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11:58 am
Thu November 27, 2014

Regulators Approve PNM Solar Plan

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  PNM's plan to build four more solar-powered generating stations has been approved by state regulators.

The Public Regulation Commission voted unanimously Wednesday to approve the utility's renewable energy procurement plan for next year. The solar arrays will represent a more than $79 million-dollar investment.

PNM's director of resource planning, Pat O'Connell, says another 40 megawatts of solar power will be added to the utility's capacity once the generating stations are complete. That's enough to power more than 16,000 average homes.

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11:57 am
Thu November 27, 2014

Obama Changes Fuel Worry Over Immigration Scams

  Advocacy groups barely waited for President Barack Obama to finish speaking about sweeping changes to the U.S. immigration system to start warning about scams.

California Attorney General Kamala Harris and Mexican consulates have also sounded alarms since Obama promised executive action last week that is expected to shield about 5 million people from deportation. For decades, immigrants have fallen victim to attorneys and consultants who disappear with their money or give bad advice that may land them in deportation proceedings.

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11:55 am
Thu November 27, 2014

Woman Accused Of Embezzling Over $200,000

A bookkeeper is accused of embezzling more than $200,000 from an Albuquerque lifestyle magazine.

50-year-old Bonnie Burchell was released on bail Wednesday on a felony charge of embezzlement.

According to a criminal complaint, the publisher of Albuquerque the Magazine says an audit found Burchell had been paying herself three times her salary between March 2012 and this summer.

She also is accused of making more than 30 deposits from the magazine into her bank account and an account in her ex-husband's name.

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11:54 am
Thu November 27, 2014

Hiring Changes On Tap After Indicted Developer Gets Teaching Job

  A former real estate developer indicted on charges last year of embezzlement and fraud was able to get a job as an Albuquerque teacher.

Albuquerque Public Schools officials told the Albuquerque Journal on Thursday that English teacher William Kalinowski is on paid leave from Lyndon B. Johnson Middle School.

Authorities say Kalinowski, a former luxury home developer in Santa Fe, owed millions of dollars to investors, subcontractors and banks by 2008.

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8:26 am
Thu November 27, 2014

Obama Action Gives Relief to Some Local Mixed Immigrant Status Families

The Pizana family (Left to Right; Cynthia, Andrea Pizana and Soledad) is concerned different immigration status's will force them to be separated.
Credit Simon Thompson

Deporting Felons Not Families, that was a key take away from President Obama’s address on immigration.  The President could provide relief to as many as 5 million undocumented immigrants, some local people among that group say it’s long overdue.

Pizana came to the United States in 1996 from Talamantes, Chihuahua Mexico.  She says she escaped an abusive husband and gave her first daughter a chance at a better life.

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7:26 am
Thu November 27, 2014

State Police: Ammo, Firearms Seized In New Mexico

New Mexico State Police say they've arrested a convicted felon and seized thousands of rounds of ammunition and 39 firearms after executing a search warrant in Laborcita Canyon.

Police say they received information that 48-year-old David Hiles was allegedly in possession of firearms.

They say Hiles has a lengthy criminal history and was arrested for being a felon in possession of firearms.

He's being held on a $5,000 cash or surety bond.

It was unclear Wednesday if Hiles has a lawyer yet.

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7:19 am
Thu November 27, 2014

Ferguson Decision Opens Wounds In Albuquerque

A grand jury's decision not to indict a white police officer in the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri, is reopening fresh wounds in Albuquerque.

That's because none of the Albuquerque officers in the more than 40 police shooting since 2010 have faced charges. And it's still unclear if the officers in the high-profile shooting of a 38-year-old homeless camper in March will face indictments.

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7:18 am
Thu November 27, 2014

State Police: Ammo, Firearms Seized In New Mexico

New Mexico State Police say they've arrested a convicted felon and seized thousands of rounds of ammunition and 39 firearms after executing a search warrant in Laborcita Canyon.

Police say they received information that 48-year-old David Hiles was allegedly in possession of firearms.

They say Hiles has a lengthy criminal history and was arrested for being a felon in possession of firearms.

He's being held on a $5,000 cash or surety bond.

It was unclear Wednesday if Hiles has a lawyer yet.

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7:16 am
Thu November 27, 2014

2 Injured In New Mexico Oilfield Explosion

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An explosion at an oilfield tank battery in southeastern New Mexico has injured two workers.

The two workers were transported to an area hospital. The extent of their injuries was not immediately known, but early reports stated one person was burned and another may have broken a leg.

Crews were able to contain the fire at the site, which is near the border between Lea and Eddy counties.

Sheriff's deputies secured the area Wednesday afternoon and were limiting access to the rural road that leads to the site.

