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7:25 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

PARCC Protest Hits New Jersey Headquarters Of Company Making Millions From The Test

New Mexico isn't the only states with protests against a new standardized test.
HOBOKEN - To Susan Everett, Pearson Education is like the Grinch who "stole education." Standing with other protestors outside Hoboken's Pearson headquarters on Wednesday, Everett held a sign with the infamous Dr. Seuss character's face on it. "Maybe education doesn't come from a standardized test" reads the sign, a reference to the controversial PARCC test Pearson helped develop.
7:20 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Man Sues Las Cruces Police For Alleged Abuse

KVIA-TV has the latest on a lawsuit against the Las Cruces Police Department.
LAS CRUCES, N.M. - A video that came out Tuesday shows Las Cruces Police Department officers throwing a handcuffed suspect up against a wall and onto the floor, breaking bones and sending him to the hospital for days.
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3:42 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Water Outage Friday In Part Of Las Cruces

  Residents and businesses along a portion of N. Main Street will experience a water outage from 12:01 – 4 a.m. Friday, March 4.

Impacted areas include N. Main between Madrid and Fleming Avenues; East Cambridge Drive and East Gallagher Avenue from Main east to end of cul-de-sacs; Chestnut Avenue from Main east to Mesquite and Chestnut from Main west to Alameda Boulevard.

     

Adjacent areas also may be affected. Crews will post door hanger notices on affected homes and businesses a minimum of 24 hours in advance of the planned outage.

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3:12 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Las Cruces Officers Cleared In December Shooting

  The Third Judicial District Attorney’s Office has determined that the three Las Cruces police officers involved in the Dec. 22 fatal shooting of 29-year-old Jose Salas responded professionally, and in accordance with standard rules and procedures of law enforcement.

The District Attorney’s concluded that the two shooting incidents, the first by officer Joaquin Legaretta and the second by officer Joseph Campa and Sgt. Patrick Doyle, “were justified under New Mexico law.”

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12:40 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Proposal Would Let Texas Voters Decide On Tax Cuts

Credit Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick - R

Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick wants to use billions of extra dollars on tax cuts and paying down debt without forcing lawmakers to make a politically unpopular vote to authorize more spending.

Patrick said Wednesday the proposal would free up nearly $5 billion that is otherwise off limits unless the Republican-controlled Legislature votes to bust a self-imposed spending cap. That option is politically toxic to most conservatives.

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12:40 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

New Mexico Increasing State Trust Land Grazing Fee By 20 Percent

Credit Aubrey Dunn--New Mexico Land Commissioner

New Mexico's fee for using state trust land for grazing is going up by about 20 percent.

The Roswell Daily Record reports that state Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn has set the per-animal per-month fee at $4.80 starting Oct. 1, up from $3.99.

Dunn said record-high cattle prices figured into the increase. The commissioner sets the rate by considering market conditions and using a formula determined by New Mexico State University.

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12:37 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

New Mexico Chile Acreage Drops 10 Percent

Federal officials say planted chile acreage in New Mexico dropped 10 percent last year.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Wednesday that final production numbers came in at 58,700 tons in 2014 compared to 65,000 the previous year.

The value of New Mexico chile was estimated at $38.7 million, compared to $49.5 million in 2013.

Farmers blame the drop on brought, labor shortages and other market changes.

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12:34 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Texas Senate Approves Road Funding Plan

The Texas Senate has approved the first bill of the 2015 legislative session, passing a plan to funnel billions of dollars generated by vehicle sales taxes to building and maintaining traffic-clogged roads.

Wednesday's vote sends a proposed constitutional amendment by Senate Transportation Committee Chairman Robert Nichols to the House.

Lawmakers are constitutionally barred from passing bills during the first two months of a session that began Jan. 13. But Gov. Greg Abbott fast-tracked bills on transportation infrastructure by making the issue one of his "emergency items."

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8:12 am
Wed March 4, 2015

New Mexico Solitary Confinement Bill Passes Panel

A New Mexico House panel has passed a solitary confinement reform proposal with no recommendation a week after a heated exchange sparked by a Democratic member ended a meeting.

The House Safety and Civil Affairs Committee voted 6-0 on Tuesday to move along a measure that would ban the use of solitary confinement on juveniles and inmates suffering from mental illness.

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8:09 am
Wed March 4, 2015

AP, Gov. Martinez Settle Open Records Case

Credit Office of the Governor

Gov. Susana Martinez has agreed that monthly reports detailing the spending of security officers relates to public business and falls under the state Inspection of Public Records Act.

That is according to a settlement between Martinez and The Associated Press. The parties filed papers on Tuesday to dismiss a lawsuit brought by the AP.

