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11:53 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Las Cruces Minimum Wage Discussion Continues Monday

  The Las Cruces City Council is scheduled to discuss changes to the new minimum wage law on Monday. 

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8:15 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Navajo Lawmaker Responds To Criminal Charges

A Navajo Nation lawmaker says he expects to be cleared on charges of misusing tribal funds.

Prosecutors have filed nine criminal charges against Mel Begay in relation to a now-defunct discretionary fund. He's accused in criminal complaints of illegally authorizing nearly $34,000 in payments to his six children.

Begay is scheduled to appear in Window Rock District Court later this month.

He said in a recent statement released through his attorney that the charges are unwarranted and that he will defend himself vigorously.

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8:14 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Hobbs Enters National Voter ID Fight

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Voters in a booming oil New Mexico city are set to decide on an ordinance that would require a photo ID in local elections in what is the latest battleground over requiring strict identification to cast ballots.

A special election has been scheduled in Hobbs for Dec. 9 on a proposed voter ID law.

The election comes after a number of cities and states across the country have enacted similar measures.

Civil rights groups say such laws disproportionately affect blacks, Latinos, senior citizens and the poor.

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8:12 am
Wed November 26, 2014

New Mexico To Get Preferential Treatment On Waiver

The U.S. Department of Education says it'll give New Mexico preferential treatment when the state applies for an extended waiver from federal No Child Left Behind requirements.

Officials say New Mexico will be allowed to apply early for an extension, be eligible to receive approval faster and get a longer waiver — four years instead of three years.

New Mexico is among states getting the preferential treatment because it has begun implementing changes that include using student test scores to help evaluate teachers.

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6:00 am
Wed November 26, 2014

NMSU Analyst: Merry Shopping Season Ahead For Retailers

  Retailers could be jingling all the way to the bank this holiday season thanks in part to improved employment numbers and lower gas prices, according to a New Mexico State University researcher.

“I expect a solid holiday sales season this year,” said Bruce Huhmann, an associate professor of marketing in NMSU’s College of Business.

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6:00 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Mexican Students Arrive At WNMU; Will Study English

  Silver City, NM – The often-quiet main campus of Western New Mexico University is buzzing with energy with the arrival of 150 Mexican students who are living and learning on campus for four weeks.

The students are members of the first class of Proyecta 100,000, a Mexican government funded scholarship program supporting 7,500 Mexican students and professors in American-based English language programs.

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3:09 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Police Investigate Rollover Crash That Injured Four Children

 

  A crash-reconstruction team with the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a single-vehicle rollover that ejected a five-year-old boy and injured three other children shortly after 6 p.m. Monday night.

Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the intersection of Holman Road and Barksdale Loop, where the 31-year-old female driver said her car went off the road before it rolled multiple times.

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2:09 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Rep. O'Rourke Pushes Bill To Boost Air Service To El Paso

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Economic development leaders say El Paso needs more non-stop flights. Rep. Beto O'Rourke is pushing legislation designed to boost air service to the region.
Posted: 11/25/2014 12:04:07 PM MST U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-El Paso, has introduced a new bill that should help boost El Paso International Airport's chances of providing more non-stop flights and other expanded services. In announcing the bill today, O'Rourke said he worked with U.S. Rep.
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2:00 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Tragedy In El Paso: 40 Year Old AP Reporter Dies

Juan Carlos Llorca, the El Paso correspondent for The Associated Press and a veteran reporter in his native Guatemala, has died. He was 40.

Llorca's sister, Maria Jimena Llorca, says her brother collapsed at his home Monday. He was rushed to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The cause of death is pending.

While a political writer for El Periodico de Guatemala newspaper, Llorca was selected for a Scripps Howard Foundation journalism fellowship in Washington, D.C., in 2002.

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1:30 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

NMSU To Honor Writer Max Evans

Writer Max Evans signs his latest book, “Goin’ Crazy with Sam Peckinpah and All Our Friends.” New Mexico State University is honoring Max Evans with an honorary doctorate during the fall 2014 commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, at the Pan American Center. (NMSU photo by Jane Moorman)

  Max Evans’ body of work reflects his love of New Mexico and the Western way of life.

New Mexico State University will recognize Evans’ contribution to New Mexico with an honorary doctorate during the fall 2014 commencement ceremony Saturday, Dec. 13.

Evans has spent his career promoting the Western way of life through his novels and paintings, and helping form the New Mexico Film Commission and the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum.

