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3:14 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

King And Martinez Battle Over Comments

Credit Office of the Governor

   Democratic gubernatorial challenger Gary King says he's not apologizing for comments at a weekend fundraiser that Republican Gov. Susana Martinez "does not have a Latino heart."

King said Wednesday in an interview that he doesn't consider his remarks racist. He said his statement was meant to point out the governor's policies are contrary to values held by many New Mexico Hispanic families. He pointed to the governor's veto of a minimum wage increase as an example.

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3:09 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Former Navajo Leader Pleads Guilty

The Navajo Nation's former legislative leader has pleaded guilty in what prosecutors say was a scheme to divert tribal funds to his family.

Lawrence Morgan entered the plea Wednesday as part of an agreement to aid prosecutors in cases against his onetime colleagues on the Navajo Nation Council.

The agreement logged in Window Rock District Court allows Morgan to avoid jail time if he fully cooperates.

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3:08 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Alamogordo Women Sentenced In Drug Fraud

  Two Alamogordo women have been sentenced to prison for conspiracy to fraudulently obtain prescription drugs.

Prosecutors say 57-year-old Sharon Carter was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison followed by two years of supervised release.

Also sentenced Wednesday in federal court in Las Cruces was 52-year-old Connie Coble, who received a 36-day term of imprisonment followed by three years of supervised release.

Carter and Coble were charged in a 66-count indictment six months ago.

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3:07 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Abbott Calls For More Women's Health Funds As Opponent Presses The Issue

Credit Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott (R)

   Republican Greg Abbott is emphasizing women in his new health agenda for Texas, which comes after Democrat Wendy Davis has lately made abortion and sexual assault issues in the governor's race.

Abbott on Wednesday called for increasing state funds for women's health by $50 million. The longtime Texas attorney general also proposed expanded services for sexual assault victims and postpartum depression.

The Davis campaign called the plan "hollow promises."

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8:12 am
Wed September 10, 2014

New Mexico State Fair Begins

The New Mexico State Fair is starting today in Albuquerque with a round of baking contests and other exhibits.

The fair's general manager, Dan Mourning, says this year's event will include local and regional entertainment and educational and interactive events aimed at honoring the state's diverse cultures and agriculture.

The fair will run through Sept. 21.

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8:05 am
Wed September 10, 2014

New Mexico's Green Chile Harvest In Full Swing

Credit facebook.com/NMChileAssociation

The sweet aroma of roasted peppers is wafting throughout New Mexico, signaling that fall is near and the green chile harvest is in full swing.

The annual ritual has everyone from Gov. Susana Martinez to farmers, chefs and hot pepper aficionados professing their love for all things green chile. They're quick to argue that the quality of New Mexico's signature crop is unmatched.

The seasonal attention highlights a growing demand for the New Mexico-grown hot peppers, even as the number of acres planted and harvested each year has been shrinking.

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8:03 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Former Navajo Legislative Leader Due In Court

Five former and current Navajo Nation lawmakers accused of misusing tribal funds are set to go on trial next month.

Window Rock District Judge Carol Perry has set aside more than two months for the trial, starting with jury selection on Oct. 14.

Perry says consolidating the trials of Navajo Nation Council Speaker Johnny Naize, Delegate David Tom, and former delegates George Arthur, Leonard Teller and Ernest Yazzie Jr., will save money.

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8:01 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Albuquerque Police Shooting Contest To Draw Rally

Activists say they will protest a planned police shooting contest in Albuquerque — with water guns.

A coalition of groups has scheduled a march and rally Sunday where advocates are slated to shoot mock targets with water guns and Nerf darts.

The city and its police department are hosting the National Rifle Association competition Sept. 13-17 for law enforcement members who can "select to fire in just one match or fire in all of the championship match events."

Advocates want the event canceled.

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7:58 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Governor's PAC Has Cash-On-Hand Of $93,000

Credit Office of the Governor

Republican Gov. Susana Martinez has stockpiled more than $90,000 in a political committee that helps other candidates and pays for some of her political travels.

