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6:00 am
Tue May 26, 2015

Las Cruces Remembers Those Who Served On Memorial Day

Across the country, people took time out of their schedules to reflect on all those veterans who died while serving. Las Cruces held many events to remember those who’ve fallen.

Teckla McGuinness was one of many who attended a memorial service at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens Cemetery; she laid a wreath on the veteran’s monument to remember those she lost.

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8:00 am
Mon May 25, 2015

Texas Senate Approves Sharp Limits On Accident Report Info

The Texas Senate has voted to bar law enforcement from giving the media the names of people involved in traffic accidents.

The move came on a bill to protect accident victims from being harassed by lawyers seeking to file lawsuits. But the Senate pushed it further in what would be a drastic rollback of state public records law.

Sen. Charles Perry, a Lubbock Republican, says he wants to protect the families of fatal accident victims from hearing their loved one's name in the media. He said the media would still get access to criminal reports.

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7:58 am
Mon May 25, 2015

San Juan County Septic Pump Companies Facing State Fines

The New Mexico Environment Department is ramping up enforcement of required certification for septic pumping companies in San Juan County.

The Daily Times in Farmington reports that the department plans to fine non-compliant companies $100 per violation or face court action.

Department documents show only three of 22 septic pumping businesses in the county are properly certified.

State environmental regulators say the companies have until June 15 to get certified before receiving violation notices.

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7:55 am
Mon May 25, 2015

Work Begins On Interim Ventilation System At Nuke Dump

Credit Department of Energy

Workers at the federal government's nuclear waste repository in southern New Mexico are installing a temporary ventilation system that will increase airflow in the underground facility.

The system will include two above-ground filter units and fans that will be connected to ductwork that feeds the underground portions of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.

The plant has been closed for more than a year following a radiation release that stemmed from a chemical reaction among waste improperly packed inside a drum at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

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6:00 am
Mon May 25, 2015

Monday Business Watch

 

   Fred Martino speaks with Jason Gibbs, Business Editor of the Las Cruces Sun News, for the latest local business updates.

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6:00 am
Mon May 25, 2015

Camp For Young Writers Coming To NMSU

NMSU doctoral student Michael Alarid is shown working with area middle and high school students during a previous summer creative writing workshop hosted at NMSU. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

  New Mexico State University is hosting a summer camp titled “Ink Spilling and Pixel Piling: An adventure for young writers.” The weeklong day camp runs from June 22-26. Workshops will include creative dramatics, poetry, creative nonfiction and short story writing.

This is the third year the Borderlands Writing Project and the English department in NMSU’s College of Arts and Sciences have sponsored the program, which gives writers from 7th – 12th grades the opportunity to explore their abilities with professional writers. 

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3:00 am
Mon May 25, 2015

For Southern New Mexico’s Best Spellers Competing Nationally Often Means Representing Texas

Native Las Crucen student Olivia Weinbaum holds the sign she wore while was representing Texas in the 2013 Scripps National Spelling Bee.
Credit Simon Thompson

Only twice has a New Mexican ever won the Scripps National Spelling Bee… 

And both times the victory ended up going to Texas.

A lot of New Mexico’s best spellers only get a shot at making the national spelling bee by crossing state lines and competing in a Texas competition.

New Mexico ranking second to last nationally in both reading and writing the trend might spell out a bigger problem for the state education.

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11:20 pm
Sun May 24, 2015

Texas House And Senate Approve Tax Cuts

Credit Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R)

  The Texas House gave preliminary approval to increasing homestead property tax exemptions, key to a $3.8 billion tax cut package on Republican Gov. Greg Abbott's wish list.

Hours later Sunday, the Senate voted to cut business taxes by more than $2 billion.

The property tax cut saves homeowners about $120 annually, but only if approved by voters statewide in November. Homeowners could exempt $25,000 of their appraisal value from being taxed by local school districts.

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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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