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11:13 am
Sun September 14, 2014

Guilty Plea In Ruidoso Attack Could Net 41 Years In Prison

  A man accused of sexually assaulting and stabbing a Ruidoso McDonald's worker in the head two years ago has pleaded guilty to several charges related to the attack.  42-year-old Kenneth Kaulay entered his plea in Carrizozo.

Kaulay, of Mescalero, is pleading guilty to felony charges of kidnapping, attempting to commit first-degree murder, armed robbery and aggravated stalking.

Prosecutors say the female victim was leaving McDonald's in 2012 when she was attacked in a nearby wooded area.

They say Kaulay also fractured her skull, leaving some permanent paralysis.

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11:02 am
Sun September 14, 2014

Santa Fe Schools Pays Massive Settlement For Conducting Body Searches At Prom

Santa Fe school officials have settled a lawsuit with a former high school student and her sister who claimed they were violated by body searches at their prom.  The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that attorneys for Santa Fe Public Schools and Candice and Tiffany Herrera signed off Sept. 4 on a $475,000 settlement.

Candice Herrera, a senior during Capital High School's 2011 prom, says a security guard touched her breasts and bra. The guard then allegedly ordered Candice and 16-year-old Tiffany to spread their arms and legs and conducted body searches.

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11:01 am
Sun September 14, 2014

"The Bachelor" Likely To Film In Santa Fe

Santa Fe officials say ABC's "The Bachelor" is offering a rose to the city in the form of a filming date.

Santa Fe tourism director Randy Randall announced Friday that the reality television show is likely to film there this fall.

Randall says no contract has been signed yet but it's nearly a done deal.

According to Randall, an incentive package being offered to the show is not coming from the pockets of city taxpayers.

The City Council in July approved spending between $50,000 and $100,000 to offset "Bachelor" production costs.

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11:00 am
Sun September 14, 2014

Davis Denies Conflicts In Council, Business Work

Credit Senator Wendy Davis (D)

  A newspaper investigation finds that Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis did not always recuse herself from Fort Worth city council work when the city was considering projects that affected her business interests.

The Dallas Morning News reports that Davis occasionally voted on projects that separately involved the title insurance business she owned with her former husband.

Davis was a Fort Worth city councilwoman from 1999 to 2008, when she was elected to the State Senate.

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6:00 am
Sun September 14, 2014

NMSU Program Seeks Students With Creative Ideas

Do you know a middle- or high-school student with a knack for creative thinking who’s looking for a fun challenge this school year? Registration is now open for the Innoventure program at New Mexico State University’s Arrowhead Center.

Now in its 12th year, Innoventure encourages middle- and high-school students to use science, technology, engineering and math to solve business problems. 



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6:00 am
Sun September 14, 2014

NMSU Researcher Part Of Team That Discovered Star

  New Mexico State University researcher Young Sun Lee is among a group of collaborators that has discovered a star that may have formed just after the very first generation of stars in the universe. The research is documented in “A chemical signature of first-generation very massive stars,” an article published in the Aug. 22 issue of the prestigious publication, “Science” magazine.

The international team of researchers discovered a metal-poor, low-mass star, dubbed SDSS J0018-0939, which has chemical abundance ratios linked to nucleosynthesis of first-generation stars.

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4:17 pm
Sat September 13, 2014

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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4:15 pm
Sat September 13, 2014

Inmates Believed To Be Dangerous Escape From Grant County Detention Center

   Authorities are searching for two jail inmates who have escaped from the Grant County Detention Center in New Mexico.

County authorities say Adam Martinez and Tyler Cole escaped sometime after 9 p.m. Thursday.

Detention center officials tell KOB-TV they believe the men removed a panel from the ceiling and climbed up into it.

They then allegedly followed a pipe channel in the roof and left the facility through a maintenance door.

Officers say they found a sheet hanging from the missing panel in the ceiling and clothing left behind by the inmates.

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4:11 pm
Sat September 13, 2014

Report: Texas Insurance Commissioner May Not Challenge Rate Hikes

   The Texas insurance commissioner has allowed the three largest home insurers to impose significant rate hikes on many policyholders despite the objections of a state consumer advocate.

Insurance Commissioner Julia Rathgeber can reject any new rates that are deemed excessive and order refunds. But The Dallas Morning News reports it's unlikely her office will take any action after learning of the increases late last year.

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4:09 pm
Sat September 13, 2014

Companies Tied To Spaceport Up For NASA Contract

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  Two of the three companies competing for more than $3 billion to launch space tourism flights have ties to southern New Mexico's Spaceport America.

