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12:40 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

King Back On TV In Governor's Race

  Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gary King has returned to the airwaves with a television ad targeting Republican Gov. Susana Martinez for her veto of a minimum wage increase.

King launched the ad late last week, ending a month-long break when his campaign wasn't on the air while Republican Gov. Susana Martinez continued to target the Democrat with hard-hitting advertising.

According to the Center for Public Integrity, Martinez had spent six times more than King on TV advertising before the Democrat launched his latest ad.

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12:38 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Bernalillo County To Poll Voters On Raising Taxes

  Voters in Bernalillo County will be asked in November to offer their opinions at the polls about a possible tax for mental health services, but the election results on that question aren't binding.

The Nov. 4 ballot includes an "advisory" question that would poll voters on whether they support a one-eighth percent gross receipts tax that would raise about $20 million a year.

Opponents say there's funding already available that could be realigned to support mental-health services without going to taxpayers for more.

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12:37 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

A Ghoulish Date? Perry's In Court On Halloween

Credit Texas Governor Rick Perry (R)

   Indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry must appear for a court hearing on Oct. 31.

A judge set the date Monday for a pretrial hearing to discuss procedural issues, including whether the special prosecutor leading the case against Perry was properly sworn in.

The governor was in Europe and skipped Monday's proceedings in Austin. But he will have to be there when the case goes back to court.

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12:35 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

CDC Urges All Hospitals To "Think Ebola"

  Federal health authorities are telling the nation's hospitals to "think Ebola."

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Tom Frieden is urging hospitals to watch for patients with fever or symptoms of Ebola who have traveled from the three Ebola-stricken African nations in the past 21 days. He spoke Monday after a nurse in Dallas became the first person to catch the disease within the United States. She had treated a Liberian man who died at the hospital after bringing the disease from Liberia.

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12:23 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Records: $24,000 In Bonuses For New Mexico VA Leaders

  Five top administrators in the Veterans Affairs' health care system in New Mexico received more than $24,000 in bonuses in 2013 despite complaints from veterans about lapses and delays in care.

Documents obtained by The Associated Press through a Freedom of Information request show the director of the New Mexico system collected more than $8,700 in 2013.

Nearly 100 other employees — from emergency room doctors to surgeons — shared more than $2.4 million in performance pay last year.

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12:21 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Reprieve For Texas Prisoner Facing Execution

The state's highest criminal appeals court has blocked the scheduled execution this week of a 40-year-old man convicted of fatally shooting a 5-year-old boy sleeping with his mother at a Corpus Christi apartment 20 years ago.

Larry Hatten had ordered no appeals be filed to stop his scheduled Wednesday evening lethal injection in Huntsville for the slaying of Isaac Jackson.

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6:00 am
Mon October 13, 2014

NMSU To Host Event For Former Students Looking To Attain Degree

New Mexico State University’s Cross Campus Advising office will host a “Come Back and Complete” information session at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14, at Corbett Center Colfax Room 210. 

The event will help former students learn how many credits they need to complete their bachelor’s degree, what they need to do to re-enroll at NMSU and options for possible financial assistance. 

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6:00 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Las Cruces Looks To Strengthen Relations With Mexico

  The Consulate General of Mexico and the City of Las Cruces have announced the presentation of the world-renowned ‘Cuarteto Latinoamericano’, the first of a series of Mexican cultural programs aimed to strengthen the friendship that exists between the people of Las Cruces and Mexico.

A news conference regarding the effort will be held at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, in Azul at Hotel Encanto, 705 S. Telshor Blvd., Las Cruces, NM.

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2:11 pm
Sun October 12, 2014

USDA Brings Water To Navajo Community In New Mexico

Alice Yazzie stands in front of her home where she says she used to get her 55 gallon water barrels outside of her home filled but that has not happened in about a month. So she had had to revert to carrying water by hand in buckets. Now she reports she is grateful for the new water system because she won’t have to haul water and worry about the water freezing in the barrels in the winter months.

  USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner was in Mariano Lake, New Mexico northeast of Gallup Friday to participate in a dedication ceremony which saw a new water system begin the flow of water to the residents of this Navajo Nation community.

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2:04 pm
Sun October 12, 2014

Udall, Heinrich Announce Nearly $800,000 For Economic Development In New Mexico

Credit Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

  U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced more than $780,000 in federal funding for two projects to spur economic development in New Mexico. These funds, made available by the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA), will increase access to microloans for small businesses and support the renovation the iconic Santo Domingo Trading Post.

