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2:48 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Disaster Drill Tuesday In Santa Teresa

  

  Several law enforcement agencies and first responders will launch a full-scale exercise designed to test readiness and communications in the event of a widespread disaster – a simulated emergency near the U.S./Mexico border that causes a mass migration of about 3,000 people.

The simulated emergency involves the detonation of a weapon of mass destruction.

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1:00 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Sexual Assault Claim At State Juvenile Center Near Ruidoso

A southern New Mexico juvenile detention center is the focus of a State Police investigation into a male detainee's claim that a female staff therapist sexually assaulted him.

The Albuquerque Journal reports the director of the state's juvenile justice services has resigned and two administrators have been placed on paid administrative since the alleged assault was reported in early February.

All of the youths detained at the Lincoln Pines Youth Center near Ruidoso have been relocated to other facilities while authorities investigate what happened at the center.

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12:56 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Texas Jobless Rate Declines To 4.3 Percent

The Texas unemployment rate slipped to 4.3 percent during February for the sixth month in a row of declines.

The Texas Workforce Commission reported Friday that the latest statewide jobless rate compares to 4.4 percent unemployment in January. The nationwide unemployment rate last month was 5.5 percent.

TWC officials say Texas had a net gain of 7,100 nonagricultural jobs in February, with 357,300 positions added over the year.

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12:55 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

DA: No Charges Warranted In Non-Fatal Albuquerque Police Shooting

Bernalillo County's district attorney says no charges should be filed against an Albuquerque police officer in the 2013 shooting and wounding of an armed motorist.

District Attorney Kari Brandenburg announced Friday there was no probable cause to bring charges against Officer Pete Romero.

The district attorney's office reviewed police reports, lapel camera recordings and witness interviews before making a determination.

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12:53 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Abbott: National Guard Can't Leave Border Yet

Credit Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R)

Gov. Greg Abbott remains noncommittal on a timeline for pulling the National Guard off the Texas-Mexico border after hundreds of police officers applied for jobs to effectively replace those troops.

Abbott toured the border Friday with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a likely Republican presidential contender. But Walker was out of sight to reporters after arriving in Texas hounded by uncomfortable new questions about his stance on immigration.

Abbott has not endorsed anyone for 2016.

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12:52 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Official: International Rail Crossing Study On Fast Track

The head of the New Mexico Border Authority says a $2 million study on the feasibility of building an international rail crossing at Santa Teresa is on a fast track.

Bill Mattiace says the feasibility study could be completed as early as July.

Mattiace says the rail crossing would be a key element in building the border community into a regional powerhouse for international trade.

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12:49 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

New Mexico Adding Jobs, But Unemployment Rate Rises In February

In February, New Mexico's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 6 percent, up from 5.9 percent in January but down from 6.7 percent in February 2014.

Officials said Friday the state's economy added 15,900 jobs from a year earlier for a 2 percent increase.

February was the first month since May 2006 that no industry posted an over-the-year job loss.

Across the economy, 12 industries added jobs while only one — financial activities — remained unchanged from February 2014.

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12:18 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Newsmakers 3/26/15

Reports include:  Concerns over a lack of enforcement for the new minimum wage law in Las Cruces; NMSU students help an historic La Mesa restaurant get state recognition, and the National Register of Historic Places could be the next step; and a look at the dwindling groundwater supply in southern New Mexico.

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12:16 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Cancer In Southern New Mexico

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12:05 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Critics: Failure Of New Mexico Capital Outlay Bill Shows Need For Reform

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  Back-room debates. Angry lawmakers. A meltdown that doomed up to $297 million to pay for brick-and-mortar projects and roads across New Mexico.

The high-stakes political game of the just-ended legislative session over capital outlay might raise hopes among critics that their lonely chorus calling for reform might grow larger.

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8:18 am
Fri March 27, 2015

NM Officials: Flu Sickened More This Year; Season Not Over

Credit New Mexico Department of Health

New Mexico health officials are warning that the flu season is not over.

Officials say more people have been hospitalized in the state this season than in many years.

According to the state Department of Health, the virus hospitalized 40 people per 100,000 this flu season as compared with 29 per 100,000 during 2012-13.

Children under 5 and the elderly are particularly vulnerable.

One Dona Ana County child and 27 adults have died from flu-related complications since the start of the 2014-15 flu season.

