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12:39 pm
Mon July 6, 2015

Six Dead In Mexico After Marine Helicopter Comes Under Fire

Mexico's navy says six people are dead after a group of suspected criminals sparked a skirmish by opening fire on a Marine helicopter near the U.S. border.

The navy says the incident happened on Sunday in a rural area south of Nuevo Laredo, which is across the border from Laredo, Texas.

In a statement Monday, the navy said the suspects fired on the Blackhawk helicopter, hitting it seven times. The helicopter crew returned fire, killing six suspects. No navy personnel were injured.

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12:36 pm
Mon July 6, 2015

Teens Accused Of Homeless Killings Could Be Tried As Adults

The state's high court could decide whether teens charged alongside 18-year-old Alex Rios with beating two homeless men to death will be tried as adults.

Second Judicial District Judge Briana Zamora is letting defense lawyers for the two minors challenge the state's serious youthful offender law before the New Mexico Supreme Court ahead of the October trial.

Zamora issued an opinion disagreeing with defense lawyers' arguments that the statute violates a guarantee for equal protection under New Mexico's constitution.

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12:35 pm
Mon July 6, 2015

San Juan College Goes Smoke-Free

San Juan College is phasing out its few remaining smoking areas as it moves toward becoming a completely tobacco-free campus by 2020.

The college has been tightening rules since April 2013, when lawmakers dedicated a memorial and asked educators to push for policies that reduce on-campus smoking.

Vice president for student services Dave Eppich says health and trash are both concerns when it comes to tobacco use. A task force with members including students and nursing program staff has been compiling best practices from across the country to implement the policy change.

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12:34 pm
Mon July 6, 2015

Gay Texas Couple Granted Marriage License After Filing Federal Lawsuit

A gay couple has received a marriage license after filing a federal lawsuit against a North Texas county clerk who previously cited her religious opposition to gay marriage in denying the license.

Jim Cato and Joe Stapleton filed the lawsuit Monday against Hood County Clerk Katie Lang, saying they repeatedly had been turned away when trying to obtain a license last week.

The couple was quickly granted a license later in the morning in Granbury, the county seat. The city is southwest of Fort Worth.

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12:30 pm
Mon July 6, 2015

In Depth: The Consequences Of Storefront Lending In New Mexico

  On April 14, 2011, Sherrie Cline went into New Mexico Title Loans to make a payment on a car title loan she originally took out the year before. She owed about $500, but she didn’t have the money to pay it off. In fact, she needed more money just to pay the bills that were piling up. So she did what she and millions of other Americans have done before her: she rolled the original loan into a new one. She took $250 cash and refinanced $490.14 into a loan of $740.14 that would be due in full just one month later, on May 14.

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8:59 am
Mon July 6, 2015

Body Of Man Found In Pecos River Near Carlsbad

Carlsbad police are investigating the discovery of a body in the Pecos River.

Lt. Jon Blackmon says officers responded to a call from city workers at the river, just north of the Bataan Bridge off of Park Drive, on Sunday.

Blackmon says the workers found the body of a male floating in the water.

Police are trying to determine the cause of death.

They are not releasing the man's identity pending notification of next of kin.

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8:53 am
Mon July 6, 2015

Albuquerque Firefighters Recieve 1,000 Fireworks Calls

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Albuquerque firefighters responded to nearly 1,000 calls about possible illegal fireworks over Fourth of July weekend.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that department spokeswoman Melissa Romero in an email reported that the department received more than 200 calls on Friday, more than 600 on July Fourth and about 150 calls on Sunday.

This year's total was less than last year, which brought in about 1,200 calls about fireworks.

This year, the department also issued 22 citations for illegal fireworks, up from last year when they issued 19.

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8:38 am
Mon July 6, 2015

Program Offers Food Stamp Recipients More At NM Farmers' Markets

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Food stamp recipients now get double their money at New Mexico farmers' markets.

People who belong to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps, can scan $20 from their benefits cards at participating markets to get another $20 in spending.

According to the New Mexico Farmers' Marketing Association, the USDA awarded $100,000 for the program last month.

State lawmakers appropriated $400,000 toward the program last week.

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8:17 am
Mon July 6, 2015

Mexican Helicopter Comes Under Fire, Kills 6 Near Border

Mexico's navy says six people are dead after a group of suspected criminals sparked a skirmish by opening fire on a Marine helicopter near the U.S. border.

The navy says the incident happened on Sunday in a rural area south of Nuevo Laredo, which is across the border from Laredo, Texas.

