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9:51 am
Sun July 19, 2015

Santa Fe School Lowers Tuition For Community College Grads

The Santa Fe University of Art and Design is allowing graduates of the local community college to enroll with a tuition discount.

Santa Fe Community College grads can register at the university this fall and pay just above $10,000 annually.

That is a 66 percent drop for higher-tuition programs and 45 percent less for the school's lower-tuition programs.

The rate applies to the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Fine Arts programs.

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9:50 am
Sun July 19, 2015

Quarter Of Listeria Cases In Texas Not Tracked Or Recorded

State health records reviewed following the Blue Bell ice cream listeria outbreak show that a quarter of Texas cases involving the foodborne illness are not recorded or tracked.

Texas has never enforced a law that requires laboratories to submit confirmed listeria samples to the Department of State Health Services. Agency spokeswoman Carrie Williams says the state instead prefers to work with labs and health providers to educate them and bring them into compliance.

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9:49 am
Sun July 19, 2015

Texas Residents Condemn Plan For Muslim Cemetery

A proposal to bring a Muslim cemetery to a rural Texas town has stoked fears among residents who are trying to convince community leaders to block the project.

Farmersville is considering a 35-acre development request from the Islamic Association of Collin County. Residents showed up in force at a recent town meeting to oppose the cemetery, which would include an open-air pavilion and small retail area.

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4:21 pm
Sat July 18, 2015

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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3:44 pm
Sat July 18, 2015

Feds Allow Coal-Fired Power Plant To Remain Open

Credit Four Corners Power Plant. Photo courtesy of EcoFlight and San Juan Citizens Alliance

Federal officials have finalized an analysis that ensures the continued operation of a northwestern New Mexico power plant and the coal mine that feeds it.

Friday's record of decision comes three years after the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement gave notice that it would study the cumulative impacts of the Four Corners Power Plant and the Navajo Mine. About 800 people work there.

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3:42 pm
Sat July 18, 2015

No Settlement In Family Detention Lawsuit

No settlement has been reached between the U.S. Justice Department and immigrant rights lawyers who sued over the conditions in detention centers for immigrant children arriving with their mothers on the U.S-Mexico border.

Lawyers said in court papers filed in Los Angeles on Friday that both parties were unable to reach an agreement that would resolve the dispute.

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3:40 pm
Sat July 18, 2015

Navajos To Vote On Role Language Plays In Trial Presidency

It's a question that dominated conversation in the Navajo Nation presidential election: Should the tribe's top leader be fluent in the language?

Voters will settle that question Tuesday in a referendum vote.

Candidates for tribal president and vice president are required to understand Navajo and speak it fluently, and read and write English. Tribal courts can enforce that qualification.

If the referendum passes, voters would decide whether candidates speak and understand Navajo well enough to hold office.

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3:39 pm
Sat July 18, 2015

Crackdown On Farmington Officer Who Use A Computer While Driving

Farmington police may be the first police department in New Mexico to crack down on distracted officers who try to use a patrol computer while driving.

New software to prevent distracted driving has been installed in most of the department's vehicles in the past month.

Police spokeswoman Georgette Allen says the software is designed to disable a patrol computer's keyboard if the vehicle goes past 20 mph.

Allen says the software is used in the private sector to combat distracted driving.

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3:37 pm
Sat July 18, 2015

Man Charged In Fatal Home Invasion Indicted In New Case

A man charged with participating in a fatal home invasion of a professional mixed martial artist has been indicted in a separate case.

A grand jury indicted 21-year-old Nathan Avalos earlier this week for aggravated assault against a household member with a deadly weapon and battery against a household member.

According to the indictment, Avalos allegedly battered his girlfriend and held a metal nail file up to her neck on June 30.

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4:16 pm
Fri July 17, 2015

Las Cruces Fire Department Hosts Physical Ability Test for Upcoming Academy

Prospective candidate Adriana Nunez performed a simulated victim rescue during the Las Cruces Fire Department’s Physical Ability Test held July 11 at Fire Station 4.

  The Las Cruces Fire Department, in preparation for its upcoming academy, is offering a Physical Ability Test (PAT) July 25 to let prospective candidates assess their stamina and agility skills before applying for a position.

The fire department’s next academy is planned for February 2016. Applications will be accepted Aug. 3 through Sept. 2.

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2:07 pm
Fri July 17, 2015

Udall, Heinrich Announce $3.3 Million For Support Services At College Campuses Across New Mexico

Credit Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced 13 grants totaling more than $3.3 million to fund the TRIO Student Support Services program, which helps provide additional support for low-income and first-generation college students, as well as students with disabilities.