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8:11 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Gov. Martinez Orders Flags Lowered In Honor Of Fallen Navajo Officer

Credit Office of the Governor

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has ordered that flags be flown at half-staff until sunset Friday in honor of a Navajo Nation police officer killed in a shootout with a gunman.

Friday is also when law enforcement officers and area residents are expected to gather in Farmington to remember 42-year-old Alex Yazzie.

A funeral service for Yazzie will be held at 10 a.m. at Pinon Hills Community Church. A procession will then travel down Main Street to Memory Gardens.

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8:01 am
Fri March 27, 2015

No Decision On Large Development Plan Near Albuquerque

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Bernalillo County commissioners have punted a final decision on the future of a planned community west of Albuquerque that developers say could someday be home to as many as 90,000 people.

Commissioners decided Thursday to schedule another hearing on the development known as Santolina for May 11.

The nearly 22-square-mile development would rival some of New Mexico's largest cities once completed.

It's the largest development master plan ever considered by Bernalillo County.

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7:57 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Ft. Bliss Spokesman: 11 Injured In Multi-Vehicle Accident

A Fort Bliss spokesman says 11 airmen were injured in an accident involving several Humvees at the Army post.

Lt. Col. Lee Peters tells the El Paso Times that all of the injured airmen were expected to be released from a hospital Thursday night.

Officials say six vehicles were in a convoy when the accident occurred in a training area more than 15 miles northeast of the main portion of Fort Bliss. The accident is under investigation.

Peters says the accident wasn't linked to a large training exercise going on at Fort Bliss.

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7:55 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Hobbs May Change Street Name To Honor Martin Luther King, Jr.

Credit http://www.hobbsnm.org/government.html

The city of Hobbs is mulling a proposal to change the name of a portion of South Dal Paso Street to MLK Street after the iconic civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

The Hobbs News-Sun reports that City Manager J.J. Murphy said the consideration comes after Joe Cotton, president of Hobbs NAACP, approached city commissioners about changing the street name.

Murphy said the NAACP submitted its request to commissioners after a recent MLK celebration where participants marched down South Dal Paso.

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6:00 am
Fri March 27, 2015

New Memorial At Veteran's Park Honors Vietnam Veterans

This weekend marks the 5th annual “Welcome Home Vietnam Veteran’s Day” in Las Cruces, and the anniversary is being recognized with a new monument in Veteran’s Park.

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2:48 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Next Week At NMSU: “Police, Public and Press: Shining Light on Officer Shootings”

  The NMSU Library, NMSU Department of Journalism & Mass Communications, and NMSU Alumnus Tim Parker are presenting “Police, Public and Press: Shining Light on Officer Shootings.” The event, held on Thursday, April 2, 2015, will commemorate Sunshine Week, which celebrates the public’s access to information, open records, and open government. It will begin at 5 p.m. on the 3rd floor of Zuhl Library on the NMSU campus.

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12:23 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Future Aggie Receives President's Volunteer Service Award

  Dallas Pompeo, a future New Mexico State University Aggie, was nominated by her colleagues at the Hidalgo County Cooperative Extension Service office, and is the recipient of the President’s Volunteer Service Award. 

The award, which recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and their country, was granted by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program on behalf of President Barack Obama. 
She will receive the award in recognition of her volunteer service.

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12:20 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Martinez Asks Court To Block Deming Area Casino

Credit Office of the Governor

  New Mexico's governor is asking the state Supreme Court to reject an Oklahoma-based tribe's request to order her to sign a gambling compact with the tribe.

Gov. Susana Martinez on Wednesday submitted a response to a petition filed last month by the Fort Sill Apache Tribe.

The tribe wants to operate a casino on land near Deming in southern New Mexico that was put into trust in 2002. It says it doesn't matter that the tribe's land hasn't been federally approved yet for gambling.

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12:19 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Opponents Of New Albuquerque Development Cite Limited Water Availability

A hearing is set to continue on the future of a planned community west of Albuquerque that developers say could someday be home to as many as 90,000 people.

Developers are scheduled Thursday to outline their plans for the nearly 22-square-mile development that would rival some of New Mexico's largest cities once completed.

It's the largest development master plan ever considered by Bernalillo County.

