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12:17 am
Wed February 11, 2009

Cold Front blows through the Southwest

Las Cruces, NM – Residents around the area woke up to unusually cold weather yesterday morning due to a cold front which moved into the region late Monday night. KRWG's Eduardo Rodriguez has this look at the weather.

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8:15 am
Tue February 10, 2009

Bill Banning Domestic Violence Offenders from the Police Force Passes State House

Santa Fe, NM – A bill that would keep domestic violence offenders from becoming police officers in New Mexico has passed the State House of Representatives.
The measure, sponsored by Las Cruces Democratic Representative Nathan Cote, passed the house 63 to nothing.

The bill was amended in the House Judiciary Committee to decrease the ban from lifetime to within three years of a violation.

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8:05 am
Tue February 10, 2009

Anthony Women Accused of Carjacking Former Boyfriend's SUV

Las Cruces, NM – Dona Ana County Sheriff's Investigators arrested two Anthony women for allegedly carjacking a Lincoln Navigator belonging to a former boyfriend. KRWG's Marco Grajeda has this report.

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7:03 am
Tue February 10, 2009

New Digital FEMA Maps Could Force County Residents to Purchase Flood Insurance

Las Cruces, NM – The Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA has released new preliminary flood maps for Dona Ana County. As KRWG's Evan Woodward reports, the maps have identified new special flood hazard areas in Dona Ana County as a result of the desertification of some of the Rio Grande levee system.

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6:53 am
Tue February 10, 2009

Bingaman Expects Final Stimulus Plan to Reflect the Senate Version

Las Cruces, NM – Today the United States Senate passed their version of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act by a vote of 61 to 37; with the support of just three Republican Senators. As KRWG's Evan Woodward reports, New Mexico's Senior Senator Jeff Bingaman says the final bill sent to President Barack Obama is more likely to resemble the Senate's version.

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6:16 am
Tue February 10, 2009

Houston Chronicle Reporter Researches each American Killed in Mexico Since 2004

Las Cruces, NM – The U.S. State Department says that more than 200 American citizens have been killed in Mexico since 2004; meaning U.S. citizens suffer more unnatural deaths in Mexico than in any other foreign country excluding military combat zones. KRWG's Evan Woodward spoke with Houston Chronicle Reporter Lise Olsen about the issue; Olsen spent the last year and a half researching the deaths of each U.S. citizen killed in Mexico since 2004.

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3:17 am
Mon February 9, 2009

Red Light and Speed Enforcement Camera Installation Underway

Las Cruces, NM – The City of Las Cruces announced last week that installation has begun on red light and speed enforcement cameras at four intersections within the city. KRWG's Evan Woodward has this report.

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3:13 am
Mon February 9, 2009

NMSU Spring Enrollment Up 7% From 2008

Las Cruces, NM – New Mexico State University announced last week that more than 30,000 students enrolled at all campuses for the spring 2009 semester, a seven percent increase from last year. As KRWG's Evan Woodward reports, University officials remain optimistic that despite the tough economic times, student enrollment for the fall semester will still be strong.

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12:56 am
Mon February 9, 2009

Increased Screen Time for Children can Lead to Depression

Las Cruces, NM – According to a recent study, kids on average spend more than forty hours in front of a television or computer screen each week. As KRWG's Melissa Aguilera reports, the unhealthy habit can lead to many problems beyond just adding a few pounds.
http://cahe.nmsu.edu/ces/nmcyfar/resources.html

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9:32 am
Sat February 7, 2009

Soules Remains Uncertain about Requesting a Recount

Las Cruces, NM – Merrie Lee Soules says she hasn't determined if she will ask for a recount in the third district Las Cruces Public School Board race. KRWG's Marco Grajeda has the details.

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7:13 am
Fri February 6, 2009

Maria Flores Barely Secures Seat on the Las Cruces Education Board

Las Cruces, NM – This morning, Dona Ana County Clerk Lynn Ellins announced the outcome of the close race for the Las Cruces Public School Board District Three seat. As KRWG's Marco Grajeda reports, most of the voters in the District were split between Maria Flores and Merrie Lee Soules.

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10:20 am
Thu February 5, 2009

Border Patrol Arrests a Man Wanted for Murder in Santa Fe

Las Cruces, NM – United States Border Patrol agents in El Paso arrested a man wanted for murder in northern New Mexico Wednesday when he attempted to cross the southern border illegally. KRWG's Marco Grajeda has this report.

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10:18 am
Thu February 5, 2009

Secretary Curry Meets with NRC Commissioners

Las Cruces, NM – New Mexico Environment Department Secretary Ron Curry was in Washington DC today to speak before the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. As KRWG Marco Grajeda reports, the cabinet secretary discussed the licensing process for the uranium enrichment facility in southeastern New Mexico

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10:17 am
Thu February 5, 2009

Las Cruces Man Arrested for Threatening Court Witness

Las Cruces, NM – According to the Dona Ana County Sheriff's Department, a twenty-three year old man was arrested yesterday for attempting to silence a former girlfriend preparing to testify against him in District Court. KRWG's Marco Grajeda has this report.

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7:26 am
Thu February 5, 2009

Southern New Mexico Legislators Introduce Bills to "Strengthen Procedures" at State Land Office

Las Cruces, NM – Three Southern New Mexico Legislators introduced a package of 5 bills yesterday/Wednesday, intended to "strengthen procedures, increase transparency, and insure a fair rate of return for property transactions at the State Land Office". KRWG's Evan Woodward reports.

