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Iraqi Facing Deportation After Aiding Military Takes Refuge

Jul 13, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Iraqi man who fled to the U.S. during the Gulf War and trained tens of thousands of American soldiers is facing deportation orders that could lead to his death in his homeland, his supporters say.

Kadhim Al-bumohammed, 64, decided to seek refuge Thursday inside a New Mexico church. He announced through his attorney that he would defy a federal immigration order to appear for a hearing where he was expected to be detained over two misdemeanor domestic-violence convictions in California.

US Nuclear Agency Sets Expectations For Los Alamos Contract

Jul 13, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. agency responsible for overseeing the nation's nuclear weapons cache is laying out the qualifications that will be required from the next manager of Los Alamos National Laboratory.

The birthplace of the atomic bomb and still one of the nation's premier nuclear research facilities, Los Alamos has struggled in recent years with a string of safety lapses involving the handling of plutonium and radioactive waste.

AP-NORC Poll: Three-quarters in US say they lack influence

Jul 13, 2017 (donald trump)

  WASHINGTON (AP) — Linda Bell, a beekeeper and farmer who makes about $11,000 a year, feels Washington power brokers have no intention of making health care affordable.

"They don't care about people like me," says the Bosque County, Texas, resident.

Public Lands Spur Local Economies

Jul 13, 2017

Joint Economic Committee Democrats released state 

Fronteras 716: Love JRZ - Laura Ibarra

Jul 13, 2017

AG Balderas Calls on Trump Administration & Secretary DeVos to Uphold Student Protections

Jul 13, 2017
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos

Commentary: Washington D.C. – Attorney General Hector Balderas and 20 other state attorneys general have submitted public comments to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, calling a move by the U.S. Department of Education to replace existing student protections a “waste of resources and a betrayal of students.”

  Rep. Rick Little (R-Doña Ana and Otero) announced the launch of a backpack drive for New Mexico’s kids. Little is partnering with Molina Healthcare on this effort to provide new backpacks to deserving students in House District 53.  


Community Connection - A Children's Theatre of the Mesilla Valley

Jul 13, 2017

REFUND ALERT: AG Balderas Announces Hundreds of NM Students to Receive DeVry University Refunds

Jul 13, 2017
New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas

Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that hundreds of New Mexico students will receive refund checks from DeVry University as part of a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) settlement over deceptive statements made by DeVry about their job prospects and earning potential after graduation. On July 5th, the FTC began mailing 173,000 refund checks worth more than $49 million to some students who attended the school between 2008 and 2015.

  Commentary: WASHINGTON — The National Education Association today filed comments with the Department of Education objecting to its plan to establish negotiated rulemaking committees to revisit program integrity rules on Gainful Employment and Borrower Defense.

Homeless Woman Charged in Las Cruces Stabbing

Jul 13, 2017

Las Cruces Police arrested a woman suspected of stabbing a private security guard Wednesday evening.

Maritza L. Rodriguez, 26, who is said to be homeless, is charged with a third-degree felony count of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

At about 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 12, police were dispatched to the report of a stabbing in the parking lot of the old Pro’s Ranch Market off El Paseo Road. Officers arrived to find a private security guard suffering from a stab wound to his back.

The Bulletin On The Radio

Jul 13, 2017

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Los Alamos Museum Hosts Exhibit On Manhattan Project

Jul 13, 2017

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — The Bradbury Science Museum in Los Alamos is slated to host a new multimedia exhibit on the Manhattan Project.

The interactive exhibit, Manhattan on the Mesa: Manhattan Project Properties at Los Alamos, opens Saturday and tells the story of Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists working on the world's first atomic bomb.

New Mexico Highlands University students developed the multimedia exhibit that features 3-D models, videos, virtual reality, and graphic panels.

New Mexico Rally Eyed For Iraqi Refugee Amid Detention Order

Jul 13, 2017


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Protesters say they will demonstrate outside the Immigration and Customs Enforcement offices in Albuquerque in support for an Iraqi refugee is facing deportation.

Lawyers for Kadhim Al-bumohammed say the 64-year-old has been ordered Thursday to attend an immigration hearing where he is expected to be detained.

Supporters say Al-bumohammed helped train U.S. soldiers going to Iraq and will face death if he's deported

New Mexico Considers Rules For Dark-Money Groups In Politics

Jul 13, 2017

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico election regulators are taking the pulse of public opinion on rules that would to force nonprofit advocacy organizations that attempt to influence voting to report more information about financial backers.

The proposal from the New Mexico Secretary of State's Office takes aim at so-called dark money groups that can spend unlimited amounts to influence elections and ballot measures when acting independently.