The news organization sued the governor in 2013 for refusing to release records about her work and travel schedules, cellphone calls and the expenses of her security detail.

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8:09 am
Wed March 4, 2015

New Mexico Senate Approves Bill To Eradicate Bullying

The New Mexico Senate has approved an anti-bullying bill spurred by the 2013 suicide of a teenager who was bullied at school.

The bill approved unanimously Tuesday calls for the creation of a five-member board to oversee grant applications to eradicate bullying in New Mexico schools, colleges and communities.

The Carlos Vigil Memorial Act would create a fund to be administered by the University of New Mexico Board of Regents.

Bill sponsor Sen. Jacob Candelaria of Albuquerque says bullying is an issue that "warrants a state response."

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8:05 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Chope's Town Cafe And Bar Gets State Designation

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Today, Chope’s Town Cafe and Bar in the rural community of La Mesa may be a off the beaten path, but for much of the twentieth century this locally-owned cafe and bar was considered by many as the social spot of Southern Doña Ana County.

The social and historical significance of this local business helped turn a New Mexico State University student project into a year-long effort Chope’s Town Cafe and Bar on the National Register of Historic Places. Chope's recently was recognized by the New Mexico Cultural Properties Review Committee.

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6:00 am
Wed March 4, 2015

NMSU Researcher's Patented Tech Could Cut CO2 Emissions

New Mexico State University chemical engineering doctoral candidate Nasser Khazeni holds up a vial of metal-organic frameworks he developed in his laboratory on campus. Khazeni worked with the Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer Office at Arrowhead Center to obtain a provisional patent for the technology, which captures atmospheric carbon dioxide. (Photo by Darren Phillips)

  A new provisionally patented technology from a New Mexico State University researcher could revolutionize carbon dioxide capture and have a significant impact on reducing pollution worldwide.

The Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer Office at NMSU’s Arrowhead Center is working to protect and commercialize the technology, which was developed by chemical and materials engineering doctoral candidate Nasser Khazeni.

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6:00 am
Wed March 4, 2015

NMSU Students Compete In Campus Conservation Nationals

  

  Students at New Mexico State University are trying to reduce energy and water use as part of a national competition.  Campus Conservation Nationals is the largest electricity and water reduction competition…with more than 175 schools competing this year.  Organizers include the U.S. Green Building Council and the National Wildlife Federation.

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9:49 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

States Ask Judge Not To Lift Stay In Immigration Lawsuit

A coalition of states suing to stop President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration is asking a federal judge not to lift a temporary hold on the directives.  The 26-state coalition, led by Texas, said in court documents filed Tuesday with U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen in Brownsville, Texas, that "there is no emergency need to institute" Obama's immigration action.

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5:50 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Doña Ana County Manager Recommends GRT Tax Increase

The Doña Ana County Commission received their latest budget projections for 2016, and currently there is a budget shortfall. Suggestions for more items in need of funding in the county could impact their decision on whether or not to increase the Hold Harmless GRT Tax.

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5:01 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

El Paso Man Sentenced For New Mexico Meth Conviction

  ALBQUERQUE – Alejandro Carrillo, 38, of El Paso, Texas, was sentenced today in federal court in Las Cruces, N.M., to 46 months in prison followed by two years of supervised release for his methamphetamine trafficking conviction.

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3:50 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Venice Is Calling! NMSU Professor Receives NEH Fellowship

NMSU history professor Elizabeth Horodowich will travel to Venice this summer to complete her book. (Photo by Darren Phillips)

  A New Mexico State University professor has received a prestigious grant to spend her sabbatical completing her manuscript “Armchair Travelers and the Venetian Discovery of the New World.”

The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded Elizabeth Horodowich, a history professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, a $50,000 fellowship to work on her book. While on sabbatical, she will finish the research she has been doing in Venice, Florence, and at the Newberry Library in Chicago. 

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2:56 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

New Student Art Show Announced, Reception On Friday

  More than 100 pieces of new, original student artwork from the Las Cruces, Gadsden and Hatch Public Schools have been installed in the first-floor corridors of the Doña Ana County Government Center at 845 N. Motel Blvd. in Las Cruces. The exhibit includes paintings, etchings, photographs and drawings. The artists range in age from elementary students to high schoolers.

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2:49 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

New Mexico Public Hearing Wednesday On State's Largest Polluter

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New Mexico utility regulators plan a two-part meeting Wednesday for the public to comment on Public Service Co. of New Mexico's proposal to shut down half...but not all...of a coal-fired power plant near Farmington, the state's largest polluter, according to New Energy Economy.  Environmental groups oppose the plan, saying the entire plant should be closed in favor of clean energy alternatives.

