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10:55 am
Wed September 16, 2009

NM Promotes Graduate Student Research in Japan

New Mexico – New Mexico graduate students are being offered a chance to do research in Japan for a year through a program backed by the state Economic Development Department.

The department will choose 15 master's, doctoral and postdoctoral students to do research in Japan next year in the fields of renewable energy, environmental energy, environmentally related nanotechnology and nanophotonics.

The program is aimed at promoting research cooperation between Japan and the United States.

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10:54 am
Wed September 16, 2009

Economic Development Bonds Awarded to NM Tribes

New Mexico – Nearly five dozen of the nation's American Indian tribes will share $1 billion in bond authority through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Gov. Bill Richardson and U.S. Treasury Deputy Secretary Neal Wolin announced the bonds Tuesday during a visit to the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque. The two also met with local tribal leaders on how tribal bonds will be used to create jobs and complete projects in Indian Country.

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10:51 am
Wed September 16, 2009

UT Austin Exempt From State Admissions Policy

Texas – It's getting a bit harder for students wanting into the University of Texas at Austin.

Texas law guarantees admission for students in the top 10 percent of their high school graduating class at any public university, but the UT system's flagship campus in Austin is tightening that to the top 8 percent.

The change was authorized for UT in the 2009 legislative session and takes effect for 2011. The 10 percent rule remains in place for the other 37 public schools in the state.

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10:48 am
Wed September 16, 2009

Men Sought in $50K Theft

Las Cruces – Las Cruces police are offering a reward for information that leads to the arrest of three men who stole $50,000 worth of steel rebar.

The suspects are accused of passing fraudulent checks to buy the rebar from Craigentaggert Industrial Supplies in Las Cruces.

The men wrote 14 checks worth $53,089 that turned out to be fraudulent between May 29 and June 4.

The suspects picked up the rebar in El Paso, Texas.

Two suspects are Hispanic and a third is white and possibly named Shawn.

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6:42 pm
Tue September 15, 2009

Report Shows NM Health Care Premiums Rising Faster Than Earnings

Las Cruces, NM – A report issued this week shows New Mexico health care premiums rose four times faster than earnings in recent years. KRWG's Vanessa Dabovich has more

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6:13 pm
Tue September 15, 2009

NMSU's Center For The Arts Gets $500K Gift

Las Cruces – New Mexico State University's upcoming Center for the Arts has a received a major gift.

Rama and Ammu Devasthali have pledged $500,000 toward the building of the center's first phase.

The Devasthalis have lived and worked in Las Cruces for 22 years. Ammu, who has a master's degree in printmaking and a Master of Fine Arts in painting, both from NMSU, is an artist and has a local studio, Art Ventures. Rama, a physician, is president of the Imaging Center of Las Cruces Radiology Associates.

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3:32 pm
Tue September 15, 2009

Graduate New Mexico Initiative to Launch Student Management System

Las Cruces, NM – A new component of Governor Richardson's recently announced Graduate New Mexico initiative will launch next month. As KRWG's Vanessa Dabovich reports it's an online student management system created to prepare students for college and careers.

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10:29 am
Tue September 15, 2009

Federal Money To Buy Health Insurance

Texas – A state official says a five-year, $50 million federal grant will assist employees of small businesses in purchasing health insurance.

The new executive commissioner of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, Tom Suehs, said in a statement Monday that the project will stretch "limited taxpayer dollars to insure more Texans."

The state will contribute 20 percent in matching funds.

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10:27 am
Tue September 15, 2009

Texas Farmers May Seek Drought Help

Texas – Texas farmers and ranchers with livestock grazing losses due to drought or fire can seek federal help.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says producers may begin applying for benefits under the Livestock Forage Disaster Program.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Monday announced that applications would be accepted related to qualifying losses since 2008. The money comes from the Agricultural Disaster Relief Trust Fund.

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10:26 am
Tue September 15, 2009

NM Has Unclaimed Property At Fair

New Mexico – Lost anything lately? The state Taxation and Revenue Department wants New Mexicans to recover $121 million in unclaimed property at a booth at the state fair.

Taxation and Revenue Secretary Rick Homans says the rightful heirs to the unclaimed property may not even realize it.

Homans says people can spend five minutes at the department's unclaimed property booth to determine if any property is theirs.

The department is holding cash, jewelry and other items that belong to 870,000 owners.

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10:25 am
Tue September 15, 2009

Perry Gets Help From Giuliani

Texas – Gov. Rick Perry is again enlisting the help of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani for his re-election campaign.

Perry and Giuliani on Tuesday are scheduled to appear in San Antonio and Austin to discuss gangs and border security efforts. But they will also make fundraising stops for Perry in the two cities, with other fundraisers planned in Houston and Dallas.

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10:24 am
Tue September 15, 2009

NM Adds 13 Weeks of Unemployment Benefits

New Mexico – Gov. Bill Richardson says New Mexico will provide 13 additional weeks of unemployment benefits to people who have lost their jobs.

Richardson says the state's unemployment rate qualifies it to extend the the payments under the federal Extended Unemployment Compensation and Extended Benefits programs.

The Department of Workforce Solutions reports New Mexico's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 7 percent in July.