Lily Eskelsen García-President, NEA / NEA photo

  Commentary: WASHINGTON—Today, the U.S. House appropriations subcommittee took the first step towards funding the federal department of education by publicly releasing its budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year. On Thursday, the subcommittee will vote on a bill that contains draconian cuts to Title II programs for professional development, class-size reduction and after-school programs. NEA President Lily Eskelsen García issued the following statement.


Auditor Identifies Wage Disparities Among New Mexico Vendors

Jul 12, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Advocates are urging New Mexico's elected leaders to enforce existing policies aimed at closing wage gaps and gender disparities within the workforce as a way to address poverty and other systemic problems that have hampered the state for decades.

Leaders with the Southwest Women's Law Center, Young Women United and other groups gathered Wednesday in Albuquerque to discuss the gaps and how they might affect families.

Drug Overdose Deaths Increase Slightly In New Mexico

Jul 12, 2017

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico health officials say drug overdose deaths increased to 497 in 2016 from 493 the previous year in a state on the front lines of the nation's prescription opioid and heroin epidemic.

The state Department of Health announced Wednesday that the overdose death rate remained unchanged during 2016 at 24.8 deaths per 1,000 residents, considering slight population growth. The rate of unintentional fatal drug overdoses not linked to suicides has increased.

AP EXPLAINS: Term 'La Raza' Has Complicated Roots In US

Jul 12, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The National Council of La Raza announced this week that it was changing its name to UnidosUS, dropping a word that has deep roots but may have hurt the organization in moving toward the future.

The change to remove "la raza" comes amid a backlash from conservatives and a desire by the civil rights group to appeal to younger Latinos in the United States.

Office of US Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

Commentary: Today, U.S.

NMSU professor promotes preserving moon-landing sites

Jul 12, 2017

Beth O’Leary, professor emerita in New Mexico State University’s Department of Anthropology will travel to Washington, D.C., to give a presentation on space archaeology and heritage preservation.

Dr. O’Leary will give the presentation to the National Geographic Society on July 18. On July 19 the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum will host a book launch and signing for O’Leary’s new book, “The Final Mission: Preserving NASA’s Apollo Sites.” These events coincide with the 48th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission.

Senate Republican Health Bill Would Harm New Mexico’s Tribal Communities

Jul 12, 2017

Commentary: ALBUQUERQUE—By slashing Medicaid and making marketplace coverage unaffordable, the U.S. Senate Republican health bill would have devastating consequences for New Mexico’s American Indians. The uninsured rate among Native Americans in New Mexico would jump an estimated 232 percent under the bill, according to a new report from the Washington, DC-based Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

NMSU’s Arrowhead Center to host inaugural AgSprint Assembly

Jul 12, 2017

Leaders and entrepreneurs in the world of agricultural technology will join promising agtech startups to discuss ideas to help promote and develop agtech investments in New Mexico, as well as the global state of agriculture, at the inaugural AgSprint Assembly, which will take place Aug. 10 at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum in Las Cruces.

  Santa Fe, NM – Today, the New Mexico Department of Transportation announced the availability of an online survey to find out which railroad issues are important to New Mexicans and for providing input to update the State Rail Plan. The survey is accessible through this link.

  Santa Fe, NM - New Mexico Film Office Director Nick Maniatis announced today that the feature film "Arizona" produced by Rough House Pictures and Imperative Entertainment filmed in Albuquerque and Rio Rancho. The production employed 115 New Mexico crew members, 12 New Mexico principal actors and approximately 50 New Mexico background talent. "Arizona" was directed by Jonathan Watson and produced by Bradley Thomas ("There's Something about Mary," "Dumb and Dumber"), Dan Friedkin ("All The Money in The World," "Hot Summer Nights"), Ryan Friedkin ("Hot Summe

Henderson Middle School Chess Team

Jul 12, 2017

KRWG recently profiled the amazing Henderson Middle School chess team.  It's the focus of our Newsmakers show on July 20 at 7pm.

Living Here - Prehistoric Trackways National Monument

Jul 12, 2017

Boosting Head Start In Las Cruces

Jul 12, 2017

LAS CRUCES---Thanks to a collaborative partnership between the LCPS Head Start program, Doña Ana County Head Start, La Clinica de Familia (LCDF) Early Head Start and Ngage New Mexico, buses throughout Las Cruces are now featuring advertisements touting the variety of free support services offered through all three community Head Start programs.       

Las Cruces, N.M. - On July 17, 2017, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Las Cruces District will conduct a public scoping meeting to gather input on an environmental assessment (EA) on right-of-way (ROW) applications submitted by El Paso Electric (EPE).  The meeting will be held at the Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum’s Ventura Room from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., with a formal presentation at 6:00 p.m.  The Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum is located at 4100 Dripping Springs Road in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

The Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) granted on July 11, 2017, a precandidate status for The University of Texas at El Paso’s School of Pharmacy, which will allow the new school to enroll its first cohort of 40 students and begin instruction in August 2017.