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12:27 pm
Sun May 24, 2015

About 1 In 4 NMSU And UNM Graduates In STEM Majors

New Mexico's major universities may not be turning out graduates in science and mathematics at a rate fast enough for employers in those fields.

The University of New Mexico and New Mexico State University have given fewer degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics — known as STEM subjects — than in liberal arts.

Records showed 25 percent of the more than 3,700 bachelor's degrees UNM conferred in fall 2014 were for STEM.

Twenty-eight percent of NMSU's 1,300 graduates at that time earned STEM degrees.

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11:54 am
Sun May 24, 2015

This Week In The Las Cruces Bulletin

   Every Saturday at 5:30pm on Images, Fred Martino speaks with Las Cruces Bulletin Managing Editor Brook Stockberger about the week's top stories and much more in the Bulletin.

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11:40 am
Sun May 24, 2015

ENLACE Program - Dr. Federico Marquez and Dr. Christopher Adams

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11:32 am
Sun May 24, 2015

Udall, Heinrich Announce Major Grant To Study Viability Of Health Startup Companies At NMSU

Credit Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

  U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that New Mexico State University will receive $488,000 in grant funding from the Economic Development Administration (EDA) for a study on the creation of a health care delivery and medical technology development cluster at Arrowhead Park. The funding will help New Mexico State University expand activities at the multi-disciplinary Arrowhead Park to better support the creation of startup companies focused on improving health care for New Mexicans and diversify New Mexico’s economy. 

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11:11 am
Sun May 24, 2015

Surprise In Santa Fe: Inert Bomb Found By Hikers

Authorities say two hikers unknowingly found an inert bomb in the Santa Fe area wilderness.

The men were hiking Rowe Mesa on Friday afternoon and found the missile-shaped object.

Police say the men loaded the metal device into an SUV.

But the pair called Santa Fe police after arriving in Santa Fe and were advised to immediately stop driving and wait for emergency responders.

Police spokeswoman Lt. Andrea Dobyns says Air Force officials X-rayed the device and determined it was inert.

The item has since been sent to Kirtland Air Force Base.

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11:09 am
Sun May 24, 2015

Man Acquitted In Alleged Las Cruces Rape

A man has been acquitted on charges of raping a 22-year-old woman in Las Cruces.

El Paso attorney Randolph Ortega says 20-year-old Cody Gregory Highfill was found not guilty of criminal sexual penetration by a jury on Thursday.

Police say a woman told them in October 2013 that she was drinking in a Las Cruces apartment with Highfill and another man and became heavily intoxicated.

Las Cruces police said Highfill and two other men sexually assaulted the woman, then carried her to her apartment in the same complex and sexually assaulted her again.

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11:07 am
Sun May 24, 2015

New Details In Deadly Ruidoso Police Shooting

New Mexico State Police are disclosing new details in last week's fatal shooting of a man by Ruidoso police.

A State Police report indicates that 27-year-old Timothy Jones was wielding a sword when officers responded to a home for an alleged domestic disturbance.

The report on the May 17 incident says Jones' 56-year-old mother, Elizabeth, called 911 and told a dispatcher that her son "wanted to kill her."

According to investigators, Jones aggressively charged toward officers with the sword.

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11:06 am
Sun May 24, 2015

Albuquerque Panhandling Initiative Struggles For Donations

An Albuquerque initiative aimed at steering people to donate to charities instead of panhandlers is struggling to bring in donations.

KRQE-TV in Albuquerque says city officials estimate about $170 has come in since the initiative was unveiled more than three weeks ago by the Mayor's Office.

The "There's a Better Way" initiative focuses on getting panhandlers help and informing passing drivers of a website where they can instead give money to the United Way of Central New Mexico.

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3:42 pm
Sat May 23, 2015

Scammers Prey On County Residents

 

  Telephone scams that surfaced in 2014 are again targeting Doña Ana County residents, posing a variety of threats related to bogus warrants, unpaid taxes and other creative ways to con people out of money.  Scammers are also altering the caller ID to make it look like the sheriff’s department or the IRS is calling.

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3:41 pm
Sat May 23, 2015

Rodriguez Votes Against Texas "Open Carry" Law Passed By Senate

Credit SEN. JOSÉ RODRÍGUEZ

  AUSTIN – After a lengthy debate, the Senate voted to approve the open carry bill. Prior to passing the bill, an amendment was added to prevent the law from being used to profile people:

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3:32 pm
Sat May 23, 2015

Settlement To Change New Mexico Disability Waiver System

A settlement has been reached in a lawsuit over claims of wrongly denied or limited services for people with developmental disabilities after the state adopted a new assessment system.

U.S. District Judge Judith Herrera recently approved the agreement between the state and The Arc of New Mexico, Disability Rights New Mexico and eight individual plaintiffs.