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2:40 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Texas GOP Wades Into Education Battle

Credit Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick - R

Top Republicans clamoring for "school choice" voucher plans in the Texas Legislature are offering other priorities that are less hot-button but still may spark bitter floor fights.

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Senate Education Committee Chairman Larry Taylor presented a package of bills Tuesday. They include a plan to issue A-F grades for individual public schools, plus expanded online learning.

Some proposals link teacher evaluations to pay raises and allow parents to petition to close failing public schools after just two years, instead of the current five.

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2:38 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

New Mexico Couple Gets Engaged, Then Stranded Atop Sandia Peak

An ecstatic New Mexico couple who got engaged on top of Sandia Peak had to curtail their celebrations after getting stuck for hours because of high winds.

Arthur Edelhoff and Lindsay Duncan of Corrales took the tram up the mountaintop early Sunday evening.

After taking happy engagement photos, the couple were told that they had to wait for the 40-mph wind to die down before they could return.

Jay Blackwood, the assistant manager of the Sandia Peak Tram, says around 140 people were stranded for about four hours.

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2:37 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

New Mexico Solitary Confinement Reform Passes Panel

A New Mexico House panel has passed a solitary confinement reform proposal with no recommendation a week after a heated exchange sparked by a Democratic member ended a meeting.

The House Safety and Civil Affairs Committee voted 6-0 on Tuesday to move along a measure that would ban the use of solitary confinement on juveniles and inmates suffering from mental illness.

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2:36 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Deming Man Sentenced To 10 Years In Meth Conviction

  ALBUQUERQUE – Matthew Peña, 29, of Deming, N.M., was sentenced this morning in federal court in Las Cruces, N.M., to ten years in prison followed by four years of supervised release for his methamphetamine trafficking conviction.

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2:33 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Las Cruces Reminds Residents About Yard, Garage Sale Rules

  Las Cruces residents who host a garage or yard sale are reminded that the city has ordinances regulating the frequency of such sales and posting of signs that advertise them.

Whether they’re called yard, garage, rummage, tag or moving sales – or by any other name – such sales are allowed to be held for no more than four days and no more than three times per calendar year at any one location.

If the sale is held at a business or other property not used mainly for residential or institutional purposes, a temporary-use permit must be obtained from the city.

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8:20 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Southeastern New Mexico Highway Ranks High On Needed Improvement

A new study says a busy a highway in southeastern New Mexico's oil region ranks high on a state list of highways needing repairs.

The Hobbs News-Sun reports that a new study by a national transportation research group found U.S. 82 to be the highway in greatest need of an overhaul in the state.

U.S. 82 in Lea and Eddy counties sees a high volume of traffic due to the oil industry in the region.

The number one ranked U.S. 82 project, which involves expanding the roadway into four lanes with frontage roads, is estimated to cost $180 million.

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8:18 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Utility Regulators To Hear Public On Power Plant Proposal

New Mexico utility regulators plan a two-part meeting Wednesday for the public to comment on Public Service Co. of New Mexico's proposal to shut down half of a coal-fired power plant near Farmington.

The Public Regulation Commission scheduled afternoon and evening sessions in the Farmington council chambers on PNM's proposal to shut down two units of the San Juan Generating Station.

The commission is holding a public comment period after finishing evidentiary hearings on Jan. 27 before it makes a final decision.

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8:15 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Unlicensed Dentist In Santa Fe Sentenced To Six Years In Prison

An unlicensed dentist who worked on the teeth of numerous people in Santa Fe is going to prison.

State District Court Judge Glenn Ellington on Monday sentenced Mexican national Eliver Kestler to six years in prison after calling him a "one-man health hazard" to the people of Santa Fe.

Prosecutor Peter Valencia told Ellington that Kestler preyed on the disadvantaged, didn't use gloves or anesthesia while working on patients and carried his tools in a dirty toolbox.

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8:12 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Deadline Looms For States To Respond In Immigration Suit

A deadline is nearing for a coalition of states suing to stop President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration to respond to a request by the U.S. government to lift a temporary hold of the orders.

The states have until Tuesday to submit court documents detailing why U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen in Texas should not lift a preliminary injunction.

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6:00 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Udall Promotes Legislation To Address Child Well-Being

Credit Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

  Senator Udall brought attention to the Saving Our Next Generation…or SONG…Act during a recent conference call with reporters.  Udall introduced the bill…which is designed to increase access to federal education and anti-poverty programs.

"Children are our future workforce," Udall said. "We must break the vicious cycle of poverty. The first step is to invest in child well-being."

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