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8:08 am
Wed July 22, 2015

Navajo Nation Lawmaker Facing More Charges In Criminal Case

Prosecutors have filed seven more criminal charges against a Navajo Nation lawmaker in an investigation of a now-defunct discretionary fund.

Mel Begay faces 16 charges in tribal court, including conspiracy to commit fraud, conflict of interest, and permitting a false voucher.

Criminal complaints allege that Begay illegally authorized payments to his children. Those include $1,800 for a school band trip that already was funded and more than $800 in costs for summer school tuition that didn't exist.

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6:00 am
Wed July 22, 2015

Camp Teaches Children The Value Of Peace

The peace village of Las Cruces is hoping to teach children ways to lead a peaceful life and communicate effectively through a Peace-Camp for kids.

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5:23 pm
Tue July 21, 2015

NMSU Regents Reduce Credits For Bachelor's Degree From 128 To 120

  During their regular meeting Tuesday, the New Mexico State University Board of Regents approved changing the number of credits required for a bachelor’s degree from the university from 128 to 120. The move better aligns NMSU with other universities across the country. 

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2:32 pm
Tue July 21, 2015

'Archie' Cartoonist Tom Moore Dies In His Native El Paso

Tom Moore, the cartoonist who brought to life the escapades of a freckled-face, red-haired character named Archie, has died.

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The El Paso native was 86.

Sunset Funeral Home Director Howard Holderfield in El Paso confirmed that Moore died early Monday morning.

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2:25 pm
Tue July 21, 2015

New Mexico Lawmaker Election To Civil Rights Board Draws Irk

Rep. Patricia Roybal Caballero
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A New Mexico Democratic lawmaker has been elected to the board of the nation's oldest Latino civil rights group despite concerns over partisanship and bylaw violations. Rep. Patricia Roybal Caballero became national treasurer for the League of United Latin American Citizens last week at the group's convention in Salt Lake City. Yet LULAC's bylaws prohibit elected officials from serving on the national board if they receive "wage compensation." The Albuquerque Democrat is a member of the New Mexico House but receives no annual salary.

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1:21 pm
Tue July 21, 2015

Ex-Inmate Must Follow Judge's Orders In Santa Fe Prison Dig

A state judge has set limitations on an ex-inmate's search of a now-closed state penitentiary for evidence he says would prove that prisoners had been abused.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that under District Judge Sarah Singleton's order filed last week, Samuel Chavez and his search team will be given a 30-minute time limit and one shovel for their dig in the Penitentiary of New Mexico's recreation yard. Chavez has also been permitted to search the cells he may have been confined in.

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1:18 pm
Tue July 21, 2015

New Mexico Unemployment Rate Rises To 6.4 Percent In June

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New Mexico's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to 6.4 percent in June, up from 6.2 percent in May but down from 6.6 percent a year earlier.

The state Department of Workforce Solutions said Tuesday the state added 12,700 jobs in June, a 1.6 percent increase since June 2014 as the state notched its 34th consecutive month of over-the-year job growth.

The education and health services industry led June's over-the-year job growth with 7,700 jobs, a 6.2 percent increase for the industry and 45 percent of the state economy's total over-the-year June job growth.

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1:14 pm
Tue July 21, 2015

Navajo Nation Leaders Sign Off On Priorities For Tribe

Navajo Nation Seal
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Leaders of the Navajo Nation have signed an agreement detailing a commitment to enhance the quality of life for Navajo people.

The Daily-Times reports that Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye, Speaker LoRenzo Bates and acting Chief Justice Eleanor Shirley signed the agreement on Monday in Window Rock, Arizona.

The three-page document prioritizes nine areas for leaders to address during their terms in office. Among the focus areas are water rights, housing, education, and natural resources.

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1:09 pm
Tue July 21, 2015

New Mexico MMA Fighter Arrested For Aggravated Assault

A New Mexico mixed martial arts fighter at the center of a 2014 deadly home invasion has been arrested for aggravated assault in Carlsbad.

Carlsbad Police Department said Joseph "Joe" Torrez was arrested Monday on suspicion of aggravated assault, although details were not released.

He is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday in Carlsbad Magistrate Court.

Dona Ana County Sheriff's deputies said Torrez fatally stabbed 25-year-old Sal Garces in 2014 after Garces and other people forced their way into Torrez's home.

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8:37 am
Tue July 21, 2015

NM Lawmaker Draws Criticism After Election To LULAC Board

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A New Mexico Democratic lawmaker has been elected to the board of the nation's oldest Latino civil rights group despite concerns over partisanship and bylaw violations.

Rep. Patricia Roybal Caballero became national treasurer for the League of United Latin American Citizens last week at the group's convention in Salt Lake City.

