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Monitor: Some Problems Persist For Albuquerque Police Reform

Nov 2, 2016

A federal court monitor says problems persist within the Albuquerque Police Department over how higher-ups handle and investigate officers' use of force on the job.

James Ginger filed his fourth report Tuesday on the police department's progress in overhauling how it trains officers to use force and handle encounters with people suffering from mental illness.

Silver City Report

Nov 2, 2016

Time now for the Silver City Report with Edmundo Resendez and Silver City Press and Independent reporters, Stewart McClintic and Ben Fischer. This week, the school district has a new superintendent and we’ll have an update on the mill levy.  

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U.S. Senator Tom Udall got a preview of future downtown plans, saw the completed Downtown Plaza, and met with business owners on Main Street.

Udall says he wants to help continue the downtown revitalization plans by supporting the Main Street program and federal programs that help people develop and grow their communities.

Lung cancer is not just a smoker’s disease

Nov 2, 2016

Lung cancer is the number one cancer killer for both men and women in the United States, with roughly 399,000 Americans currently living with the disease, according to the American Lung Association. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports in the U.S., about 7,300 people who never smoked die from lung cancer every year due to secondhand smoke. Exposure to radon, asbestos, and arsenic can cause lung cancer. Cancer survivors who had radiation therapy to the chest are at higher risk of lung cancer too.

County Manager To Receive Presidential Award

Nov 1, 2016

Doña Ana County Manager Julia T. Brown has been named the recipient of a 2016 Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award. The award will be presented on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016 in Atlanta.

Brown is one of 65 individuals from all walks of life who will be honored during the ceremony. She has confirmed she will attend.

The Presidential Lifetime Achievement Service Award is the highest honor bestowed upon a citizen for his or her contributions to the nation. 

NMSU to launch search for new vice president for research

Nov 1, 2016

After 10 years of service as vice president for research at New Mexico State University, Vimal Chaitanya has decided to step down and return to his professor position in the College of Engineering.

“We appreciate Dr. Chaitanya’s guidance and leadership of the research enterprise at NMSU over the past decade,” said NMSU Executive Vice President and Provost Dan Howard. “We are pleased that he will add his considerable expertise, particularly in the field of materials science and engineering, to the College of Engineering faculty.”

The change will be effective Jan. 1, 2017.

Topgolf Expanding to El Paso

Nov 1, 2016

Global sports entertainment leader Topgolf® today officially unveiled El Paso as its 10th Texas location. Topgolf will begin construction on the 65,000-square-foot venue in the next couple of months, and it is expected to open to the public in late 2017. 

  University of New Mexico physicians are testing an investigational tissue implant made from a patient’s own cartilage cells to treat knee cartilage damage. UNM is one of 33 clinical trial sites nationwide.

Advanced NeoCart cartilage repair technology from Histogenics is currently being tested by Andrew Veitch, MD, and Gehron Treme, MD, assistant professors of orthopaedics sports medicine with the UNM School of Medicine, to determine if it will improve outcomes and recovery time for certain knee cartilage injuries.

New Mexico College Gets Commercial Driving Simulator

Nov 1, 2016
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A New Mexico college has purchased new simulation technology to enhance its 15-month Commercial Driving License program.

The Roswell Daily Record reports that the driving simulation at Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell will give students the experience of driving an 18-wheeler in different conditions and circumstances, such as inclement weather or congested traffic. It will be used by people interested in entering the trucking industry.

The technology is contained inside a goose-neck trailer that can be moved to different locations.

Study: New Mexico Ranks 2nd In US For High Teacher Turnover

Nov 1, 2016

A think tank has found that New Mexico has the second-highest rate of teacher turnover in the country.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that according to the Learning Policy Institute, from the 2011-2012 to the 2012-2013 academic years, 23.2 percent of the New Mexico educators left their schools or the line of work, well above the national average. Only Arizona had higher turnover, at 23.6 percent. The lowest rate was in Rhode Island, where 7.4 percent of teachers left.

GOP VP Candidate Pence To Make Campaign Stop In Las Cruces

Nov 1, 2016
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Republican vice presidential hopeful Mike Pence is scheduled to make a campaign stop in southern New Mexico on Wednesday.