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6:30 am
Thu February 5, 2009

ASARCO Announces Permanent Closure of El Paso Copper Smelter

Las Cruces, NM – ASARCO LLC announced Tuesday that they will permanently close their copper smelter in El Paso, Texas citing a dramatic downturn of the world economy'. As KRWG's Evan Woodward reports, the company had hoped to reopen the 112 year old plant, but faced strong opposition from government officials in El Paso, Juarez and New Mexico.

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8:01 am
Wed February 4, 2009

Senator Proposes Legal Immunity when Fighting Back an Attacker

Las Cruces, NM – State Senator Steven Neville of District Two is pushing legislation he says will protect New Mexicans who use force to stop an attacker. As KRWG's Marco Grajeda reports, the republican senator says current law does not protect victims of violent crimes from potential lawsuits.

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7:59 am
Wed February 4, 2009

Department of Workforce Solutions gets Financial Boost from the State

Las Cruces, NM – Yesterday, the New Mexico State Board of Finance yesterday approved an emergency loan for the Department of Workforce Solutions. As KRWG's Marco Grajeda reports, the money will cover the costs of expanding services to deal with increased unemployment demands.

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7:49 am
Wed February 4, 2009

Senator Bingaman Hoping for Republican Support of Senate Stimulus Plan

Las Cruces, NM – The United States Senate is currently voting on amendments to their version of the economic stimulus package aimed at boosting the nations slumping economy. As KRWG's Evan Woodward reports, New Mexico's Senior Senator Jeff Bingaman says he's hoping there will be more Republican support for the plan in the Senate than was shown in the House last week.

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7:46 am
Wed February 4, 2009

Senator Udall Pushes for Clean Energy Jobs During 'Maiden Speech'

Las Cruces, NM – New Mexico's Junior United States Senator Tom Udall called for clean energy jobs during his first speech on the Senate floor, delivered Monday evening. As KRWG's Evan Woodward reports, Udall's 'maiden speech' focused on a joint plan to rebuild the American economy, and achieve what he calls,'energy security'.

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7:31 am
Wed February 4, 2009

School Board Election Results

Las Cruces, NM – Residents across Dona Ana County went to the polls Tuesday for School Board elections. Among the items on the ballot were two bond renewals and several contested board of education races. As KRWG's Marco Grajeda reports, Dona Ana County Clerk Lynn Ellins says the election, which ran smoothly, drew a large number of voters.

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10:31 am
Tue February 3, 2009

Morning Collision Claims Life

Las Cruces, NM – One person died yesterday during an early morning collision at the Interstate 25 and Interstate ten intersection. KRWG's Fernando Zamarr n has this report.

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8:30 am
Tue February 3, 2009

Conference Looks to Propel Chile Industry Forward

Las Cruces, NM – This week the Chile Pepper Institute of New Mexico State University held its Annual Chile conference at Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces. The conference provides a forum for farmers, scientists and engineers to discuss how to keep New Mexico's Chile industry moving forward. KRWG's Eduardo Rodriguez has this report.

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8:30 am
Tue February 3, 2009

2009 Year of Ethics Reform?

Santa Fe, NM – While Governor Bill Richardson called 2009 the "Year of Fiscal Restraint" in his address to the state legislature last month, a push from within the Roundhouse this year is also making it the "Year of Ethics Reform". KUNM's Jim Williams has more from the capitol.

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8:17 am
Tue February 3, 2009

Congressman Harry Teague Visits NMSU to Discuss Renewable Energy

Las Cruces, NM – New Mexico's 2nd Congressional District Representative Harry Teague was on the campus of New Mexico State University yesterday to meet with local renewable energy leaders. As KRWG's Evan Woodward reports, the Congressman discussed the renewable energy benefits included in the house version of the economic stimulus package.

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10:35 am
Mon February 2, 2009

Dairy Industry Turns to Federal Government for help Weathering Revenue Dip

Las Cruces, NM – New Mexico's dairy industry is struggling due to a significant drop milk prices and increased global competition. An industry expert says the federal government's help is desperately needed and as KRWG's Marco Grajeda reports, the state's U-S Senators sent a letter to the President Barack Obama's Administration with recommendations to keep the struggling dairy farmers from going under.

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10:26 am
Mon February 2, 2009

Garcia Proposes Legislation to Reduce Teen Pregnancies in Dona Ana County

Las Cruces, NM – Senate Majority Whip Mary Jane Garcia introduced two bills yesterday, which she hopes will reduce the teenage pregnancy rate in Dona Ana County. KRWG's Marco Grajeda has this report.

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7:36 am
Mon February 2, 2009

Las Cruces City Councilor Nathan Small Appointed to Steering Committee on Green Jobs Partnership

Las Cruces, NM – Last month Las Cruces District 4 City Councilor Nathan Small was appointed to the steering committee for the Green Jobs Partnership in New Mexico. As KRWG's Evan Woodward reports, the group's main focus is to bring and retain green jobs in the state.

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7:27 am
Mon February 2, 2009

Spaceport America Annouces Collaboration with Spaceport Sweden

Las Cruces, NM – Last week, New Mexico Spaceport Authority officials announced that their Swedish counterpart will align with Spaceport America as Sister Spaceports'. As KRWG's Evan Woodward reports, the two have entered into a memorandum of understanding and will collaborate on growing the commercial space industry.

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6:24 am
Mon February 2, 2009

Berino Man Charged for Assaulting Neighbor with Shovel

Las Cruces, NM – A Berino man was arrested over the weekend by Dona Ana County Sheriff's deputies and faces numerous charges for allegedly beating his neighbor with a shovel. KRWG's Eduardo Rodriguez has the details.

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