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7:54 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Family In Fed Firearms Case Eyes High Court Help

Three New Mexico family members convicted of making false statements connected to a firearms sting want the U.S. Supreme Court to review their case.

The Las Cruces Suns-New reports that defense attorneys for Rick Reese, his wife Terri Reese and their son Ryin Reese have petition that highest court in the nation after a federal appeals court denied them a new trial.

A jury convicted the three in August 2012 of making false statements on federal firearms-sales forms. They were acquitted of most of the charges that they sold weapons to Mexican drug cartels.

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7:49 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Flash Flood Watches Issued For Parts Of New Mexico

Flash flood watches are in effect through Tuesday evening in parts of northern and central New Mexico along the Rio Grande and in the state's southwest mountains.

The National Weather Service says subtropical moisture will continue to increase on Tuesday, allowing slow-moving thunderstorms to develop during the afternoon and evening.

Forecasters say the storms will be capable of producing 1 to 3 inches of rain during short periods, creating the threat of flash flooding.

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6:01 am
Tue September 16, 2014

J. Paul Taylor Academy Offers Alternative To Test Driven Classroom

J. Paul Taylor Academy teacher Tamara Alexander takes her 3rd graders through their Mexican history project.
Credit Simon Thompson

 

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11:34 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

New Mexico Supreme Court Will Hear Marijuana Ballot Case

The state Supreme Court will consider whether New Mexico's largest county can put nonbinding questions about marijuana penalties and taxes on the November general election.

The state Supreme Court on Monday scheduled a hearing Sept. 23 in a legal challenge by Bernalillo County.

The court also issued an order to stop ballots from being finalized while the case is pending.

Secretary of State Dianna Duran decided last week that advisory questions, like ones proposed by two counties, can't be placed on the ballot.

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4:07 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Heinrich: Congress Should Pass Paycheck Fairness Act

Credit Senator Martin Heinrich (D) New Mexico

  U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) released the following statement today after the Paycheck Fairness Act, a proposal to combat wage discrimination on the basis of gender, failed to clear a procedural hurdle. 

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3:32 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

King Loses Third Campaign Manager

  Democratic gubernatorial challenger Gary King's campaign manager has resigned after holding the job about two months.

Keith Breitbach was King's third campaign manager.

King announced the resignation on Monday and in a statement thanked Breitbach for the "positive impact" he had on the campaign.

Breitbach said in an interview he "no hard feelings with Gary or anyone on the campaign."

He acknowledged that King's campaign faced difficulty because it's struggled to raise money and has been outspent 4-to-1 by Martinez since July.

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3:05 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Man Drives Into Las Cruces Dollar Store, Hitting Customer

  A 58-year-old woman suffered non-life-threatening injuries when she was struck by a vehicle that turned a Dollar Tree store into a drive-thru.  The woman received injuries to a leg and was transported to an area hospital following the Sunday afternoon crash at the Dollar Tree store at 2190 N. Main St. The crash was reported shortly before 1 p.m.

Las Cruces Police learned that a 52-year-old Organ, N.M., man was in a 2000 Mercury sedan and attempting to reverse from a parking spot. Instead the vehicle surged forward, jumped a curb and crashed through the storefront.

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3:02 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

"Election Fest" Saturday In Las Cruces

  The Doña Ana County Bureau of Elections, in partnership with the League of Women Voters, the Democratic Party of Doña Ana County and the Doña Ana County Republican Party, will host “Election Fest: A Celebration of Democracy” on Saturday, Sept. 20, at Young Park in Las Cruces from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public. Coordinators with the Doña Ana County Bureau of Elections say the family-friendly gathering will feature live music, food, amusement park rides and free laser tag.

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1:37 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

U.S. 70 Closure Tuesday Morning

  Two roadblocks are scheduled for Highway 70 on Tuesday, September 16, 2014.

The first block will be set at 7:20 a.m. and will be lifted at 8:20 a.m.
The roadblock will be reset at 8:30 a.m. for approximately one hour.

Roadblocks will be at Red Block (top of St. Augustine Pass) and Yellow Block (located at the White Sands National Monument  Headquarters). Las Cruces Gate and Nike Avenue are affected.

Roadblocks are subject to change without notice. Please call 575-678-1178 for updated roadblock information.

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1:33 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Child Abuse Charges After 4-Month-Old Tests Positive For Meth

  Las Cruces---Jose Nino was indicted on September 11, 2014 on (1) count of Abuse of a Child for the events that took place on July 16-July 18, 2014 which resulted in his 4 month old testing positive for methamphetamine.

While the child’s mother tested negative for drugs she stated that the defendant had lost a baggie of methamphetamine in the home and she suspected he and his brother had smoked it in the child’s presence.

Four adults, including the parents, and 2 other children resided in the home at the time.

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11:31 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Cruz In South Carolina Raising Money For GOP

Credit Senator Ted Cruz (R) Texas

  U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas is back in South Carolina to help raise money for the state Republican Party's election efforts.