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12:18 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Partisan Fights Killed Law Enforcement Reforms

Partisan wrangling in the New Mexico Legislature killed a number of bills sought by New Mexico law enforcement agencies, including a measure requiring sheriffs to actually be law enforcement officers.

State lawmakers failed to get the sheriff requirement bill out of committee while they debate such measures as daylight savings time and allowing wine and beer home delivery. They also failed to pass a bill setting limits on the use of warrantless drones by police.

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12:16 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Texas House Approves Ban On Texting While Driving

The Texas House has given final approval to a statewide ban on texting while driving, which now faces a Senate vote.

Representatives voted 104 to 39 on Thursday to pass the bill by Republican Rep. Tom Craddick, a former House Speaker who has sponsored similar legislation for the past two sessions.

This isn't the first time the ban has passed the House. Representatives approved it in 2013, but it died in the Texas Senate.

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12:14 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Lea County Grows While Other New Mexico Counties Lose Population

   A portion of southeastern New Mexico's oil patch is among the top 10 fastest growing areas in the nation.

New data released from the U.S. Census Bureau on Thursday shows the Hobbs area saw a population increase of more than 2 percent between July 2013 and July 2014.

The region includes part of the Permian Basin, which has seen the number of barrels of oil produced each day more than double over the last several years. The boom has led to housing shortages and more traffic throughout southeastern New Mexico.

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10:22 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Sarah Nolan-Executive Director, Communities In Action And Faith

  

  Communities in Action and Faith Executive Director Sarah Nolan was born in Las Cruces and raised in Vado, New Mexico with her mom and sister.

After graduating from Gadsden High School, she attended the University of San Francisco in San Francisco, CA where she received degrees in Theology and Latin American History.

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7:59 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Tuition Program Faces Uncertainty After Lawmakers Don't Act

Credit nmlottery.com

The New Mexico Legislature's failure to bolster the state's Legislative Lottery Scholarship program's financial underpinnings has students and higher education institutions bracing for cutbacks.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the lack of action during the legislative session that ended Saturday spells trouble for the in-state tuition assistance for university and college students.

The lottery scholarship fund is currently about $40 million. According to legislators and lottery officials, annual demand tops $60 million.

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7:56 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Hobbs Sees Growth, But Exodus From New Mexico Continues

Credit census.gov

A portion of southeastern New Mexico's oil patch is among the top 10 fastest growing areas in the nation.

New data released from the U.S. Census Bureau on Thursday shows the Hobbs area saw a population increase of more than 2 percent between July 2013 and July 2014.

The region includes part of the Permian Basin, which has seen the number of barrels of oil produced each day more than double over the last several years. The boom has led to housing shortages and more traffic throughout southeastern New Mexico.

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6:00 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Doña Ana County Commission's Plan For New GRT Revenue

The Doña Ana County Commission passed a GRT tax of 3/8ths of 1 percent, which is expected to bring in close to 12 million dollars in revenue.

The Doña Ana County Commission passed a resolution that outlines how the GRT revenue will be spent. Commissioner Billy Garret says it was important for residents to know how the money was being spent.

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5:05 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Suspect In Stolen Bank Card Case Charged And Jailed

  The man suspected of using personal information from a stolen wallet and pilfering nearly $6,000 from the victim’s bank account has been identified and located.

Cody L. Payton, 20, has been charged with 18 counts of unauthorized use or theft of a bank card, two counts of forgery and one count of identity theft. Las Cruces Police detectives learned that Payton is currently incarcerated on unrelated charges in the Otero County Detention Center in Alamogordo.

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3:37 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Las Cruces Receives Top Rating For Fire Services, A Possible Benefit For Insurance Rates

  Las Cruces has obtained a Class 1 rating from the Insurance Services Office, Inc. (ISO), making it the first in New Mexico and one of only 97 communities nationwide, to achieve the top ranking. The rating is based on a scale of 1 – 10 with 1 being the highest. The rating could result in lower insurance premiums for residential and commercial policy holders.

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3:30 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Heinrich Applauds VA Decision To Revise "40 Mile Rule" For Healthcare Choice Program

Credit US Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM)

  Today, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) applauded the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) decision to revise the 40-mile eligibility rule for the Veterans Choice Program by measuring the driving distance between a veteran's home and the nearest VA medical center, instead of the current "as the crow flies" definition.

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