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8:14 am
Mon July 20, 2015

Two Wounded Outside Albuquerque Convenience Store

A convenience store employee and another person were hospitalized in stable condition after being shot during an altercation which the employee had tried to break up.

Police say the incident occurred early Monday morning at a store at San Mateo Boulevard and Kathryn Avenue.

According to police, two men were arguing inside the store and then in the parking lot before the employee tried to break up the altercation and one of the men began shooting.

The gunfire wounded the other man involved in the altercation plus the store employee.

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8:11 am
Mon July 20, 2015

Bill In Navajo Nation Council To Name Acting Top Judge

A bill in the Navajo Nation Council would designate the tribe's longest-serving judge as acting chief justice.

Herb Yazzie left the post earlier this year and tapped Eleanor Shirley to oversee the tribe's Judicial Branch until a successor is named.

Lawmakers say the law doesn't allow for that. A measure introduced last week seeks to place Allen Sloan in the top judicial post.

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8:09 am
Mon July 20, 2015

New Mexico Officials Call For Removal Of Conferderate Symbols

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Albuquerque officials are calling for Confederate symbols in the city's Old Town Plaza to be removed.

State Sen. Bill O'Neill, a Bernalillo Democrat, Albuquerque City Councilman Isaac Benton and Procession Ministry Elder Mike Jefferson Sunday asked for the three Confederate plaques, flag and confederate cannons to be removed from the Plaza, which they say is a tourist destination.

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6:00 am
Mon July 20, 2015

Monday Business Watch

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. 

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6:00 am
Mon July 20, 2015

Law Enforcement In Southern New Mexico Addresses Mental Health Issues

According to the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill about 44 percent of people living with a mental illness have been arrested at least once in their life. With resources lacking to treat mental illness, many wind up in the criminal justice system.

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8:16 pm
Sun July 19, 2015

Southern New Mexican Wins National Spanish Spelling Bee

Andres Arreola and his parents celebrating winning the national Spanish spelling bee.
Credit Simon Thompson

The nation’s best Spanish spellers flocked to Albuquerque over the weekend to compete in the national Spanish Spelling Bee. For the fourth year in a row, a southern New Mexican took home the title. 

Santa Teresa Middle School 8th grader Andres Arreola won this years competition, defending his 2014 title.

“I feel so good winning because it is something that you wish and wish for and then you know you got it. It feels so good!” said Arreola.

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3:37 pm
Sun July 19, 2015

Martinez In Aspen For Republican Governors Association Meeting

Credit Office of the Governor

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez will be in Colorado for a few days.

Her office announced Sunday afternoon that she's traveling to the mountain resort city of Aspen for the Republican Governors Association summer meeting.

Martinez, a Republican and the nation's only Latina governor, was elected vice chair of the group late last year. The association will be paying for the governor's travel.

Martinez is scheduled to return to New Mexico on Wednesday.

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1:57 pm
Sun July 19, 2015

Newspaper: Texas Agency Kept $3 Million, But Not Child Protection Measures

The Texas Department of Public Safety has received nearly $3 million from lawmakers to look for children in immediate danger even though state troopers and investigators won't actually be doing so.

The Austin American-Statesman reported Sunday that the funding was part of a high-profile bill filed after 2-year-old Colton Turner was found buried in a shallow grave in Austin. The boy had been missing off and on for a year.

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1:55 pm
Sun July 19, 2015

Really? Professor Petitions New Mexico Supreme Court For Billy The Kid's Death Certificate

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An Arizona university professor is taking his pursuit of a death certificate for Billy the Kid to New Mexico's highest court.

Historian Robert J. Stahl filed a petition Friday with the New Mexico Supreme Court to order the state's medical examiner to create the document.

Stahl says he hopes the court will order the Office of the Medical Investigator consider evidence validating William H. Bonney's death.

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1:50 pm
Sun July 19, 2015

Police: Suicide A Possibility In Texas Cobra Owner's Death

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Police are investigating whether an 18-year-old Texas pet shop worker who was believed to have been bitten by a cobra took his own life.

Austin police Detective Derek Israel says they are investigating Grant Thompson's death as a possible suicide after talking to family members and venomous snake experts. A justice of the peace will make the final determination after an autopsy review.

