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11:24 am
Sun June 22, 2014

Immigrant Children Can Stay In The United States For Years

Thousands of immigrant children are fleeing poverty and violence in Central America and crossing alone into the United States.  They can live in American cities, attend public schools and possibly work in the U.S. for years without consequences.

Why?  An Associated Press investigation finds two main reasons.

One is an overburdened and deeply flawed system of immigration courts.

The second is a 2002 law that's intended to protect children's welfare.

And what's driving the dramatic increases in these immigrants?

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11:22 am
Sun June 22, 2014

Report: Soutwest VA Officials Knew Of Wait Time Problems

  An audit by the Veterans Affairs health care network in the Southwest shows officials knew years ago that employees were manipulating data on doctor appointments.

The Arizona Republic reports that officials failed to stop the practice despite a national directive.

The 2012 audit found hospitals and clinics in Arizona, New Mexico and western Texas chronically violated department policy and created inaccurate data on patient wait times using a variety of methods.

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11:20 am
Sun June 22, 2014

Military Considers Allowing Most Veterans To Make Online Purchases

The U.S. military is looking into allowing all of the nation's veterans who served honorably to shop online at exchanges that sell discounted, name-brand goods — a perk that is currently available only to a small minority.

The Army & Air Force Exchange Service director proposed the change as a way to show appreciation for veterans and to offset a loss of revenue as troops return from overseas where they had few alternatives but to shop at the military retail stores.

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11:19 am
Sun June 22, 2014

Navajo Fire Contained

  Firefighters are gaining the upper hand against a blaze that has charred more than 22 square miles on the Navajo Nation.

Officials say crews have contained 60 percent of the Assayii Lake Fire. The human-caused fire has been burning for more than a week in the Chuska Mountains just east of the Arizona-New Mexico border.

All areas to the north of the fire opened Sunday, but roads south of Highway 134 remain closed for firefighter and public safety.

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11:18 am
Sun June 22, 2014

Seeking To Protect O'Keeffe's "Black Place"

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   Some artists and environmentalists are concerned oil and gas drilling is encroaching on the black, white and gray hills in northwestern New Mexico made famous in Georgia O'Keeffe's drawings and paintings.

While the "Black Place" itself remains untouched, there dozens of drilling tanks 500 yards from the site and it's surrounded by rigs and a maze of dusty dirt roads traveled by oilfield workers.

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7:30 pm
Sat June 21, 2014

Albuquerque Police Protest

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   Protesters advocating for reforms within the Albuquerque Police Department put the embattled police chief "on trial" during a rally.

Dozens of protesters, including some who brought children, marched Saturday from Roosevelt Park with signs and a makeshift coffin inscribed with names of people killed by Albuquerque officers in recent years.

The protesters marched peacefully before returning to the park to continue the rally.

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7:09 pm
Sat June 21, 2014

New Wildfire In Lincoln National Forest

Name:  Rogers II

Date and Time Reported:  06/21/14, 2:37 pm

Cause:  Lightning

Jurisdiction: Lincoln National Forest, Sacramento Ranger District

Location:  Lat: 32 deg, 42 min, 7.56 sec X  Long: 105 deg, 42 min, 24.85 sec (T18S, R12E, Sec 34)

General Vicinity:  About 4 miles north of Timberon, NM 

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12:10 pm
Sat June 21, 2014

University Medical Center Wants To Take Over El Paso Children's Hospital

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The El Paso Times reports that the financially troubled El Paso Children's Hospital may getting new management.
Posted: 06/20/2014 09:31:28 PM MDT The University Medical Center board's secret proposal to save financially strapped El Paso Children's Hospital is to take control of the 2 1/2-year-old facility, the new Children's Hospital chief executive officer said Friday.
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12:07 pm
Sat June 21, 2014

Report: New Phone Scam In New Mexico

  A tip was called in to the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office Friday from a woman who reported that she was the target of a scam that used the sheriff’s office by name.

   According to the victim, a man claiming to be a Doña Ana County Sheriff’s deputy called the woman to inform her she had warrants for her arrest. In order to clear the warrants, the victim was reportedly told she had to call a phone number with a 904 area code to pay the so-called fines with either a credit or debit card.

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12:02 pm
Sat June 21, 2014

Crews Closer To Containing Navajo Wildfire

  Firefighters say they are strengthening their hold on a wildfire that has charred more than 21 square miles of forest and grazing land on the Navajo Nation.

Fire officials say crews by Friday night had contained 40 percent of the Assayii Lake Fire.

