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Texas Football Player Shot By Police Had Drugs In His System

2 hours ago
Christian Taylor

An autopsy report has found that a black college football player killed by a police officer had used a synthetic psychedelic drug and marijuana prior to the deadly confrontation at a Texas car dealership.

Christian Taylor was unarmed when Arlington police officer Brad Miller shot him on Aug. 7. Miller has been fired, but his attorney said Wednesday that he hopes the chief will reconsider that decision.

The report released Wednesday shows there was THC, one of the active components of marijuana, and a synthetic drug that causes hallucinations in Taylor's system.

Texas Union Chief: "There Is An Open War Against The Police"

2 hours ago
Todd Harrison, CLEAT

The leader of the largest Texas law enforcement union is accusing President Barack Obama and other politicians of all stripes of doing nothing to protect law enforcement officers and their families.

Austin police Sgt. Todd Harrison is president of the 20,000-member Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas, or CLEAT. In a statement Wednesday, he said, "There is an open war against the police on the streets of America." He further said, "President Obama and all the politicians in Texas and the U.S. have something in common: they've done absolutely nothing."

Clinics File Supreme Court Appeal Of Texas Abortion Law

2 hours ago
supremecourt.gov

Texas abortion clinics are asking the Supreme Court to take up a major case about abortion rights.

The clinics say they filed an appeal Wednesday aimed at permanently blocking parts of a state law that already have forced nearly two dozen clinics to close and would leave the second most populous state with 10 abortion providers. If the law passed in 2013 takes full effect, there would be no clinic west of San Antonio and only one would operate on a limited basis in the Rio Grande Valley.

Critics: New Mexico PRC Too "Chummy" With PNM

2 hours ago
pnm.com

An environmental group says members of a powerful New Mexico regulatory body are too "chummy" with utility executives and should not be making any decisions about the fate of a coal-fired power plant that serves customers around the Southwest.

Santa Fe-based New Energy Economy filed a motion late Wednesday with the Public Regulation Commission, seeking the recusal of four of the panel's five members.

The motion hinges on numerous emails and phone calls that make reference to private meetings, dinners, coffee dates and invitations to conferences and sporting events.

Las Cruces Library Calls for Time Capsule Submissions

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  Thomas Branigan Memorial Library will be celebrating its 80th anniversary this November by creating a time capsule. Plans are to display the contents of the time capsule in the library for the month of November. The time capsule will then be put into a secure, marked place at the Library, and registered with the International Time Capsule Society. In 50 years, the capsule can be opened so all can see the changes that have spanned the decades.

Man Suspected of Having Stolen Guns

2 hours ago

  Las Cruces Police arrested a man suspected of knowingly having two stolen firearms in his possession.

John Alexander Moreno, 19, of 435 Ithaca Ct., is charged with two counts of receiving stolen property, firearms. The two counts are fourth-degree felonies.

Casting Call for Major Feature Film Shooting in Southern New Mexico

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Actor Gary Oldman

  An open casting call for the major feature film “Out of This World” will take place Sunday, September 6,from 1 – 6 p.m., and Monday, September 7, from 9 a.m. – to 2 p.m. at the Mesilla Valley Mall (700 S. Telshor Blvd.). The casting event will be located in the Mall’s western wing near Allen Theatres and Gordon’s Jewelers.

 

The production is looking for men, women and children of all races to join a scene filming in mid-September with actor Gary Oldman and other cast members as they present space exploration plans for a trip to Mars at Spaceport America.

 

Suspect in May 2014 Las Cruces Armed Robbery Arrested

2 hours ago

  Las Cruces Police arrested the man believed to be responsible for the May 2014 armed robbery of a Subway restaurant.

Gilbert Dominguez, 38, of Dona Ana, N.M., was arrested today and charged with one count of armed robbery.