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9:51 am
Sun July 19, 2015

Santa Fe School Lowers Tuition For Community College Grads

The Santa Fe University of Art and Design is allowing graduates of the local community college to enroll with a tuition discount.

Santa Fe Community College grads can register at the university this fall and pay just above $10,000 annually.

That is a 66 percent drop for higher-tuition programs and 45 percent less for the school's lower-tuition programs.

The rate applies to the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Fine Arts programs.

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9:50 am
Sun July 19, 2015

Quarter Of Listeria Cases In Texas Not Tracked Or Recorded

State health records reviewed following the Blue Bell ice cream listeria outbreak show that a quarter of Texas cases involving the foodborne illness are not recorded or tracked.

Texas has never enforced a law that requires laboratories to submit confirmed listeria samples to the Department of State Health Services. Agency spokeswoman Carrie Williams says the state instead prefers to work with labs and health providers to educate them and bring them into compliance.

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9:49 am
Sun July 19, 2015

Texas Residents Condemn Plan For Muslim Cemetery

A proposal to bring a Muslim cemetery to a rural Texas town has stoked fears among residents who are trying to convince community leaders to block the project.

Farmersville is considering a 35-acre development request from the Islamic Association of Collin County. Residents showed up in force at a recent town meeting to oppose the cemetery, which would include an open-air pavilion and small retail area.

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4:21 pm
Sat July 18, 2015

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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3:44 pm
Sat July 18, 2015

Feds Allow Coal-Fired Power Plant To Remain Open

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Federal officials have finalized an analysis that ensures the continued operation of a northwestern New Mexico power plant and the coal mine that feeds it.

Friday's record of decision comes three years after the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement gave notice that it would study the cumulative impacts of the Four Corners Power Plant and the Navajo Mine. About 800 people work there.

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3:42 pm
Sat July 18, 2015

No Settlement In Family Detention Lawsuit

No settlement has been reached between the U.S. Justice Department and immigrant rights lawyers who sued over the conditions in detention centers for immigrant children arriving with their mothers on the U.S-Mexico border.

Lawyers said in court papers filed in Los Angeles on Friday that both parties were unable to reach an agreement that would resolve the dispute.

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3:40 pm
Sat July 18, 2015

Navajos To Vote On Role Language Plays In Trial Presidency

It's a question that dominated conversation in the Navajo Nation presidential election: Should the tribe's top leader be fluent in the language?

Voters will settle that question Tuesday in a referendum vote.

Candidates for tribal president and vice president are required to understand Navajo and speak it fluently, and read and write English. Tribal courts can enforce that qualification.

If the referendum passes, voters would decide whether candidates speak and understand Navajo well enough to hold office.

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3:39 pm
Sat July 18, 2015

Crackdown On Farmington Officer Who Use A Computer While Driving

Farmington police may be the first police department in New Mexico to crack down on distracted officers who try to use a patrol computer while driving.

New software to prevent distracted driving has been installed in most of the department's vehicles in the past month.

Police spokeswoman Georgette Allen says the software is designed to disable a patrol computer's keyboard if the vehicle goes past 20 mph.

Allen says the software is used in the private sector to combat distracted driving.

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3:37 pm
Sat July 18, 2015

Man Charged In Fatal Home Invasion Indicted In New Case

A man charged with participating in a fatal home invasion of a professional mixed martial artist has been indicted in a separate case.

A grand jury indicted 21-year-old Nathan Avalos earlier this week for aggravated assault against a household member with a deadly weapon and battery against a household member.

According to the indictment, Avalos allegedly battered his girlfriend and held a metal nail file up to her neck on June 30.

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4:16 pm
Fri July 17, 2015

Las Cruces Fire Department Hosts Physical Ability Test for Upcoming Academy

Prospective candidate Adriana Nunez performed a simulated victim rescue during the Las Cruces Fire Department’s Physical Ability Test held July 11 at Fire Station 4.

  The Las Cruces Fire Department, in preparation for its upcoming academy, is offering a Physical Ability Test (PAT) July 25 to let prospective candidates assess their stamina and agility skills before applying for a position.

The fire department’s next academy is planned for February 2016. Applications will be accepted Aug. 3 through Sept. 2.

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2:07 pm
Fri July 17, 2015

Udall, Heinrich Announce $3.3 Million For Support Services At College Campuses Across New Mexico

Credit Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced 13 grants totaling more than $3.3 million to fund the TRIO Student Support Services program, which helps provide additional support for low-income and first-generation college students, as well as students with disabilities.

