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9:59 am
Sun August 24, 2014

Seed Company Sued By Migrant Farm Workers

  A major seed company is being sued by more than 30 migrant farm workers who say they were underpaid while removing tassels from corn in southwestern Michigan.

The workers are mostly from Texas and were hired in 2012 to work in Cass County. Detasseling is hot, labor-intensive work that occurs while the corn still is in the ground.

The lawsuit in Grand Rapids federal court accuses Johnston, Iowa-based DuPont Pioneer and two recruiters of violating federal wage and migrant labor laws.

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9:58 am
Sun August 24, 2014

UNM Expands Online Classes After Early Success

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  The University of New Mexico is expanding its global presence in the online world in a massive way.

School officials say they are increasing the number of free Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs, after one course last semester drew thousands of students from nearly 200 countries.  

UNM will offer three courses this fall.  The three courses include web application architecture, curanderismo or the art of traditional healing and a bilingual course on global business in English and Spanish.

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9:54 am
Sun August 24, 2014

Texas Police Chief Killed Executing Arrest Warrant

  The police chief of a small Texas town has been killed while executing an arrest warrant.

Authorities say Elmendorf Police Chief Michael Pimentel was killed Saturday. The mayor of Elmendorf, a small town located about 25 miles southeast of San Antonio, said in a news release that the subject of the warrant opened fire, striking Pimentel once in the shoulder and once in the abdomen.

A 24-year-old man is in custody and will face a charge of capital murder of a police officer.

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9:54 am
Sun August 24, 2014

Mexico Blasts Perry Over Comments Regarding Terrorist Threats

Credit Texas Governor Rick Perry (R)

  Mexican Foreign Relations Secretary Jose Antonio Meade says Texas Gov. Rick Perry's recent statements about the possibility that Islamic fundamentalists could be entering the U.S. from Mexico are "absurd."

Perry last week asserted that "there is a very real possibility" that Islamic terrorists could be entering the United States from Mexico across what he called an "unsecured" Southwest border. But he added that there is "no clear evidence" that they are.

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9:52 am
Sun August 24, 2014

Santa Fe Bear And Cub Relocated To Gila National Forest

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   New Mexico Game and Fish officers say a bear and her cub have been safely relocated to a remote area after being treed in a Santa Fe neighborhood.

Both have already been taken to the Gila National Forest since being tranquilized near an elementary school Friday morning.

Game and Fish officials say this is the third time the tagged adult female bear and the cub have been captured in towns and relocated.

Biologist Rick Winslow says they did not euthanize her since she has cubs.

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9:50 am
Sun August 24, 2014

Three Sharks Born At ABQ Biopark

Three baby Whitespotted Bamboo sharks have been born at Albuquerque's BioPark Aquarium.

ABQ BioPark officials announced Friday that the shark babies were born last Monday.

They were hatched from eggs laid by one of the female sharks in the aquarium's Shark/Ray Encounter exhibit.

The baby sharks measure about 4 inches long. They are projected to grow up to 3 feet.

Officials say Whitespotted Bamboo sharks are harmless to people. They are known for reproducing without the need for a male presence.

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4:53 pm
Sat August 23, 2014

Poodle Stuck In The Bathtub...Albuquerque Police To The Rescue!

A poodle was freed with the help of Albuquerque firefighters after one of its paws got stuck in a bathtub drain for several hours.

Twelve-year-old Selene Ortega says she was giving her dog, Morita, a bath Friday at her northeast Albuquerque home when the poodle started screaming.

Ortega says she and her family called their veterinarian, a plumber and then 911.

A 911 dispatcher contacted Albuquerque Animal Welfare. The agency ended up calling the fire department.

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10:35 am
Sat August 23, 2014

UNM Soccer Coach Suspended Over Hazing

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   University of New Mexico women's soccer coach Kit Vela has been suspended for a week without pay and 22 players will be suspended for one game over a hazing incident.

Athletic director Paul Krebs says he expects Vela's suspension to begin immediately, but university policy dictates she has 10 days to appeal.

Krebs says assistant coaches Jorge Vela and Krista Foo will receive letters of reprimand.

School officials say last Sunday's hazing involved seven true freshmen and two were taken to the hospital for excessive alcohol consumption.

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10:34 am
Sat August 23, 2014

SpaceX Rocket Explodes During Test Flight

An unmanned SpaceX rocket exploded shortly after launch on a test flight at the company's Central Texas development site.

A SpaceX statement said nobody was injured in the Friday afternoon explosion at its test site in McGregor, Texas, 23 miles southeast of Waco.

In a statement, SpaceX spokesman John Taylor says the test flight involved a three-engine version of its reusable Falcon 9 rocket. He said an "anomaly" was detected in the rocket and it automatically self-destructed.