Shortly after 10 p.m. Sunday, May 4, 2014, Las Cruces Police responded to the report of an armed robbery that just occurred at the Subway restaurant at 2523 N. Main St. Detectives learned that the suspect displayed a black handgun and demanded cash from the register. No injuries were reported and the suspect fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Auditor: New Mexico Had $100M Special Education Shortfall

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The New Mexico State Auditor's office says a new audit shows the state saw a shortfall of more than $100 million in special education funding.

The office said Wednesday an independent account firm found the shortfall in special education funding from July 2009 to June 2012. Officials say the numbers were based on New Mexico Public Education Department's calculations and placed federal funding at risk.

Auditor Tim Keller says the shortfall is another piece of system-wide challenges that plague the state's educational system.

  A jury Tuesday found Davalous Brown, 22, guilty on two counts of Battery on a Peace Officer, both felonies, and Resisting, Evading or Obstructing an Officer that could result in 6 years incarceration.

Texas Court Strips Lesser Prairie Chicken Of Protections

6 hours ago
State of Colorado

A federal court in Texas has vacated Endangered Species Act protections for the lesser prairie chicken.

The ruling is a victory for Texas oil and gas companies that argued the conservation efforts are working. The Permian Basin Petroleum Association said regulations would impede operations and cost hundreds of millions of dollars in oil and gas development in one of the country's most prolific basins.

The nonprofit Center for Biological Diversity said Wednesday that the lesser prairie chicken has lost 85 percent of its habitat.

Colorado Mine Spill Prompts Changes To Warning System

6 hours ago
JONATHAN THOMPSON HIGH COUNTRY NEWS

A wastewater spill from a Colorado mine has prompted state officials to expand the list of downstream users they warn after such accidents.

Colorado officials notified only agencies inside their state after 3 million gallons of water tainted with heavy metals gushed out of the Gold King mine Aug. 5, eventually reaching rivers in New Mexico and Utah.

NMSU Professor To Host Discussion Of Alaska

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  As the original mastermind behind the “Global Connections” talks hosted by NMSU’s College of Arts and Sciences, Jon Hunner, an NMSU history professor and historian, is kicking off this year’s events with a discussion of Alaska.

Hunner’s talk, titled “Alaska from Kenai to Denali,” will highlight his experiences while visiting the 49th state last July. The event will take place Wednesday, September 9, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. in the Gerald Thomas Hall Auditorium. 

“Alaska is a special place,” said Hunner, who traveled to the area while visiting his son. 

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Arrest Made Following Non-Injury Officer Involved Shooting In Mesilla

7 hours ago

  The man who was being detained Tuesday following an incident involving an officer with the Mesilla Marshal’s Office – who subsequently fired his duty weapon – has been arrested.

   The shooting is under investigation by the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department.

San Juan County Declares State Of Disaster Following Storm

8 hours ago

The San Juan County Commission has declared a state of disaster following a violent storm that swept through Aztec and caused what officials estimate is more than $1 million in damage.

The commission approved the resolution Tuesday, allowing the county to request state funds to repair public property that was damaged by the Aug. 26 storm.

Officials say the storm's quick rainfall overwhelmed culverts, cut streams into dirt roads, flooded buildings and closed SunRay Park & Casino's horse racing track for the season.

President Secures 34th Vote For Iran Nuclear Deal

10 hours ago

Senate Democrats have rallied the 34 votes they need to keep the Iran nuclear deal alive in Congress, handing President Barack Obama a major foreign policy victory.

Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland became the crucial 34th vote Wednesday morning, declaring the agreement is the best way to curb Iran's nuclear ambitions.

Congress is to vote later this month on a resolution disapproving the deal, which is unanimously opposed by Republicans, who call it a dangerous giveaway to Iran.

Spaceport America Hosts Open House Day

11 hours ago

Spaceport America, the world’s first purpose-built commercial spaceport, will host an open house event free to the public on October 3, 2015.

$31.5 Million In State Funding Going To Alamo

11 hours ago

State officials say the Alamo is to benefit from $31.5 million for preservation and development of the downtown San Antonio shrine.

Land Commissioner George P. Bush has scheduled a Wednesday news conference at the Alamo with legislative members and top Bexar County and San Antonio officials to describe the state appropriation and the legislative support that made it possible.