According to a new fundraising report, Susana PAC raised $59,675 during the past two months. Among the contributors giving $5,200 were pharmaceutical company Pfizer Inc., the American Beverage Association and United Healthcare Group.

One of United's businesses, OptumHealth New Mexico, has a multi-million dollar contract to manage non-Medicaid behavioral health spending by state agencies.

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6:00 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Students Prepare For Role At NMSU's Domenici Public Policy Conference

University of New Mexico student Holly Marquez asks a question during the 2013 Domenici Public Policy Conference hosted by NMSU at the Las Cruces Convention Center. Marquez was one of 20 student panelists selected to ask questions of the speakers at the conference. (Photo by Niki Rhynes)

  Specially selected students from across New Mexico have spent the recent months preparing for their opportunity to learn from and question national and international policymakers and experts as part of the 2014 Domenici Public Policy Conference, hosted by New Mexico State University on Sept. 17 and 18 at the Las Cruces Convention Center.

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5:24 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Newsmakers 627 Protection from arroyos- part 2; arts educator Irene Oliver Lewis

Field reports include:  The dangers of building near arroyos-a closer look at a cautionary tale from Dona Ana County; the challenges for medical marijuana dispensaries; and a profile of Las Cruces arts educator Irene Oliver Lewis.

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5:22 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Newsmakers 626 Protecting homes from arroyos; public transit tax proposal

Field reports include:  A plan to protect property owners in Las Cruces by ensuring homes are not built in the path of floods; concerns over the New Mexico medical marijuana program; and voters in Dona Ana County will decide on a tax increase to support public transit.

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5:21 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Mexican Gray Wolf Debate

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5:20 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

La Piñon - Linda Quintana-Armijo

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4:48 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

NMSU's Arrowhead Center

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4:46 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Mesilla Valley Community Of Hope

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4:44 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Newsmakers 625 - Foraged food, GO teacher program, Feral pigs

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4:44 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Newsmakers 624 - Border Reality Checkpoints, Service Dogs; Onion Breeding

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12:57 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Fort Bliss Boosts Security

  The Army is ramping up security at Fort Bliss, its sprawling West Texas post near the US-Mexico border.

The tighter security is to include random vehicle checks and access limited to Defense Department personnel at some of its gates.

The move comes a week after key lawmakers warned that the United States is being eyed as a target by militants of the group that calls itself the Islamic State.

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12:56 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Las Cruces Medical Flight Got Wrong Fuel Before Crash

  Federal safety investigators say an air ambulance got the wrong fuel at a New Mexico airport before it took off and crashed, killing all four people aboard.

A National Transportation Safety Board preliminary report says the twin-engine aircraft was refueled with 40 gallons of jet fuel instead of aviation gasoline at the Las Cruces airport on Aug. 27.

The plane crashed after taking off on a flight to Phoenix. All three crew members and one patient were killed.

The NTSB preliminary report issued Monday does not say whether the wrong fuel caused the crash.

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12:53 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Dona Ana County Will Not Enforce Immigration Laws

  New Mexico's most populous border county has joined a movement prohibiting local officials from going out of their way to enforce federal immigration laws.

Dona Ana commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to make their area a "safe county" and restrict county employees from asking residents about immigration status.

The move comes after commissioners received a petition in February with 10,000 signatures.

The resolution calls for county departments and employees not to enforce federal immigration laws unless required by federal and state statues.

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12:53 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

King Refunding Sex Offender Contributions

  Democratic gubernatorial challenger Gary King says he's returning $30,400 in contributions from companies affiliated with a wealthy financier who is a convicted sex offender in Florida.

King said in a statement Tuesday his campaign fundraising staff missed the connection between the contributions and Jeffrey Epstein, who pleaded guilty in 2008 in Florida to a charge of soliciting prostitution. Epstein served just over a year in jail.