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2:00 pm
Sun October 12, 2014

NMSU Helps NASA’s Scientific Balloon Program Achieve Rare Feat

  For the first time in the 27-year launch history in Fort Sumner, N.M., New Mexico State University’s Physical Science Laboratory’s Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility team launched three balloon experiments on three consecutive days for NASA’s Scientific Balloon Program. The launches took flight Sept. 24-26. 

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1:57 pm
Sun October 12, 2014

Manhunt For Two Suspects In New Mexico Murder

  Authorities in Bernalillo County are searching for two men they say are connected to the homicide of a man whose body was found on the side of a road.

Bernalillo County Sheriff's Capt. Ray Chavez says there are outstanding warrants on murder charges for 32-year-old Danny Trujillo and 25-year-old Ignacio Gallegos.

Chavez says both men are wanted in the death of 26-year-old Eloi Leyba.

Deputies were called after a passing motorist spotted Leyba's body around 8:30 a.m. Friday along Crest Road.

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1:56 pm
Sun October 12, 2014

Texas Abortion Services: More Calls, Longer Waits

  The eight remaining abortion clinics in Texas are reporting a spike in the number of phone calls and longer waits for appointments after a federal court allowed enforcement of the last of Texas' new abortion regulations.

An analysis of records by the Houston Chronicle shows Texas now has 75 percent fewer abortion clinics than two years ago. That's among the fewest per capita anywhere in the nation and the smallest number of clinics open since the 1970s.

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1:55 pm
Sun October 12, 2014

New Mexico Hospital Sued Over Data Breach

A New Mexico woman is suing a hospital and its parent company, saying their negligence led to hackers obtaining personal information belonging to her and more than 4 million other patients.

The Albuquerque Journal reported that attorneys are seeking class-action status for a lawsuit filed on behalf of Briana Brito.

The suit, which was filed Sept. 19, alleges Brito had personal data stolen while hospitalized at Alta Vista Regional Hospital in Las Vegas.

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1:54 pm
Sun October 12, 2014

How Did Dallas Worker Catch Ebola?

  Officials are investigating how a Dallas health worker who treated an Ebola patient ended up with the disease herself.

They say the worker wore full protective gear while treating Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian man who died Wednesday at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. The worker doesn't know how she became infected, and officials suspect a breach in infection control protocols.

They are looking into how the worker removed her personal protective gear, which includes a gown, two sets of gloves, a face mask and an eye shield.

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1:53 pm
Sun October 12, 2014

Farm Bill Delay Could Affect 2015 Cotton Planting

Cotton growers in Texas and other southwestern states plagued by years of drought may plant fewer acres next season because of a bureaucratic delay in implementing a provision of the farm bill.

The U.S. Agriculture Department was supposed to calculate production yields for all commodities by county in time for the 2015 crop year. But it now says it can't do that until the 2016 crop year.

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1:52 pm
Sun October 12, 2014

New Mexico Districts Sue Over Education Funding

  Three New Mexico school districts are suing the state in order to gain more funding for students.

The school districts allege in their lawsuit that current student funding levels violate the state Constitution, which calls for a sufficient education for every child.

The state of New Mexico and the Public Education Department are named as defendants in the lawsuit, which was filed Thursday in state District Court in Santa Fe.

The districts asking the state to change its funding formula so students who are learning English or living in poverty get equal funding.

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6:53 pm
Sat October 11, 2014

High-Ranking Fort Bliss Officer Suspended

  A high-ranking officer at Fort Bliss has been suspended while Army officials investigate accusations of misconduct.

Fort Bliss spokesman Lt. Col. Lee Peters says the garrison commander, 45-year-old Col. Thomas Munsey, has been taken off the job pending the outcome of the investigation.

Peters said Friday it's Army policy to not comment on ongoing investigations and no additional information was being made available.

Munsey has been at the El Paso-area post since June.

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6:51 pm
Sat October 11, 2014

U.S. Bank Gives $1.7 Million To UNM Athletics

  U.S. Bank will have its name tied to University of New Mexico's main athletic facilities thanks to a million dollar donation.

University officials announced Friday that U.S. Bank is giving $1.7 million to Lobo Athletics.

In exchange for the contribution, U.S. Bank will get the naming rights for premium seating areas at Lobo football and basketball games.

The Pit will have a U.S. Bank Suite and Club Level and University Stadium will have a U.S. Bank End Zone Club and U.S. Bank Zia Levels.

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10:44 am
Sat October 11, 2014

Rep. Pearce Welcomes New Citizens

Rep. Steve Pearce, left, and U.S. District Judge James O. Browning congratulate two new citizens following a naturalization ceremony Friday at the Albuquerque Convention Center.

  Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM 2) congratulated more than 160 new United States citizens Friday as guest speaker at a naturalization ceremony at the Albuquerque Convention Center.

 

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10:39 am
Sat October 11, 2014

Drugs, Firearms Found In Las Cruces Home Following SWAT Standoff

Tosha Amos

  Three people were arrested Friday after Doña Ana County Sheriff’s deputies surrounded a house where a man was reportedly shooting at his brother with possible hostages inside.

Just before midnight, the Doña Ana County Special Response Team, with assistance from the Las Cruces Police Department, was dispatched to the 7200 block of Parrigin Way, near the intersection of Peachtree Hills in the East Mesa area of Las Cruces.

A woman and an 8-year-old boy, allegedly being held against their will, were believed to be inside.

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10:29 am
Sat October 11, 2014

Health Provider Says New Mexico Refused Evidence That Refuted Behavioral Health Audit

  A state agency citing potential Medicaid fraud refused to consider documents that could have cleared a health care provider of allegations that it had overcharged the government by as much as $4.3 million, the organization’s officials said this week. 

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10:27 am
Sat October 11, 2014

Silver City MLK Event To Include Student Essay Competition

  Silver City, NM – Students of all ages in the Grant County, Luna County and Hidalgo County school districts are invited to participate in an essay contest titled “The Dream: What It Means To Me”.

Essay participants will be celebrated along with other special guests at the annual Martin Luther King Jr Day celebration on Monday, January 19 on the Western New Mexico University campus.

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10:24 am
Sat October 11, 2014

Sprinkler Systems Extinguish Three Las Cruces Apartment Fires

Photograph of a Las Cruces apartment fire that was controlled by a sprinkler system.

  In the last thirty days, sprinkler systems have successfully extinguished three separate apartment fires in Las Cruces.

In two of the fires, residents were in the apartment and unaware a fire had started. At each incident, a single sprinkler head completely put out fires that started from unattended cooking. Sprinklers operate automatically in the area where a fire starts, preventing it from growing undetected to a dangerous size, while simultaneously sounding an alarm.

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10:16 am
Sat October 11, 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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10:11 am
Sat October 11, 2014

A Conversation With Reporter Simon Thompson

  Simon Thompson is a reporter/producer for KRWG-TV's Newsmakers.  You can also hear his reports on KRWG-FM.  

Thompson is originally from Australia, where he graduated from Monash University with a B.A in Journalism and Politics.

After graduating, Thompson wrote features and worked as subeditor for a social culture magazine in his hometown of Melbourne.

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2:58 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

County Budget Now Online

  Working in conjunction with the Doña Ana County Information Technology Department, the Doña Ana County Finance Department has posted the county’s Fiscal Year 2014/2015 budget online for review by the public.

   The final budget has been approved by both the Doña Ana County Board of Commissioners and the New Mexico Department of Finance and Administration.

   The current budget – along with past budgets – is available for review at www.donaanacounty.org/finance.

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2:57 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

One Of New Mexico's Most Wanted Fugitives Arrested

  Federal authorities say they've arrested a man who's considered one of New Mexico's most wanted violent fugitives.

A U.S. Marshals task force arrested 27-year-old Angelo Deshannon Burdex in northwest Albuquerque on Thursday.

State authorities had issued a warrant for Burdex's arrest on July 1.

He was accused of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated battery, aggravated assault on a household member and felon in possession of a firearm.

Burdex who was arrested last year by the U.S. Marshal's task force but fled from justice again.

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2:55 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Davis Ad Touches On Disability Issues; Abbott Campaign Outraged

Credit Senator Wendy Davis (D)

  A new television ad by Democrat Wendy Davis focuses attention in the Texas governor's race on Republican Greg Abbott's use of a wheelchair, accusing him of not siding with victims like himself.

Abbott's campaign quickly responded Friday, calling it "disgusting" and "desperate."

The 30-second ad titled "Justice" is the first from the Davis campaign to draw attention to Abbott's disability. It notes that he was injured when a tree fell on him while jogging in 1984, then criticizes Abbott, the state attorney general, as working against victims in other disability cases.

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2:53 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

NMSU Regents Approve Development Corporation Bylaws

  GRANTS, N.M. – In a regular meeting Oct. 10, the New Mexico State University Board of Regents approved bylaws for the Aggie Development Corp., the newly formed corporation that will allow NMSU to better manage and develop its land, property and water assets.

Aggie Development Inc. is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization created under the University Research Park and Economic Development Act. Ben Woods, NMSU special adviser to the NMSU president and president of Aggie Development Corp., is leading the effort to establish the corporation.

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