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10:28 am
Thu March 19, 2015

Las Cruces Police Academy Accepting Applications; $43,600 After One-Year Probation

  The Las Cruces Police Department is now accepting applications for its 45th training academy that is tentatively set to begin in October 2015.

Applications for the training academy need to be received by the City of Las Cruces no later than May 3. Prospective candidates are strongly encouraged to submit their application well in advance of the closing date.

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10:25 am
Thu March 19, 2015

I-25 Closure Sunday Morning In Las Cruces; University Ramp Closed Starting Monday

  Las Cruces – The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) District One office along with FNF Construction continue with work along I-25 between Lohman Avenue (exit 3) and University Avenue (exit 1).

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9:23 am
Thu March 19, 2015

NM Senate Confirms Appointment Of Public Safety Secretary

The New Mexico Senate has confirmed another of Gov. Susana Martinez's Cabinet appointments.

The Senate on Wednesday unanimously confirmed the appointment of former federal prosecutor Gregory Fouratt as head of the Department of Public Safety.

Martinez began overseeing the department in March 2014.

He's a former U.S. attorney for New Mexico. While a federal prosecutor, Fouratt handled a wide range of cases that included racketeering, violent crimes and drugs and weapons offenses.

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9:15 am
Thu March 19, 2015

Records Sought In Fatal Shooting Of Santa Fe Deputy

    

A state judge has given lawyers in case involving a New Mexico sheriff's deputy accused of killing a fellow deputy two weeks to present evidence on certain records.

Las Cruces District Court Judge Fernando Macias told lawyers on Wednesday they had 14 days to present arguments on why or why not employee records of slain Santa Fe County Deputy Jeremy Martin should be released.

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8:24 am
Thu March 19, 2015

Hearing Set On Allegations In Immigration Lawsuit

Justice Department attorneys are preparing to answer questions about claims that they misled a judge about when part of President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration was implemented.

A Thursday hearing is set in federal court in Brownsville, Texas, related to a lawsuit filed by 26 states against Obama's plan, which could spare from deportation as many as 5 million people in the U.S. illegally.

The immigration action was put on hold last month by U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen, a move the U.S. government is appealing.

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6:00 am
Thu March 19, 2015

Former Aggie Works Against Gun Violence in Chicago

Credit NMSU Athletics

The Aggies are taking on Kansas tomorrow in the NCAA basketball tournament, while one of the basketball teams alums is looking to take on violence in Chicago.

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6:00 am
Thu March 19, 2015

Controversy Swirls Over Otero County Commission

Video from the January 8 meeting of the Otero County Commission.

The Otero County Commission is getting statewide attention this week. The commission made the front page of the Albuquerque Journal on Monday.  The article focused on a January meeting in which the commissioners whispered during a discussion about the appointment of a county probate judge. 

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7:09 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

New Mexico Senate OKs Bill Limiting Police Drones

The New Mexico Senate has passed a measure that would limit the use of warrant-less drones by law enforcement agencies.

The billed passed by a 38-0 vote on Wednesday and comes as police and sheriffs' agencies across the country test the new drones. Agencies also are trying to develop policies on how and when they can use them for police work.

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4:51 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

Former NMSU Student Pleads Guilty To Hindering Investigation Into Internet Threats

  ALBUQUERQUE – Zachary Milton Hess, 19, of Las Cruces, N.M., pleaded guilty this afternoon in federal court to a misdemeanor information charging him with being an accessory after the fact to the interstate transmission of an extortionate communication.  Under the terms of his plea agreement, Hess will be sentenced to five years of probation and ordered to pay $77,934.00 in restitution.

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12:18 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

NMSU Wants "Look Who's Dancing" Nominations

"Look Who's Dancing" Season 7

  The search for the “Look Who’s Dancing” Season 8 celebrity contestants has begun. All are invited to nominate themselves or someone they know.

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12:14 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

NMSU Plans Celebration Of Heritage During Founders Day April 10

The cornerstone of the university’s first building, McFie Hall, still remains on the campus Horseshoe. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

  An event this spring will celebrate the heritage of New Mexico State University April 10 with guest lectures, a historic carriage ride across campus, a portrayal of NMSU’s first president, Hiram Hadley, by current President Garrey Carruthers, and a picnic lunch on Traders Plaza for employees, spouses and retirees. 

