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6:24 pm
Thu November 5, 2009

Freeze on Capital Outlay Projects Could Affect Water Systems

Las Cruces, NM – The recent freeze Governor Bill Richardson has put on capital outlay projects around the state could have a major impact on rural water in southern New Mexico. KRWG's Vanessa Dabovich reports

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4:37 pm
Thu November 5, 2009

Military Museum To Open

Truth or Consequences – A new military museum named after a state representative who is a military wife and mother will be dedicated and opened to the public on Veterans Day.

The opening next Wednesday will include a ribbon cutting ceremony and a tour of the museum.

Officials say the unanimous choice of the museum committee for the name was Rep. Dianne Miller Hamilton, a Republican who represents Grant and Sierra counties. She has supported the museum as well as numerous other veteran and military issues.

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4:34 pm
Thu November 5, 2009

Federal Post For Local Official

Las Cruces – Dona Ana County's election supervisor has been appointed to the standards board of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission.

Bob Bartelsmeyer will serve on the board along with Secretary of State Mary Herrera.

Bartelsmeyer started his career as a clerk in Lawrence County, Miss., in 1979. Prior to coming to Dona Ana County, he lived in Florida, where he was the absentee ballot coordinator for Palm Beach County.

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4:33 pm
Thu November 5, 2009

Park Fee-Free Day For Vets

New Mexico – Veterans, active members of the military and their families will have fees waived at all New Mexico state parks in recognition of Veterans Day.

State Parks Director Dave Simon says this is one way his department can give back to the veterans.

The waiver applies to all active duty and retired veterans and their immediate families at all state parks next Wednesday.

Veterans need to identify themselves as such to state parks staff or campground hosts when they enter the parks.

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4:32 pm
Thu November 5, 2009

Gas Prices Stabilize

New Mexico – Triple-A New Mexico says gasoline prices in the state have finally stabilized after nearly a month of continuous increases.

The travel association says the average price for a gallon of unleaded regular costs $2.68 in New Mexico, the same as the national average. However, that's still 13 cents more than New Mexicans were paying for gas at this time last year.

A gallon of gas is selling in Albuquerque for $2.62, while Santa Fe's $2.67 a gallon is the most expensive in the state.

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6:44 pm
Wed November 4, 2009

Faculty and Staff at NMSU will Consider Unionization at an Upcoming Meeting

Las Cruces, NM – Some faculty and staff at New Mexico State University are considering the process of organizing a union. KRWG's Melissa Aguilera has this report.

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6:31 pm
Wed November 4, 2009

Governor Richardson Talks about State Budget Problems and Possible Tax Increase

Las Cruces, NM – During Governor Bill Richardson's recent visit to Las Cruces he addressed the state's budget problems as well as predictions of higher taxes next year. KRWG's Vanessa Dabovich reports

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6:29 pm
Wed November 4, 2009

Governor Holds Meeting with Consituents in Las Cruces

Las Cruces, NM – Yesterday New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson met with constituents in Las Cruces to hear concerns about recent legislation. As KRWG's Vanessa Dabovich reports southern New Mexicans are worried about proposed budget cuts.

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10:30 am
Wed November 4, 2009

Two Incumbents Defeated In Las Cruces City Council Races

Las Cruces – Two incumbents, Dolores Archuleta and Gil Jones, were defeated in Tuesday's Las Cruces City Council election.

Incumbent Sharon Thomas handily won her contest.

28 of 28 polling places reporting:

District 3
Olga Pedroza 63%
Dolores Archuleta 37%

District 5
Gill Sorg 65%
Gil Jones 35%

District 6
Sharon Thomas 54%
James Harbison 46%

Municipal Court Judge
Incumbent James Locatelli was unopposed

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12:41 am
Wed November 4, 2009

Charges Dropped Against Former Deming Officer

Deming – Charges have been dismissed against a former Deming police officer who had been accused of twice allowing alcohol to be served to a minor.

Prosecutors could not produce a witness at a preliminary hearing for Paul Sanchez.

