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4:28 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

NMSU Selects New Graduate School Dean

Loui Reyes has been selected as dean of the Graduate School at New Mexico State University. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

  Longtime New Mexico State University administrator and faculty member Loui Reyes has been selected to lead the university’s Graduate School after a nationwide search.

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2:16 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Martinez To Protesting Students: Return To Class

Credit Office of the Governor

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez says students protesting a new required exam have a right to march but they need to return to class.

The Republican governor says the new rigorous test is the best option for New Mexico students.

She says so far the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers exam, or PARCC, is working.

Martinez says when it's time for class, students need to stop protesting and return to their seats.

Her comments come as hundreds of high school students across the state walked out of schools this week to protest the PARCC.

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2:16 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Lawsuit: Albuquerque Police Violated Civil Rights In Shooting

The estate of a man who was shot and killed by Albuquerque police is suing the department over allegations of civil rights violations.

The lawsuit filed this week in Albuquerque District Court says infrared police helicopter video in the 2013 fatal shooting of 41-year-old Parrish Denison conflicts with an officer's account.

Authorities say Denison, whose name is spelled Dennison in police records, was shot by officers following a two-hour search and chase. Police say he had pointed a gun at officers during the chase involving stolen goods.

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2:15 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Water Line Break Causes Drought-Stricken New Mexico City To Lose 1+ Million Gallons Of Water

Officials in the southeastern New Mexico city of drought-stricken Eunice say a waterline break has spilled between one to two million gallons of water.

The break occurred Tuesday but workers were unable to reach the waterline Wednesday morning because of muddy grounds caused by rain.

The waterline runs from the city's water fields near Hobbs to Eunice

Public works workers located the problem in a break in the line on ranch property north of Nadine.

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2:07 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Vaccine Exemption Data Released By NM Department Of Health

Credit New Mexico Department of Health

  The New Mexico Department of Health announced today it has compiled vaccine exemption data for each public school district in the state. The data is for the 2014 – 2015 school year. The Department of Health is making a commitment to update vaccine exemption data by school district each year.

New Mexico law requires children be vaccinated to attend school, but it allows exemptions for medical and religious reasons. Schools are required to maintain records of the child’s immunization records or their exemption forms.

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7:16 am
Thu March 5, 2015

NM House Panel Eyes New Requirements For Sheriffs

A New Mexico House panel is set to consider a proposal that would tighten eligibility rules for all sheriffs in the state.

The House Safety and Civil Affairs Committee is scheduled Thursday to debate a bill that would call for sheriffs to have at least seven years of professional experience in law enforcement.

Under the proposal, sheriffs cannot have been convicted on a felony and must be a certified law enforcement officer.

The New Mexico Sheriff's Association supports the changes.

Current state law allows anyone to run for sheriff.

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7:14 am
Thu March 5, 2015

NM Senate Passes Bill To Test Race Horses For Illegal Drugs

A bill to rein in illegal doping of horses that take to New Mexico's race tracks has passed the Senate.

The legislation by Sen. Mary Kay Papen was approved 39-3 Wednesday. It now moves to the House.

Regulatory changes in the state's horse racing industry continue and come after a 2013 New York Times investigation highlighting drug use, horse deaths and jockey injuries at tracks across the nation, including in New Mexico.

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7:12 am
Thu March 5, 2015

Scientists Outline Research Wish List For Nuclear Energy

Credit facebook.com/energygov

Engineers and researchers from national laboratories and universities around the country are trying to narrow the list of critical research problems the nation needs to address when it comes to nuclear energy.

The group gathered at the University of New Mexico is expected to detail its findings Thursday.

Participants include representatives from UNM, Colorado State University, Texas A&M and Sandia and Los Alamos national labs.

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6:00 am
Thu March 5, 2015

MESA Day Encourages Students To Study Math and Science

Students from around the state gathered at the Las Cruces Convention Center last week for MESA day. MESA stands for mathematics, engineering, and science achievement and students participated in competitions to help them excel in these subjects.

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7:25 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

PARCC Protest Hits New Jersey Headquarters Of Company Making Millions From The Test

New Mexico isn't the only states with protests against a new standardized test.
HOBOKEN - To Susan Everett, Pearson Education is like the Grinch who "stole education." Standing with other protestors outside Hoboken's Pearson headquarters on Wednesday, Everett held a sign with the infamous Dr. Seuss character's face on it. "Maybe education doesn't come from a standardized test" reads the sign, a reference to the controversial PARCC test Pearson helped develop.
7:20 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Man Sues Las Cruces Police For Alleged Abuse

KVIA-TV has the latest on a lawsuit against the Las Cruces Police Department.
LAS CRUCES, N.M. - A video that came out Tuesday shows Las Cruces Police Department officers throwing a handcuffed suspect up against a wall and onto the floor, breaking bones and sending him to the hospital for days.
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4:48 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Texas Murder Suspect Arrested In Las Cruces

  A man wanted for murder out of Fort Worth, Texas, was arrested by Las Cruces Police Wednesday after a short vehicle pursuit.  Donald Fourqurean, 54, was detained at around 3:30 p.m. and is expected to be booked into the Dona Ana County Detention Center where he will most likely be held without bond while he awaits extradition to Texas.

