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6:30 am
Tue April 21, 2015

NM Dental Health Care Professional Shortage Third Greatest in Nation

Anthony NM resident Maria Alvarez's insurance doesn't cover the dental care she needs. So she gets relief from her dental health issues using a home pain relief remedy- Cooking cloves soaked in water.
Credit Simon Thompson

According to 2012 Bloomberg data, New Mexico has the third worst dental care professional shortage in the nation- following Mi

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11:17 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Las Cruces City Council Votes Down Rezoning Proposal at Tashiro and Valley Drives

In a 7-0 vote, Las Cruces City Councilors rejected a rezoning proposal at Tashiro and Valley Drives that would have changed the zoning from agricultural to commercial. Many people at the meeting had concerns about the possibility of more big- box stores coming to the city.

Almost 30 people at the Council meeting spoke out against the rezoning proposal, most saying they didn’t want to see another big-box grocery store in the community. Lucas Herndon, President of the Green Chamber of Commerce in Las Cruces, says this project would hurt local business.

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5:54 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Texas Senate Approves Border Security Bill Without Immigrant Crackdowns

A sweeping border security package that is a priority of Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has passed the Senate without divisive immigrant crackdowns.

Republican state Sen. Brian Birdwell said Monday he wouldn't allow contentious "sanctuary cities" or anti-Texas DREAM Act proposals to be tacked onto the main border security bill that now moves closer to Abbott's desk.

"Sanctuary cities" has become Republican shorthand to describe local governments that forbid police from asking about a person's immigration status.

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5:52 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Texas Senate Advances School Voucher Bill

The Texas Senate has advanced a school voucher plan using taxpayer funds to help parents send their children to private and religious schools instead of public ones.

Tea party Republicans have long championed spending state funding to promote "school choice," arguing that competing for students will improve struggling public schools.

Approved Monday 18-12 over Democratic objections, the plan allows businesses to donate half of what they'd pay in state corporate taxes to educational nonprofits.

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5:40 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

WNMU Professor To Study Student Athlete Injuries

  Silver City, NM – Western New Mexico University professor Dr. Miguel Narvaez will be joining a handful of professors in the region this summer to study the effects of injury among collegiate athletes.

Dr. Narvaez has been awarded fellowship in the first class of faculty to participate in the BUILDing SCHOLARS summer sabbatical program. He is one of five professors in the region to participate in the program.

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5:38 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Las Cruces Robbery Suspect Charged

  Las Cruces Police charged a man suspected of stealing a jacket and baseball cap from a teenage bicyclist early Saturday evening.

Dominic A. Nieto, 19, who has addresses in Las Cruces and Truth or Consequences, N.M., is charged with one count of robbery.

Shortly before 7 p.m. Saturday, April 18, Las Cruces Police were dispatched to the area of Richard Drive and Jody Drive where a 14-year-old boy claimed he was robbed by a man who was in a silver Honda sedan.

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5:29 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Herb Torres, Lou And Mary Henson Recognized With Aggie Cornerstone Award

The College of Education recognized three honorees at this year’s Aggie Cornerstone Awards. Pictured from left, College of Education Dean Michael Morehead, Herb Torres, Mary and Lou Henson, and New Mexico State University Provost Dan Howard. (Courtesy photo)

  Former New Mexico State University men’s basketball head coach Lou Henson and his wife, Mary Henson, and New Mexico educator Herb Torres were honored earlier this month with the NMSU College of Education’s Aggie Cornerstone Award. 

The award, which was established in 2012, recognizes excellence in education and individuals who have made a significant impact on New Mexico children and families. The honorees were recognized at a banquet on April 9 at the Las Cruces Convention Center.

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7:39 am
Mon April 20, 2015

Albuquerque Mayor Proposes Cut To Anti-Gang Program

The Albuquerque mayor has proposed removing nearly $150,000 of gang prevention funding from the city's budget.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that Mayor Richard Berry is suggesting that the money would instead be used for voucher programs that provide long-term housing for the homeless.

The move would drop funding for the anti-gang program from $1.4 million to $1.3 million.

The director of a gang intervention program says the cut will force her to lay off four people who work with youth.

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7:35 am
Mon April 20, 2015

Gila Forest's Wilderness District Plans Prescribed Fire

Credit U.S. Forest Service

Officials with the Gila National Forest say they're planning a prescribed burn on a portion of the Wilderness Ranger District in southwestern New Mexico.

The work is scheduled to begin Monday weather permitting. It will cover 420 acres.

The project has the support of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish since it's aimed at improving wildlife habitat and reducing hazardous fuels in the forest.

