues

Credit Former Texas Governor Rick Perry (R)

Protesters targeted Republican presidential prospects Rick Perry and Chris Christie over immigration policies during a conservative political forum in Iowa.

The former governor of Texas was interrupted during his speech to the Iowa Freedom Forum by six people chanting, "If you become president, will you deport our families?"

The six young adults claimed to be children of immigrants in the U.S. illegally. Police escorted them from the auditorium.

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11:02 am
Sun January 25, 2015

Jury Awards El Paso Family $165 Million In Wrongful Death Case Against FedEx

A jury in Santa Fe has awarded an El Paso, Texas family $165 million in a wrongful death lawsuit against FedEx.

Attorneys for the family of Mariali Venegas and her daughter, who were killed in a June 2011 crash involving a FedEx big rig, told KRQE-TV that the verdict sends a message to FedEx to improve driver training.

FedEx spokesman Jack Pfeiffer says the company "respectfully" disagrees with the jury's verdict and plans to explore other options, including appeal.

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11:00 am
Sun January 25, 2015

In Depth: Issues To Watch In Texas Legislature

Credit Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R)

New Gov. Greg Abbott skipped the annual Texas Right to Life march and rally at the state Capitol on Saturday — a favorite event of his predecessor Rick Perry— but sent his wife Cecilia, the state's first Hispanic first lady.

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10:58 am
Sun January 25, 2015

Navajo Delegate Accused Of Ethics Violation

A Navajo Nation Council delegate is being accused of abusing his position.

LoRenzo Bates received an ethics complaint Thursday filed by the Navajo Nation Ethics and Rules Office.

Bates is accused of compelling the office's executive director to disclose information about a case involving delegates who were also shareholder representatives for the Navajo Nation Oil and Gas Company.

The complaint alleges the disclosure was at a public council session in August, violating the office's confidentiality clause for ongoing investigations.

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10:57 am
Sun January 25, 2015

Beef Prices Rise...But So Does Demand

Agricultural experts say high beef prices are here to stay for a while as recent drought conditions in Texas and around the country have reduced the nation's cattle supply to its lowest numbers in more than 50 years.

Choice beef retail prices averaged about $6.31 per pound in December. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, that is up 0.1 percent from November's previous record high and 17.7 percent higher than a year ago

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10:56 am
Sun January 25, 2015

Weaker El Nino Could Mean Longer Drought

Forecasters say a weaker-than-expected El Nino could mean an even more prolonged drought in the southwest.

The latest forecast from the U.S. Climate Prediction Center revises guidance that some areas mired in a five-year drought could see improvements.

KXAS-TV chief meteorologist David Finfrock says that a rainy January will make for moist soil and a good wildflower crop in spring, but lakes around Texas remain low.

That will likely lead to a new round of water use restrictions, particularly in the Dallas and San Antonio metropolitan areas.

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5:03 pm
Sat January 24, 2015

Suspected Metal Thieves Hurt By Explosion

Authorities say two people stealing scrap metal on federally-managed land in southern New Mexico were injured when an item they picked up detonated.

Otero County Sheriff Benny House says a group was loading unexploded ordnance at McGregor Range near Chaparral on Saturday afternoon when a shell detonated in their vehicle.

House says two females were taken to a hospital in El Paso, Texas. He did not know the extent of their injuries.

Two men who were there were uninjured.

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12:03 pm
Sat January 24, 2015

Las Cruces House Fire Under Investigation

The Las Cruces Fire Department extinguished a fire Friday evening in a south Las Cruces residence.

 

Firefighters responded to a house on the 4800 block of Vista Cuesta Ave. shortly after 8:00 pm.  First arriving crews found heavy smoke coming from the roof.  Crews located the fire in the attic and quickly brought it under control.

 

The occupants of the residence evacuated prior to the arrival of the fire department.  The cause of the fire is under investigation and a dollar amount of the loss has not been determined.

 

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8:09 am
Sat January 24, 2015

New Mexico Tribes Discuss Proposed Gambling Compact

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  Native American leaders from a handful of tribes are seeking support for a new gambling compact negotiated with Republican Gov. Susana Martinez's administration.