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2:52 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Funding Sought For Land And Water Conservation Fund

Credit Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

  U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich this week joined 39 other U.S. senators in calling on Senate leadership to work with them to find a permanent funding solution for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).

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2:49 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Two Plead Not Guilty In Fatal Shooting Of Border Agent

  Two men from Mexico have pleaded not guilty in the fatal shooting of an off-duty Border Patrol agent during a family fishing trip in South Texas.

Gustavo Tijerina-Sandoval and Ismael Vallejo were being held without bond Wednesday in the Willacy (WIL'-uh-see) County case.

Both pleaded not guilty Tuesday to capital murder and attempted capital murder charges in the Aug. 3 slaying of Agent Javier Vega Jr. of Kingsville. His father was also shot but survived the apparent robbery attempt at a remote fishing spot near Santa Monica.

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2:48 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

"Mexican Mafia" Suspect Arrested, Three Bodies Recovered

  A suspected Mexican Mafia lieutenant faces a racketeering-related charge after telling officers where to find the bodies of three fellow gang members.

Prosecutors in San Antonio say 36-year-old Ruben Reyes was arrested Wednesday and charged with using and discharging a firearm during a violent crime.

Mark Anthony Bernal, Carlos Chapa and Johnny Solis turned up missing in January. Prosecutors allege Reyes shot the trio over mishandling $60,000 and poor decisions about Mexican Mafia operations.

Reyes was shot Nov. 9 by attackers who then fled.

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2:46 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Sexual Battery Charge Against Athletic Director Dropped

A sexual battery charge against a former New Mexico Military Institute athletic director has been dropped.

An attorney for Reginald "Reggie" Franklin says a Virginia prosecutor has decided not to pursue the charge. However, prosecutors could refile the charge within a year.

The 58-year-old former athletic director and longtime men's basketball coach at NMMI was accused of groping the wife of an alumnus during a school function, a dinner party in Fairfax County in February.

Franklin has worked at NMMI for more than 24 years. He now lives in Missouri City, Texas.

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11:53 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Las Cruces Minimum Wage Discussion Continues Monday

  The Las Cruces City Council is scheduled to discuss changes to the new minimum wage law on Monday. 

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8:15 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Navajo Lawmaker Responds To Criminal Charges

A Navajo Nation lawmaker says he expects to be cleared on charges of misusing tribal funds.

Prosecutors have filed nine criminal charges against Mel Begay in relation to a now-defunct discretionary fund. He's accused in criminal complaints of illegally authorizing nearly $34,000 in payments to his six children.

Begay is scheduled to appear in Window Rock District Court later this month.

He said in a recent statement released through his attorney that the charges are unwarranted and that he will defend himself vigorously.

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8:14 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Hobbs Enters National Voter ID Fight

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Voters in a booming oil New Mexico city are set to decide on an ordinance that would require a photo ID in local elections in what is the latest battleground over requiring strict identification to cast ballots.

A special election has been scheduled in Hobbs for Dec. 9 on a proposed voter ID law.

The election comes after a number of cities and states across the country have enacted similar measures.

Civil rights groups say such laws disproportionately affect blacks, Latinos, senior citizens and the poor.

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8:12 am
Wed November 26, 2014

New Mexico To Get Preferential Treatment On Waiver

The U.S. Department of Education says it'll give New Mexico preferential treatment when the state applies for an extended waiver from federal No Child Left Behind requirements.

Officials say New Mexico will be allowed to apply early for an extension, be eligible to receive approval faster and get a longer waiver — four years instead of three years.

New Mexico is among states getting the preferential treatment because it has begun implementing changes that include using student test scores to help evaluate teachers.

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6:00 am
Wed November 26, 2014

NMSU Analyst: Merry Shopping Season Ahead For Retailers

  Retailers could be jingling all the way to the bank this holiday season thanks in part to improved employment numbers and lower gas prices, according to a New Mexico State University researcher.

“I expect a solid holiday sales season this year,” said Bruce Huhmann, an associate professor of marketing in NMSU’s College of Business.

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6:00 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Mexican Students Arrive At WNMU; Will Study English

  Silver City, NM – The often-quiet main campus of Western New Mexico University is buzzing with energy with the arrival of 150 Mexican students who are living and learning on campus for four weeks.

The students are members of the first class of Proyecta 100,000, a Mexican government funded scholarship program supporting 7,500 Mexican students and professors in American-based English language programs.

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3:09 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Police Investigate Rollover Crash That Injured Four Children

 

  A crash-reconstruction team with the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a single-vehicle rollover that ejected a five-year-old boy and injured three other children shortly after 6 p.m. Monday night.

Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the intersection of Holman Road and Barksdale Loop, where the 31-year-old female driver said her car went off the road before it rolled multiple times.