The potential 2016 Republican presidential contender is the featured speaker at a GOP luncheon Monday in Columbia.

A ticket for lunch only is $40. Getting a photo with Cruz bumps the price to $100. The money is going toward the Republican Party's get-out-the-vote efforts this fall.

It's Cruz' fourth visit to this early primary state since last May, when he addressed the annual state GOP dinner.

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11:24 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Trial Over Alamogordo Back Surgeries Continues

  A federal lawsuit from patients who say they were victims of botched back surgeries at an Alamogordo hospital continues.  The trial before a U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge is expected to conclude this week.

The lawsuit filed on behalf of 71 former patients and their spouses contend that spine surgeries performed on the patients splintered or dislodged nerve roots, leaving the patients partially paralyzed with endless pain.

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11:22 am
Mon September 15, 2014

New Poll: Martinez Widens Lead

Credit Office of the Governor

  The latest poll in New Mexico's race for governor shows Republican incumbent Susana Martinez has widened her lead over Democratic challenger Gary King.  The Albuquerque Journal reports that Martinez was supported by 54 percent of likely voters who were surveyed and 36 percent backed King. Ten percent were undecided.

A poll last month found Martinez leading 50 percent to 41 percent, with nine percent undecided.

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11:21 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Houston Doctor Charged With Poisoning Her Lover

  Prosecutors say a 43-year-old breast cancer doctor based at Houston's famed Texas Medical Center had a "fatal attraction" to a fellow physician who rejected her, prompting her to poison her lover by lacing his coffee with ethylene glycol.

The chemical is a common additive in automotive antifreeze but also is used by University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center labs where Ana Maria Gonzalez-Angulo and another cancer researcher and doctor, George Blumenschein, both worked.

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11:19 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Texas Growth Has Not Reduced Inequality

  The energy boom and millions of new consumers have propelled revenue growth in Texas to nearly twice the national average. Yet, a Standard & Poor's report shows income inequality is putting a brake on the pace of expansion.

The report released Monday suggests the gains flowing to the top 1 percent around the U.S. come at a broader cost to society. That's because the affluent tend to save more of their income, and states such as Texas won't see much of it going toward sales tax.

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11:17 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Wet, Cool Weather On The Way For New Mexico

New Mexico's weather is about to get wetter and colder.  The National Weather Service says a cold front, a surge of moisture, receding high pressure and the remnants of a hurricane are expected to produce showers and thunderstorms across much of the state by midweek.

Forecasters say there will be a potential for locally heavily rainfall and flash flooding, with Thursday and Thursday night appearing likely to be the wettest periods.

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8:24 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Climate Change Threatens New Mexico Birds

 

A National Audubon Society study says 50 bird species in New Mexico are being threatened by climate change.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reported Sunday that the study says New Mexico birds at risk include the Bullock's oriole, the prairie falcon, the pinyon jay and the mallard duck.

The national study looked at 40 years of climate data and bird records from the U.S. Geological Survey. It says more than half of 588 North American bird species will face population decline or move into uncharted territory over the next 60 years.

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8:18 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Albuquerque Police: Woman Dies 8 Months After Beating

Albuquerque police say a woman allegedly beaten by her husband in a domestic violence case that resulted in responding officers getting injured has died.   

Police spokesman Tanner Tixier says Renee Tafoya never regained consciousness after the January attack and died from her injuries Sunday.

Police say 41-year-old Anthony Abeyta attacked Sgt. Ferris Simmons and Sgt. Paul Judd when they arrested him the day of the incident.

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8:13 am
Mon September 15, 2014

New Arraignment For New Mexico Sheriff

A northern New Mexico sheriff facing a new federal indictment stemming from an off-duty traffic stop has pleaded not guilty.

Rio Arriba County Sheriff Thomas Rodella was arraigned Monday on deprivation of rights and brandishing a firearm connected to a case that authorities say left a motorist injured.

The indictment by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Albuquerque filed last week nullifies a previous indictment.

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8:12 am
Mon September 15, 2014

More Police To Patrol New Mexico State Fair

Credit nmsp.dps.state.nm.us

    

State police say there will be an increased law enforcement presence at the New Mexico State Fair.

New Mexico State Police Lt. Kevin Bruno tells KRQE-TV that more officers are patrolling the fairgrounds this year.

Albuquerque police will also be using high-tech camera trailers throughout the area. The cameras stream images to a Real Time Crime Center, where officers can search for missing children or any instigators.

Authorities say nearly 200 people were either cited or arrested during last year's fair.

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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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10:02 pm
Sat September 13, 2014

Data Security Breach At Albuquerque VA Affects Over 2600 Vets

On July 30, 2014, a folder containing the full name and Social Security number of 2,657 Veterans was discovered by a VA supervisor in a women’s public restroom in the lobby of Building 41 at the Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center in Albuquerque. The folder was taken to Chief of Health Information Management (HIM) for review of the contents.

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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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