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1:28 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Lapel Cameras Coming To Roswell Police

Roswell police are set to become the latest law enforcement agency to require all officers to wear lapel cameras.

The department this week is putting in the final bid on 60 cameras.

Officials say the cameras will be required to record every traffic stop and every call. The agency could start using them next month.

Officers can either wear the camera on sunglasses or collars.

The cameras are part of a $235,000 capital outlay project.

The department also plans to train the district attorney's office and area judges on the cameras.

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1:27 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

McCamley: New Mexico Should Debate Marijuana Legalization

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  The conversation about whether New Mexico should join other western states in legalizing marijuana is cranking up again as state lawmakers prepare for the legislative session.

Rep. Bill McCamley, a Democrat from southern New Mexico, is taking his case for legalization to fellow lawmakers during a meeting Tuesday in Santa Fe.

McCamley tells the Associated Press legislation has yet to be crafted but Oregon is being looked at as a model. Voters in that state and Alaska and the District of Columbia approved ballot initiatives to legalize marijuana earlier this month.

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1:24 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Albuquerque Activists Protest Ferguson Verdict

  Albuquerque activists are planning to join orchestrated demonstrations nationwide to protest a grand jury's decision not to indict a white police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teenager in Missouri.

A coalition of groups has scheduled a rally Tuesday evening in the city's International District.

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11:13 am
Tue November 25, 2014

BLM Releases Environmental Assessment On Running Parts Of SunZia Electric Line Underground

  Santa Fe, NM – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced today that it is seeking public input on an Environmental Assessment (EA) that analyzes mitigation efforts proposed by the Department of Defense (DOD) to place three segments of the SunZia Southwest Transmission Line Project underground to address overlap with military readiness and operations near White Sands Missile Range.  The BLM has reached a preliminary Finding of No New Significant Impact (FONNSI) on the DOD proposal.

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9:43 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Newsmakers 632--Las Cruces minimum wage; New Mexico water pollution; Right to die

Field reports include:  An update on the debate over how to implement
the new minimum wage law in Las Cruces; controversy over enforcement
of New Mexico environmental regulations...some say it is leading to
water pollution; and a court ruling may help terminally ill New
Mexicans get the right to die with the help of a doctor.

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8:32 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Albuquerque Police: 1 Of 2 People Shot Has Died

Albuquerque police say two people were shot and that one of them has died.

Details of the Monday evening incident in southeastern Albuquerque are sketchy but police the second person was receiving medical treatment.

Police also said they didn't have anybody in custody.

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8:30 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Prosecutor Weighs Santa Fe Police Shooting Case

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A southeastern New Mexico prosecutor is considering whether two Santa Fe police officers will face any charges in the nonfatal shooting of a motorist.

According to the Albuquerque Journal, Roswell-based District Attorney Janetta B. Hicks says she expects to decide on possible charges by early next year.

The case was handed off to Hicks by Santa Fe District Attorney Angel "Spence" Pacheco after a grand jury concluded that the shooting of an unarmed 25-year-old man in the face wasn't justified.

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8:28 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Navajo College To Get Funds For Distance Learning

A distance learning initiative at Navajo Technical University will be getting a boost of more than $447,000 from the federal government.

Members of New Mexico's congressional delegation announced Monday that the university would be receiving the funds, which are made possible through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Distance Learning and Telemedicine Program.

The goal is to counteract high unemployment and poverty on the Navajo Nation.

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8:27 am
Tue November 25, 2014

New Mexico Irrigation District Names New Chief Executive

The Bureau of Reclamation's top official in New Mexico will have a new job starting next year.

Mike Hamman will serve as the next chief engineer and chief executive of the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District. His appointment was announced Monday by the irrigation district.

Hamman has more than three decades of engineering and water resources management experience.

As area manager at the Bureau of Reclamation, he has overseen the operation of diversion dams and reservoirs, water modeling and accounting projects and has helped implement endangered species programs.

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8:25 am
Tue November 25, 2014

New Mexico Participating In Highway 40 Campaign

New Mexico is participating in a multi-state campaign to make travel on Interstate 40 safer over the Thanksgiving holiday period.

According to the State Police, that agency, the New Mexico Motor Transportation Police and the state Department of Transportation will join law enforcement agencies in seven other states participating in the campaign.

It's called the "Interstate 40 Challenge: The Drive toward Zero Fatalities."