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2:03 pm
Fri July 17, 2015

Former Officer Acquitted Of Wife's Death Files Lawsuit

A county south of Albuquerque faces a lawsuit from a former police officer acquitted of killing his wife.

Tera Chavez was found fatally shot in 2007 at the home she shared with former Albuquerque Police Officer Levi Chavez, who was arrested and charged with murder in 2011. He then was fired.

Jurors acquitted Chavez in 2013 and a wrongful death lawsuit filed by his wife's family was dismissed a week before he voluntarily gave up his police officer certification.

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2:01 pm
Fri July 17, 2015

Santa Clara Asks Feds To Shut Down Pojoaque Casinos

Santa Clara Pueblo has asked the federal government to shut down Pojoaque Pueblo's casinos north of Santa Fe, which have continued to operate without a state gambling compact.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports Santa Clara Gov. J. Michael Chavarria made the request to the U.S. Department of the Interior's deputy secretary of Indian affairs in a July 5 letter. Chavarria wrote that allowing Buffalo Thunder and Cities of Gold casinos to operate gives Pojoaque an unfair advantage over other gambling tribes.

Pojoaque's compact with the state expired at the end of June.

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10:15 am
Fri July 17, 2015

Silver City Report

Join Edmundo Resendez every Thursday for The Silver City Report, with guests from the Silver City Daily Press.

Catch up on the most important stories in Silver City, Grant County, and the region every Thursday on Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

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8:23 am
Fri July 17, 2015

"Breaking Bad" Actor To Address Anti-Crime Summit In Albuquerque

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"Breaking Bad" actor Steven Michael Quezada is scheduled to headline a New Mexico Attorney General's summit on fighting crime.

Quezada, who played DEA agent Steven Gomez in the hit AMC-TV series, is set to speak Friday in Albuquerque at the Office of the Attorney General's "3rd Annual Summit on Community Violence." Quezada is an elected member of the Albuquerque Public Schools board.

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8:18 am
Fri July 17, 2015

Sen. Udall To Visit Cibola National Forest For Wildfire Update

Credit Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

Sen. Tom Udall is slated to visit the Cibola National Forest to discuss new efforts to combat wildfires in the state.

The New Mexico Democrat is scheduled Friday to meet with officials in the Sandia Mountains and see how a recently forest thinning project is help fight potential fires.

Udall will receive an update on these projects from local U.S. Forest Service officials.

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8:15 am
Fri July 17, 2015

Charges Dropped In Rape, Beating Of 75-Year-Old Woman

The District Attorney's Office has dropped charges against a man who a 75-year-old woman told police had raped and severely beat her.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that a dismissal was filed in the case against 57-year-old Ernest Casias on July 9. The filing states that an investigation is ongoing.

The woman had been found unresponsive on the floor in her home in March. She was taken to the University of New Mexico Hospital, where doctors found skull fractures, a broken nose, fractured neck and multiple bruises.

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7:55 am
Fri July 17, 2015

Former Officer Aquitted Of Wife's Death Files Lawsuit

A county south of Albuquerque if facing a lawsuit from a former police officer who was acquitted of killing his wife two years ago.

The Albuquerque Journal reports Tera Chavez was found dead of a gunshot wound in 2007 at the home she shared with former Albuquerque Police Officer Levi Chavez, who was arrested and charged with murder in 2011.

He was fired from his job shortly after.

Jurors acquitted him in 2013 and a wrongful death lawsuit filed by his wife's family was dismissed a week before he voluntarily gave up his police officer certification.

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6:00 am
Fri July 17, 2015

SNAP Proposed Rule Change Raises Questions And Concerns

Governor Martinez’s administration is proposing new work requirements to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, formally known as food stamps.

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10:01 pm
Thu July 16, 2015

Top Donors Still Writing Big Checks To Texas Gov. Abbott

Republican Gov. Greg Abbott is flush with more campaign cash than many GOP presidential candidates as wealthy donors continue writing six-figure checks to the new Texas governor.

Records released Thursday show that more than half of the $8.2 million Abbott has raised since taking office came from 26 powerful business leaders who gave $100,000 or more. His donor list includes individuals that Abbott has appointed to influential state boards.

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10:00 pm
Thu July 16, 2015

Abbott Accosted By Traveler Angered Over Gay-Marriage Stance

Credit Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R)

A traveler at a New York airport accosted Texas Gov. Greg Abbott over his opposition to gay marriage as Abbott was waiting with his family to board a flight to Austin.

Abbott spokesman Matt Hirsch told the Austin American-Statesman that the unidentified 32-year-old man first shook the governor's hand Tuesday night before loudly telling him to "go to hell."