SpaceX, Boeing Co. and a rocket system supplier for Virgin Galactic are vying for the lucrative contract to take astronauts to the International Space Station by 2017 in "space taxis."

Spaceport is where Virgin Galactic plans to launch its first space-tourism flights at a cost of $200,000 per person.

SpaceX also has a contract with Spaceport America.

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4:07 pm
Sat September 13, 2014

Parts Of New Mexico See Heavy Rain

Parts of southern New Mexico are seeing nearly a year's worth of rain in just one day thanks to intense storms.

The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports  that forecasters say Loving picked up 8 inches of rain by Friday afternoon.

According to the Western Regional Climate Center, the area south of Carlsbad typically gets 10 inches annually.

National Weather Service officials say between 6 and 7 inches of rain fell east of Carlsbad near Monument. Meteorologists say more rain and cooler temperatures are likely Saturday afternoon.

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4:06 pm
Sat September 13, 2014

Texas Towns Running Out Of Water

  Officials in Mineral Wells say if the water level in the lake that serves as the city's main water supply keeps dropping then they only have enough water to last until June.

Lake Palo Pinto is 14 percent full and officials are stretching the supply by combining it with Brazos River water.

Other communities in the region also are contending with severe shortages. The Palo Pinto County towns of Gordon and Mingus have a four-month supply.

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4:04 pm
Sat September 13, 2014

USS Saratoga Arrives In South Texas To Be Scrapped

The decommissioned aircraft carrier USS Saratoga has arrived at its final destination in South Texas where it will be scrapped.

The Saratoga on Friday reached the Esco Marine ship recycling plant in Brownsville. Esco Marine is being paid a penny by the Navy to dispose of the Saratoga. It plans to make money by selling what it recovers from the ship.

The Saratoga had departed Rhode Island on Aug. 21.

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4:02 pm
Sat September 13, 2014

Texas Teacher With HIV Accused Of Sexually Assaulting Teen

Police say a North Texas teacher arrested this week for sexually assaulting a teenager has told investigators he has HIV.

A police affidavit shows 43-year-old Roger Kessler didn't reveal his medical condition to the 15-year-old boy, who he met through a dating app.

Kessler is on administrative leave from his position as a music teacher for the Richardson school district. Police say he met the boy on four separate occasions.

Kessler is charged with sexual assault of a child.

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4:58 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

U.S. Border Agency: Cases Of Deadly Force Need More Review

The agency that oversees the U.S. Border Patrol says 155 cases of use of force and alleged misconduct by agents and inspectors merit further investigation.

Mark Morgan, who heads Customs and Border Protection's internal affairs office, said Friday that he has no timeline to complete the review and doesn't know how much detail will be released on individual cases. One case resulted in a death.

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4:54 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

State Police: Blasting Caps, Dynamite Found Near Elephant Butte Dam

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New Mexico State Police say blasting caps and deteriorated dynamite has been disposed of after being found in a manhole near Elephant Butte Dam.

It's unclear how long the items had been there.

Authorities say the explosives were found Thursday by employees of the electric cooperative as they were preparing to begin an excavation project.

A red box about 18 inches long, 14 inches high and 12 inches wide was located inside a fenced-in power transformer area some 1,000 yards from the dam.

The dam is located near Truth or Consequences, New Mexico.

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4:45 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Transportation Grant For Santa Teresa Border Plan

U.S. Senator Tom Udall and U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich announced that the Santa Teresa border area will receive $400,000 to develop a strategic plan to improve transportation infrastructure. Udall and Heinrich have championed Santa Teresa’s growth, including fighting to restore vehicle crossing hours and supporting $10 million in federal funding to upgrade the crossing.

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2:12 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Former NMSU Regent Appointed To Spaceport Authority By Martinez

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  Laura Conniff of Las Cruces has been appointed to the Spaceport Authority.  Conniff is the only woman on the eight-member board. Conniff is a broker and co-owner of Mathers Realty, Inc. She is also a co-founder and co-chairman of NMSU Aggies Are Tough Enough to Wear Pink, an organization raising funds for cancer research. Conniff is a former New Mexico State University regent and was named Citizen of the Year by both the Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce and the Las Cruces Hispano Chamber of Commerce in 2013.

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1:09 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Texas Asks Court For Permission To Close Most Abortion Clinics

  The state of Texas has asked a federal appeals court for an order that would let the state close 13 of 20 abortion clinics operating there.