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7:33 am
Mon April 20, 2015

New Mexico Utility Marks Milestone In Energy Efficiency

Credit pnm.com

New Mexico's largest electric provider says its programs have reached a major milestone when it comes to energy efficiency.

Public Service Co. of New Mexico recently filed its annual efficiency report with state regulators and says it surpassed a state goal. That mark required the utility to achieve cumulative energy savings equal to at least 5 percent of 2005 retails sales by 2014.

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6:00 am
Mon April 20, 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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6:00 am
Mon April 20, 2015

Local Leader Urges Lawmakers To Take Closer Look At New Mexico Poverty

Jardin de los Ninos

  Audrey Hartley is the Executive Director of Jardin de los Ninos, a local non-profit organization based in Las Cruces whose mission is to assist homeless children and their families. Hartley discussed her experiences relating to the recent Annie E. Casey Foundation report that found New Mexico ranking 49th in the nation in terms of child well-being.  

Hartley is disappointed with the statistic and points out the hard work that Jardin de los Ninos and other organizations put forth to help New Mexico families in poverty.  

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4:47 pm
Sun April 19, 2015

Appeal Expected In Navajo Election Delay

The Navajo Nation's elections director says he plans to appeal a court decision that said officials couldn't move forward with Tuesday's belated tribal presidential contest.

Elections director Edison Wauneka says officials don't believe that Window Rock District Judge Carol Perry had the power to overturn a tribal Supreme Court order that called for the election to be held Tuesday.

Perry ruled the law is clear that a referendum vote on language requirements for the presidency must be held before Navajos choose their next leader.

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11:53 am
Sun April 19, 2015

Living Here: Wayne Suggs

Credit facebook.com/Wayne Suggs

  In this installment of Living Here we are introduced to the work of Las Cruces photographer Wayne Suggs. We go out on a photo shoot with Wayne and he tells us about some of his pictures and his philosophy as a photographic artist.

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11:41 am
Sun April 19, 2015

Bill Allen, President/CEO-Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce

  Fred Martino interviews Bill Allen, President/CEO of the Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce.  They discuss a variety of issues affecting local business, including an increase in the Dona Ana County gross receipts tax and an increase in the Las Cruces minimum wage.

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11:37 am
Sun April 19, 2015

Newsmakers 710, 4/9/15

An update on the threat dairies may pose to groundwater; a Las Cruces exhibit takes you back to the 1800's in New Mexico; and a local "boot camp" prepares the workforce to apply for a job and stay employed.

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11:35 am
Sun April 19, 2015

Healthy Eating For Hispanics-Collin Payne

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11:32 am
Sun April 19, 2015

Experts Say Texas Pursuit Policy Needs Updating

Experts say the Texas Department of Public Safety's policy regarding vehicle pursuits is out of step with evolving national standards.

A review of data by the Austin American-Statesman concluded Texas motorcycle pursuits are especially high-risk.

According to DPS figures, seven motorcyclists died during high-speed chases between 2006 and 2010, a fatality rate three times greater than that of other motorists.

In 2012, a trooper ended a pursuit of a man on a motorcycle that reached speeds of 130 mph after shooting and injuring the man from his vehicle.

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11:30 am
Sun April 19, 2015

In Depth: Wild Horse Advocates Disagree On Contraceptives For Mustangs

Credit Courtesy: Linda Kemmerer via NMFO

United in their belief wild horses should remain free to roam public rangeland across the West, groups working to protect the mustangs are increasingly at odds over whether contraception should play a role in the decades-old dispute over efforts to reign in the natural size of the herds.

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11:28 am
Sun April 19, 2015

School Vouchers, Sanctuary Cities, And Sharia Law...Hot Button Issues In Texas

Credit State of Texas

A plan forbidding family court rulings based on foreign legal codes — one of the tamest of a series of bills designed to stop the influence of Islamic "Sharia law" in Texas — has cleared House committee and could soon be up for a full-chamber vote.

Plano Republican Rep. Jeff Leach's proposal doesn't mention Muslims. But it was one of six bills that got a lot of attention after Islamic elders set up a non-legally binding tribunal to help handle issues such as divorce or business disagreements in Irving.

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11:26 am
Sun April 19, 2015

Arizona Seeks To Intervene In Wolf Lawsuit

The Arizona Game and Fish Department has asked a federal court for permission to intervene in a lawsuit over revised rules for managing Mexican gray wolves in the Southwest.

Arizona officials say their motions are aimed at protecting the state's interest in the wolf reintroduction program and recovery of the endangered predator in Arizona and New Mexico.

