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Heinrich Announces $25 Million For Military Technology Manufacturing In New Mexico

May 2, 2016

Commentary: Today, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Armed Service Committee, announced $25 million in federal funding for an Albuquerque company, Aquila, to boost military technology manufacturing in New Mexico. The funding, which was made available by the U.S. Army, will allow Aquila to produce 2,860 radiation kit readers and 282,000 dosimeters for the Army National Guard. These dosimeters are wrist-worn devices servicemembers use to measure ionizing radiation in order to detect exposure.

Hobbs Police Start Hiring Push Amid Officer Shortage

May 2, 2016
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Hobbs police has started another hiring push despite an oil downturn in eastern New Mexico.

The Hobbs News-Sun reports that the Hobbs Police Department has launched a new hiring campaign as the agency is experiencing a shortage in officers.

Captain Charles Cunningham says the department is doing an extensive recruiting effort in Hobbs and the Lea County area before an initial testing date on June 11.

Fraction Of Migrant Children Arriving In U.S. Placed In Arizona

May 2, 2016

Just a fraction of the migrant children who arrived in the United States without parents since the fall of 2013 have been placed in Arizona.

An analysis by The Associated Press found that 602 unaccompanied minors from mostly Central American countries have been placed with a parent or sponsor in the state.

The Border Patrol apprehended more than 100,000 youths traveling without a parent between October 2013 and February 2016.

New Mexico Launching New Anti-Child Abuse Campaign, Website

May 2, 2016
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The state agency tasked with protecting New Mexico children is launching a new campaign aimed at getting more parents involved in fighting child abuse.

Children, Youth and Families Department Secretary Monique Jacobson says the "Pull Together" campaign beginning Monday will help parents and change the way state officials address child wellbeing.

The statewide campaign features slick commercials starring Albuquerque-born UFC fighter Carlos Condit and images of children around New Mexico.

A Las Cruces musician got the chance to participate in an international competition in New York City. Amalia Zeitlin competed in the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella with her Boston University A Cappella group The BosTones.

Over 450 A Cappella groups competed for the chance to be one of 10 to perform at the finals the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella or ICCA’s. Las Cruces singer Amalia Zeitlin, a member of the BosTones, says hours of practice go into preparation for competition. 

StoryCorps: Monica Giron

May 2, 2016
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Time now for KRWG’s StoryCorps which visited our area in January. Monica Giron (30) and her soul sister, Carli Romero (27), share their experiences with Shakti Rising - a women's support group - and how it has changed their lives for the better.

Monica Giron and Carli Romero on KRWG’s StoryCorps which airs Mondays at 8:45 am and 6:45 pm. KRWG is proud to have hosted 3 StoryCorps so that our stories too can be included in the Library of Congress. You can hear this and other interviews on the StoryCorps page in the radio section at krwg.org.

Monday Business Watch

May 2, 2016

Every Monday at 7:51am on Morning Edition, Edmundo Resendez covers the week's top local business stories with Las Cruces Sun News Business Editor Jason Gibbs. This week, Jason discusses the Governor’s Conference on Hospitality and Tourism coming to convention center.

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Captive Wolf Pups Released Into Wild Den In New Mexico

May 1, 2016
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Federal wildlife officials say they have, for the first time, successfully integrated wolf pups raised in captivity with a wild litter in New Mexico.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says two 9-day-old endangered Mexican wolf pups raised at a conservation center in Missouri have been adopted by a wild wolf and her litter of five in Catron County.

Endangered Wolf Center Director of Animal Care and Conservation Regina Mossotti says releasing the pups both increases with Mexican wolf population and increases genetic diversity.

Report: Apple Has Created More Than 2,000 Jobs In Austin

May 1, 2016

Documents filed with the city of Austin show that technology giant Apple Inc. has created more than 2,000 new jobs in the city since 2012 and remains on track to meet the area hiring goals it promised in exchange for millions of dollars in public incentives.

Apple is set to receive $35 million in tax incentives over the next several years from the city of Austin, Travis County and the state of Texas for an expansion of its operations in Central Texas.

Texas Lt. Governor Baptized In Israel

May 1, 2016
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Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has been baptized in the Jordan River while visiting Israel with officials from different states.