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10:31 am
Sat August 23, 2014

Crowded Field In Navajo Presidential Race

  Seventeen candidates are running for president of the Navajo Nation, a post that wields important influence on the nation's largest American Indian reservation.

The top two vote-getters in Tuesday's primary election will advance to the general election in November. More than 114,000 Navajos are registered to vote.

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10:30 am
Sat August 23, 2014

Man Sentenced To Life In Tularosa Murder

  An Otero County man has received life in prison for the murder of a Tularosa woman more than a year ago.

A state District Court judge on Friday imposed the maximum sentence on Paul Reynolds, who also received 4 ½ years for other charges.

Reynolds pleaded guilty earlier this year to first-degree felony murder in the January 2013 killing of 63-year-old Rita Gallegos.

Reynolds must serve 30 years before becoming eligible for parole.

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10:28 am
Sat August 23, 2014

Police: Las Cruces Woman Fires Gun From Vehicle

  A Las Cruces woman suspected of firing at least one round from a moving vehicle Friday morning has been arrested.

Ashley Elebario, 27, of the 500 block of Chaparro Street, is charged with one count each of shooting at or from a motor vehicle and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Shortly before 4 a.m. Friday, Aug. 22, Las Cruces Police were dispatched to the report of shots fired near the Papa John’s pizza store at 1701 S. Solano Dr. Officers discovered that a vehicle in the parking lot and a sign to the business were struck by gunfire.

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6:00 am
Sat August 23, 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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2:55 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

$5,000 Reward In 2008 Las Cruces Murder

James Francis Wilson

  Las Cruces Crime Stoppers is offering a $5,000 reward for information that helps identify the person or persons who killed 72-year-old James Francis Wilson in March 2008.
 

Wilson’s body was discovered at his home, at 1800 Camino Del Rex, on Tuesday, March 11, 2008. Las Cruces Police are investigating Wilson’s death as a homicide. Investigators believe Wilson may have been killed on March 10 or 11, 2008.

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11:31 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Scientists Urge Rehiring Of Fired Lab Worker

A group of scientists who work to limit the spread of nuclear weapons is urging the U.S. Energy Secretary to intervene on behalf of a fired worker at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Santa Fe political scientist James Doyle says he was fired after 17 years on the job in July after writing an article for a nonprofit web site in support of abolishing nuclear weapons. Doyle worked on the lab's non-proliferation team.

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11:30 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Perry's Legal Team To Ask Judge To Dismiss Case Against Him

Credit Texas Governor Rick Perry (R)

  An attorney for Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry says he will file a motion seeking to stop the criminal case against the possible 2016 presidential candidate.

Austin attorney David Botsford said Friday that Perry's defense team will attack the constitutionality of the prosecution and two felony indictments that accuse the governor of abusing his power. A Republican judge presiding over the case gave Botsford a week to file the motion.

The special prosecutor in the case, Michael McCrum, says he remains confident in the charges.

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11:28 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Lawsuit Filed Over Immigrant Access To Lawyers

  A coalition of lawyers has filed a lawsuit against federal immigration authorities, claiming detainees at a New Mexico detention center aren't getting proper legal representation.

The American Civil Liberties Union announced Friday it filed the federal lawsuit to get U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to change its policies that quickly deport immigrants without attorneys.

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9:41 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Las Cruces Mayor Pledges To End Veteran Homelessness In City

  Mayor Ken Miyagishima has joined First Lady Michelle Obama in committing to end veteran homelessness in Las Cruces by the end of 2015. With the First Lady’s announcement of the Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness, Las Cruces joins a growing number of communities across the country making the pledge.

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8:34 am
Fri August 22, 2014

State Signs Work Safety Agreement With Mexico

New Mexico's work safety bureau is teaming up with the Consulate of Mexico and others to provide Spanish-speaking employees around the state with proper training to improve workplace safety.

A memorandum of understanding was signed Thursday in Albuquerque by New Mexico Environment Secretary Ryan Flynn and Consul Mauricio Ibarra Ponce de Leon.

Flynn says the two-year agreement is the first of its kind and will provide opportunities that could potentially save lives.

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8:30 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Scientist Urge Rehiring Of Fired Nuke Lab Worker

A group of scientists who work to limit the spread of nuclear weapons is urging the U.S. Energy Secretary to intervene on behalf of a fired worker at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Santa Fe political scientist James Doyle says he was fired after 17 years on the job in July after writing an article for a nonprofit web site in support of abolishing nuclear weapons. Doyle worked on the lab's non-proliferation team.

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8:30 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Scientist Urge Rehiring Of Fired Nuke Lab Worker

A group of scientists who work to limit the spread of nuclear weapons is urging the U.S. Energy Secretary to intervene on behalf of a fired worker at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Santa Fe political scientist James Doyle says he was fired after 17 years on the job in July after writing an article for a nonprofit web site in support of abolishing nuclear weapons. Doyle worked on the lab's non-proliferation team.