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12:10 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

Medical Marijuana Growers Sue New Mexico Over New Rules

New rules for New Mexico's medical marijuana program are being challenged in court.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that a lawsuit filed by 19 growers against the state Department of Health contends the rules are arbitrary and capricious, not based in evidence and go beyond the department's authority.

The department adopted the new rules last month after a lengthy public process. The lawsuit was filed Monday in state District Court.

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12:05 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

New Mexico State Police Officer Fired After Minivan Shooting Hired In Taos

A fired New Mexico State Police officer who made national headlines after he shot at a minivan full of children near Taos has a new job.

Taos Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe announced this week that Elias Montoya was one of two new deputies hired out of a pool of 17.

The 12-year veteran was fired in December 2013 after an internal investigation into his use of force during an October shooting. Video footage showed Montoya firing into a van with five children inside during a chaotic traffic stop.

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12:03 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

One Dead In Plane Crash 30 Miles East Of El Paso

Authorities say a pilot has been killed in the crash of a single-engine plane on a West Texas mountaintop.

Law enforcement officers flying over the area located the debris Wednesday morning about 30 miles east of El Paso.

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection statement says the pilot was believed to alone on the Cessna 182. The crash happened near Hueco Tanks State Park.

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9:57 am
Wed March 18, 2015

Farmworkers In Crisis

Today we conclude with our two part series looking at the lives of farm workers in our region. Joseph Sorrentino is a freelance journalist based in Albuquerque who recently had an article titled “Social Security Doesn’t Come To All Who Paid” published in the magazine, In These Times, reported in collaboration with the Nation Institute's Investigative Fund. Sorrentino recently had a conversation with Edmundo Resendez about the article and the time he spent in the region. 

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8:40 am
Wed March 18, 2015

Big Texas Border Security Bill Heads To House Floor

A sweeping border security bill that would accelerate the hiring of state troopers along the Texas-Mexico bill is set to clear a major hurdle in the Capitol.

The House on Wednesday is expected to give preliminary approval to the measure that would put retired troopers back on duty and explore putting more southbound checkpoints in the Rio Grande Valley.

Some Democrats had expressed concerns that the original proposal contained anti-immigrant language. Republicans say the wording has been tweaked to allay those worries.

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8:38 am
Wed March 18, 2015

Albuquerque To Award $2 Million In Contracts To Combat Homelessness

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The city of Albuquerque will award more than $2 million to six nonprofits to help address homelessness and mental health issues.

Mayor Richard Berry said the funding announced Tuesday shows Albuquerque that has a heart for the most vulnerable and that it backs up its concern with substantial resources.

Almost half of the money will help with improving access and distribution of food to the homeless and other at-risk people. The funds will go to the Roadrunner Food Bank, St. Martin's and the First Nations Community Health Source.

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8:36 am
Wed March 18, 2015

Feds: Fugitive In Albuquerque-Area Killing Caught In Mexico

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Authorities say a United States citizen sought in a 2008 drug-related killing in the Albuquerque area has been apprehended in Mexico and deported to the United States.

The U.S. Marshals Service said Mario Jerardo Talavera is being held in the Otero County Prison Facility in southern New Mexico after being deported from Mexico on Friday.

The Marshals Service says Talavera was sought in the killing of Danny Baca, whose burned and bullet-riddled body was found in the West Mesa area by the Bernalillo County Sheriff's Department.

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6:00 am
Wed March 18, 2015

Doña Ana County Features Elementary School Artists

Art can be found displayed throughout Doña Ana County, and at the Doña Ana County government center even young elementary school artists get the chance to have their work featured.

Suravi Gurung, a fourth grader from University Hills Elementary proudly showed off her artwork.

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6:04 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Senate Panel Stops Bill That Would Have Reduced Renewable Energy Standards

A Senate panel has tabled a measure that called for reducing the amount of renewable energy sources utilities would have to tap to provide electricity for their customers by 2020.

The Senate Conservation Committee voted 6-2 to keep the bill from advancing.

The measure sponsored by Rep. Larry Scott, R-Hobbs, cleared the House by just one vote last week.

Utilities are facing higher renewable-energy standards this year as numerous states and the federal government push for a reduction in the use of fossil fuels for generating electricity.

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6:03 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Martinez Vetoes Racehorse Drug-Testing Bill

Credit Office of the Governor

Gov. Susana Martinez has vetoed a racehorse drug testing bill that required New Mexico's horse racing regulating body to follow the guidelines for testing set up by an international umbrella organization.