Navajo President Requests Help From FEMA After Mine Spill

11 hours ago
JONATHAN THOMPSON HIGH COUNTRY NEWS

Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye is asking the Federal Emergency Management Agency for help in the tribe's recovery from a mine spill.

The Aug. 5 spill from the Gold King mine near Silverton, Colorado, sent toxic sludge into waterways including the San Juan River that flows through the reservation.

Begaye issued an emergency declaration and restricted tribal members from using the water for drinking, agriculture and livestock.

UPDATE: Body Found During Search For Missing Hiker in Sandia Mountains

11 hours ago

Authorities say a dead body has been found in the Sandia Mountains where a hiker has been missing since last weekend.

New Mexico State Police Sgt. Elizabeth Armijo says searchers earlier Wednesday found the body Wednesday morning but that authorities cannot immediately confirm whether it is of 40-year-old Bryan Conkling of Rio Rancho.

Conkling went for an overnight hike on the La Luz Trail on Saturday, and he was reported missing when he didn't return home by Sunday night.

Silver City Report

13 hours ago

Time now for a new segment on KRWG and krwg.org, the Silver City Report with Edmundo Resendez and Silver City Press and Independent reporter, Ben Fisher discussing an issue that has many in the community divided: the Gila River Diversion Project.

Free New Mexico Family Pass Now Available at Las Cruces Library

Sep 1, 2015

  Local residents can now visit Thomas Branigan Memorial Library to check out a pass, good for free admission to 15 state museums and historic sites. 

Charges Against Official Fuel NM's Reputation For Corruption

Sep 1, 2015
NM Sec. of State Dianna Duran / Official photo

Dianna Duran won two terms as secretary of state on the promise she would clean up the office after her predecessors were accused of wrongdoing.

Duran now faces a similar fate after she was accused of funneling campaign contributions to her personal bank accounts all while withdrawing hundreds of thousands of dollars at casinos around New Mexico.

Duran's attorney has vowed to fight the allegations in court, but the case has revived New Mexico's reputation as a place where elected officials and other authority figures are often swept up by claims of fraud and corruption.

Suspected Arms Dealer Fatally Shot By Authorities In Artesia

Sep 1, 2015

Authorities say a suspected arms dealer has been fatally shot after federal officers tried to serve an arrest warrant in Artesia.

A spokesman for the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives says the shooting occurred around 6:30 a.m. Tuesday.

The ATF, Eddy County Sheriff's Office, Pecos Valley Drug Task Force, Carlsbad police and other agencies were executing an arrest warrant when someone inside the residence opened fire.

Albuquerque TV station KOB reports that law enforcement officers returned fire, killing 47-year-old Michael Todd Evan.

New Mexico Court Schedules Arguments On Assisted Suicide

Sep 1, 2015

New Mexico's highest court is poised to consider the legality of assisted suicide.

The state Supreme Court has scheduled oral arguments for Oct. 26 in a so-called "aid-in-dying" case recently decided by the state Court of Appeals.

The Court of Appeals on Aug. 11 struck down a Bernalillo County District Court judge's ruling that essentially allowed assisted suicide in the state.

In a split decision, the Court of Appeals concluded "that aid in dying is not a fundamental liberty interest under the New Mexico Constitution."

  New Mexico State University will begin checking bags for prohibited items at all NMSU football games, as well as at other major events on the Las Cruces campus.

The bag checks will look for illegal items, to include explosives, firearms and other weapons. Other prohibited items found during the bag checks, including alcohol, will also be subject to confiscation.

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas

  The Office of Attorney General Hector Balderas is actively searching for relatives of past Attorneys General to be included in the unveiling of a photo gallery honoring AGs serving from 1846 to present.

The gallery housed in the Santa Fe OAG building is open to the public for tours during normal business hours.

Anyone who is related to a past AG or who knows relatives of past AGs is encouraged to contact the OAG Constituent Affairs Unit to provide contact information atAGPhotoGallery@nmag.gov

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