The proposed agreement comes after years of discussions. It will require the approval of the state Legislature and the U.S. Interior Department.

The proposal would cover gambling operations by the Jicarilla Apache, the Mescalero Apache, the pueblos of Acoma and Jemez and the Navajo Nation. The current compact expires later this year.

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8:06 am
Sat January 24, 2015

In Depth: SunZia Renewable Energy Transmission Line Approved

U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, U.S. Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment Katherine Hammack, U.S. Congressman Ben Ray Luján, and senior Bureau of Land Management officials Saturday to announce the approval of the SunZia Southwest Transmission Line in New Mexico. The $2 billion infrastructure project will connect and deliver electricity generated in New Mexico and Arizona to population centers across the southwest.

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8:01 am
Sat January 24, 2015

Water Restored To Carlsbad Caverns After Massive Pipeline Burst Following Freeze

  CARLSBAD, NM – Water was restored to Carlsbad Caverns National Park after 7,000 feet of pipeline burst during a freeze event over New Year’s weekend. The damaged pipeline was the park’s only source of potable water for the visitor center, office buildings and residential housing. The park has been without water for three weeks, except for lavatories in the cave.

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7:57 am
Sat January 24, 2015

Man Found Guilty Of Murder In Las Cruces

  Las Cruces---Leonard Telles was convicted of 2nd Degree Murder and Kidnapping and (2) counts of Tampering with Evidence for the death of Jerome Saiz in November 2013 in District Court Friday.

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7:42 am
Sat January 24, 2015

Border Patrol Shoots, Kills Man Who Drives Through El Paso Border Checkpoint

  The U.S. Border Patrol says an agent's shout of "Gun!" led to the fatal shooting of a motorist who drove through a West Texas inspection checkpoint without stopping.  U.S. Customs and Border Protection issued a statement Friday about the shooting. The agency said it happened around 5 p.m. Thursday, after a motorist pulled into the inspection lane at the Border Patrol checkpoint on Interstate 10 in Sierra Blanca, about 80 miles southeast of El Paso.

The statement says the man failed to stop, prompting a 30-mile pursuit by Border Patrol agents.

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4:43 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Trial Date Set For Ex-Santa Fe Officer Accused Of Killing Partner In Las Cruces

  Las Cruces---A hearing to modify conditions of release for Tai Chan; ex-Santa Fe County Deputy, was heard by Judge Fernando Macias in the Third Judicial District Court today.  A trial date of September 28, 2015 was also set.

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3:52 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

This Week In The Las Cruces Bulletin

 

   Every Saturday at 5:30pm on Images, Fred Martino speaks with Las Cruces Bulletin Managing Editor Brook Stockberger about the week's top stories and much more in the Bulletin.

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12:15 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Man Faces Murder Charges In Students' Deaths

  A 21-year-old man faces homicide and other charges stemming from Albuquerque collision which killed two University of New Mexico students.

The District Attorney's Office announced Friday that a grand jury Thursday indicted Joshua Leal on multiple charges, including two counts each of homicide and great bodily harm.

According to prosecutors, Leal was driving a stolen truck late the night of Nov. 21 when it collided with a sedan carrying four students. Briana Hillard and Matt Grant were killed, and two other students were injured.

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12:13 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Mexico Campus Closed Over Gang Threats

  A university campus in northern Mexico has been closed for more than a week due to threats and attempted extortion by gangsters.

The Universidad Valle de Mexico campus in Nuevo Laredo, across the border from Laredo, Texas, has about 700 students enrolled. It is part of the network of the U.S.-based Laureate International Universities, which runs educational institutions in over 20 countries.

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12:13 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Texas Boom Continues-Jobless Rate Drops To 4.6%

  The Texas unemployment rate slipped to 4.6 percent in December for a fourth straight month of declines.

The Texas Workforce Commission on Friday reported that compares to a November jobless rate of 4.9 percent.

The December statewide jobless figure was the lowest since May 2008 and compares to 6.0 percent unemployment a year earlier.

