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7:25 am
Fri June 27, 2014

CN Wire Manufacturing Facility To Be In New Mexico

CN Wire
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Gov. Susana Martinez says CN Wire will establish its first North American manufacturing facility in Santa Teresa, bringing 300 new jobs to the community.

State officials announced Thursday that CN Wire will invest $42 million to purchase and renovate a 256,000 square-foot building in the Santa Teresa Business Center.

The facility will serve customers throughout North and South America, mostly in the automotive and aerospace industries.

The company's products include single wire, multi-wire, bunched and stranded wire, tin-plated copper and braid wire.

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7:21 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Deputies: Espanola Councilor Pistol Whipped Man

A northern New Mexico city councilor is facing aggravated battery and assault charges after deputies say he pistol whipped a man and shot at his vehicle.

KOB-TV reports that the Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office arrested Espanola city councilor Eric Radosevich this week in connection with a bizarre Saturday altercation.

According to authorities, 43-year-old Radosevich got into an argument with a man at a gas station after Radosevich approached the man's wife.

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7:19 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Court Upholds Conviction In Baby-Stomping Death

New Mexico Supreme Court
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The state Supreme Court has upheld the intentional child abuse conviction of a Flora Vista man for stomping an infant to death in 2007.

The court on Thursday rejected Jose Garcia's challenges to his conviction for the death of 17-month-old Taegan McKinney.

Garcia and his girlfriend were babysitting the infant. Garcia said told police he might have stepped on the baby while trying to jump over a pile of clothes.

However, a pathologist testified the baby had numerous injuries that were the result of being beaten and stomped to death.

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7:15 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Hiker In Serious Condition After Fall In Sandias

Authorities say a woman who fell from a cliff in a mountain range outside of Albuquerque is in serious condition.

KOAT-TV reports the woman was free-climbing Thursday morning in the Sandias when a rock she was holding onto broke.

Rescue workers say she tumbled and landed on her back.

They say she was conscious when they reached her. Crews lifted her to the top of the crest and she was airlifted to a hospital.

Mark Beverly, a member of the Albuquerque Mountain Rescue Crew and who also knows the hiker, says the woman is an expert climber.

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8:48 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Former El Paso Prosector Sentenced For Bribery

A former West Texas prosecutor who admitted taking bribes in return for dismissing pending criminal cases has been sentenced to almost three years in federal prison.

An FBI statement says former El Paso County Assistant District Attorney Antonio Reyes was sentenced Thursday to 33 months in prison. He could have been sentenced to up to 20 years in federal prison.

Reyes had pleaded guilty on April 21 to single counts of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and deprivation of honest services.

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3:03 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

"Car Surfing" Leads To Arrest Of Driver On Child Abuse Charges

  A 23-year-old Las Cruces man was arrested Wednesday night on charges of child abuse, reckless driving and DWI after a Doña Ana County Sheriff’s deputy witnessed someone on top of the man’s car as it was spinning out on the river levee near Shalem Colony Trail.

   Just after 8 p.m. Wednesday, a deputy on regular patrol in the area saw Dominic Estrada driving recklessly along the river levee, allegedly doing “donuts” with someone on top of his car.

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2:41 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Migrant Child At San Antonio Shelter Recovering From Swine Flu

Federal officials say a child in a temporary shelter in San Antonio for Central American immigrant families is recovering from swine flu.

Kenneth Wolfe, a spokesman for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, says the unaccompanied child was recently hospitalized after being diagnosed with swine flu, or H1N1.

In an email Thursday, Wolfe says the child is responding to treatment and being monitored in custody at Lackland Air Force Base.

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2:40 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Suspect In 2006 New Mexico Murder Captured

A man wanted for the 2006 murder of an El Paso woman in Chaparral has been captured in Mexico.

New Mexico Attorney General Gary King announced Thursday that Eduardo Estrada Garcia recently was arrested in Baja California, Mexico after local authorities received a tip.

Estrada Garcia has long been a suspect in the murder of 31-year-old Emely Corina Howard-Ianni, whose body was found near N.M. Highway 213 in November 2006.

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2:38 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Some New Mexico Employee Wages Increased 6 Years Late

About 5,300 state workers will receive hourly salary increases from 13 cents to more than 50 cents in this week's paychecks to help resolve a six-year-old union contract dispute.

State officials said Thursday that salaries were adjusted in early June to reflect wage rates that should have been in place starting in 2008.

Employees will get paychecks Friday reflecting the increases for a two-week pay period.