Magistrate Ray Baese dismissed the charges without prejudice, which allows refiling by the state if new evidence surfaces. Prosecutors say they plan to pursue the case.

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9:10 pm
Tue November 3, 2009

Second NMSU Finalist On Campus Wednesday

Las Cruces – Fred Martino spoke with the second of five finalists for NMSU President, Dr. Barbara Couture, Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Professor of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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5:30 pm
Tue November 3, 2009

Reward For Robbery Suspect

Las Cruces – Las Cruces Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest of the man who assaulted a woman in Anthony, N.M., on Oct. 31 and then drove off in her vehicle.

The Dona Ana County Sheriff's Office is investigating the incident that occurred near the intersection of First Street and Anthony Drive.

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5:11 pm
Tue November 3, 2009

Bingaman and Udall Introduce Climate Mitigation Bill

Las Cruces, NM – New Mexico U.S Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall have introduced a bill intended to mitigate the effects of climate change. KRWG's Vanessa Dabovich reports

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1:53 pm
Tue November 3, 2009

Online EXTRA: Interview With Dr. Richard Herman

Las Cruces – Fred Martino speaks with Dr. Richard Herman, one of five finalists for NMSU President.

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1:49 pm
Tue November 3, 2009

Man Arrested On Several Warrants

Las Cruces – Las Cruces Police arrested Jaime Valdez who was wanted here and in Albuquerque on various warrants.

Valdez, 20, is being held at the Dona Ana County Detention Center on two warrants out of Albuquerque and one in Las Cruces. His total bond was set at $150,000.

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10:56 am
Tue November 3, 2009

LC Courthouse Complete In February

Las Cruces – A $91 million new federal courthouse is expected to be completed in February.

U.S. District Judge Robert Brack, who is overseeing construction, says the building will be operating as a courthouse by mid-March.

U.S. Government Services Agency officials say the structure is more than 90 percent finished.

The 235,000-square-foot building will have eight courtrooms, including four magistrate courtrooms, three larger district judge courtrooms and one ceremonial courtroom.

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10:55 am
Tue November 3, 2009

H1N1 Deaths Continue

New Mexico – New Mexico health officials say an 11-year old boy from Bernalillo County has died from the swine flu.

Authorities say the boy, who died Sunday, had a chronic medical condition that put him at higher risk for serious complications. He had been at University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque for three weeks before his death.

Health officials say there have been 22 deaths in New Mexico this year related to the swine flu.

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10:53 am
Tue November 3, 2009

NM Governor Says Tax Increase Is Coming

New Mexico – Gov. Bill Richardson says he expects taxes to be increased next year to deal with the state's continuing budget problems.

Richardson said at a news conference on Monday "it's inevitable" that taxes will be raised to provide additional revenues for government operations.

The Democratic governor did not speculate on what tax measures are likely to win approval in the Legislature. In the past, Richardson has opposed tax increases such as repealing personal income tax cuts enacted in 2003.

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10:51 am
Tue November 3, 2009

Richardson Holds Public Meetings Wednesday

Las Cruces – Governor Bill Richardson will hold office hours on, Wednesday, November 4, 2009 in Las Cruces and Albuquerque to hear from New Mexico residents about the budget bills passed by the Legislature. The Governor has until November 12 to sign, veto or partially veto the budget bills.

While the Legislature made minimal cuts to education, legislators targeted state agencies under the control of the Governor for the most drastic cuts. That means critical services will be cut.

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5:39 pm
Mon November 2, 2009

Renaissance Artsfaire Preview

Las Cruces – Fred Martino speaks with Ceci Vasconcellos about the 38th Annual Renaissance Artsfaire, which takes place Saturday and Sunday, November 7/8, at Young Park in Las Cruces.

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11:21 am
Mon November 2, 2009

Dona Ana County Accepts Credit Card Tax Payments..For A Fee

Las Cruces – Dona Ana County will now allow property owners to pay their property taxes using major credit cards.

Dona Ana County will accept Visa, Master Card, Discover and American Express.

But there's a catch .a big one ..

The credit card processor will charge a fee equal to 2.49 percent of the tax bill.