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10:23 am
Tue September 15, 2009

A&M Faculty Senate Tackles Discrimination

Texas – Some Texas A&M University faculty senate members want sexual orientation and gender identity to be added to the anti-discrimination policy for the entire A&M system.

The senate on Monday discussed the idea of asking regents to OK the nonbinding resolution, but no possible action will be taken until October, the Bryan-College Station Eagle reported Tuesday.

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7:19 pm
Mon September 14, 2009

Results of Study Show GLBTQ Community Finds New Mexico Safe

Las Cruces, NM – Preliminary results from a community needs assessment released today (Tuesday) show that gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender New Mexicans feel safe. KRWG's Vanessa Dabovich has the details

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5:42 pm
Mon September 14, 2009

Border Patrol Seizes More Than $1 Million

El Paso – Press Release: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers conducting southbound operations in cooperation with the Border Enforcement Security Task Force (BEST) at the El Paso port of entry Friday night stopped a 33-year-old man from leaving the country with $802,720. The large money bust was one of three southbound currency seizure CBP officers made in two days at the El Paso port of entry.

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2:25 pm
Mon September 14, 2009

Businesswatch

Las Cruces – Every Monday at 7:51am, Fred Martino speaks with Las Cruces Sun News Business Editor Brook Stockberger.

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12:09 pm
Sun September 13, 2009

Boost For NM Film Industry

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12:07 pm
Sun September 13, 2009

New Chair for NM Democrats

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4:34 pm
Sat September 12, 2009

Richardson Holds Public Meetings on Budget

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4:33 pm
Sat September 12, 2009

Udall Named to Narcotics Caucus

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4:32 pm
Sat September 12, 2009

You Can Keep Your Yellow Plate

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6:22 pm
Fri September 11, 2009

ASNMSU Debates over the Use of Student Fees Funding Humanitarian Efforts

Las Cruces, NM – The Associated Students of New Mexico State University is in a heated debate over funding trips for humanitarian efforts.
KRWG's Melissa Aguilera reports.

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10:41 am
Fri September 11, 2009

Ranger Teams Guarding Border

Texas – Gov. Rick Perry says special teams of Texas Rangers supported by about 200 Texas National Guard members will be deployed to the Mexican border to deal with increasing violence there because the federal government has failed to address the problems.

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10:40 am
Fri September 11, 2009

Lawmakers Suggest Larger Budget Cuts

New Mexico – Legislators say spending cuts of at least 4 percent may be needed to plug a more than $400 million hole in the state budget.

Lawmakers and officials in Gov. Bill Richardson's administration held a closed-door meeting Thursday to consider how to solve a projected budget deficit this year.

The chairman of a House budget committee, Rep. Henry Kiki Saavedra, says legislators and the administration disagree over spending cuts.

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10:39 am
Fri September 11, 2009

NM Forests Get $22M Stimulus

New Mexico – The Forest Service has received $22 million in federal stimulus funds for 38 New Mexico projects.

Regional Forester Corbin Newman says projects have included roads and trails maintenance, recreation facility improvements, watershed restoration, abandoned mine cleanup and hazardous fuel treatments.

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10:38 am
Fri September 11, 2009

State Fair Opens

New Mexico – It's time again for the biggest show in New Mexico.

The State Fair opens its 16-day run in Albuquerque for the 71st year. Gov. Bill Richardson and other dignitaries will attend the opening ceremony Friday morning at the remodeled Villa Hispana.

State Fair commission chairman Luke Otero is inviting all New Mexico residents to attend.

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8:01 pm
Thu September 10, 2009

Lt. Governor Diane Denish Holds Graduation Summit at NMSU

Las Cruces, NM – This week New Mexico State University hosted a statewide Graduation Summit sponsored by Lt. Governor Diane Denish. As KRWG's Vanessa Dabovich reports Denish and other state legislators say they hope the conference will help to decrease the high school dropout rate in New Mexico.

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5:44 pm
Thu September 10, 2009

Self-Employed Push For Equal Treatment

Las Cruces – Fred Martino speaks with Kristie Arslan, Executive Director of the National Association of the Self-Employed. The group says health care reform legislation is missing a key element--equal treatment for the self-employed, who currently do not receive a tax deduction for health insurance costs.

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11:10 am
Thu September 10, 2009

Report: Gaps in Immigrant Detention

Texas – A new report from a nonpartisan think tank urges U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to keep better records about its detention system.

The report is being released Thursday by the Washington-based Migration Policy Institute.

It says there are gaps in information kept about the more than 33,000 people in the system that holds immigrants awaiting court hearings or deportation.

The gaps include whether a detainee is dangerous or might have a claim to U.S. citizenship.

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11:08 am
Thu September 10, 2009

El Paso Man Murdered in Drug War

El Paso – Authorities have identified a body found in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, with its severed arms crossed and placed on its chest as a Texas man kidnapped from his El Paso-area home.

The El Paso County Sheriff's Department says 30-year-old Sergio Saucedo was abducted from his Horizon City house Sept. 3. His mutilated body was found Tuesday in the Mexican border city across the Rio Grande.

Sheriff's spokesman Jesse Tovar says it's apparent that the spillover of the drug violence plaguing Juarez and much of Mexico has happened.

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