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4:43 am
Fri March 21, 2008

Ceremony to Break Ground for New City Hall

Las Cruces, NM – Wednesday, the Las Cruces city council broke ground for what will be the local government's new headquarters. As KRWG's Marco Grajeda reports, the three story, 117, 000 square foot structure, which will house all the city council offices, is being touted as state-of-the-art and eco-friendly.

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8:03 am
Wed March 19, 2008

Spring Break: Mexico No Longer the Favorite Destination

Las Cruces, NM – New Mexico State University students are preparing for Spring Break which begins Thursday. For many university students the time of will mean a temporary escape from Las Cruces the preferred destination usually is Mexico. However, as KRWG's Callie French reports, there is a definite decline in NMSU spring breakers traveling south of the border this year due to increased reports in increased drug violence.

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7:58 am
Wed March 19, 2008

Vagina Monologues Visit Las Cruces

Las Cruces, NM – This week, the seventh annual Vagina Monologues was performed at the campus of New Mexico State University. The monologues, originally produced by a sexual and physical abuse victim, were created to help women talk about their bodies and attempt to reduce the prevalence of violence against women.

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6:30 am
Tue March 18, 2008

NMSU Bookstore May Be Ousted

Las Cruces, NM – At the end of February, New Mexico State University released a Request for Proposal, or RFP, asking for offers from companies interested in managing and operating the bookstore on campus--essentially outsourcing it. As KRWG's, Whitney Jones reports, several students and staff at the university worry about how saying so long to NMSU's bookstore will affect the campus.

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12:31 am
Tue March 18, 2008

Western Athletic Conference Championship

Las Cruces, NM – For the second consecutive year Las Cruces played host to the Western Athletic Conference, or WAC, Basketball tournament at the Pan American Center. As KRWG's Callie French Reports, this year the city saw an increase in attendance during the five-day tournament and pulled in over two million dollars in revenue.

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7:21 am
Mon March 17, 2008

NMSU Students Protest with "Sewing Circle"

Las Cruces, NM – Monday afternoon a group of New Mexico State University students, along with faculty and community members held a "sewing circle" protest in response to comments made last week by university President Michael Martin in the Las Cruces Sun News. As KRWG's Evan Woodward reports, an email apology issued by the President over the weekend, did little to satisfy the concerns of many protesters.

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8:51 am
Sun March 16, 2008

NMSU Fraternity Raises $3,000 to Help the Disabled

Las Cruces, NM – A fraternity at New Mexico State University worked las week to raise money for people with disabilities. The Eta-Omega chapter of Pi Kappa Phi held its 14th annual couch-a-thon on the university campus outside the business complex.

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2:28 am
Sat March 15, 2008

Several Environmental Groups Sue EPA

Las Cruces, New Mexico – This week, several environmental groups filed a lawsuit against the environmental protection agency or EPA to close loopholes which they say allows industries, including mining companies to leave clean up costs to the public by declaring bankruptcy.

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7:47 am
Fri March 14, 2008

Internal Investigations Underway at NMSU College of Health and Social Services

Las Cruces, NM – Earlier this week students in New Mexico State University's College of Health and Social Services held a protest on campus to raise awareness of what some claim are racist and unfair hiring and firing practices. As KRWG's Evan Woodward reports, the grievances expressed by students center mostly around the dismissal of two minority professors.

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5:10 am
Thu March 13, 2008

Pulitzer Prize Nominee Richard Rodriguez Speaks As Part Of The University Speaker Series

Las Cruces, NM –
Earlier this week Journalist and Pulitzer Prize nominee, Richard Rodriguez, spoke on the campus of New Mexico State University as part of the University Speaker Series. As KRWG's Callie French reports, Rodriguez offered his views on the perceptions of Hispanic Culture in America.

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4:56 am
Thu March 13, 2008

Couple Accuses Health and Social Services College of Racism

Las Cruces, N.M. – A husband and wife team of faculty members at New Mexico State University's College of Health and Social Services allege racism was behind a decision not to renew their contracts. As KRWG's Sarina Turnbull reports, students from the college are rallying behind their former professors.

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4:24 am
Thu March 13, 2008

Vote-Buying Allegations in State Republican Party

Albuquerque, NM – The pre-primary nominating conventions are coming up this weekend for both the Republican and Democratic parties in the state. And as was recently reported by independent Albuquerque journalist Dennis Domrzalski, there's a bit of a cloud that continues to hang over them in light of allegations of pressure from candidates to get certain delegates elected. But as KUNM's Jim Williams reports, those allegations may be symptoms of a larger problem with how party rules are written.

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2:27 am
Wed March 12, 2008

Proposed Changes to Nuclear Complex Spark Debate

Las Cruces, NM – The National Nuclear Security Administration, or N-N-S-A, is considering changes to the nation's nuclear weapons complex which includes New Mexico's Los Alamos National Laboratory. As KRWG's Marco Grajeda reports, the federal agency, within the Department of Energy, says the plan referred to as Complex Transformation is designed to make the nation's weapons program smaller, less expensive, more efficient and safer.

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10:37 am
Tue March 11, 2008

Dona Ana County Commission Wants Peaceful Resolution of Border Land Dispute

Las Cruces, NM – Yesterday the Dona Ana County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously in favor of a resolution intended to help resolve a violent land dispute in the Mexican Colonia of Lomas de Poleo, West of Ciudad Juarez. As KRWG's Evan Woodward reports the Commission is asking Governor Richardson, and New Mexico's two United States Senators for their immediate assistance.

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3:45 am
Sat March 8, 2008

BLM Advisors Meet with Southern New Mexicans

Las Cruces, New Mexico – The bureau of land management's resource advisory council was in Las Cruces this week to meet with Southern New Mexicans. KRWG's Sarina Turnbull has this report.