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2:03 pm
Fri July 17, 2015

Former Officer Acquitted Of Wife's Death Files Lawsuit

A county south of Albuquerque faces a lawsuit from a former police officer acquitted of killing his wife.

Tera Chavez was found fatally shot in 2007 at the home she shared with former Albuquerque Police Officer Levi Chavez, who was arrested and charged with murder in 2011. He then was fired.

Jurors acquitted Chavez in 2013 and a wrongful death lawsuit filed by his wife's family was dismissed a week before he voluntarily gave up his police officer certification.

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2:01 pm
Fri July 17, 2015

Santa Clara Asks Feds To Shut Down Pojoaque Casinos

Santa Clara Pueblo has asked the federal government to shut down Pojoaque Pueblo's casinos north of Santa Fe, which have continued to operate without a state gambling compact.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports Santa Clara Gov. J. Michael Chavarria made the request to the U.S. Department of the Interior's deputy secretary of Indian affairs in a July 5 letter. Chavarria wrote that allowing Buffalo Thunder and Cities of Gold casinos to operate gives Pojoaque an unfair advantage over other gambling tribes.

Pojoaque's compact with the state expired at the end of June.

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10:15 am
Fri July 17, 2015

Silver City Report

Join Edmundo Resendez every Thursday for The Silver City Report, with guests from the Silver City Daily Press.

Catch up on the most important stories in Silver City, Grant County, and the region every Thursday on Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

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8:23 am
Fri July 17, 2015

"Breaking Bad" Actor To Address Anti-Crime Summit In Albuquerque

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"Breaking Bad" actor Steven Michael Quezada is scheduled to headline a New Mexico Attorney General's summit on fighting crime.

Quezada, who played DEA agent Steven Gomez in the hit AMC-TV series, is set to speak Friday in Albuquerque at the Office of the Attorney General's "3rd Annual Summit on Community Violence." Quezada is an elected member of the Albuquerque Public Schools board.

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8:18 am
Fri July 17, 2015

Sen. Udall To Visit Cibola National Forest For Wildfire Update

Credit Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

Sen. Tom Udall is slated to visit the Cibola National Forest to discuss new efforts to combat wildfires in the state.

The New Mexico Democrat is scheduled Friday to meet with officials in the Sandia Mountains and see how a recently forest thinning project is help fight potential fires.

Udall will receive an update on these projects from local U.S. Forest Service officials.

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8:15 am
Fri July 17, 2015

Charges Dropped In Rape, Beating Of 75-Year-Old Woman

The District Attorney's Office has dropped charges against a man who a 75-year-old woman told police had raped and severely beat her.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that a dismissal was filed in the case against 57-year-old Ernest Casias on July 9. The filing states that an investigation is ongoing.

The woman had been found unresponsive on the floor in her home in March. She was taken to the University of New Mexico Hospital, where doctors found skull fractures, a broken nose, fractured neck and multiple bruises.

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7:55 am
Fri July 17, 2015

Former Officer Aquitted Of Wife's Death Files Lawsuit

A county south of Albuquerque if facing a lawsuit from a former police officer who was acquitted of killing his wife two years ago.

The Albuquerque Journal reports Tera Chavez was found dead of a gunshot wound in 2007 at the home she shared with former Albuquerque Police Officer Levi Chavez, who was arrested and charged with murder in 2011.

He was fired from his job shortly after.

Jurors acquitted him in 2013 and a wrongful death lawsuit filed by his wife's family was dismissed a week before he voluntarily gave up his police officer certification.

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6:00 am
Fri July 17, 2015

SNAP Proposed Rule Change Raises Questions And Concerns

Governor Martinez’s administration is proposing new work requirements to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, formally known as food stamps.

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10:01 pm
Thu July 16, 2015

Top Donors Still Writing Big Checks To Texas Gov. Abbott

Republican Gov. Greg Abbott is flush with more campaign cash than many GOP presidential candidates as wealthy donors continue writing six-figure checks to the new Texas governor.

Records released Thursday show that more than half of the $8.2 million Abbott has raised since taking office came from 26 powerful business leaders who gave $100,000 or more. His donor list includes individuals that Abbott has appointed to influential state boards.

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