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8:59 am
Wed January 21, 2009

Republican Minority Whip Keith Gardner Responds to State of the State Address

Las Cruces, NM – After Governor Richardson's state of the state address yesterday, KRWG's Evan Woodward spoke with House Minority Whip Keith Gardner, to get a Republican perspective on the upcoming legislative session.

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7:28 am
Wed January 21, 2009

Governor Richardson Delivers State of the State Address

Las Cruces, NM – New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson delivered his state of the state address yesterday at the opening of the 2009 legislative session. As KRWG's Evan Woodward reports, the Governor focused mainly on his economic plan to help the state recover from a substantial budget shortfall.

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7:17 am
Wed January 21, 2009

Thousands of New Mexico Homeowners Facing Foreclosure May Benefit From Settlement

Las Cruces, NM – Thousands of New Mexico homeowners facing foreclosure may be eligible for mortgage loan modifications under a settlement agreement reached between the state Attorney General's office and Countrywide Home Loans. As KRWG's Evan Woodward reports, more than 8% of Countrywide's mortgage loans in the state are delinquent or facing foreclosure.

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7:13 am
Wed January 21, 2009

New Mexico Honored with National Safety Award

Las Cruces, NM – The State of New Mexico was recently honored with the 2008 Safety Leadership Award for its continuing efforts to reduce DWI and traffic related fatalities. As KRWG's Evan Woodward reports, New Mexico was the only state to receive the honor from the American Association of Highway Transportation Officials.

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3:15 am
Wed January 21, 2009

The High Cost of Breast Cancer

Las Cruces, NM – Women in the United States have a twelve-percent chance of developing breast cancer during their lifetime according to the National Cancer Institute. Health officials say early detection and treatment will increase the probability of survival, but proper care is often out of reach for many low-income people. KRWG's Melissa Aguilera has this report.

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1:30 am
Wed January 21, 2009

Student Federal Reserve Program

Las Cruces – The El Paso branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas has implemented a Las Cruces Student Board of Directors pilot program.

The program offers eight seniors from all four Las Cruces Public high schools a dynamic way to learn about the nation's central bank.

Students will serve on the board through May.

The program is designed to give them a thorough understanding of the Federal Reserve's role in the U.S. economy and experience a unique partnership with banks, businesses and the community.

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8:23 am
Tue January 20, 2009

Conference Compares Jordan River and Rio Grande

Las Cruces, NM – Several water experts from around the world will meet at New Mexico State University to compare the Rio Grande and the Jordan River. As KRWG's Marco Grajeda reports, they hope to use the information to help deal with common problems.


For more information on the event visit:

http://wrri.nmsu.edu/conf/rgrj/conf.html

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1:11 am
Tue January 20, 2009

State Senator Steve Fischmann Outlines his Plan to Tackle Some of New Mexico's Financial Issues

Las Cruces, NM – The 2009 New Mexico Legislative Session gets under way today in Santa Fe. During the 60 day session, state lawmakers will be focused primarily on dealing with the large budget shortfall. KRWG's Evan Woodward spoke with newly elected District 37 Senator Steve Fischmann, about his financial priorities for his first session at the Roundhouse.

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8:21 am
Mon January 19, 2009

Border Patrol Agents make a Large Drug Bust

Las Cruces, NM – United States Border Patrol agents foiled a drug smuggling attempt in southern New Mexico and secured more than a half-ton of illegal narcotics. KRWG's Marco Grajeda has this report.

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5:20 am
Mon January 19, 2009

Group Questions Dip in Sex Crimes Against Kids

Las Cruces – Lieutenant Governor Dianne Denish recently held a press conference announcing a substantial decline in reports related to sex crimes against children. However, as KRWG's Fernando Zamarron reports, a local rape crisis representative says that figure may be deceiving.

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7:52 am
Sun January 18, 2009

Lawmakers to Consider Domestic Partnership Legislation

Albuquerque, NM – The New Mexico legislature will open this year's 60 day legislative session Tuesday. The first order of business will be to deal with a projected budget shortfall of at least 450 million dollars. Lawmakers will also consider other proposals on issues like education and drug courts. This year, domestic partnership legislation will be also introduced again in both the House and Senate. KUNM's Sarah Gustavus has this legislative preview.

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6:09 am
Sat January 17, 2009

NMSU Honors Faculty Members at Spring Convocation

Las Cruces, NM – This week, New Mexico State University welcomed its students back for the start of the 2009 spring semester, and held its spring convocation ceremony.

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11:10 am
Fri January 16, 2009

Campo Closure

Las Cruces – Campo Street will be closed between Las Cruces Avenue to May Avenue starting tomorrow (Saturday) morning at 7:00.

Businesses along Campo Street will have access to nearby parking areas ..with signs placed along the detour route.

It's anticipated that Campo will be closed for approximately two days.

The closure is necessary .as White Construction undertakes the tower crane dismantling operations on Campo ..as part of the Federal Courthouse Building Project.


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7:59 am
Fri January 16, 2009

Bill to Protect Paleozoic Trackways in Dona Ana County Clears U.S. Senate

Las Cruces, NM – The United States Senate passed a package of bills introduced by New Mexico's Senior Senator Jeff Bingaman yesterday, including the "Prehistoric Trackways National Monument Establishment Act". As KRWG's Evan Woodward reports, the bill seeks to protect over 5,000 acres of land in Dona Ana County's Robledo Mountains.

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7:57 am
Fri January 16, 2009

NM State Police Group urges Lawmakers to keep their Funding Steady

Las Cruces, NM – The New Mexico State Police Association is urging lawmakers not to make any cuts to law enforcement funding when balancing the budget. KRWG's Marco Grajeda has this report.