Patrick tells the Austin American-Statesman (http://atxne.ws/1W0E2LH ) that he received a baptism during an eight-day trip he took with a delegation of seven Republican lieutenant governors, funded by a conservative policy organization, the State Government Leadership Foundation.

Patrick met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israeli companies doing business in Texas.

Miss Indian World Crowned At Nation's Largest Powwow

May 1, 2016

An Arizona State University law student has been crowned Miss Indian World.

Pageant officials say 25-year-old Danielle Ta'Sheena Finn was announced the winner Saturday night at the 33rd Annual Gathering of Nations at the University of New Mexico arena in Albuquerque.

Finn, of Porcupine, North Dakota, and a member of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, was chosen from among 24 Native American women from different tribes and traditions.

As Miss Indian World, Finn will travel around the world to native and indigenous communities for a year.

$6 Million Pipeline Proposed To Help Endangered Minnow

May 1, 2016
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Federal and state officials are partnering on a proposal for a $6 million pipeline that would help sustain an endangered species of fish during New Mexico's extremely dry times.

The Bureau of Reclamation and the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission are looking to use the water stored in Sumner Reservoir, about 16 miles northwest of Fort Sumner, to create a fish pool for bluntnose shiners, tiny minnows that only live in a 170-mile stretch of the Pecos River in New Mexico.

The proposal is still subject to bureau internal feasibility study and other bureaucratic hurdles.

Prediction: Early Wildfire Threat In New Mexico, Arizona

May 1, 2016

Fire forecasters say Hawaii, Alaska and the Southwest will face an increased threat of wildfires this summer.  In the Southwest, an increased threat of wildfires is expected in Arizona and New Mexico early this season, later shifting north and west into California and Nevada.

The National Interagency Fire Center released its outlook for the spring and summer on Sunday. It says most of the country will face normal or below-normal wildfire problems.

  The community is invited to attend a presentation in honor of Min Yasui, a hero of the Japanese American civil rights movement, from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, at New Mexico State University’s College of Health and Social Services Annex Auditorium, Room 101A.

Tragedy In El Paso; One Killed, One Hurt On Ride At Church Carnival

Apr 29, 2016

The El Paso Times reports one teen was killed and another was hurt on a ride at a church carnival.

  LAS CRUCES, N.M. – A Las Cruces man accused of stabbing and beating his girlfriend to death is facing life in prison after pleading guilty to first-degree murder. 

Earlier today, Corey Franklin, now 24, pleaded guilty to killing his girlfriend Graciela Hernandez. 

In January 2015, the defendant stabbed Hernandez 11 times outside a home in the 1400 block of Eclipse Road, north of Las Cruces. Afterwards, authorities said he dragged her body into the house, placed her on a bed and covered her in blankets.

Planned Water Outage on Picacho Avenue In Las Cruces

Apr 29, 2016

  Residents and businesses along Picacho Avenue west of the Fairacres Post Office and East of Fairacres Elementary School, will experience a water between 6:30 a.m. and noon Tuesday, May 3. Adjacent areas also may be affected by the outage.

Once service is restored, residents may notice discolored water due to iron, manganese and calcium deposits. Although the water is safe to drink, the City recommends waiting to wash laundry until after the water becomes clear.

  FARMINGTON – The environmental conditions of the Animas and San Juan watershed will be the focus of a two-day conference on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 17 and 18, at San Juan College in Farmington. Presentations will be from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

The conference, which will have an emphasis on the Gold King Mine spill and other mine water issues, is hosted by the New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute, which is housed at New Mexico State University.

Roswell Man Accused Of Attempted Murder In Stabbing Case

Apr 29, 2016

A Roswell man has been arrested in connection with a stabbing outside an apartment two months ago.

Roswell police announced Friday that 21-year-old Anthony Ray Romero has been booked into the Chaves County Detention Center on a $25,000 cash-only bond.

They say he's being held on suspicion of attempted first-degree murder. It's unclear if he has an attorney.

Police say an arrest warrant was obtained Thursday following an investigation into the March 22 stabbing.

Workers Testify To Falsifying Records, Denying Food Aid

Apr 29, 2016

State caseworkers and supervisors have testified that they falsified income information on emergency applications for people seeking food assistance, resulting in some of New Mexico's most needy being denied help.