Hirsch says Texas troopers traveling with Abbott told the man to step away and as he departed said, "I'm going to see you on the plane."

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9:57 pm
Thu July 16, 2015

Senator: Compensate Residents Near Site Of Atomic Bomb Test

Credit Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

A U.S. senator says those who lived near the site of the first atomic bomb test in the New Mexico desert and later developed cancer and other health problems need to be compensated.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Tom Udall said Thursday that the federal government neglected residents of the historic Hispanic village of Tularosa near the Trinity Site, where the weapon was detonated July 16, 1945.

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9:56 pm
Thu July 16, 2015

2 Suspects Wanted In Albuquerque Homicide Case Are Arrested

Federal authorities say two suspects wanted in a homicide case in New Mexico are in custody.

U.S. Marshals Service officials announced Thursday that 31-year-old Thomas Stevenson was arrested last Friday in Louisiana while 19-year-old O'Shay Toney was apprehended Wednesday in Texas.

Stevenson is being held by Kenner police and Toney is booked into the Lubbock County Detention Center.

Both men are awaiting extradition to New Mexico.

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8:32 pm
Thu July 16, 2015

Ranchers Sue Over Rule Giving Feds Authority Over Some Streams And Wetlands

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Ranchers in New Mexico, California and Washington state are challenging a new Obama administration rule giving federal agencies authority to protect some streams and wetlands.

The Sacramento, California-based Pacific Legal Foundation announced this week it has filed a federal lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Minnesota on behalf of the ranchers over a recent expansion of the Clean Water Act.

The rule is a response to calls from the U.S. Supreme Court and Congress for the Environmental Protection Agency to clarify which smaller waterways are protected under the law.

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8:22 pm
Thu July 16, 2015

Suspect In Las Cruces Beating Sought By Police

  Las Cruces Police investigators continue to ask for the public’s help in locating Abel Montes, 37, who is suspected of beating a 61-year-old man on July 1, dumping the victim on the East Mesa and stealing man’s vehicle.

Montes, who resided in Las Cruces or Vado, N.M., may now be in the El Paso area or in Mexico and could be traveling with his girlfriend, 41-year-old Martina Hernandez of Las Cruces. Detectives believe the woman may no longer be traveling with Montes voluntarily.

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2:13 pm
Thu July 16, 2015

Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Challenging New Mexico Test Contract

A judge has dismissed a lawsuit that sought to overturn a contract issued for New Mexico's assessment exam for students in public schools.

State District Court Judge Sarah Singleton ruled Monday that the nonprofit that filed the suit did not have legal standing to sue over the contract because it did not bid for the contract against the winning bidder, London-based Pearson PLC.

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2:11 pm
Thu July 16, 2015

Medical Marijuana Producers To Be Named Under Gov. Directive

Credit Office of the Governor

Gov. Susana Martinez has announced that the names of state medical marijuana dispensaries and their employees will soon be made public.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that the governor's announcement came Wednesday, less than a week after a lawsuit was filed in an effort to strike down the regulation allowing the names of medical marijuana producers to be confidential.

The decision will only apply to producers and their employees and not the nearly 16,000 patients certified in the state's Medical Cannabis Program.

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2:08 pm
Thu July 16, 2015

Zuni Pueblo Awarded $3.1M Federal Grant For Airport Project

A northwestern New Mexico pueblo and more than a dozen communities across the state are getting federal funding for airport rehabilitation and development projects.

The total of $6.1 million of Federal Aviation Administration grants announced Thursday by Sen. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich include $3.1 million awarded to the Zuni Pueblo for construction of a new airport and related work.

The senators said the grants will help boost local economies by increasing travel access, support economic development and encourage business expansion.

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2:07 pm
Thu July 16, 2015

State Sees Spike In Overdose Deaths

Health officials are attributing a spike in overdose deaths to a rise in prescription opiate abuse.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports health officials saw two years of improving numbers before this year's 20 percent jump in drug-related deaths from 2013.

New Mexico's overdose deaths reached 26.4 per 100,000 people, among the worst in the country.

Department of Health epidemiologist Dr. Michael Landen says the new data shows the state is right back where it was two years ago.

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2:05 pm
Thu July 16, 2015

Udall Votes To Reform No Child Left Behind, Vows To Continue Fighting For New Mexico Students

Credit Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined a bipartisan majority of senators to pass a bill to make much-needed reforms to the nation’s controversial No Child Left Behind education law. The Every Child Achieves Act passed the Senate 81-17, and takes steps to expand access to high-quality K-12 education.

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