The campaign website for GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump says Pence's rally will be held at an airport hangar in Las Cruces.

His visit comes just days after Trump visited Albuquerque and his campaign staff declared they were tied in New Mexico — the nation's most Hispanic state.

The Indiana governor previously held two campaign events in Albuquerque and another in Roswell.

TV Series 'Midnight, Texas' To Film In New Mexico

Nov 1, 2016
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State film officials say NBC's new television supernatural drama "Midnight, Texas" will be shooting in New Mexico through early next year.

Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Bernalillo and Belen are serving as backdrops for the series, which is based on a collection of books by author Charlaine Harris.

Home to a vampire, witch, angel and hit woman, Midnight, Texas is a mysterious safe haven for those who are different until one of their own is murdered.

The cast includes Francois Arnaud, Dylan Bruce, Parisa Fitz-Henley and Arielle Kebbel.

100 Haitian Migrants Being Held In Otero County

Nov 1, 2016

Volunteers say around 100 Haitian immigrants suspected of entering the U.S. illegally are being held in a New Mexico county prison.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement told KVIA-TV in El Paso, Texas, last week the agency has detained the men in partnership with the Otero County Prison Facility.

Volunteers say around 130 men are believed to have crossed through California before being detained and sent to different facilities while they await deportation.

Fed Biologists Find Evidence Of Rare Mouse In New Mexico

Nov 1, 2016
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Weeks of trapping and surveying in the mountains of southern New Mexico have provided federal biologists with enough evidence to say the endangered New Mexico meadow jumping mouse still exists in the Sacramento Mountains.

Sacramento District Ranger Beth Humphrey says confirming the rodent's existence provides hope that the species can recover over time.

  El Paso – Small business loans increased in both amount and number of loans in fiscal year 2016, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration El Paso District Office. Lending to start-ups also improved by approximately 70 percent.

Lending totals for the El Paso area have increased from $38 million in fiscal year 2015 to $40.3 million in fiscal year 2016, showing approximately a six percent increase. The number of loans also increased approximately 20.3 percent from 123 approved loans in fiscal year 2015 to 148 approved loans in fiscal year 2016.

Flu Shots Friday in Las Cruces

Oct 31, 2016
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  SANTA FE, N.M. – The New Mexico Department of Health’s Las Cruces Public Health Office will be hosting a flu shot clinic on Friday, November 4th from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at St. Genevieve Parish Hall, 1025 E. Las Cruces Ave. in Las Cruces, NM. There is no charge to those attending the clinic. Public Health offices throughout the state have vaccines available for those without insurance or who are otherwise not able to get vaccinated. Those with Medicaid or other insurance who go to Public Health Offices are asked to bring their insurance card.

Survey finds endangered mouse in Lincoln National Forest

Oct 31, 2016

  Biologists’ recent trapping efforts have confirmed the presence of the New Mexico Meadow Jumping Mouse (NMMJM) in an area where it historically occurred in the Sacramento Mountains.  Beth Humphrey, District Ranger on the Sacramento Ranger District said, “This is a remarkable discovery!  There are only a few populations of this species left, with suitable habitats found in isolated areas of New Mexico, Colorado, and Arizona.  To confirm their existence here on the Lincoln National Forest gives hope that this species can recover over a period of time.” 

  Santa Fe, NM – Today, the New Mexico Department of Transportation announced the completion of the first-ever Diverging Diamond Interchange in New Mexico. The new interchange is at I-25 and Cerrillos Road in Santa Fe and was completed on time and on budget.

New Mexico Cities Could See Rising Costs For Affordable Care Act

Oct 31, 2016

New Mexico cities could have to pay significantly more money to comply with the Affordable Care Act when the law's "Cadillac Tax" for expensive health plans takes effect.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that starting in 2020, the law will impose a tax on high-cost insurance plans.

Estimates for Albuquerque show the city won't face the tax until 2024. The city's $1 million payment to comply with the law is expected to drop slightly next year before steadily increasing until 2024, when Albuquerque could be paying as much as $4 million.

NPR President and CEO Jarl Mohn visited KRWG last week; Samantha Sonner spoke with him about reaching out to millennials to grow the number of NPR listeners.