Yet LULAC's bylaws prohibit elected officials from serving on the national board if they receive "wage compensation."

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8:29 am
Tue July 21, 2015

Election Focuses On Navajo Language Fluency Requirement

Navajos are voting Tuesday in a rare referendum that could loosen the requirement for presidential hopefuls to speak the tribe's language.

Candidates for president and vice president must understand Navajo and speak it fluently. It's a requirement that can be enforced by tribal courts.

A "yes" vote on the referendum lets individual Navajos decide if those candidates speak and understand Navajo well enough to hold office, starting with the 2018 election.

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8:28 am
Tue July 21, 2015

Few Answers One Year After Albuquerque Woman's Death

One year after an Albuquerque woman was found dead in her home, friends and family members are still waiting for an arrest.

The Albuquerque Journal reports 53-year-old Danette Webb was found dead last summer with her hands and feet bound with duct tape.

Police say there were no signs of sexual assault, though she was found naked, and nothing was stolen from the home.

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6:00 am
Tue July 21, 2015

Doña Ana County Sheriff's Office Offers Community Use Of Force Class

According to a 2014 Pew Research Study on 7% of people think police forces do an excellent job of using the right amount of force for each situation, and 30% of people surveyed say police do a poor job.

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10:32 pm
Mon July 20, 2015

Albuquerque Homeless Man Burned When Fireworks Thrown At Him

Police are looking for a suspect who seriously injured a homeless man after throwing fireworks at him.

The Albuquerque Journal reports the homeless man was sleeping on a street corner on July 11 when someone threw fireworks at him. The man caught on fire and suffered serious burns across his body, police said.

Police believe the person involved was driving a purple GMC Sports Utility Vehicle.

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10:29 pm
Mon July 20, 2015

Texas Officials To Vote On $1B For Water Projects

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State officials will vote later this week on approving $1 billion in loans and financial help to fund future water projects across Texas.

Many of the 21 applicants are in the Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston areas, where the population is expected to grow. There are also projects in the Rio Grande Valley, Central Texas, the Gulf Coast and West Texas.

The Texas Water Development Board will vote on the projects Thursday in Austin.

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2:47 pm
Mon July 20, 2015

Police Arrest DWI Suspect In Fatal Bicycle Crash

Albuquerque police have arrested a man who was suspected of driving drunk when he killed a bicyclist inside a gated Tanoan community.

Police spokesman Simon Drobik says 25-year-old Coulter Cook was arrested Sunday after refusing a Breathalyzer test.

Witnesses had called 911 to report a truck that had been swerving through the Tanoan Country Club gated community. Drobik says the truck hit a bicyclist and dragged the rider about 150 feet.

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2:44 pm
Mon July 20, 2015

AP Exclusive: 'Breaking Bad' Actor Runs For Albuquerque Seat

Steven Michael Quezada
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"Breaking Bad" actor Steven Michael Quezada is jumping in a heated race for county commissioner in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Quezada, who played DEA agent Steven Gomez in the hit AMC-TV series, told The Associated Press on Monday that he will make a formal announcement on Tuesday that he's seeking the Bernalillo County Commission seat.

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2:39 pm
Mon July 20, 2015

Methane Hot Spot Prompts Delegation To Ask For Quick Action

Members of New Mexico's congressional delegation are pointing to a hot spot of the potent global-warming gas methane over part of the American Southwest, saying federal officials need to move quickly on upcoming standards for curbing waste in oil and gas production.

The Democratic members of the delegation sent a letter to the federal Office of Management and Budget on Monday. They're asking for prompt consideration of new rules being developed by the Bureau of Land Management and the Environmental Protection Agency.

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12:18 pm
Mon July 20, 2015

Albuquerque Man Pleads Guilty To Robbing 16 Businesses In New Mexico, Texas And Colorado

Christopher Perea, 30, of Albuquerque, N.M., pleaded guilty today in federal court to violating the Hobbs Act by robbing 16 businesses involved in interstate commerce.  The guilty plea was announced by U.S. Attorney Damon P. Martinez, Special Agent in Charge Carol K.O. Lee of the FBI’s Albuquerque Division, and Chief Gorden Eden, Jr., of the Albuquerque Police Department (APD).

 

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9:35 am
Mon July 20, 2015

New Mexico Struggles To Fine-Tune Naloxone Regulations

At the same time as New Mexico is exploring naloxone as a way to decrease overdose deaths, the state's Board of Pharmacy is working to increase regulation of the drug.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the state's overdose deaths increased by 20 percent last year. Meanwhile, public health workers say naloxone -- which can counter the effects of opioids -- is becoming harder for people who are at risk of an overdose to access.

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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

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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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