The motions were filed in response to a lawsuit by environmentalists.

Aside from asking to intervene, the wildlife agency also wants the lawsuit to be dismissed.

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3:51 pm
Sat April 18, 2015

NMSU Plans Second Community Forum On Test-Based Evaluation Issues

  New Mexico State University will conduct another community meeting to discuss standardized testing. The event will include a film and a public forum from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, April 30, at Clara Belle Williams Hall, room 229. 

NMSU’s Borderlands Writing Project has joined with two other organizations -- NEA Las Cruces and Time to Learn and TNT: Teaching, Not Testing -- to host the event.

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3:49 pm
Sat April 18, 2015

In Depth: Dueling Tax Cuts And Much More In Texas

The Senate has approved its budget featuring $4-plus billion in property tax cuts. The House is advancing its plan spending slightly more on Texas' first-ever sales tax reduction.

As both chambers speed toward a tax-cut showdown that could leave the roughly $210-billion state budget in limbo, could Gov. Greg Abbott step in?

No. At least not yet.

Abbott has declined to take sides, saying only that the Legislature should settle on a blend of tax cuts worth "$4 billion or more" by the end of the legislative session June 1.

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3:48 pm
Sat April 18, 2015

Scientists Study Giant Methane Mass In New Mexico

Researchers have a plan for trying to pinpoint the source of a giant mass of methane hanging over the Four Corners region.

They outlined their plan to city officials, environmentalists, industry leaders and others Friday during a forum in Farmington.

A study released last fall highlighted the methane hot spot over the area where New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona and Utah meet. Satellite imagery captured between 2003 and 2009 revealed the mass.

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3:46 pm
Sat April 18, 2015

Texas Vet Fired, Investigated In Cat Death

A Texas veterinarian has been fired from her job and authorities are looking into whether animal cruelty charges should be pursued against her after she's shown in a Facebook posting holding a feral cat she says she killed with a bow and arrow.

Austin County Sheriff Jack Brandes says the image is disturbing and it's the "kind of stuff that shouldn't happen in our society."

He says the results of his department's investigation will be turned over to the county's district attorney for possible charges.

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3:45 pm
Sat April 18, 2015

A "Safe Zone" For Craigslist Customers In New Mexico

A police department on the outskirts of New Mexico's largest city is opening up its lobby and parking lot as a safe zone for Craigslist transactions.

Los Lunas police are joining departments across the country that are looking to prevent crime and give residents a sense of safety by offering up areas that are under 24-hour surveillance, well lit and surrounded by law enforcement.

From Connecticut's capital to counties in Colorado and cities in Florida, police and sheriff's departments have been offering up their lots as safe sites.

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3:44 pm
Sat April 18, 2015

Arrest Of Cartel Leader Sparks Border Gun Battles

Authorities say the arrest of the man who headed the once powerful Gulf Cartel sparked the gunfights and blockades of burning vehicles that left at least three people dead near Mexico's border with the United States.

The arrested leader was identified as Jose Tiburcio Hernandez Fuentes, who stepped into the cartel's leadership vacuum as the group was steadily losing influence with the arrests of key members.

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3:43 pm
Sat April 18, 2015

Blue Bell Working To Get Past Contamination Problem

Blue Bell Creameries will survive the crisis caused by a recent recall of products prompted by a finding of bacterial contamination in some of its products, experts said, but they say it will take a lot of work and a lot of money.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported earlier this month that three people in Texas had the same strain of listeria bacteria linked to some Blue Bell ice cream products previously found in five others at a Wichita, Kansas, hospital. Three of the five in Kansas died.

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9:19 am
Sat April 18, 2015

Hearing Examiner Rejects PNM Rate Hike; Decision Now Goes To PRC

Credit pnm.com

A plan by New Mexico's largest electric provider to raise rates has been rejected by a state hearing examiner.

The finding came Friday after environmentalists and others accused Public Service Co. of New Mexico of failing to provide state regulators with enough information to justify a proposed 12 percent rate increase.

The groups, in recent filings with the state Public Regulation Commission, had said PNM's application was incomplete and offered no explanation for some of the expenses the utility expects in future years.

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4:25 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Man Who Fled From Border Patrol Checkpoint Could Get Five Years In Prison

  ALBUQUERQUE – Carlos Torres, 39, of Huntington Park, Calif., pleaded guilty today in federal court in Las Cruces, N.M., to fleeing from a U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint at a high rate of speed.  The guilty plea was entered without the benefit of a plea agreement.

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