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2:09 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Rep. O'Rourke Pushes Bill To Boost Air Service To El Paso

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Economic development leaders say El Paso needs more non-stop flights. Rep. Beto O'Rourke is pushing legislation designed to boost air service to the region.
Posted: 11/25/2014 12:04:07 PM MST U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-El Paso, has introduced a new bill that should help boost El Paso International Airport's chances of providing more non-stop flights and other expanded services. In announcing the bill today, O'Rourke said he worked with U.S. Rep.
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2:00 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Tragedy In El Paso: 40 Year Old AP Reporter Dies

Juan Carlos Llorca, the El Paso correspondent for The Associated Press and a veteran reporter in his native Guatemala, has died. He was 40.

Llorca's sister, Maria Jimena Llorca, says her brother collapsed at his home Monday. He was rushed to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The cause of death is pending.

While a political writer for El Periodico de Guatemala newspaper, Llorca was selected for a Scripps Howard Foundation journalism fellowship in Washington, D.C., in 2002.

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1:30 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

NMSU To Honor Writer Max Evans

Writer Max Evans signs his latest book, “Goin’ Crazy with Sam Peckinpah and All Our Friends.” New Mexico State University is honoring Max Evans with an honorary doctorate during the fall 2014 commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, at the Pan American Center. (NMSU photo by Jane Moorman)

  Max Evans’ body of work reflects his love of New Mexico and the Western way of life.

New Mexico State University will recognize Evans’ contribution to New Mexico with an honorary doctorate during the fall 2014 commencement ceremony Saturday, Dec. 13.

Evans has spent his career promoting the Western way of life through his novels and paintings, and helping form the New Mexico Film Commission and the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum.

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1:28 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Lapel Cameras Coming To Roswell Police

Roswell police are set to become the latest law enforcement agency to require all officers to wear lapel cameras.

The department this week is putting in the final bid on 60 cameras.

Officials say the cameras will be required to record every traffic stop and every call. The agency could start using them next month.

Officers can either wear the camera on sunglasses or collars.

The cameras are part of a $235,000 capital outlay project.

The department also plans to train the district attorney's office and area judges on the cameras.

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1:27 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

McCamley: New Mexico Should Debate Marijuana Legalization

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  The conversation about whether New Mexico should join other western states in legalizing marijuana is cranking up again as state lawmakers prepare for the legislative session.

Rep. Bill McCamley, a Democrat from southern New Mexico, is taking his case for legalization to fellow lawmakers during a meeting Tuesday in Santa Fe.

McCamley tells the Associated Press legislation has yet to be crafted but Oregon is being looked at as a model. Voters in that state and Alaska and the District of Columbia approved ballot initiatives to legalize marijuana earlier this month.

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1:24 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Albuquerque Activists Protest Ferguson Verdict

  Albuquerque activists are planning to join orchestrated demonstrations nationwide to protest a grand jury's decision not to indict a white police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teenager in Missouri.

A coalition of groups has scheduled a rally Tuesday evening in the city's International District.

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11:13 am
Tue November 25, 2014

BLM Releases Environmental Assessment On Running Parts Of SunZia Electric Line Underground

  Santa Fe, NM – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced today that it is seeking public input on an Environmental Assessment (EA) that analyzes mitigation efforts proposed by the Department of Defense (DOD) to place three segments of the SunZia Southwest Transmission Line Project underground to address overlap with military readiness and operations near White Sands Missile Range.  The BLM has reached a preliminary Finding of No New Significant Impact (FONNSI) on the DOD proposal.

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9:43 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Newsmakers 632--Las Cruces minimum wage; New Mexico water pollution; Right to die

Field reports include:  An update on the debate over how to implement
the new minimum wage law in Las Cruces; controversy over enforcement
of New Mexico environmental regulations...some say it is leading to
water pollution; and a court ruling may help terminally ill New
Mexicans get the right to die with the help of a doctor.

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8:32 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Albuquerque Police: 1 Of 2 People Shot Has Died

Albuquerque police say two people were shot and that one of them has died.

Details of the Monday evening incident in southeastern Albuquerque are sketchy but police the second person was receiving medical treatment.

Police also said they didn't have anybody in custody.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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8:30 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Prosecutor Weighs Santa Fe Police Shooting Case

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A southeastern New Mexico prosecutor is considering whether two Santa Fe police officers will face any charges in the nonfatal shooting of a motorist.

According to the Albuquerque Journal, Roswell-based District Attorney Janetta B. Hicks says she expects to decide on possible charges by early next year.

The case was handed off to Hicks by Santa Fe District Attorney Angel "Spence" Pacheco after a grand jury concluded that the shooting of an unarmed 25-year-old man in the face wasn't justified.

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