Las Cruces Police learned that Fourqurean had absconded from Texas and was possibly in the area of Las Cruces and driving a 2004 Nissan z350 with Oklahoma license plates. A nationwide warrant had been issued for Fourqurean.

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3:42 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Water Outage Friday In Part Of Las Cruces

  Residents and businesses along a portion of N. Main Street will experience a water outage from 12:01 – 4 a.m. Friday, March 4.

Impacted areas include N. Main between Madrid and Fleming Avenues; East Cambridge Drive and East Gallagher Avenue from Main east to end of cul-de-sacs; Chestnut Avenue from Main east to Mesquite and Chestnut from Main west to Alameda Boulevard.

     

Adjacent areas also may be affected. Crews will post door hanger notices on affected homes and businesses a minimum of 24 hours in advance of the planned outage.

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3:12 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Las Cruces Officers Cleared In December Shooting

  The Third Judicial District Attorney’s Office has determined that the three Las Cruces police officers involved in the Dec. 22 fatal shooting of 29-year-old Jose Salas responded professionally, and in accordance with standard rules and procedures of law enforcement.

The District Attorney’s concluded that the two shooting incidents, the first by officer Joaquin Legaretta and the second by officer Joseph Campa and Sgt. Patrick Doyle, “were justified under New Mexico law.”

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12:40 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Proposal Would Let Texas Voters Decide On Tax Cuts

Credit Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick - R

Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick wants to use billions of extra dollars on tax cuts and paying down debt without forcing lawmakers to make a politically unpopular vote to authorize more spending.

Patrick said Wednesday the proposal would free up nearly $5 billion that is otherwise off limits unless the Republican-controlled Legislature votes to bust a self-imposed spending cap. That option is politically toxic to most conservatives.

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12:40 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

New Mexico Increasing State Trust Land Grazing Fee By 20 Percent

Credit Aubrey Dunn--New Mexico Land Commissioner

New Mexico's fee for using state trust land for grazing is going up by about 20 percent.

The Roswell Daily Record reports that state Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn has set the per-animal per-month fee at $4.80 starting Oct. 1, up from $3.99.

Dunn said record-high cattle prices figured into the increase. The commissioner sets the rate by considering market conditions and using a formula determined by New Mexico State University.

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12:37 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

New Mexico Chile Acreage Drops 10 Percent

Federal officials say planted chile acreage in New Mexico dropped 10 percent last year.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Wednesday that final production numbers came in at 58,700 tons in 2014 compared to 65,000 the previous year.

The value of New Mexico chile was estimated at $38.7 million, compared to $49.5 million in 2013.

Farmers blame the drop on brought, labor shortages and other market changes.

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12:34 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Texas Senate Approves Road Funding Plan

The Texas Senate has approved the first bill of the 2015 legislative session, passing a plan to funnel billions of dollars generated by vehicle sales taxes to building and maintaining traffic-clogged roads.

Wednesday's vote sends a proposed constitutional amendment by Senate Transportation Committee Chairman Robert Nichols to the House.

Lawmakers are constitutionally barred from passing bills during the first two months of a session that began Jan. 13. But Gov. Greg Abbott fast-tracked bills on transportation infrastructure by making the issue one of his "emergency items."

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8:12 am
Wed March 4, 2015

New Mexico Solitary Confinement Bill Passes Panel

A New Mexico House panel has passed a solitary confinement reform proposal with no recommendation a week after a heated exchange sparked by a Democratic member ended a meeting.

The House Safety and Civil Affairs Committee voted 6-0 on Tuesday to move along a measure that would ban the use of solitary confinement on juveniles and inmates suffering from mental illness.

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8:09 am
Wed March 4, 2015

AP, Gov. Martinez Settle Open Records Case

Credit Office of the Governor

Gov. Susana Martinez has agreed that monthly reports detailing the spending of security officers relates to public business and falls under the state Inspection of Public Records Act.

That is according to a settlement between Martinez and The Associated Press. The parties filed papers on Tuesday to dismiss a lawsuit brought by the AP.

The news organization sued the governor in 2013 for refusing to release records about her work and travel schedules, cellphone calls and the expenses of her security detail.