The Dona Ana County Treasurer's Office will also accept electronic checks. To use that convenience .there's a flat fee of 2 dollars and 95 cents.

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10:36 am
Mon November 2, 2009

Film Shoot Road Closures Move North

New Mexico – Motorists who travel through Albuquerque on interstates 25 and 40 this week will see parts of the highways closed due to a film production.

The movie "Due Date" starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jamie Foxx requested the closures. The film is about an anxious father rushing to see his child's birth.

A section of southbound lanes of Interstate 25 on Albuquerque's south side will be closed Tuesday from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

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9:18 pm
Sun November 1, 2009

First Candidate For NMSU President Arrives

Las Cruces – Dr. Richard Herman is one of five finalists for President of New Mexico State University. He is the Special Assistant to the President at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Herman served as President there from May, 2005, until last month, when he resigned after a major controversy. Fred Martino spoke with Herman, who will be at a public forum Monday at 7:00pm at NMSU's Fulton Center.

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7:06 pm
Sun November 1, 2009

NMSU Police Hope To Solve 2007 Rape

Las Cruces – New Mexico State University police say someone out there knows who raped a woman on campus on Halloween two years ago.

The rewards for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect is now $3,000.

NMSU Deputy Police Chief Stephen Lopez says with some small DNA samples still being tested, the case is far from being closed.

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11:21 am
Sat October 31, 2009

Tuition Refunds Update

Texas – Texas Comptroller Susan Combs, in a policy reversal, will urge a state oversight board next week to keep a generous refund formula for those who want to cancel their pre-paid college tuition plans.

Combs says she'll urge the Texas Prepaid Higher Education Tuition Board on Nov. 5 to cancel new rules that would cut the value of the refunds.

The proposed cuts sparked an outcry among parents and legislators.

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11:19 am
Sat October 31, 2009

Coast Guard Finds Body Of Missing Pilot

Texas – The U.S. Coast Guard says searchers have found the body of one pilot whose plane disappeared off the Texas coast.

The search continues for a second pilot who was aboard when the training plane went missing Wednesday.

The Coast Guard said in a news release that the body was found Friday afternoon when a floating rig's crew reported something in the water.

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11:19 am
Sat October 31, 2009

NM Gets Geothermal Grants

New Mexico – The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded more than $10 million to explore geothermal energy projects in New Mexico.

Sens. Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall say the grants will be used for four projects in Albuquerque, Jemez Pueblo and Socorro.

Udall says geothermal energy is a carbon free energy source. He says New Mexico has known and potential geothermal resources, so the state is in a good position to develop the energy and create jobs.

Jemez Pueblo will receive nearly $5 million to locate geothermal reservoirs.

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11:18 am
Sat October 31, 2009

Udall Asks FCC To Provide Phone Service To Tribes

New Mexico – Sen. Tom Udall is asking the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission to share plans for providing telephone service to Native American communities.

In a letter Friday to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, Udall writes that more than 30 percent of households in Indian Country do not have access to basic telephone service.

Udall says on the Navajo Nation, two out of three people cannot receive telephone service in their homes.

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1:24 pm
Fri October 30, 2009

Report: More Controversy Over NMSU Applicant

Las Cruces – There's new information about one of the candidates for President at New Mexico State University.

The Raleigh, North Carolina News and Observer reports that former North Carolina State Chancellor James Oblinger brokered a severance package for his Provost Larry Nielsen.

Nielsen and Oblinger both resigned in the wake of a controversy over the University's hiring of former North Carolina first lady Mary Easley.

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10:33 am
Fri October 30, 2009

Texas Law Challenged

Texas – A 1970s-era Texas law that allows parents to show "harmful material" to their children has come under fire.

That's after an Amarillo prosecutor said he couldn't charge a man accused of forcing his 8- and 9-year-old daughters to watch hardcore online pornography.

Randall County District Attorney James Farren has asked the Texas attorney general's office to review his decision not to pursue charges in the case. That case has prompted at least one lawmaker to vow to change the state's public indecency law.

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