Roswell Republican Rep. Candy Spence Ezzell's bill was unanimously approved by both chambers of the Legislature.

In her veto message to the House, the governor said she finds the legislation "unnecessary and potentially detrimental."

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3:04 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

New Mexico Announces Decrease In Child Obesity

  (Santa Fe) – The New Mexico Department of Health announced today that childhood obesity rates among New Mexico 3rd grade students continue to decline, with a 20 percent decrease since 2010. In 2010, 22.6 percent of 3rd grade students were obese, compared to 18.1 percent in 2014. Also, for the first time since the Department began collecting Body Mass Index (BMI) data in 2010, the obesity rate in New Mexico kindergarten students is lower than in 2010, going from 13.2 percent to 11.6 percent in 2014.

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3:01 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

New Mexico Struggles With Big Money's Influence

Mark Veteto, president of Hobbs-based Me-Tex Oil and Gas, comes in at No. 8 on the power players list, having given $200,359 to Republican candidates and causes since 2011.

  Guy Bowers imagines his phone ringing off the hook if New Mexico were to return to the days of contributors giving unlimited amounts of money to political campaigns.

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2:57 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

New Mexico Bill May Require Public Comment Periods

  You may not want to listen to your nutty neighbor badger the city council about chemtrails or aliens, First Amendment advocates say allowing public comments—even wacky comments—is essential. A bill moving through the state Legislature would make it the law.

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2:54 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Padilla: Governor Should Sign "Ready To Work" Plan

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  Santa Fe, NM – The 2015 Legislative Session now has less than a week to finish all its work, but there is still plenty of time to address the most pressing need in New Mexico today: more jobs.

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2:50 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

NMSU Engineer Develops Wearable Microsensors

  Wei Tang, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at New Mexico State University, is taking a cue from nature to devise the next generation of integrated low-power, wearable micro-devices. 

The human brain inspired his approach in the novel design of a system of state-of-the-art miniaturized sensors that can detect, transmit and reliably process valuable data.

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2:31 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

New Mexico Senate Approves Year-Round Daylight Saving Time

  Santa Fe- “Stop the outdated practice.” “We want to be pioneers.” “We want to show the federal government that there is no reason to change our clocks.”

Those were the opening statements State Senator Cliff Pirtle made on his bill to keep New Mexico on Daylight Savings Time year around. It is one of the most talked about bill of the session.

In closing, Senator Pirtle  said while legislators took some of the debate lightly,  he said it is a serious issue that affects New Mexico families. 

The Senate passed the bill 28-10. It now goes to the House.

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2:25 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

New Mexico Jobless Rate Drops To 5.9 Percent

New Mexico's unemployment rate is down.

The state Department of Workforce Solutions reports that the seasonally adjusted rate in January was 5.9 percent, down from 6 percent in December and 6.7 percent in January 2014.

The department reports that the state's nonfarm employment had 10,200 more jobs in January compared with January 2014, an increase of 1.3 percent.

According to the department, education and health services led the January increases in employment.

Overall, nine industries added jobs while four lost jobs in January.

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8:26 am
Tue March 17, 2015

Debate Over Senate Vacancy Lands Before Supreme Court

A group of registered voters wants Gov. Susana Martinez and commissioners in four counties to move faster in filling a vacant state Senate seat.

Anthony and Jennifer Trujillo of Santa Fe County and Rick Lopez of Torrance County filed an emergency petition with the New Mexico Supreme Court on Monday.

They're seeking to force Bernalillo, Santa Fe, San Miguel and Valencia counties to perform their duty to call emergency meetings so nominees can be chosen for the seat left vacant by the abrupt resignation of Democratic Sen. Phil Griego.

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8:24 am
Tue March 17, 2015

New Mexico AG, Anti-DWI Advocates Team For Safe Rides

Credit Hector Balderas

Attorney General Hector Balderas and Mothers Against Drunk Driving New Mexico are urging party-goers to plan ahead for St. Patrick's Day and not drive after drinking.

Balderas says numerous options offered around the state include designated drivers, taxis and Safe Ride Home services.

He says it's not worth endangering lives or getting stopped by law enforcement.

The director of MADD New Mexico, Ben Lewinger, says even one life lost due to an impaired driving crash is one too many.

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