There will be separate checks issued in the upcoming budget year for back pay — thousands of dollars in some instances.

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2:38 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

36 Taken To The Hospital After Texas House's Floor Collapses

Authorities say a floor collapsed under a large crowd of people gathered in a suburban Houston home, sending three dozen people to hospitals, most with minor injuries.

West I-10 Fire Department spokesman Tim Thomas says the collapse occurred as about 100 people were gathering for a religious event in a residential neighborhood in Katy, just west of Houston.

He says people were in a room above a detached garage when the floor gave way, though it's unclear how many people were inside at the time.

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1:34 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Las Cruces Police Issue 65 Tickets On Lohman In Morning Operation

  Las Cruces Police issued 65 traffic citations in two hours during a special operation held Thursday morning.

Of the 65 citations, 19 went to drivers who made an improper right turn from Foothills Road onto eastbound Lohman Avenue. The violation occurs when the driver fails to maintain the immediate first lane of traffic after a turn.

Another 16 citations were issued to drivers who were in violation of the city’s cell phone ordinance, the law that bans cell phone use while driving within city limits.

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12:02 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Autopsy Report Issued In Death Of Reported Intruder

  The autopsy report on a man who was stabbed to death on New Year’s Day north of Las Cruces has been received by Doña Ana County Sheriff’s investigators. The case into Sal Garces’ death remains open while key pieces of evidence remain under examination.

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11:52 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Martinez Visits Santa Teresa To Mark Previously Announced Turkish Wire Company Addition

Credit Office of the Governor

  Governor Susana Martinez visited Santa Teresa Thursday to mark the previously announced news that CN Wire will establish its first North American manufacturing facility in the city, bringing 300 new jobs to the community.  Dona Ana County had approved the issuance of bonds to draw the company.

 

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11:35 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Senate Panel Approves $47 Billion Homeland Security Budget

A key Senate panel has given swift bipartisan approval to a $47 billion budget for the Department of Homeland Security, boosting funding to cope with an influx of Central American children who arrive in the U.S. unaccompanied by their parents.

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11:35 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Honduran First Lady Visits South Texas

The first lady of Honduras, Ana Garcia de Hernandez, is touring immigration facilities and shelters in South Texas learning the plight of thousands of Hondurans who have entered the United States illegally.

Garcia de Hernandez met with McAllen Mayor Jim Darling on Thursday morning and was scheduled to visit several Border Patrol stations in the Rio Grande Valley. She's planning to remain in the area through Saturday.

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11:34 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Mayor: Immigrants May Be At New Mexico Detention Center For A Year Or More

   The mayor of the southeastern New Mexico city says hundreds of Central American immigrants could be at a detention center in town for a year — and maybe longer.

Artesia Mayor Phillip Burch told The Associated Press on Thursday that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials recently informed him of their plans. Seven-hundred or so immigrants will be housed at Artesia's Federal Law Enforcement Training Center for at least six months to a year.

Burch says residents are upset about the temporary center opening and are worried about unvaccinated children.

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11:32 am
Thu June 26, 2014

BLM: No Money Or Room For More Wild Horse Roundups

Credit Courtesy: Linda Kemmerer via NMFO

  Federal land managers say a lawsuit by Nevada ranchers and others demanding acceleration of wild horse roundups doesn't pass legal muster, but even if it did, they don't have the money or the room at U.S. corrals to gather more mustangs.

Interior Department lawyers filed a motion in federal court in Reno Tuesday to dismiss the suit by the Nevada Association of Counties and Nevada Farm Bureau Federation.

It comes on the heels of a separate motion to dismiss filed by horse advocates, but for very different reasons.

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11:29 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Child Migrant Processing Center Expected To Be Ready In July

  The conversion of a 55,000-square foot warehouse in South Texas into a processing facility for unaccompanied children who have entered the country illegally is expected to be ready by mid-July.

An email Thursday from a Customs and Border Protection liaison to two Texas lawmakers confirmed the plans for the facility first reported earlier in the week.

Construction permits, obtained by The Associated Press through a public records request, revealed plans for four fence-enclosed pods inside a corrugated steel warehouse in McAllen that could accommodate about 1,000 children.

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8:26 am
Thu June 26, 2014

VIDEO: Drone Test Flights Underway Over South Texas

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s Lone Star Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Center is conducting a series of flight missions this week, the first since becoming fully operational as a federally-designated test site.

Researchers conducted missions Wednesday and scheduled additional flights Thursday with the University’s RS-16 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).