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8:09 am
Wed March 4, 2015

New Mexico Senate Approves Bill To Eradicate Bullying

The New Mexico Senate has approved an anti-bullying bill spurred by the 2013 suicide of a teenager who was bullied at school.

The bill approved unanimously Tuesday calls for the creation of a five-member board to oversee grant applications to eradicate bullying in New Mexico schools, colleges and communities.

The Carlos Vigil Memorial Act would create a fund to be administered by the University of New Mexico Board of Regents.

Bill sponsor Sen. Jacob Candelaria of Albuquerque says bullying is an issue that "warrants a state response."

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8:05 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Chope's Town Cafe And Bar Gets State Designation

Credit https://www.facebook.com/chopesbar

Today, Chope’s Town Cafe and Bar in the rural community of La Mesa may be a off the beaten path, but for much of the twentieth century this locally-owned cafe and bar was considered by many as the social spot of Southern Doña Ana County.

The social and historical significance of this local business helped turn a New Mexico State University student project into a year-long effort Chope’s Town Cafe and Bar on the National Register of Historic Places. Chope's recently was recognized by the New Mexico Cultural Properties Review Committee.

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6:00 am
Wed March 4, 2015

NMSU Students Compete In Campus Conservation Nationals

  

  Students at New Mexico State University are trying to reduce energy and water use as part of a national competition.  Campus Conservation Nationals is the largest electricity and water reduction competition…with more than 175 schools competing this year.  Organizers include the U.S. Green Building Council and the National Wildlife Federation.

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6:00 am
Wed March 4, 2015

NMSU Researcher's Patented Tech Could Cut CO2 Emissions

New Mexico State University chemical engineering doctoral candidate Nasser Khazeni holds up a vial of metal-organic frameworks he developed in his laboratory on campus. Khazeni worked with the Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer Office at Arrowhead Center to obtain a provisional patent for the technology, which captures atmospheric carbon dioxide. (Photo by Darren Phillips)

  A new provisionally patented technology from a New Mexico State University researcher could revolutionize carbon dioxide capture and have a significant impact on reducing pollution worldwide.

The Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer Office at NMSU’s Arrowhead Center is working to protect and commercialize the technology, which was developed by chemical and materials engineering doctoral candidate Nasser Khazeni.

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9:49 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

States Ask Judge Not To Lift Stay In Immigration Lawsuit

A coalition of states suing to stop President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration is asking a federal judge not to lift a temporary hold on the directives.  The 26-state coalition, led by Texas, said in court documents filed Tuesday with U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen in Brownsville, Texas, that "there is no emergency need to institute" Obama's immigration action.

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5:50 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Doña Ana County Manager Recommends GRT Tax Increase

The Doña Ana County Commission received their latest budget projections for 2016, and currently there is a budget shortfall. Suggestions for more items in need of funding in the county could impact their decision on whether or not to increase the Hold Harmless GRT Tax.

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5:01 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

El Paso Man Sentenced For New Mexico Meth Conviction

  ALBQUERQUE – Alejandro Carrillo, 38, of El Paso, Texas, was sentenced today in federal court in Las Cruces, N.M., to 46 months in prison followed by two years of supervised release for his methamphetamine trafficking conviction.

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3:50 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Venice Is Calling! NMSU Professor Receives NEH Fellowship

NMSU history professor Elizabeth Horodowich will travel to Venice this summer to complete her book. (Photo by Darren Phillips)

  A New Mexico State University professor has received a prestigious grant to spend her sabbatical completing her manuscript “Armchair Travelers and the Venetian Discovery of the New World.”

The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded Elizabeth Horodowich, a history professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, a $50,000 fellowship to work on her book. While on sabbatical, she will finish the research she has been doing in Venice, Florence, and at the Newberry Library in Chicago. 

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2:56 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

New Student Art Show Announced, Reception On Friday

  More than 100 pieces of new, original student artwork from the Las Cruces, Gadsden and Hatch Public Schools have been installed in the first-floor corridors of the Doña Ana County Government Center at 845 N. Motel Blvd. in Las Cruces. The exhibit includes paintings, etchings, photographs and drawings. The artists range in age from elementary students to high schoolers.

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2:49 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

New Mexico Public Hearing Wednesday On State's Largest Polluter

Credit sierrraclub.org

New Mexico utility regulators plan a two-part meeting Wednesday for the public to comment on Public Service Co. of New Mexico's proposal to shut down half...but not all...of a coal-fired power plant near Farmington, the state's largest polluter, according to New Energy Economy.  Environmental groups oppose the plan, saying the entire plant should be closed in favor of clean energy alternatives.

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