The agreement calls for the state in November to implement a new system for assessing needs.

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3:31 pm
Sat May 23, 2015

Santa Fe Teacher Won't Face Charges In Book Throwing Case

A Santa Fe middle school principal and teacher will not face charges over allegations the teacher threw paperback books that hit two students.

The 1st Judicial District Attorney's office said in a court filing Friday that De Vargas Middle School teacher Marcy Slaughter and Principal Marc Ducharme will not be prosecuted.

District Attorney Angela Pacheco says Slaughter's alleged action qualifies as a petty misdemeanor battery.

But Pacheco says prosecuting Slaughter "serves no legitimate purpose."

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3:29 pm
Sat May 23, 2015

Appeals Court Reverses Las Cruces Man's Conviction In Daughter's Death

 A New Mexico appeals court has overturned the convictions of a Las Cruces man sentenced in the death of his baby daughter.

The New Mexico Court of Appeals found Robert Flores' right to a speedy trial was violated.

In an opinion filed Wednesday, the court says the 3rd Judicial District Attorney's Office negligently delayed Flores' case between 2007 and 2012.

Flores was sentenced in 2013 to 18 years in prison for reckless child abuse resulting in death and evidence tampering.

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3:27 pm
Sat May 23, 2015

In Depth: The Final Push In Texas Politics

Credit Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R)

Gov. Greg Abbott used his January inaugural address to promise "lasting" property tax cuts.

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick vowed plummeting oil prices wouldn't derail plans for the meatiest rollbacks in a decade: "Let there be no doubt — there will be tax cuts."

A budget deal between the House and Senate does indeed deliver lower taxes. For many homeowners the windfall will be fleeting, however, and a slowdown in Texas' oil and gas industry is raining on the rest of the tax-cutting parade.

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3:25 pm
Sat May 23, 2015

Texas Lawmakers Approve Fines For "No Guns" Signs

The Texas Legislature has approved fines for governmental entities that post signs prohibiting the carrying of concealed handguns in areas where licensed Texans are allowed to carry them.

Authored by tea party-backed Republican Sen. Donna Campbell, the plan passed both chambers with little debate, despite opposition from some municipal groups.

Saturday's House approval 116-23 sends it to Gov. Greg Abbott to be signed into law.

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1:23 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

Federal Data: As Oil Production Soars, So Do Pipeline Leaks

The oil pipeline leak that fouled a stretch of California coastline this week reflects a troubling trend in the nation's infrastructure: As U.S. oil production has soared, so has the number of pipeline accidents.

An analysis of federal data by The Associated Press shows that since 2009, the annual number of significant accidents on oil and petroleum pipelines has shot up by almost 60 percent, roughly matching the rise in U.S. crude oil production.

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1:20 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

Texas Jobless Rate Holds At 4.2 Percent

The Texas unemployment rate for April held steady at 4.2 percent.

The Texas Workforce Commission on Friday announced last month's statewide jobless figure compares to nationwide unemployment of 5.4 percent.

Texas through March had seven straight months of unemployment rate declines.

Amarillo had the state's lowest jobless rate for April at 2.7 percent. Commission officials say McAllen-Edinburg-Mission area had the highest unemployment statewide at 7.3 percent.

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1:19 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

Skandera: PARCC Testing Time To Be Reduced By 90 Minutes

New Mexico's top public school official says a decision to reduce the time students spend taking tests based on the Common Core standards will make a difference in the state.

Public Education Secretary Hannah Skandera and members of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for Colleges and Career, or PARCC, governing board voted this week to reduce the testing time by about 90 minutes.

They also decided to narrow the testing window to once a year.

Rolled out earlier this year, the testing sparked intense opposition from teachers, parents and students.

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1:18 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

El Paso Police Shoot, Kill Man Who Confronted Them With Gun

El Paso police say two officers fatally shot a 22-year-old armed man after he had tried to get inside a children's day care center.

Police spokesman Sgt. Chris Mears say officers on Thursday morning shot the man after he ignored commands and made a "threatening motion" with his gun toward them. The man, who wasn't identified, died at the scene. It's the third fatal shooting by El Paso police this year.

Officers had responded after receiving a report of a man who appeared to be distraught and holding a gun to his head while walking behind a business.

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1:15 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

Albuquerque School Board Refuses To Pay State $1.4 Million For PARCC Standardized Test

Credit ped.state.nm.us

Albuquerque Public Schools won't be reimbursing the state education department for this spring's PARCC testing costs.

The school board voted 4-3 on Wednesday night to hold back the $1.4 million reimbursement after audience members at the meeting voiced opposition to PARCC and the new teacher assessments that are partially based on them.

School board members didn't explain their votes. Superintendent Brad Winter and several board members couldn't be reached for comment.

