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12:52 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

UNM Sex Assault Report Released

  An independent analysis says there's "a lot of confusion and misunderstanding" at the University of New Mexico about where students can report sexual violence.

Details of the report released Thursday outlined a series of steps the university could take to prevent sexual assaults on campus amid a U.S. Department of Justice investigation.

Jill Pilgrim, who headed up the independent report, says her team found that the school also had too many policies on sexual violence and needed to streamline them. She suggested that staff have access to better training.

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12:49 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Suspect In Shooting Of Albuquerque Officer Indicted

  A homeless man has been indicted to charges related to the shooting and wounding of an Albuquerque police officer during a traffic stop.

The Second Judicial District Attorney's Office announced Thursday that a grand jury returned indictments against Christopher Cook in a shooting that garnered national attention.

The 36-year-old faces a number of charges, including aggravated battery on a peace officer.

He's accused of shooting Officer Lou Golson earlier this month after the officer pulled him over on suspicion of drunken driving.

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10:54 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Newsmakers 701

Field reports include:  A look at the expanded use of body cameras coming to the Las Cruces Police Department in 2015; plans are underway to pave important roads in the Organ Mountains Desert Peaks National Monument; and New Mexico State University film students get real-life experience to prepare for a career.

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9:50 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Outside Team To Release UNM Sexual Assault Report

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An outside team of experts plans to release its findings following a review of the campus culture on sexual assault at the University of New Mexico.

Team leader Jill Pilgrim and Dean of Students Tomas Aguirre are expected to discuss the findings during a presentation Thursday.

In December, the U.S. Department of Justice announced it was launching an investigation into the university's handling of reported sexual assaults and sexual harassment of students.

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9:48 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Workers Discover Ceiling Damage At Nuke Repository

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Officials say a small portion of the ceiling at the federal government's underground nuclear waste repository in southern New Mexico has collapsed.

The U.S. Energy Department's Carlsbad Field Office says the damage was spotted by geotechnical workers during an inspection last week. The office announced the finding Wednesday, saying it highlighted the need for workers to continue with roof bolting operations at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.

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9:48 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Workers Discover Ceiling Damage At Nuke Repository

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Officials say a small portion of the ceiling at the federal government's underground nuclear waste repository in southern New Mexico has collapsed.

The U.S. Energy Department's Carlsbad Field Office says the damage was spotted by geotechnical workers during an inspection last week. The office announced the finding Wednesday, saying it highlighted the need for workers to continue with roof bolting operations at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.

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9:46 am
Thu January 22, 2015

New Mexico Lawmakers Await New Revenue Forecast

Oil prices continue to drop and that's making New Mexico lawmakers a little uneasy as they prepare to hammer out a state budget for the next fiscal year.

The chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Democrat John Arthur Smith of Deming, joked during the floor session Wednesday that his committee wouldn't meet until the price of oil starts to rise.

On Thursday, the panel is scheduled to hear from state finance officials.

The 60-day legislative session began Tuesday and the big assignment for lawmakers will be approving a nearly $6.3 billion spending plan.

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7:04 am
Thu January 22, 2015

WINTER STORM ALERT-Friday Delays

  Las Cruces Public Schools will have a two-hour delay of all school schedules on Friday, Jan. 23.  Before-school activities and morning practices are cancelled Friday morning. All school schedules and bus schedules will be adjusted two hours later than normal. Also, Classes for the Developmentally Delayed (DD) preschool program will not be held Friday; DD preschool afternoon classes will be on a normal schedule.  Breakfast will not be served at all schools Friday morning; lunch will be served as normal. 

Jardin de los Niños in Las Cruces will open at 9:30 a.m.

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6:45 am
Thu January 22, 2015

LCPS Board Election District 5 Preview: Dr. Connie Phillips

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6:00 am
Thu January 22, 2015

NMSU Equine Professor Helps Students Become Leaders

Laura White, assistant professor of Equine Science, spends most of her time at the NMSU Horse Farm. (NMSU photo by Angela Simental)

  Her first horse was a mean, little pony her parents bought her even though she was a little too young to ride, but Laura White learned not to give in and to pursue her passion for horses.

“My parents thought it was just a phase, but I’ve always loved horses. They are truly magnificent beasts,” said White, New Mexico State University assistant professor of equine science. 

