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7:33 am
Fri April 25, 2008

Presidential Candidates Raise Concerns over NAFTA

Las Cruces, NM – In recent months, the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA, has been a contentious issue in the race for the Democratic Presidential Nomination. Both United States Senators and Presidential Candidates Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barak Obama have criticized the trilateral agreement and have asked for the United States to withdraw or renegotiate. However, as KRWG's Marco Grajeda reports, an economics expert says that is unlikely.

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7:29 am
Fri April 25, 2008

State Auditor may Investigate State Land Office

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7:34 am
Thu April 24, 2008

NMSU Associate Dean Accused of Emailing Porn Resigns

Las Cruces – Earlier this week, New Mexico State University Associate Dean Dr. Larry Olsen permanently resigned from his position at the College of Health and Human Services; after University Administrators conducting an internal investigation concluded that he violated University policy. As KRWG's Evan Woodward reports, Olsen had been accused of sending more than 100 sexually explicit emails to whistle blowing Junior Professor, Dr. John Moraros.

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6:35 am
Thu April 24, 2008

Environmental Organizations Target Senate Candidates

Las Cruces, NM – Leaders from five national environmental organizations are targeting three key senate races in 2008, they say to elect a veto-proof, 60-vote, pro-environment majority. As KRWG's Whitney Jones reports, one key race they are targeting is that of New Mexico's Democratic State Representative, Mark Udall.

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4:18 am
Wed April 23, 2008

Sierra County Votes Yes on Spaceport Tax

Las Cruces – Yesterday the residents of Sierra County, New Mexico voted strongly in favor of a quarter percent gross receipts tax which will help the state fund the construction of Spaceport America. As KRWG's Evan Woodward reports Sierra will now join with Dona Ana County in creating a Spaceport Tax District.

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7:37 am
Tue April 22, 2008

Wildfires Rage in New Mexico

Las Cruces, New Mexico – Last week a small fire on the Diamond A ranch outside o Las Cruces grew out of control, scorching more then eighteen thousand acres of land. As KRWG's Callie French reports, the Diamond A fire, along with many others throughout the state indicate fire season is well under way.

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9:03 am
Sat April 19, 2008

14th Annual Border Book Festival Helps Promote Literacy

Las Cruces, NM – The Cultural Center of Mesilla is hosting the 14th annual Border BOok Festival this weekend at the plaza in Mesilla. The four day festival is full of events for souther New Mexico Residents.

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10:35 am
Fri April 18, 2008

U.S. Cuban Ambassador Speaks About Change in U.S. Foreign Policy

Las Cruces, NM – A former Chief of Mission United States Interests Section in Cuba and Ambassador was invited to address a crowd at New Mexico State University. As KRWG's Whitney Jones reports, change is possible now that Fidel Castro as stepped down.

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8:42 am
Fri April 18, 2008

Sierra County to Vote on Spaceport Tax Tuesday

Las Cruces – Tuesday residents in Sierra County, New Mexico will vote on a gross receipts tax which if approved will go mostly to help the state pay for the construction of Spaceport America. Virgin Galactic is slated to be the anchor tenant at the facility--when it opens they plan to blast tourists into sub-orbit for about $200,000 a ticket. As KRWG's Evan Woodward reports, state officials say a lot is hinging on the outcome.

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2:32 am
Fri April 18, 2008

Affordable Housing: Otero County Receives "A" Rating

Las Cruces, NM – New Mexico recently received an overall poor rating on the availability of affordable housing in this year's State of the Rockies report card published by Colorado College. According to the publication only three county's in the state including Otero County earned an A.

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3:31 am
Thu April 17, 2008

Legislation Introduced to Stop the Flow of American Weapons to Mexico

Las Cruces, NM – This week, New Mexico United States Senator Jeff Bingaman introduced legislation aimed at reducing the flow of weapons to Mexico. As KRWG's Marco Grajeda reports, weapons smuggled across the border are believed to be the principal source of guns used by Mexican Drug Cartels.

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11:08 am
Wed April 16, 2008

Governor Richardson Addresses Policy and Protestors at NMSU

Las Cruces – New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson delivered a foreign policy speech Wednesday at New Mexico State University. The Governor addressed members of NMSU's newly formed International Relations Institute and stressed the importance of open dialogue between nations. As KRWG's Evan Woodward reports, prior to the Governor's arrival a group of NMSU students and faculty tried to get his attention by holding a protest regarding the controversial dismissal of two minority junior professors.

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8:07 am
Wed April 16, 2008

First Commercial Photovolatic Opens in Las Cruces

Las Cruces, NM – The city of Las Cruces held a ribbon cutting ceremony to inaugurate Dona Ana County's first commercial photovoltaic system located on the roof of the southwest environmental center, or s-w-e-c. The six kilowatt system includes thirty three solar panels.

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8:16 am
Tue April 15, 2008

Watchdog Group Wins Court Decision

Santa Fe, NM – An environmental watchdog group has won another round in its efforts to obtain a document produced by the state about a landfill at Sandia National Laboratories. A district court judge has ruled the group can obtain more information from the state about the document. KUNM's Jim
Williams reports from Santa Fe.

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7:32 am
Mon April 14, 2008

NMSU Professors and Graduate Student Receive Written Threats

Las Cruces, NM – Four professors and a graduate student at New Mexico State University found threatening letters in their offices this morning. All five had recently stated concerns publicly about alleged discrimination and unfair hiring and firing practices within the College of Health and Social Services.