NPR President and CEO Jarl Mohn says while at an NPR station in Alabama, he heard many stories about why millennials started listening to NPR.

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  Donald Trump is reviving his call for the U.S. to engage in more extreme interrogation methods, saying the country has to be "pretty vicious" sometimes.

Trump was talking about the barbaric tactics used by Islamic State militants at a rally that drew thousands to an Albuquerque airport hangar. He scoffed at the fact that President Barack Obama has barred the use of waterboarding — a tactic Trump has long insisted works.

He says, "We have to be in some cases pretty vicious, to be honest with you."

Santa Fe to have Native American arts district

Oct 30, 2016
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Santa Fe council members have unanimously approved the establishment of a Native American arts district, believed to be the first of its kind in the U.S.

The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/2eiU94Z) the ordinance calls for businesses selling authentic Native American merchandise to get a special business license and follow guidelines for signage.

Notices at registers would let shoppers know that they can request certificates of authenticity.

The district will encompass the downtown area and Canyon Road, which is lined with several galleries and shops.

El Paso hospital suggests other hospitals for rape kit exams

Oct 30, 2016

An El Paso center for sexual assault victims says about 15 victims have told them they were turned away while seeking a rape kit exam at a local hospital, but hospital officials say they're simply providing victims with the option of going to hospitals better equipped for such patients.

Virginia Rueda of the Center Against Sexual and Family Violence tells the El Paso Times (http://bit.ly/2eovsDX) that patients at Del Sol Medical Center are told to go to another hospital and discharged.

New Mexico State University is partnering with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to create opportunities for faculty and student research at the Organ Mountains-Desert Mountain Peaks National Monument. 

President Barack Obama designated the nearly 500,000 acres of federal land in southern New Mexico as a national monument in 2014 to protect its natural beauty for future generations.

I-10 Closures This Week

Oct 30, 2016

I-10 East                                                                                  

Overnight

Sunday, Oct. 30 through Thursday, Nov. 3

9 p.m. each night to 5 a.m. each morning

·     I-10 Eastbound will be reduced to one lane for approximately a half mile starting at the North Mesa Overpass.

Crews will be working on temporary shoring walls in the area. [Map 2]

 

Mesa                                                                                        

The cost of a suburban Houston school district's high school football stadium has climbed past $70 million, making it the costliest such stadium in the state.

The Houston Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/2eGgv39 ) the costs associated with the Katy school district's project will exceed the $58 million that voters had set aside for the project two years ago.

Some district officials are defending the cost, noting that the additional expenses arose from projects related to the all-purpose venue, but not the physical structure itself.

Hundreds of retired state workers may get bump in pensions

Oct 29, 2016

As many as 1,700 retired state employees could see a bump in their monthly pensions as a result of a conflict over back pay.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reported (http://bit.ly/2eGwG0o) Friday that the Public Employees Retirement Association is still trying to sort out which retirees are owed benefits.

The retirement association oversees pension funds for state, county and municipal workers along with judges and volunteer firefighters.

Las Cruces Allows Principals To Ban Political Clothing

Oct 29, 2016

A Las Cruces father says his son is no longer allowed to wear a pro-Hillary Clinton T-shirt to school.

Philip Walker says his 10-year-old son has been wearing a "Hillary Clinton 2016" shirt once a week for the past several weeks.

But Chris Walker says he was recently instructed to no longer wear it because school officials are concerned about heated political conversations between students in the schoolyard.

Philip Walker says he called the school principal, who said she was considering implementing a new rule banning political shirts during the campaign season.

Election 2016 Forum - Unopposed NM House & Senate Districts

Oct 29, 2016

Election coverage brought to you by KRWG-TV and the League of Women Voters of Greater Las Cruces. This forum covers unopposed New Mexico House District 52 Democrat Doreen Gallegos and House District 34 Democrat Bill Gomez. Candidates from the unopposed Senate are District 31 Democrat Joseph Cervantes, District 34 Republican Ron Griggs and District 35 Democrat John Arthur Smith.

Election 2016 - NM House District 53 Willie Madrid

Oct 29, 2016

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