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12:52 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Mouse Listing Leads To Lawsuit By New Mexico Ranchers

Credit fws.gov

  New Mexico ranchers are suing the federal government over its attempts to limit their cattle's access to water and grazing areas in the wake of a tiny mouse winning endangered species protections in the Southwest.

Ranchers from throughout New Mexico, the New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau and several cattlemen groups filed their lawsuit Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque.

They contend their private property rights as well as the ranching traditions of some rural New Mexico communities near the Santa Fe and Lincoln national forests are at stake.

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9:49 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Decreased Enrollment Leading To Budget Cuts At NMSU

Credit NMSU President Dr. Garrey Carruthers

  A decline in student credit hours of about 4.5 percent will lead to budget reductions at New Mexico State University.  That's according to a memo released Tuesday by NMSU President Dr. Garrey Carruthers.  The memo states that the reduced credit hours will lead to a revenue reduction of about $4.8 million.  $1.5 million in reductions have already been identified, leaving another $3.3 million still to be cut.

Here is the full text of the memo from Dr. Garrey Carruthers:

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7:45 am
Tue September 9, 2014

UNM Gets Grant To Study Fetal Alcohol Disorders

The National Institutes of Health has awarded the University of New Mexico $8.1 million over the next five years for research into fetal alcohol disorders.

The NIH says the New Mexico Alcohol Research Center at UNM's Health Sciences Center is one of 18 alcohol research centers in the U.S., and the only one targeting fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.

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7:42 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Balderas Holds Money Edge In Attorney General Race

Hector Balderas

Democratic candidate Hector Balderas holds a more than 4-to-1 campaign cash advantage over Republican Susan Riedel in the race for attorney general.

According to the latest fundraising disclosures, Balderas had cash-on-hand of $822,000 at the start of the month and Riedel reported a balance of about $178,000.

Balderas is a two-term state auditor and Riedel is a former prosecutor and district judge from Las Cruces.

Riedel raised $92,725 during the past two months and Balderas collected $70,037.

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7:35 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Santa Fe County Eyes Marijuana Ballot Question

Santa Fe County Commissioners are expected to consider a nonbinding measure on decriminalizing marijuana.

The possible vote Tuesday comes a day after Bernalillo County commissioners approved a similar proposal asking voters whether possession of an ounce or less of marijuana should be decriminalized.

Critics said the marijuana measure is just an attempt by some Democrats to get younger voters to the polls.

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6:00 am
Tue September 9, 2014

NMSU Sponsors Global Connections Lecture Series

NMSU professors Elvira Hammond, Margaret Goehring and Ed Boles led a group to China in March 2014. The group visited the Terra Cotta Army guarding the imperial tomb of the Qin dynasty.

  For the fourth year, the New Mexico State University College of Arts and Sciences will sponsor “Global Connections,” the lecture series featuring the globetrotting adventures of NMSU faculty.

The purpose is to provide an opportunity for members of the campus and surrounding community to listen and ask questions of NMSU professors about the kinds of experiences they might otherwise never encounter.

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11:10 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

New Mexico Students Feeling Pressure Of Standardized Tests

Mayfield High School Senior Jacqueline Sanchez prepares for state mandated math test.
Credit Simon Thompson

State standards have dramatically increased the number of standardized tests in public schools and some educators say it’s causing undue pressure on students and damaging their education.

Jacqueline Sanchez, daughter of National Education Association President Patrick Sanchez is a senior at Mayfield High School in Las Cruces and she says all the tests they are taking have become a source of despair among her classmates.

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7:03 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Las Cruces Jurors Award $67 Million In Lawsuit Over Pacemaker

Jurors have awarded a pacemaker patient more than $67 million in damages in a lawsuit.

A 3rd Judicial District Court jury in Las Cruces on Monday found German pacemaker manufacturer Biotronik negligent in the case of Tommy Sowards.

Sowards claimed in his suit that he was unnecessarily implanted with a pacemaker as a result of an alleged conspiracy between the company, a Las Cruces doctor and a hospital to boost sales of the device.

The jury awarded $2.3 million in compensatory damages and $65 million in punitive damages.

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