In a statement Monday, the navy said the suspects fired on the Blackhawk helicopter, hitting it seven times. The helicopter crew returned fire, killing six suspects. No navy personnel were injured.

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6:00 am
Mon July 6, 2015

Monday Business Watch

Every Monday at 7:51am on Morning Edition, Edmundo Resendez covers the week's top local business stories with Las Cruces Sun News Business Editor Jason Gibbs. 

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2:16 pm
Sun July 5, 2015

Elusive Carjacking Suspect Now In Custody

Albuquerque police say a carjacking suspect who eluded capture several times in the past week is now in custody.

Police say 30-year-old Kevin Folse was arrested Saturday on multiple charges including kidnapping, possession of a firearm by a felon and aggravated assault on a police officer.

According to a criminal complaint, Folse was driving a stolen vehicle Tuesday and allegedly tried to run down a police officer who jumped out of the way.

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2:14 pm
Sun July 5, 2015

The Alamo Is Now A World Heritage Site

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Local officials are celebrating the Alamo's designation as a world heritage site.

The Alamo is one of five Spanish Roman Catholic historical shrines known as the San Antonio Missions to win the coveted label.

The UNESCO World Heritage Committee made the announcement at its annual meeting Sunday in Germany.

The Missions were built in the 18th century in and around what is now San Antonio. They were meant to convert indigenous people to Catholicism and make them Spanish subjects.

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2:12 pm
Sun July 5, 2015

New Mexico Law Cuts Into Police Budgets

New Mexico law enforcement agencies say a new state law that prevents authorities from seizing assets from people unless they are convicted of a crime will devastate their budgets.

Various police departments say a civil forfeiture law that took effect this month will mean less money for resources.

Under the law, police cannot seize a suspect's property unless they prove a crime occurred.

Police could previously take items for auction. The revenue funds police equipment or training.

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3:35 pm
Sat July 4, 2015

Texas AG Breaks State Law; Fills Jobs Without Posting

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton's office hired several people from his campaign and elsewhere before they submitted applications or the jobs were posted publicly, as required by state law.

The Austin American-Statesman reports that five people from Paxton's successful campaign last year were given administrative jobs in the attorney general's office. Five others came from former Gov. Rick Perry's office, and four more worked for U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz.

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3:33 pm
Sat July 4, 2015

Controversy Over Martinez Appointment

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The New Mexico governor's reappointment of a career prosecutor to the Public Defender Commission has revived lawmakers' questions about whether Susan Riedel is legally qualified for the post.

Riedel resigned from the commission before its January 2014 meeting to run for attorney general but lost the race. Gov. Susana Martinez reappointed Riedel on Friday.

The announcement prompted State Rep. Brian Egolf, a Santa Fe Democrat, to say the governor "has it out for" public defenders and the accused who can't afford an attorney.

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3:30 pm
Sat July 4, 2015

Man Charged With Killing Rio Rancho Officer Now Accused Of Attacking Jail Guard

A man charged with killing a Rio Rancho police officer is accused of assaulting a jail guard.

KOB-TV reported Saturday that Metropolitan Detention Center officials say Andrew Romero has been charged with assault by a prisoner for allegedly trying to head butt an officer.

According to the criminal complaint, Romero refused to leave a segregation unit's recreation yard cage.

Staff members allege he refused to cooperate despite verbal commands and was subdued with a stun gun and cuffed.

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12:22 pm
Sat July 4, 2015

State Police: Man Killed In Crash Near Truth Or Consequences

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New Mexico State Police say a man has died after his car rolled over north of Truth or Consequences.

Authorities say 46-year-old Brent R. Bason, of Hillsboro, was driving a Ford pickup truck northbound on Interstate 25 late Thursday when the crash occurred.

They say the pickup left the right shoulder of the roadway and then rolled.

Bason was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle.

The Office of the Medical Investigator pronounced him dead at the scene.

State Police say the crash is still under investigation.

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9:42 am
Sat July 4, 2015

New Mexico Now 6/25/15

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9:31 am
Sat July 4, 2015

LULAC New Mexico Director Dennis W. Montoya

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9:30 am
Sat July 4, 2015

South Sun Rises - Valentin Sandoval

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9:22 am
Sat July 4, 2015

Texas Democrat Files Complaint Against AG

Credit Texas AG Ken Paxton

A Texas Democrat has filed a complaint against Attorney General Ken Paxton accusing the Republican of instructing county clerks to "break the law" over gay marriage.

Glen Maxey, a former state legislator, wrote to the State Bar of Texas accusing Paxton of violating rules of professional conduct set out for lawyers.