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6:36 am
Sun April 13, 2008

NMSU STUDENT PUBLISHES FICTIONAL NOVEL THAT SHIFTS THE BALANCE OF WORLD POWER

Las Cruces, NM – NEW MEXICO STATE UNIVERSITY STUDENT AND LAS CRUCES NATIVE RYAN LUCERO RECENTLY AUTHORED A FICTIONAL NOVEL TITLED THE WORLD IN GREY: DOM BOSCO'S PROPHECY. KRWG REPORTER, SARINA TURNBULL HAS THIS REPORT.

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7:22 am
Fri April 11, 2008

Otero County Sheriffs Settle Lawsuit With ACLU and MALDEF

Las Cruces, NM – Earlier this week a settlement was reached between the Otero County Sheriff's Department, the ACLU of New Mexico and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund over allegations that the department committed civil rights violations by conducting immigration sweeps. As KRWG's Evan Woodward reports, the department denied any wrongdoing but did agree to change their Standard Operating Procedures as part of the settlement.

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4:03 am
Fri April 11, 2008

Federal Tax Rebates May Help New Mexico

Las Cruces, NM – Most New Mexicans who filed a 2008 tax return will receive a rebate next month as part of the federal government's Stimulus Package. As KRWG's Whitney Jones reports, a New Mexico State University professor thinks a bigger package with more money is needed.

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7:32 am
Thu April 10, 2008

NMSU Faculty Members Continue to Work Despite Reassignment

Las Cruces, NM – Two New Mexico State University faculty members continue to work and represent the school even after being reassigned last month following allegations of sexual harassment and racial discrimination. As KRWG's Evan Woodward reports, others are now alleging retaliation because they spoke out against the two.

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5:06 am
Sun April 6, 2008

Graduation Promise Act: New Legislation Hopes to Decrease Drop Out Rates

Las Cruces, NM – NEW MEXICO UNITED STATES SENATOR JEFF BINGAMAN IS PUSHING BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION TO REDUCE THE NATION'S HIGH SCHOOL DROP OUT RATE. IF APPROVED, BINGAMAN SAYS THE GRADUATION PROMISE ACT, OR G-P-A, WOULD SET ASIDE TWO AND A HALF BILLION DOLLARS ANNUALLY TO REFORM THE NATIONS STRUGGLING HIGH SCHOOLS.

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6:30 am
Fri April 4, 2008

Panel Focuses on Public Response to ImmigrationCoverage

Las Cruces, NM – New Mexico State University held the J. Paul Taylor Social Justice Symposium. This year's theme was "Justice for Immigrants." One panel discussion focused on the public's response to media reports on immigration. As KRWG's Whitney Jones reports, most of the response is negative.

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2:42 am
Thu April 3, 2008

Otero County Residents Approve Bond Issue

Las Cruces, New Mexico – Tuesday, Otero County voters approved a 5-million dollar bond to benefit New Mexico State University-Alamogordo campus. A large portion of the money from the bonds will go towards a proposed new trade program at the University.

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7:19 am
Mon March 31, 2008

Las Cruces Voters to Weigh in on Three-mil Levy for Schools Tuesday

Las Cruces, NM – Voters within the Las Cruces Public Schools District will have a chance Tuesday to vote on a three-mil levy intended to help the district restructure its bond debt. As KRWG's Evan Woodward reports, the district wants to stretch the debt over an additional two years in order to free up money without raising taxes.

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9:04 am
Sun March 30, 2008

March Recognizes World War II Heroes

Las Cruces, NM – Today, over four thousand people marched across several miles of Desert Terrain at White Sands Missile Range, during the Bataan Memorial Death March. KRWG's Marco Grajeda has more.

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8:15 am
Thu March 27, 2008

Law Firm Seeks Help from Mexico in Civil Lawsuit

Las Cruces, NM – Gilardi and Co, LLC, a law firm based out of San Rafael, California, is preparing a civil lawsuit against the Dona Ana County Adult and Juvenile Detention Centers. The suit claims several inmates many of whom were Mexican nationals were subjected to illegal strip searches. As KRWG's Marco Grajeda reports, in an effort to find possible victims, the firm has asked the Mexican Government for help.

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8:12 am
Thu March 27, 2008

Military Base Planning Commission Meets in Las Cruces

Las Cruces, NM – The New Mexico Military Base Planning Commission, chaired by Lieutenant Governor Dianne Denish, held its first meeting of the year today in Las Cruces. The fourteen member board was first created in response to an announcement by the Department of Defense that it planned to cut base capacity nationwide, in order to save money. KRWG's Marco Grajeda has the details.

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2:33 am
Wed March 26, 2008

Mesilla Marshal Stays for Now

Las Cruces, NM – Monday evening, the Town of Mesilla's Board of Trustees voted to keep Marshal Angelo Vega at his current position for the time being. Two weeks ago, Mayor Michael Cadena dismissed Vega, amid controversy, just shy of his one year anniversary. That same week, Vega was placed on indefinite paid administrative leave, pending a final decision by the board. KRWG's Marco Grajeda was at yesteday's meeting and has this report.

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5:44 am
Fri March 21, 2008

Las Cruces Introduces New Internet Safety Initiative

Las Cruces, NM – The City of Las Cruces in collaboration with Las Cruces Public Schools and New Mexico Attorney General Gary King's office introduced a new internet safety initiative called Click Right. As KRWG's Whitney Jones reports,the plan in meant to protect kids from online predators

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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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