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8:28 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Gov. Martinez Travels To Meeting In Mexico

Credit Office of the Governor

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez traveled across the international border to attend a meeting with officials from the Mexican state of Sonora.

The governor's office said Martinez went Thursday to the Sonoran city of Hermosillo to attend a meeting of the New Mexico-Sonora Commission along with Sonora Gov. Guillermo Padres Elias.

Martinez is scheduled to return to New Mexico on Friday.

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8:25 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Border Patrol Installs More Rescue Beacons

The Border Patrol has installed 10 new rescue beacons in the southern Arizona desert.

The beacons allow migrants to push a red button that calls for help in the case of an emergency. The Border Patrol says the beacons help save the lives of migrants who get lost in the desert or wander too long.

The beacons are 30-feet-tall and solar powered. There are now 32 of them in the Tucson sector, covering most of southern Arizona.

Border agents rescued 142 people who called for help using the beacons from October to July 31.

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8:24 am
Fri August 22, 2014

New Mexico's Largest School District Set To Name Interim Chief

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The school board of New Mexico's largest school district is preparing to name an interim superintendent amid questions surrounding the former school chief's departure.

The Albuquerque Public Schools board is scheduled to meet Friday for a special meeting where board members are expected to discuss interim candidates.

Embattled Superintendent Winston Brooks resigned last week after board members said he was being investigated for a personnel matter. Both sides declined to elaborate.

The school board then approved a $350,000 settlement to buy him out of his contract.

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8:17 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Santa Fe Police Warn Of Treed Mother Bear And Cub

Police in Santa Fe are trying to avoid spooking a mother bear and her cub that have taken refuge in a tree a couple blocks from an elementary school.

Police said Friday morning the bear is treed near Atalaya Elementary in the city's southeast. They're waiting for state Game and Fish officers to arrive so the animals can be relocated.

In the meantime, parents driving their children to that school are being asked to avoid using Camino Delora. Police don't want the morning traffic to scare the bears.

Police say they'll send a warning if the bears move.

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8:15 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Four New Sex Abuse Lawsuits Name New Mexico Catholic Diocese

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Four new lawsuits have been filed against the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Santa Fe by men who say they were molested by priests in New Mexico decades ago.

The four suits filed this week by Albuquerque attorney Brad Hall bring the number of lawsuits he's filed on behalf of alleged victims to 25 and 11 have been settled.

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6:10 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Lawsuit Seeks To Open Up New Mexico Primary Election To Independent Voters

New Mexico is one of 11 states that hold a strictly closed primary election. This closed primary process only allows for registered Democrats and Republicans to vote in their own primary election. It does not allow for independent voters to cast their vote in the election.  

This closed primary election is unconstitutional according to independent voter and Albuquerque lawyer David Crum who sued Secretary of State Diana Duran and Bernalillo County Clerk Maggie Toulouse Oliver.  Crum is pushing for a semi-closed primary that will include independent voters.

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6:00 am
Fri August 22, 2014

NMSU Freshman Receives National Hispanic Scholarship

NMSU freshman Mariah Garcia was one of 11 high school graduates nationwide who received the John S. Martinez Scholarship from the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators. State Sen. Daniel Ivey-Soto presented the ceremonial check to her at NMSU-Albuquerque Center. (NMSU photo by Jane Moorman)

  New Mexico State University freshman Mariah Garcia of Albuquerque is one of 11 high school graduates nationwide to receive the John S. Martinez Scholarship from the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators.

The Del Norte High School graduate was presented the $3,000 scholarship by State Sen. Daniel Ivey-Soto, Dist. 15, at the NMSU-Albuquerque Center prior to her departure to Las Cruces for her first semester.

Information from NMSU

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6:00 am
Fri August 22, 2014

NMSU Motorcycle Ride Offers Chance To Learn About 4-H

Motorcyclists leave the Dona Ana County Cooperative Extension Service parking lot in Las Cruces on the first leg of their journey during last year's Ride for the 4-H Clover motorcycle tour. This year's tour is Aug. 23-24.

  The important role of the 4-H youth program in New Mexico communities is the focus of the annual Ride for the 4-H Clover motorcycle tour Aug. 23 and 24, an awareness-building campaign first envisioned by New Mexico State University Regents Chair Mike Cheney as a way for people to learn about the many opportunities New Mexico’s youth can experience through the Cooperative Extension Service 4-H program.

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2:18 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Albuquerque Patient Not Infected With Ebola Virus

A UNM Hospital patient who was tested this week for Ebola virus disease is not infected with the virus, according to test results from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The hospital received the results on Thursday, according to UNMH epidemiologist Dr. Meghan Brett, who helped coordinate the precautionary care and testing.

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