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10:57 am
Fri May 22, 2015

Additional Charges Filed In Attempted Murder

  Las Cruces—Margarita Flores was indicted by a district court grand jury in March 2014 for the attempted murder of her boyfriend Carl Edwards in Chaparral, NM.

Flores is charged with Attempted Murder in the first degree and now, or in the alternative, Aggravated Battery (Great Bodily Harm) and Aggravated Battery (Deadly Weapon) (Firearm Enhancement); superseding charges.

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10:33 am
Fri May 22, 2015

Tax Cut Deal Struck With End Of Texas Legislature In Sight

A newly struck budget deal gives new Republican Gov. Greg Abbott the tax cuts he demanded but is blemished by skepticism that Texas homeowners will notice any savings.

An agreement late Thursday on $3.8 billion in tax cuts ends weeks of discord between the House and Senate. It puts Abbott closer to signing Texas' biggest tax cuts in a decade and finishing his first legislative session on time.

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10:23 am
Fri May 22, 2015

Ten People Get Federal Prison Over El Paso Methamphetamine Ring

Ten people have been sentenced to prison for their roles in a West Texas-based methamphetamine ring that sent drugs to California, Illinois and Georgia.

Federal prosecutors in El Paso on Thursday announced the sentences ranging from nearly 21 years to 18 months behind bars.

All ten people earlier pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance.

Investigators say the case involves crystal meth that was smuggled last year from Mexico.

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10:19 am
Fri May 22, 2015

White Sands Missile Range Destroys Missile During Test Flight Gone Wrong

Living near a missile testing range comes with its share of unexplained oddities.

For Las Cruces residents on Thursday, those included twisting, vertical contrails in the sky and a brief highway closure. The strange contrails above the Organ Mountains were left by a missile that was destroyed when a test flight went wrong at White Sands Missile Range.

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6:00 am
Fri May 22, 2015

O'Rourke Calls For End To Mass Detention Of Immigrants

Credit Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D) Texas

  El Paso-area Congressman Beto O’Rourke Thursday called on the United States to end the mass detention of undocumented immigrants.  O’Rourke was joined by a handful of other Democrats in a Washington D.C. press conference.  The Department of Homeland Security recently announced a number of reforms to improve the treatment of detainees.  But O’Rourke said the system cannot be fixed and it is un-American.

An editorial earlier this month in the New York Times called for an end to mass immigrant detention. 

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6:00 am
Fri May 22, 2015

Local Veterans Support Run For The Wall

For the past 10 days, Veterans have been riding motorcycles across the United States as part of the bike run, “Run for the Wall.” They rode through Las Cruces last week, and stopped at the local American legion.

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8:20 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Texas GOP Didn't Keep Conservative Promises, Tea Party Says

A broad coalition of Texas tea party groups is slamming the state's top three Republicans, arguing they failed to ensure that the Legislature kept key conservative promises.

A letter Thursday signed by 28 grassroots leaders worried that, with the June 1 end of session looming, many of their top priorities didn't have enough time left to pass.

It singled out Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and House Speaker Joe Straus, saying if these "liberty-advancing, government-restraining bills die, once again, we will get excuses rather than results."

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8:17 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

$6M Settlement For Family Of Albuquerque Man Shot By Police

The family of a schizophrenic man who was fatally shot by Albuquerque police in 2011 has settled a federal civil rights lawsuit for $6 million.

A New Mexico judge ruled last June that two police detectives weren't acting in self-defense when they punched and shot 27-year-old Christopher Torres after a fight in the backyard of his northwest Albuquerque home.

The judge also said the use of deadly force violated Torres' constitutional rights.

KRQE-TV reports the Torres family won a similar suit in state court but the payout was capped at $400,000.

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8:15 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Hispanic Ranchers Cite Discrimination In Grazing Suit

Credit fs.usda.gov

A federal judge is weighing whether to let a case move forward in which a group of Hispanic ranchers is suing the U.S. Forest Service over a decision to limit grazing on historic land grant areas in northern New Mexico.

The ranchers claim the agency is discriminating by trying to push them from land that has been worked by their families for centuries.

U.S. District Judge James Browning heard arguments Thursday on a motion by the Forest Service to dismiss the case. He's expected to make a decision by September.

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3:08 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Legislature Approves Texas Fertilizer Safety Bill

Texas lawmakers have sent to Gov. Greg Abbott a bill meant to strengthen regulations for storing the chemical fertilizer that caused a fatal explosion in West in 2013.

The Senate gave final approval Thursday to requiring ammonium nitrate be kept separate from combustible material. The bill also grants the state fire marshal new powers to inspect businesses that store the chemical and issue citations.

Businesses would have 10 days to fix problems or face penalties.

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