The testimony came Thursday in a case in which lawyers are challenging whether the state Human Services Department is meeting certain requirements.

At the hearing a number of employees testified that they altered the requests to show that those applying had up to $400 in assets that did not exist, which lead to the applications being denied.

Indigenous Dancers Compete At North America's Largest Powwow

Apr 29, 2016

North America's largest powwow is underway in New Mexico.

Nearly all of the 3,000 indigenous dancers in attendance for the 33rd annual Gathering of Nations packed the floor at University of New Mexico Arena on Friday following a grand entrance that shook the venue.

The dancers approached from each stairway and spiraled inward until the arena floor was packed. The pace was set by the music of singers and drum groups stationed at the edges.

Chief: University Of New Mexico Police, DA Not At Odds

Apr 29, 2016

The University of New Mexico campus police chief says his department is not at odds with the local district attorney's office, despite officers telling federal investigators they were frustrated with how frequently prosecuters dropped sexual assault cases.

UNM Police Chief Kevin McCabe's comments Friday came a week after the U.S Justice Department released the results of an investigation that found university administrators and staff failed to comply with federal law in their handling of sexual assault and harassment claims.

Indigenous dancers compete at North America's largest powwow

Apr 29, 2016

North America's largest powwow is underway in New Mexico.

Nearly all of the 3,000 indigenous dancers in attendance for the 33rd annual Gathering of Nations packed the floor at University of New Mexico Arena on Friday following a grand entrance that shook the venue.

The dancers approached from each stairway and spiraled inward until the arena floor was packed. The pace was set by the music of singers and drum groups stationed at the edges.

Las Cruces-Area Community Arts Awards

Apr 29, 2016

  The Doña Ana Arts Council is seeking nominations for the 2016 Community Arts Awards. The Arts Council annually honors special individuals and organizations who are actively involved in promoting and enhancing the visual, performing and literary arts in our community through leadership, support and advocacy. 

Union of Concerned Scientists tackle climate change impacts to New Mexico

Apr 29, 2016

  New Mexico is the sixth-fastest-warming state in the United States, with average annual temperatures expected to rise 3.5 to 8.5 degrees Fahrenheit by the year 2100, according to a report released by the Cambridge, MA.-based nonprofit Union of Concerned Scientists.

Tim Keller, New Mexico Auditor

SANTA FE, NM – Today, New Mexico State Auditor Tim Keller announced that the Office of the State Auditor (OSA) is conducting a statewide procurement study. The State Auditor selected multiple agencies for the special audit due to their roles in procurement oversight: the Department of Finance and Administration (DFA), the General Services Department (GSD) and the Department of Information Technology (DoIT).

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For more than 20 years, a U-S Air Force Base in New Mexico has been home to Germany’s largest military installation on foreign soil. The German Air Force Flight Training Center has meant millions of dollars to the U-S government, and to the community of Alamogordo.

But now the Germans are about to pack up and leave.

Multiple Arrests Made In Operation Targeting Prison Gang

Apr 29, 2016

Federal, state and local authorities in New Mexico have made multiple arrests while conducting a roundup that was the second phase of an operation targeting a prison gang.

The FBI says officers on Thursday arrested nine people while executing arrest and search warrants and that an additional 10 people were transferred from state prisons to federal custody as part of the operation.

Los Alamos Lab Plans To Hire Hundreds By 2020

Apr 29, 2016

The head of the Los Alamos National Laboratory is assuring Santa Fe leaders that the lab will remain a strong force in the region as it looks to hire about 2,000 people in the next four years.

The Los Alamos Monitor reports that Director Charlie McMillan told leaders Thursday about plans to hire 600 to 700 scientists, 400 support technicians and 1,400 people to fill jobs in its business services and operations sectors. The employees will replace those who are retiring in the next four years.

McMillan says recruitment efforts have already begun.

A judge has sentenced a general in the Mexican army to 52½ years in prison for ordering the torture of a suspect, then having his body burned.

The sentence was among the longest ever against a senior officer in the Mexican army.

The federal judiciary council said Thursday the conviction came in a 2008 case in the northern state of Chihuahua. It did not name the general, but the case number on the docket was the same as one linked in local media reports to Gen. Manuel Moreno Avina. He formerly commanded an army unit across the border from Presidio, Texas.

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