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7:08 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Las Cruces Second-Hand Clothing Store Damaged By Fire

Firefighters responded just after 11 p.m. Wednesday to a report of a building on fire on the 1200 block of West Picacho Avenue, a building used as a second-hand clothing store.  The first arriving unit reported fire and smoke coming from the roof and front of the building. Firefighters were able to contain the fire within 20 minutes.

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4:49 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Newsmakers 6/26/14

On this episode of Newsmakers: Controversy regarding a proposed zoning change near Tortugas Mountain; an in-depth look at Sol y Tierra growers; and a proposal for a healthy food zone near Centennial High School in Las Cruces.

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4:09 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Active Shooter Training Friday In Las Cruces

  The Las Cruces police and fire departments will be holding an active-shooter training exercise this Friday at Centennial High School.

The scenario-based training, which will include actors portraying victims and suspects, will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, June 27. The training exercise is not open to the public.

Representatives from other law enforcement agencies, fire departments and other first responders also will be participating in Friday’s training.

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3:29 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

New Mexico Expanding Digital Adoption Information

Today, Governor Susana Martinez unveiled the nation’s first permanent Digital Heart Gallery. The Digital Heart Gallery helps Children, Youth, and Families Department (CYFD) foster children available for adoption find their forever families.

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12:34 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Las Cruces Woman Charged With Sexually Assaulting Girl

  Las Cruces Police have arrested a woman suspected of sexually assaulting a young relative and holding the girl against her will.

Polly Tellez, 40, is charged with two counts of criminal sexual penetration of a minor and one count of kidnapping.

Las Cruces Police detectives learned that Tellez had been drinking alcohol Monday evening before returning home with the girl at around 2 a.m. Tuesday. The two went to sleep in separate bedrooms but detectives were told that sometime later Tuesday morning the girl awoke to find Tellez attempting to remove her clothing.

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12:29 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

New Mexicans Offer Land To Attract Tesla Motors Plant

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  Several New Mexico residents have pledged to donate their own land if it will help lure electric car company Tesla to the state.

Some citizens are offering land in metro Albuquerque for a Tesla battery plant.

Businessman John Edward says he is willing to give up to 400 acres of his own land to reward entrepreneurs such as Tesla.

New Mexico Economic Development Secretary Jon Barela says multiple offers of donated land have come from all over the state.

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12:23 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

"Fastest Nun In The West" On Track For Sainthood

Bishop Michael Sheehan

   The Archdiocese of Santa Fe is exploring sainthood for a Italian-born nun who challenged Billy the Kid and later helped open New Mexico territory hospitals and schools.

Archbishop Michael Sheehan is scheduled to announce Wednesday that he has received permission from the Vatican to open the "Sainthood Cause" for Sister Blandina Segale.

Church officials say it's the first time in New Mexico's 400-year history with the Roman Catholic Church that a decree opening the cause of beatification and canonization has been declared.

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12:22 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Soldier Released By Taliban Not Yet Interviewed For Investigation

The U.S. Army sergeant recently released from captivity by the Taliban is in something of a legal limbo as the investigation continues into why and how he left his post in Afghanistan five years ago and ended up in insurgents' hands.

Senior U.S. Army officials say Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl  has not yet been interviewed by the two-star general appointed last week to investigate the matter. They said he has not been read his legal rights and has not asked for a lawyer.

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12:21 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Investigation Of Immigrant Burials Planned

  Officials in a South Texas county have voted unanimously to move forward with a preliminary inquiry into the mishandled burials of unidentified immigrants who perished over the years on their way north.

Brooks County Judge Raul Ramirez said Wednesday after a private meeting with the district attorney, sheriff and county commissioners that the county will proceed in support of an inquiry led by the Texas Rangers.

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12:19 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

New Mexico Denies Permit To Ride-Sharing Service Uber

  New Mexico regulators have denied a temporary operating permit for a major ride-sharing company.

The Public Regulation Commission voted 3-2 on Wednesday to withhold the permit from Uber Technologies.

Commissioners say they could not grant the permit because of requested waivers for required filings such as driver safety records and insurance information.

Uber filed for a permanent certificate to operate in May.

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10:50 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Crews From Montana Help With Fire Prevention In The Gila National Forest

Donovan Suko and Katie Jones from Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest cleaning campfire ring at McMillan Campground for fire prevention duties.

  Even though a good percentage of the forest fires on the Gila National Forest are caused by lightning, human caused fires are on the rise.  Of the 26 fires detected this fire season, 10 have been human caused.  The 5484 acre Signal Fire was the largest human caused fire of the year.

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