Gov. Greg Abbott, who was inaugurated Tuesday, says the Texas history of strengthening job growth equates to more opportunity for all Texans.

The nationwide unemployment rate last month hit a six-year low at 5.6 percent.

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12:11 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Texas Supreme Court To Hear School Finance Case

  The Texas Supreme Court has agreed to hear the state's sweeping school finance case — and set a timetable that ensures there won't be a decision until after the legislative session ends.

An Austin-based district judge has declared the way the state pays for public schools unconstitutional. The attorney general's office is appealing.

In an advisory Friday, the state's highest civil appeals court gave Texas 80 days to file briefs, then attorneys for the 600-plus school districts suing the state 80 days for their own briefs.

Both sides then have 40 days for replies.

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12:10 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

In Depth: Army Says Fort Hood Lacked System To ID Threat Of Rampage

  Fort Hood officials say there were no clear warning signs before a soldier went on a rampage last April that left four dead and 16 wounded, according to a U.S. Army report released Friday.

There was no indication that Spc. Ivan Lopez would go on a two-block shooting spree before killing himself on April 2, the report concluded. It also said the chain of command would have had difficulty recognizing any personal problems leading up to the attack, because risk assessment relies on self-reporting and Lopez had been dishonest with his supervisors.

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12:08 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Bishops Want New Mexico To Restrict Late-Term Abortions

  Republicans' new control of the New Mexico House has the state's three Roman Catholic bishops urging lawmakers to enact a bill to restrict late-term abortions.

The GOP now has a majority in the House for the first time in decades, while Democrats remain in control of the Senate.

Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe said New Mexico is among only a few states that don't restrict late-term abortions, often defined as those procedures occurring after 28 weeks of pregnancy

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11:27 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Drone Crashes At Holloman

An MQ-1 Predator, similar to this one, was part of runway excursion at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. today. The aircraft was taking part in a regularly scheduled training mission. The MQ-1 is a medium-altitude, long-endurance, unmanned aircraft system. The MQ-1&apos;s primary mission is interdiction and conducting armed reconnaissance against critical, perishable targets.

  HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. -- An unmanned MQ-1 Predator was part of a runway excursion at approximately 8 a.m. Friday.  The aircraft is assigned to the 6th Reconnaissance Squadron, which is part of the Remotely Piloted Aircraft Flying Training Unit, and was taking part in a regularly scheduled training mission.

No one was injured and no private property was damaged. There is no threat to the Holloman population and the airfield remains open.

A board will be convened to investigate the cause of the accident.

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8:20 am
Fri January 23, 2015

New Mexico GOP House Speaker Tripp 'Never Expected' Spot

A California-born jeweler who only ran for a statehouse seat because he couldn't find another candidate is hoping to make his mark as New Mexico's first Republican House Speaker in 60 years.

Don Tripp of Socorro was elected this week as the new top leader in the New Mexico House of Representatives.

Tripp told The Associated Press he never expected to have the position.

The 68-year-old lawmaker says he's focused on passing a series of measures aimed at improving New Mexico's economy and educational system.

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8:17 am
Fri January 23, 2015

New Mexico Senator Wants To Modernize Telecom Law

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A state senator has introduced legislation aimed at modernizing New Mexico's 30-year-old telecommunications law.

Sen. Majority Whip Michael Padilla says his bill would create a level playing field when it comes to regulation.

By freeing up large carriers from outdated rules, he says the measure would also encourage more investment in broadband and high-speed wireless communications.

Similar legislation failed last year, but Padilla says he and other lawmakers met with stakeholders to resolve some of the issues.

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8:13 am
Fri January 23, 2015

New Mexico State Veterans' Home In Line For Federal Funding

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The State Veterans' Home in south-central New Mexico is in line to receive nearly $16 million in federal funds for an expansion project.

Members of New Mexico's congressional delegation announced the conditional funding from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs on Thursday. They say the Veterans' Home still needs to meet certain conditions to receive the funds.

The money would go toward a new 59-bed facility and a rehabilitation area.

The plans also call for 39 beds for Alzheimer's patients.

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