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6:59 am
Fri January 16, 2009

Guv Appoints Judge to the Third Judicial District Court

Las Cruces, NM – Governor Bill Richardson today announced the appointment of attorney Manuel "Mannie" Arrieta to the Third Judicial District Court in Dona Ana County. KRWG's Marco Graejda has this report.

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9:13 am
Thu January 15, 2009

Effect of Minimum Wage Increase on Small Business

Las Cruces, NM – With the current state of the economy --- many small business owners say they are having to tighten their belts to turn a profit--and now minimum wage has created a new hurdle. KRWG's Charles Comer has this report.

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9:11 am
Thu January 15, 2009

NMED Claims Victory in Groundwater Dispute

Las Cruces, NM – The New Mexico Environment Department is claiming victory in a seven year long case involving Freeport McMoRan Copper and Gold Incorporated. As KRWG's Marco Grajeda reports, the state agency says a recent decision reaffirms their ability to protect all of the state's groundwater.

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7:44 am
Thu January 15, 2009

Governor Richardson Discusses Priorities for 2009 Legislative Session in Las Cruces

Las Cruces, NM – New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson traveled around the state yesterday to discuss his legislative agenda for the 2009 session. The Governor made stops in Roswell, Farmington and Las Cruces--placing particular emphasis on his public safety priorities. As KRWG's Evan Woodward reports, Richardson also talked about the budgetary woes facing state lawmakers.

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7:43 am
Thu January 15, 2009

Governor Richardson Discusses Priorities for 2009 Legislative Session in Las Cruces

Las Cruces, NM – New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson traveled around the state yesterday to discuss his legislative agenda for the 2009 session. The Governor made stops in Roswell, Farmington and Las Cruces--placing particular emphasis on his public safety priorities. As KRWG's Evan Woodward reports, Richardson also talked about the budgetary woes facing state lawmakers.

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9:02 am
Wed January 14, 2009

NMSU Welcomes Important Book Collection

Las Cruces, NM – The NMSU library is now home to a very unusual collection of books that is closely intertwined with the history of southeastern New Mexico.. It's now known as the J. Phelps White the Third collection... And as Gary Worth reports it is an important source of information not only about a unique time in history, but also about the two New Mexican men who collected the works..

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8:45 am
Wed January 14, 2009

Former State Employee Alleges Being Forced into "Pay to Play" Scheme

Albuquerque, NM – A lawsuit has been filed over the loss of 90 million dollars from two state investment funds. The plaintiff maintains he was pressured to make worthless investments because of contributions to Governor Bill Richardson's presidential campaign. KUNM's Jim Williams reports.

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8:10 am
Wed January 14, 2009

Balderas Releases Findings on Housing Authority Audit

Las Cruces, NM – This afternoon, State Auditor Hector Balderas released the findings of a two-year audit of the Regional Housing Authorities which he claims revealed a financial picture rampant with waste, fraud and abuse. KRWG's Marco Grajeda has this report.

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5:41 am
Wed January 14, 2009

East Mesa Homeowner Attacked

Las Cruces, NM – A homeowner on the 6300 block of Chamiso Place in Dona Ana County's East Mesa, came home Tuesday night, only to be greeted by three individuals hiding in his bathroom who assaulted him and demanded money. As KRWG's Evan Woodward reports, the homeowner was able to escape but the Sheriff's Department is asking for help locating the suspects.

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5:27 am
Wed January 14, 2009

Pistachio Tree Fungus Discovered

Las Cruces – Scientists at New Mexico State University have identified a potentially damaging fungus on area pistachio trees.

NMSU scientists have discovered Septoria leaf spot, a fungal disease in plants, on Otero, Hidalgo, Luna and Dona Ana County pistachio trees.

The disease is common in other states where pistachios are grown but has never been documented in New Mexico.

NMSU will hold a pistachio growers workshop in Alamogordo to help educate those close to the disease about minimizing its effects.

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1:26 am
Wed January 14, 2009

Border Patrol Arrest a Man Monday

Las Cruces, NM – United States Border Patrol agents at the Highway-70 checkpoint, west of Alamogordo, nabbed a suspect wanted for several outstanding warrants in Las Cruces. KRWG's Melissa Aguilera has more.

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11:17 am
Tue January 13, 2009

County Suffers Investment Loss

Las Cruces – Do a Ana County will share in a loss tied to the collapse of Lehman Brothers last September.

Do a Ana County's portion of the loss is estimated at approximately
$253,000, which will be prorated over 10 months.

That will reduce the county's investment income from the state during by about $25,000 per month over the period.

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9:35 am
Tue January 13, 2009

Teague Proposes Bills to Stimulate the Economy

Las Cruces, NM – New Mexico's Congressional District Two Representative Harry Teague has been busy this week. As KRWG's Marco Grajeda reports, the democratic congressman is pushing legislation to create green jobs and spur the economy of rural America.

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9:32 am
Tue January 13, 2009

Group Pushes State to Adopt Strict Cap on Greenhouse Gasses

Santa Fe, NM – Governor Bill Richardson's administration is developing a plan to limit greenhouse gas emissions in the state. The plan is based on the recommendations of a climate change panel he put together. But as KUNM's Jim Williams reports from Santa Fe, one prominent environmental advocate who sat on that panel is now pushing a more ambitious proposal of his own.

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8:34 am
Tue January 13, 2009

Attempt to Override El Paso Mayor's Veto Fails

Las Cruces, NM – The El Paso City Council failed to obtain enough votes Tuesday to override Mayor John Cook's veto of a resolution calling for an "open national debate on ending the prohibition of narcotics". As KRWG's Evan Woodward reports, many of the City Representatives who voted against the resolution this time around said they were afraid the city would lose money if the resolution passed.

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