The campaign increases patrols along I-40 over 12-hour periods on Wednesday and Sunday -- the holiday period's busiest travel days.

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8:20 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Police: Plane Crash At Las Cruces Airport Kills El Paso Man

New Mexico State Police says a plane has crashed at the Las Cruces Airport, killing a Texas man who was the pilot.

Police spokesman Emmanuel Gutierrez says the single-seat, propeller-driven aircraft went down about 1:15 p.m. Monday.

He says the pilot was 29-year-old Lawrence Francis of El Paso, Texas.

Francis died at the crash scene from his injuries.

According to witness' statements, police say the plane's engine was cutting in and out prior to the crash.

Officials from the National Transportation Safety Board will be investigating the crash.

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8:19 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Gov. Martinez Visits Mexican Boy Who Had Massive Tumor

Credit Office of the Governor

An 11-year-old Mexican boy who had pieces of a massive tumor removed and who drew international attention got a surprise visit in recovery.

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez visited Jose Antonio Ramirez Serrano on Monday a week after he underwent an 11-hour surgery.

Doctors at University of New Mexico Hospital say they removed a significant portion of a watermelon-sized tumor but the boy still faces months of treatment.

Officials say the boy is recovering in an intensive care unit.

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8:17 am
Tue November 25, 2014

New Mexico Scientist Sentenced In Stolen Research Case

A former scientist at Sandia Corp. accused of taking government property to China has been sentenced to a year and one day in federal prison.

The U.S. attorney's office in New Mexico announced Jianyu Huang's sentence Monday.

Huang, a Chinese citizen, was arrested in 2012 on a six-count indictment charging him with misusing government resources and equipment to conduct research for Chinese institutions. He ended up pleading guilty in August to charges that he made false statements to investigators and transported stolen property.

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6:00 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Las Cruces City Council Discusses Possible Minimum Wage Exemptions

City Council met during a work session to discuss Fair Labor Standards Act Exemptions. Samantha Sonner has more on what the councilor’s discussed.

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3:05 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

EPA: Texas Plants Must Spend $2 Billion To Cut Emissions

  Federal regulators are proposing that the largest coal-powered plants in Texas invest $2 billion in new technology to reduce sulfur dioxide emissions, a measure energy companies are likely to resist.

The plan released Monday would require that 15 units at eight coal-fired plants be retrofitted with controls to help clear the air near national parks and other federally protected land in Texas and Oklahoma.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says the proposal would cut about 230,000 tons of sulfur dioxide emissions each year.

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2:57 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Feds Favor Expansion Of Wolf Territory

   Federal officials are favoring a proposal to boost the population of endangered Mexican gray wolves in the Southwest to at least 300 and expand the area they can roam.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Monday that it's a step to finalizing a decision on changes to a reintroduction program that has stumbled due to legal battles, illegal shootings, politics and other problems.

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2:52 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Commission Votes To Divert The Gila River

Credit NMFO

New Mexico's most powerful water planning commission has voted to take advantage of federal funding to build a diversion and storage system along the Gila River.

The Interstate Stream Commission also decided during a meeting Monday in Albuquerque that some of the money will go toward other projects aimed at stretching the drought-stricken region's water supplies.

The commission's vote comes after more than 200 meetings, volumes of public comment and a lawsuit that challenged the transparency of the planning process.

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2:15 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

UPDATE: Fatal Crash At Las Cruces Airport

New Mexico State Police says a plane has crashed at the Las Cruces Airport, killing the pilot, the only person in the plane.

Police spokesman Emmanuel Gutierrez said the single-occupant plane went down Monday and one man has died.

Gutierrez says he also did not know the cause of the crash.

No further details were available.

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1:09 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

UPDATE: NMSU Graduate Named Next Athletics Director

Mario Moccia has been appointed New Mexico State University’s new Director of Athletics. Moccia, an NMSU graduate, has served as Director of Athletics at Southern Illinois University since 2006. 

As part of his contract, Moccia will make $240,000 per year, plus incentives.

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11:36 am
Mon November 24, 2014

New Mexico And Texas Among States Asking Court To Strike Down Maryland Gun Control

Twenty-one states are asking a federal appeals court to overturn provisions of Maryland's gun-control law that ban 45 assault weapons and limit gun magazines to 10 rounds.  West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey led the coalition in filing a friend-of-the-court brief in the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia.

The brief says the law violates the Second Amendment right to keep firearms in homes for self-protection.

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