They plan to continue removing debris and vegetation while building containment lines around the fire's edges.

Firefighters say some livestock have been discovered near the blaze.

Navajo Nation emergency workers are helping to set up safe escorts for those animals.

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12:01 pm
Sat June 21, 2014

Wedding Tent That Collapsed Failed Fire Code

A company whose tent collapsed on top of a wedding reception in Albuquerque, causing injuries to several people, now faces allegations of violating fire code.

A deputy fire marshal filed six citations late Friday against an employee of America Tent Rentals.

The citations allege a worker used duct tape to bind extension cords, didn't mark emergency exits or place a fire extinguisher inside and never got the proper permit and inspection.

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12:01 pm
Sat June 21, 2014

Mass Immigrant Graves Uncovered In Texas Cemetary

  Volunteer researchers recently have uncovered mass graves in a South Texas cemetery that they believe contain the bodies of immigrants who died crossing into the U.S. illegally.

Two university anthropologists say the remains in Sacred Heart Burial Park in Falfurrias were found in trash bags, shopping bags, body bags or without a container.

The researchers say some remains were found under small, temporary grave markers bearing the name of local funeral home Funeraria del Angel Howard-Williams.

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11:59 am
Sat June 21, 2014

ACLU: Immigrant Detention Should Be "Last Resort"

  LAS CRUCES, NM—The Obama administration said it will open new detention facilities to house immigrant families, many of whom are being apprehended in South Texas as part of the humanitarian crisis of migration from Central America.

Initial reporting indicates the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) located in Artesia, NM, will be one of the locations housing hundreds of immigrants, including children.

Brian Erickson, Policy Advocate with the ACLU of New Mexico, Regional Center for Border Rights, had this comment:

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11:54 am
Sat June 21, 2014

Pearce: New Mexico Immigrant Detention Facility Will Only Be Used For Families

 

  Congressman Steve Pearce says a new detention facility planned for New Mexico would only be for immigrant families, not unaccompanied minors.

Pearce said Friday that an area of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Artesia could house families.

The Republican says that children without parents won't be able to stay there because there are no proper day care facilities.

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4:33 pm
Fri June 20, 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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4:26 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

New Mexico Jobless Rate Falls To 6.5 Percent

New Mexico's unemployment rate dropped to 6.5 percent in May, down from 6.8 percent the previous month and 6.9 percent a year ago.

The state Workforce Solutions Department said Friday that the state's economy lost 600 jobs over the year.

Over the year, the sector with the largest job gain was financial activities and retail trade sectors. They each have added 2,200 jobs since May 2013.

Education and health services added 1,500 jobs, mining gained 1,300 jobs, and the leisure and hospitality industries added 1,000 jobs.

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1:50 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

20 Years Later, Family Of Murder Victim Pleads For Clues

Truck driven by Robert Rocha

  On June 28, 1994, 43-year-old Robert Rocha got in his 1985 Ford pickup and headed out to a shady area near the Rio Grande River south of Las Cruces. He was looking for a nice spot to have a party for his niece, who was getting ready to go to college. Just as the sun was about to go down, Rocha’s nude body was found shot to death next to his truck.

Twenty years later, the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office is still hoping that someone who knows something about the murder will come forward.

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11:56 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Perry Says Comments On Gays Were A Mistake

Credit Texas Governor Rick Perry (R)

   Texas Gov. Rick Perry says it was a mistake for him to compare alcoholism and homosexuality in an effort to explain his views.  The speech in which Perry made the comments airs Saturday at 7am and Sunday at 11am on KRWG-FM 90.7 during the broadcast of The Commonwealth Club.

Perry said Thursday at a forum hosted by The Christian Science Monitor that he "stepped right in it" after being asked during a trip to California last week if homosexuality is a disorder.

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11:54 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Some Immigrant Children Coming To New Mexico

Advocates say some of the immigrant families caught crossing the border together illegally will be coming to New Mexico and housed by the Catholic Church.

Thomas Baca, executive director of Catholic Charities in Las Cruces, told The Associated Press on Friday that close to 300 people will be housed at a parish in Anthony after being released from federal immigration authorities.

He says the Diocese of Las Cruces is working on raising funds to house the immigrants and racing to get the facility ready.

Baca says the Diocese of El Paso is housing around 300 immigrants.

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11:52 am
Fri June 20, 2014

FAA Approves Corpus Christi As Fully Operational Drone Test Site

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s Lone Star Unmanned Aircraft Systems Center of Excellence & Innovation (LSUASC) has met federal requirements to begin full operations as a test site for unmanned aircraft.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) designated the center as one of only six test sites in December, and approved it as operational on Friday, June 20.