Originally from Texas, White now owns two horses – one for show and one miniature horse, which she is teaching new tricks.

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2:15 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Heinrich Issues Statement On Efforts To Cover Up Torture Report

Credit Senator Martin Heinrich (D) New Mexico

  U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement in response to efforts to cover up the facts of the committee's report on the CIA detention and interrogation program:

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11:46 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Supreme Court May Weaken Housing Bias Cases With Texas Decision

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  The Supreme Court appears bitterly divided in a debate over a decades-old strategy for fighting housing discrimination.

Chief Justice John Roberts and his conservative colleagues expressed serious doubts Wednesday that the Fair Housing Act can be used to ban housing or lending practices without any proof of intent to discriminate.

The court's four liberal justices defended the use of so-called "disparate impact" lawsuits that allege even race-neutral policies can have a harmful effect on minority groups.

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11:41 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Cost For New Mexico Legislative Session? $9.4 Million

  The New Mexico House of Representatives has unanimously approved the first bill of the 2015 session.

Legislators passed the piece of legislation that funds the 60-day session on Wednesday. It is known as a "feed bill."

A committee approved the measure Tuesday to provide nearly $9.4 million for session costs, including salaries for staff and expenses for legislators.

Last year, legislators approved a $5.4 million measure but the session was only 30 days.

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11:41 am
Wed January 21, 2015

In Depth: Former New Mexico Sheriff Sentenced To 10 Years

 ALBUQUERQUE – Thomas R. Rodella, 53, the former Rio Arriba County Sheriff, was sentenced today by U.S. District Court Judge James O.

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9:19 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Public Meeting Planned On Proposed Gila Cliff Dwellings Fee Increase

  Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument is seeking public comment on possible increases in the park's entry fees. The proposal is to raise the basic entrance fee from $3 to $5.  Anyone wishing to learn more about the changes, or make comments on them, is invited to a meeting to be held on Tuesday, January 27.  The meeting will take place at the Gila National Forest office in Silver City located at 3005 East Camino del Bosque. The meeting will take place between 1 and 3 PM.  Interested persons are welcome to come at any time during those hours.

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8:14 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Fort Bliss Shooting Highlights Broader VA Dysfunction

El Paso Veteran Nick D' Amico passed away in 2013 while waiting for medical care from the El Paso VA .
Credit Simon Thompson

Every day 22 U.S. veterans commit suicide. The recent murder-suicide that took two lives at Fort Bliss is raising questions about the VA’s ability to manage ongoing mental health issues facing returning soldiers Simon Thompson reports.

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8:04 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Officials: New Mexico Precipitation Near Normal For 2014

New Mexico recorded near normal amounts of rain and snow in 2014, and officials say forecasts are pointing to the drought easing up by May.

A panel of state and federal weather forecasters and water managers met Tuesday to discuss the drought. They say the latest map shows nearly two-thirds of New Mexico are dealing with moderate drought conditions or worse.

That's better than the 80 percent reported at this time last year.

The state received 95 percent of its normal precipitation last year. The most rain fell in far southeastern New Mexico near the Texas border.

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8:02 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Gov. Martinez Makes Another Run At Driver's License Law

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Republican Gov. Susana Martinez says she wants the Legislature to repeal a law that allows the state to issue driver's licenses to immigrants who are in the country illegally.

Martinez took aim at the law during her State of the State address before the House and Senate on Tuesday, the opening day of the 60-day legislative session.

Martinez has tried repeatedly to have the law repealed, but those efforts have generated staunch opposition from Democrats. Despite the Republicans winning control of the House, Democrats lead the Senate and vowed Tuesday to fight back.

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8:01 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Difficult Conditions Reported On Some New Mexico Highways

Difficult driving conditions are reported on some northern New Mexico highways as a major winter storm begins to drop heavy snow.

Affected highways include Interstate 25 between Glorieta and Watrous.

The National Weather Service says snow levels will continue to drop Wednesday, with the most significant impacts expected overnight.

According to the forecasters, areas along and east of the central mountain chain will be hardest hit by heavy snow Wednesday.