Texas Solicitor General Jonathan Mitchell on Friday asked a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans to block a lower court ruling that found Texas' new abortion restrictions are unconstitutional while it considers the state's appeal.

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1:08 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

New Mexico Farmers Threaten Lawsuit Over Water Meters

  Farmers from a narrow strip of fertile land in southwestern New Mexico are accusing the state's top water management agency of violating their constitutional rights.

The group is threatening to sue the state engineer's office over a mandate that calls for metering devices to be installed along the Mimbres River.

State officials say the meters are necessary as drought continues, but the farmers argue the metering program shouldn't involve them giving the agency unfettered access to their private property.

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11:48 am
Fri September 12, 2014

New Acting Director For New Mexico VA Health Care System

 

   The Department of Veterans Affairs announces the detail of Dr. Skye McDougall as the acting director of the New Mexico VA Health Care System, following the planned departure of Dr. Jamie Robbins.  Dr. Robbins will return to his permanent duties as the VISN 18 Chief Medical Officer.

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10:48 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Owner Of Las Cruces Sun News May Go Up For Sale

  Digital First Media, the owner of the Las Cruces Sun News and the El Paso Times, today announced that its Board of Directors has initiated a process to evaluate and consider strategic alternatives for the company’s business.

The company noted that strategic alternatives may include, but are not limited to, the sale of the company as whole, the sale of one or more regional clusters, or the continued execution of its business plan.

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7:40 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Española Police: Thieves Hit Northern N.M. Chapel

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Authorities say a small chapel in northern New Mexico has been hit by burglars.

KRQE-TV reports the Santa Cruz chapel was struck recently when thieves took off with various religious items.

Espanola police says the burglars stole statues of the Virgin Mary, wood carvings, embroidered curtains and historical photos.

Detective Corporal Solomon Romero says the thieves also took several saints and retables.

The chapel is a place of worship for the Catholic group known as Las Carmelitas.

No arrests have been made.

Information from: KRQE-TV. 

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7:32 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Group Sues Over Protections For Salamander

An environmental group is accusing the Santa Fe National Forest of not doing enough to protect an endangered salamander found only in the Jemez Mountains of northern New Mexico.

WildEarth Guardians filed suit in federal court this week. The group contends the forest failed to consult with federal wildlife managers over the effects of motorized activities on the salamander.

The group says motorized travel can damage salamander habitat and lead to direct mortality.

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6:00 am
Fri September 12, 2014

12 New Inductees Planned For International Space Hall Of Fame

  (Alamogordo, New Mexico) -  The New Mexico Museum of Space History and International Space Hall of Fame Foundation are pleased to announce the Induction Class of 2014. A total of twelve individuals will be inducted into the International Space Hall of Fame during Induction Days October 16-18, 2014.

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6:00 am
Fri September 12, 2014

NMSU Researchers Address Regional Air Quality Issues

With funding through the New Mexico Department of Health, researchers at NMSU have been involved in a bi-national study focused on pinpointing dust sources and evaluating the health effects of windstorms in the border region. (NMSU photo by David DuBois)

  Over the last four years, researchers at New Mexico State University have been involved in a bi-national study focused on pinpointing dust sources and evaluating the health effects of windstorms in the border region.

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6:00 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Border Economy Forum Today In El Paso

Credit Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D) Texas

 

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1:22 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

U.S. Sharply Cutting Deportations

  While debate continues on slowing deportations, the Obama administration already is on pace to deport the fewest number of immigrants since at least 2007. That's according to federal figures obtained by The Associated Press.

Meanwhile, President Barack Obama has postponed until after Election Day his plan for executive actions that could shield millions more immigrants from deportation.

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1:20 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Yes...Another Delay For Virgin Galactic

  Virgin Galactic has again pushed back its timeline for launching space tourism flights from southern New Mexico's Spaceport America.

Virgin owner and British billionaire Richard Branson told David Letterman this week that he hopes to board the first flight early next year. The company previously said it wanted to get the first flight launched by the end of the year.

The company for years has been pushing back its launch date as it works to overcome challenges developing its rocket.

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1:18 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

NMSU Outreach Teaches Communication Skills To International Military Leaders

NMSU student Jen England with her Fort Bliss class of international students (Courtesy Photo)

  For the last four years, Patricia Wojahn has recruited instructors from New Mexico State University to spend part of their summers helping international students at the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy in Fort Bliss, Texas. These soldiers are not only learning English skills along with their leadership training, but also gaining critical understanding of communication practices in the U.S. 

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