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11:49 am
Fri June 20, 2014

NMSU Alamogordo To Offer Bachelor's Degree In Nursing

Nursing students will soon be able to earn a bachelor’s degree entirely in Alamogordo. A celebration of the new partnership between the New Mexico State University School of Nursing and NMSU Alamogordo’s Allied Health Pre-Nursing will be marked with the signing of a memorandum of understanding at 3:30 p.m. Monday, June 23, at the NMSU-A Science Center Atrium.

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10:57 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Black Bear Activity Increasing In Gila National Forest

  Due to the continuing hot and dry conditions that the Gila National Forest is experiencing, black bear activity is on the rise.  Homeowners and recreationists have been seeing an increasing number of  black bears in close proximity to their property or within recreation areas.  As drought conditions persist, black bears are in search of food and water.

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10:36 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Drone Facility Puts Holloman At The Helm Of Changing Face Of Warfare

A MQ-9 coming in for landing after at test flight at Holloman air force base in Alamogordo
Credit Courtesy of Holloman AFB

While the federal government has been cutting military budgets over the last 2 years- the Holloman remotely piloted Aircraft training program has been growing.

Students in the remotely piloted aircraft facility at Holloman Air Force Base in Alamogordo are training with two different unmanned aircrafts or drones The MQ1 "Predator" and the more powerful MQ-9 "Reaper". But not before racking hours and hours of training on simulators doing virtual missions.

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9:55 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Autopsies Ordered On El Paso Couple

Autopsies have been ordered on a man and an older woman whose bodies were found in the West Texas home they shared.

El Paso police on Friday did not immediately release the name of the man believed to be in his 60s and a woman listed as being in her 80s. Police say the two people are related. Investigators did not immediately elaborate.

Authorities say another relative discovered the bodies Thursday night after not hearing from the pair for about a week.

Police report no obvious signs of foul play in the deaths being treated as suspicious.

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9:54 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Texas Jobless Rate Drops To 5.1 Percent

The Texas unemployment rate has declined for a third straight month to settle at 5.1 percent for May.

The Texas Workforce Commission on Friday announced the latest seasonally adjusted jobless rate compares to 5.2 percent unemployment in April.

The chairman of the commission, Andres Alcantar, says Texas employers kept the economy moving with 383,100 jobs added over the past year. He says that's the largest such increase since September 1997.

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9:53 am
Fri June 20, 2014

New Immigrant Detention Facilities Opening For Families

  The Obama administration is opening new detention facilities to house immigrant families caught crossing the border together illegally. This is after months of an immigration surge from Central America.

The Homeland Security Department did not immediately say how many families would be kept in the new immigration jails or where they will be located.

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9:52 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Tribe Cleared To Pursue Gaming Compact

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  A New Mexico tribe has gotten approval to pursue a gambling compact despite possible resistance from the state.

The U.S. Department of Interior notified the Pojoaque Pueblo that it is eligible to obtain the compact from the interior secretary directly.

Pueblo Gov. George Rivera says the tribe reached out to federal officials after negotiations with Gov. Susana Martinez's administration failed.

Both sides say the other was not operating in good faith.

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9:51 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Texas School Finance Judge Could Be Removed

An outside judge is weighing whether a colleague presiding over Texas' long-running school finance trial should be removed because of perceived bias.

San Antonio-based Judge David Peeples said during a Friday hearing that he has "no business second-guessing" fellow state District Judge John Dietz's rulings and key decisions. But he will decide if Dietz can remain on the case.

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9:49 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Heinrich Urges President To End Bulk Collection Of Phone Records

Credit Senator Martin Heinrich (D) New Mexico

  U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Mark Udall (D-Colo.), and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) urged President Obama to take immediate steps -- while Congress works to pass true surveillance reform -- to end the ongoing bulk collection of Americans' phone records. The senators, who all serve on the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, said the president should take every step he can under current law to end bulk collection, and rely on individual requests to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to get any records that are needed for national security investigations.

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8:21 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Proposed Federal Rule Would Extend Family Leave Benefits To All Same-Sex Married Couples

U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez announced today a proposed rule extending the protections of the Family and Medical Leave Act to all eligible employees in legal same-sex marriages regardless of where they live. The proposal would help ensure that all families will have the flexibility to deal with serious medical and family situations without fearing the threat of job loss. Secretary Perez is proposing this rule in light of the Supreme Court’s decision in United States v.

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