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7:09 am
Fri March 7, 2008

Drunk Driving Deaths are Down in New Mexico

Santa Fe, NM – Governor Bill Richardson says the state's efforts to fight drunk driving are paying off. The governor said Friday that New Mexico's number of alcohol-related traffic fatalities has fallen to the lowest level in nineteen years. KUNM's Jim Williams has this report.

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6:41 am
Fri March 7, 2008

Dona Ana County to Introduce Discount Card for Prescriptions

Las Cruces, NM – Dona Ana county residents will get help paying for prescription drugs with the implementation of the state's first discount card program. As KRWG's Whitney Jones reports, residents, despite income or insurance status, can use the card.

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5:36 am
Fri March 7, 2008

Attorney General Issues Opinion on Solo Investment Lease

Las Cruces, NM – Last year, the City of Las Cruces approved the Vistas at Presidio annexation despite heavy opposition. Now, the development agreement signed by the State Land Office and Solo Investments, owned by local developer Phillip Phillipou, is at the center of controversy. As KRWG's Callie French reports, the State Attorney General recently stated that certain portions of the agreement are not authorized by state law.

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7:56 am
Tue March 4, 2008

Texas Primary Doubles as a Local Election

Las Cruces,NM – March 4th is not only a big day for presidential candidates, but also for local public official hopefuls in El Paso. As KRWG's Whitney Jones reports, voters will elect district judges, state representatives and even a United States Senator.

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4:09 am
Tue March 4, 2008

Former President Bill Clinton Campaigns for Hillary in El Paso

Las Cruces, NM – Former President Bill Clinton appeared in El Paso, Texas last night during a rally for his wife, New York Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton. As KRWG's Evan Woodward reports, Clinton made the border city his last stop on a lengthy sweep through South Texas.

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10:20 am
Mon March 3, 2008

NMSU Hosts International Festival

Las Cruces, NM – The international and Border programs at New Mexico State University held an international festival Saturday where over 20 countries were represented. Each country had a booth where they displayed different aspects of their culture. As KRWG's Jessica Borchert reports, the event was both educational and entertaining.

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1:08 am
Mon March 3, 2008

NPR's Senior Washington Editor Discusses Tuesday's Importance

Las Cruces, NM – Tuesday the Presidential Primaries held in four states could determine the winners of the Democratic and Republican nominations in this years election. Residents in Vermont and Rhode Island, along with those in the key states of Ohio and Texas will have a chance to cast their vote. KRWG's Evan Woodward spoke with NPR's Senior Washington Editor Ron Elving about the significance of Tuesday's results.

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4:32 am
Fri February 29, 2008

National Parks: Should Loaded Weapons Be Allowed?

Las Cruces, NM – Loaded weapons are currently prohibited in National Parks: However, United States Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma proposed legislation which would allow loaded weapons.

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8:49 am
Thu February 28, 2008

Debate Ensues over Proposed Bingo Parlor

Las Cruces, NM – Wednesday, Governor Bill Richardson dispatched state police officers to Akela Flats in Luna County to block access to a high-stakes bingo parlor. Richardson says the Fort Sill Apache Tribe's proposed casino is illegal and says he was forced to take matter into his own hands. As KRWG's Marco Grajeda reports, the tribe's chairman accused Richardson of harassment and promised to take legal action.

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7:09 am
Thu February 28, 2008

Energy Conservation Act 2008 Passed in House

Las Cruces, NM – Legislation approved in the United States House of Representatives Wednesday would remove a tax exemption on oil and gas companies---costing the industry nearly eighteen billion dollars in taxes. As KRWG's Callie French reports if the bill passes, those monies would now be invested in renewable energy.

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8:24 am
Tue February 26, 2008

Priest Asks Dona Ana County Commission for Help in Resolving Deadly Border Land Dispute

Las Cruces – Tuesday morning Catholic Priest, Father Bill Morton came before the Dona Ana County Board of Commissioners to discuss human rights issues on the United States/Mexico border; in a place called Lomas Del Poleo. As KRWG's Evan Woodward reports, the small agrarian community which sits just a mile South of Sunland Park, New Mexico finds itself at the center of a violent land dispute.

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7:12 am
Sun February 24, 2008

Unknown Individuals impersonate Ronald McDonald Charity House

Las Cruces, NM – In recent weeks reports have surfaced of unidentified individuals on the New Mexico State University campus and in areas of Albuquerque impersonating Ronald McDonald Charity House Officials to sell illegitimate magazine subscriptions.

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7:15 am
Sat February 23, 2008

Protect America Act in limbo

Las Cruces, NM – In August of 2007, President Bush Signed the Protect America Act which regarded more "modernized" methods of surveillance, like data monitoring, foreign and domestic wiretapping, internet communications and even disposable cell phones. The act came as an amendment to the foreign intelligence surveillance act, which was originally created in 1978.

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7:09 am
Fri February 22, 2008

Governor Richardson Signs Bills in Las Cruces

Las Cruces – New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson was in Las Cruces Friday to sign several bills sponsored by State Representatives and Senators from Southern New Mexico. As KRWG's Evan Woodward reports, the Governor says the legislative session was good for New Mexico State University.

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8:19 am
Wed February 20, 2008

Bingaman Talks Politics with New Mexico Youth

Las Cruces, NM – This week, Congress is taking a break from the stress of drafting and approving legislation because of President's Day Recess. Nonetheless, for United States Senator Jeff Bingaman, the break did not mean time off from discussing public policy. As KRWG's Marco Grajeda reports yesterday, the New Mexico Democrat met with students in Las Cruces at his twentieth annual Student Leadership Institute.

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