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9:20 am
Sat July 4, 2015

Nearly 10,000 Stolen Border Crossing Cards Recovered In Mexico

Mexican officials say they've recovered nearly 10,000 stolen border crossing cards meant to permit entry into the U.S. from Mexico.

Tamaulipas state Attorney General Ismael Quintanilla said in an interview with Milenio TV on Friday that most of the stolen visas were recovered a day earlier in the border city of Reynosa. A package of 260 was found in a garbage dump and more than 9,000 others were found in an abandoned truck at a shopping center.

Quintanilla said 12,600 cards were originally stolen.

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9:19 am
Sat July 4, 2015

Texas "TEA Party" Board Dissolves

Credit Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick - R

The grassroots advisory board Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick set up as a sounding board for his tea party constituency is dissolving after a legislative session that left the leadership of that constituency dissatisfied.

In a joint statement issued Friday, Patrick and board chairwoman JoAnn Fleming, a state tea party leader who heads Grassroots America — We the People, said they mutually agreed to dissolve the board and work together on a less formal basis.

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9:17 am
Sat July 4, 2015

Federal Training Center In Artesia Hiring Amid Strike

A company contracted to maintain the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Artesia is seeking to replace 50 striking workers.

The Omni Corp. is recruiting people for several positions as the labor dispute enters a second week.

A union representing the workers claims the training facility is already feeling the effects of the strike with unsanitary bathrooms, overflowing trash and dirty training areas.

The full-time and part-time positions that need filling include janitorial services, grounds maintenance, carpenters and warehouse personnel.

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9:15 am
Sat July 4, 2015

Texas Wants Its Gold Back Inside State Borders

Forget Fort Knox or the Federal Reserve.

Texas has decided to keep its gold holdings within in its own borders. But what makes sense politically in such a sovereignty-loving place is creating a logistical conundrum.

Texas is the only state that owns an actual stockpile of gold. That's not just gold futures, but approximately 5,600 gold bars worth around $650 million. It's currently stored at a New York bank.

The Legislature's decision to bring its gold cache home was hailed by many conservatives who are suspicious of national government.

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9:14 am
Sat July 4, 2015

Immigrant Children Struggle To Stay, Adapt

At 1-year-old, a wide-eyed, restless Joshua Tinoco faces the prospect of deportation to Honduras. He is one of tens of thousands of unaccompanied children who arrived at the U.S.-Mexico border last year.

While his teenage mother has been allowed to stay and seek a green card under a program for abused and abandoned children, Joshua's lawyer says he has been classified as an enforcement priority by government lawyers.

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9:12 am
Sat July 4, 2015

Feds: Immigrant Children Given Adult Dose Of Hepatitis A Vaccine

Authorities say about 250 immigrant children were given an adult dose of a Hepatitis A vaccine at a Texas detention facility where they are being held with their mothers.

U.S. Immigration and Customs spokesman Richard Rocha says health care professionals will monitor the children over the next five days for any potential side effects, though no adverse reactions are expected from the incorrect dose.

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3:26 pm
Fri July 3, 2015

Santa Fe Commission Delays Vote On $40M Hospital Expansion

Santa Fe officials are delaying a vote on whether to allow a proposed expansion of a hospital that is one of the city's largest private employers.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the Santa Fe Planning Commission decided Thursday to postpone the vote on the $40 million expansion of Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center until August.

The plan calls for a new 65,000-square-foot, two-story hospital wing that would house more private rooms.

Area residents say they are worried about the increased traffic and construction noise the project would generate.

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3:24 pm
Fri July 3, 2015

1 Dead, 2 Injured In Car Crash Near Deming

Authorities say a 23-year-old man from Louisiana has died in a single-vehicle crash near Deming.

New Mexico State Police say officers responded Friday shortly before 12:30 a.m. to the crash scene on Interstate 10 east of Deming.

According to investigators, a car driven by 26-year-old Charles Preece, of Berwick, Louisiana, was heading eastbound on the interstate when it struck a guardrail.

The vehicle flipped and came to a rest on its top.

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7:03 am
Fri July 3, 2015

Gov. Martinez: New Mexico Needs Tougher 'Three Strikes' Law

Credit Office of the Governor

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez says the state's "three strikes" laws are weak and don't do enough to take violent criminals off the streets.

Martinez said this week she'd like to see tougher "three strikes" laws in New Mexico and hopes lawmakers examine it next session.

The Republican says the "three strikes" law is so narrow that no inmate currently is serving a life sentence under it.

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