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6:00 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Las Cruces Looks Into Taking Over White Sands International Film Festival

The White Sands International Film Festival announced that it was ending earlier this month. Las Cruces City Council is using that as an opportunity to see if it is an event that the Convention and Visitor’s Bureau could take over.

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4:22 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Las Cruces Man Suspected Of Beating Girlfriend

  A Las Cruces man suspected of beating up his girlfriend Saturday evening has been charged with a pair of felonies.

Joshua J. Baeza, 35, is charged with one count of battery against a household member causing great bodily harm and one count of battery against a household member.

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4:15 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Las Cruces Man Charged For Allegedly Battering, Threatening Mother

  Police arrested a Las Cruces man suspected of threatening his mother Monday with a hacksaw and a knife.

Emmanuel Rivera, 22, is charged with one count each of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and battery against a household member.

Shortly after noon on Monday, Jan. 19, Las Cruces Police were dispatched to the 1700 block of Aspen Court after Rivera reported became irate when the mother of his young son went to his home and picked up their child.

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3:55 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

WNMU Professor Emeritus Earns Nature Book Recognition

  Silver City, NM – Ever heard the term citizen scientist? Professor Emeritus Sharman Apt Russell, wrote a book on the subject, and it has landed on the list of Best Nature Books of 2014.

Diary Of A Citizen Scientist: Chasing Tiger Beetles and Other New Ways of Engaging the World was released in 2014. It is a 224-page journey by Russell describing her exploration in a yearlong study of a little-known species, the Western red-bellied tiger beetle.

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3:29 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

New Mexico Man Sentenced To 12+ Years For Violating Federal Firearms Laws

  Cody Allen Little, 34, of Lovington, N.M., was sentenced today in federal court in Las Cruces, N.M., to 150 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release for violating the federal firearms laws.  The sentence was announced by U.S. Attorney Damon P. Martinez, 5thJudicial District Attorney Janetta B. Hicks, Thomas G. Atteberry, Special Agent in Charge of the Phoenix Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and Lea County Sheriff Steve Ackerman.

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3:23 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Justice Department And City Of Albuquerque Jointly Select Monitor To Oversee Police Reforms

  ALBUQUERQUE – The Justice Department announced today that, jointly with the city of Albuquerque, it is notifying the District Court of the selection of Dr. James R.

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2:01 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Transcript: Martinez State Of The State Address

Credit Office of the Governor

  The following is the prepared text of the State of the State Address delivered by Governor Susana Martinez from the chamber of the New Mexico House of Representatives on January 20, 2015.

Governor Susana Martinez: 2015 State of the State Address

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1:58 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Convicted Killer Set To Die In Texas

A 41-year-old man on Texas death row for almost two decades for the slayings of three people during a robbery at their San Antonio home is set to die this week in Huntsville.

Arnold Prieto would be the first convicted killer in Texas given lethal injection this year. He's scheduled to die Wednesday.

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1:57 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Patrick: Texas Will Take Conservatism To "Next Level"

  Tea party favorite Dan Patrick has been sworn in as Texas' new lieutenant governor and will oversee the powerful state Senate.

A devout born-again Christian, Patrick had been a state senator since 2007. He was inaugurated on the Texas Capitol steps Tuesday by his son Ryan, a state district judge in Houston.

Patrick promised to take Texas' already strong conservatism "to the next level," saying Texans "gave us a mandate."

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1:54 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Republican Takes Over As House Speaker

  Don Tripp of Socorro is the new top leader in the New Mexico House of Representatives.

Split along party lines, lawmakers voted 37-32 in favor of the Republican taking over as House speaker. The vote came shortly after the Legislature convened Tuesday for a 60-day session.

Democrats had nominated Rep. Luciano "Lucky" Varela, D-Santa Fe.

The GOP gained enough seats in the November general election to take control of the House for the first time in 60 years.

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12:48 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

The First Hispanic First Lady Of Texas

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  The swearing in of new Texas Gov. Greg Abbott makes his wife the state's first Hispanic first lady.

Cecilia Abbott is the granddaughter of Mexican immigrants and was raised in San Antonio.

Delivering his inaugural address on the steps of the state Capitol on Tuesday, the new governor said his wife embodies Texas.

He said the state "has been the blending of cultures from across the globe even before we became our own nation."

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