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7:27 am
Mon February 11, 2008

Mexican Trucks: Safe Enough to Travel on U.S. Highways?

Las Cruces, NM – The International Brotherhood of Teamsters recently launched a commercial campaign attacking United States Secretary of Transportation Mary Peters and demanding her removal. As KRWG's Sarina Turnbull reports, the Labor Union says Peters broke the law by allowing Mexican Trucks to travel on US Highways.

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7:44 am
Thu February 7, 2008

TCEQ Considers Delaying ASARCO Hearing

Las Cruces, NM – Friday the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, or T-C-E-Q will consider a request from the city of El Paso to delay their decision about the reopening of the ASARCO copper smelter. As KRWG s Jessica Borchert reports, ASARCO is seeking the approval of an air quality permit to re-open their El Paso plant.

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6:05 am
Tue February 5, 2008

Random Drug Testing Summit

Las Cruces, NM – Over one thousand school districts nationwide have implemented random student drug testing programs as a means of school based drug prevention, deterrence and treatment. As KRWG's Callie French reports, a White House representative will host a meeting this week in Albuquerque to talk with educators about the importance of drug testing.

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5:58 am
Tue February 5, 2008

Superbowl Commercials: How Did They Stack Up?

Las Cruces, New Mexico – This Sunday a record setting number of viewers tuned in to watch Super Bowl forty-two and witnessed the surprise victory of the New York Giants over the New England Patriots. While many people were betting on one of the two football teams many advertisers gambled millions of dollars on Super bowl ads. As KRWG's Sarina Turnbull reports, Super Bowl Commercials are an opportunity for advertisers to win big among viewers or to go down without a score.

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11:55 am
Sun February 3, 2008

Obama and Clinton Visit New Mexico Looking for Super Tuesday Votes

Las Cruces, NM – Super Tuesday is tomorrow and nearly half of the states in the country will be holding caucuses or primary elections. As KRWG's Evan Woodward reports, New Mexico Democrats will have a chance to cast their ballots and decide which candidate will receive the state's 26 Pledged Delegates.

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1:31 am
Sun February 3, 2008

State House Considers Removing Doctor's Licensing Fee

Las Cruces, NM – The New Mexico Senate recently passed a bill which would remove a four-hundred dollar licensing fee for new doctors coming to the state .As KRWG's Callie French reports the goal of the bill is to increase the number of doctors in the state.

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8:20 am
Fri February 1, 2008

Bill Seeks Tougher Sentences for Domestic Violence

Las Cruces, NM – A Domestic Violence Reform Bill, which calls for harsher punishments against repeat offenders, passed a Key Senate Committee yesterday. As KRWG's Sarina Turnbull reports, the bill now heads to the Senate Floor for further consideration.

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8:16 am
Fri February 1, 2008

Holloman Beats Own World Record

Las Cruces, NM – Holloman Airforce Base beat itself in setting a new world land speed record. Thursday night a rocket sled traveled over 6,000 miles per hour down the high speed test track.

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1:24 am
Fri February 1, 2008

Tax Time is Here

Las Cruces, NM – New Mexicans will begin to receive their W-2 Forms in the mail within the next couple of days signifying the beginning of tax season. As KRWG's Callie French reports, the deadline for employers to mail the forms is here.

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8:58 am
Tue January 29, 2008

Obama Campaign Office is First to Open in Las Cruces

Las Cruces, NM – A number of Las Crucens piled into a small campaign office Tuesday afternoon to rally in support of Senator Barak Obama. The Obama for President Campaign was holding a grand opening celebration for their new Las Cruces office. As KRWG's Evan Woodward reports, the Illinois Senator has recently picked up a number of endorsements from Southern New Mexico politicians, including Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima who was on hand at the event.

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8:43 am
Tue January 29, 2008

New Mexico's Legislators React to the State of the Union Address

Las Cruces, New Mexico – Before a joint session of Congress Monday, President George Bush gave his last State of the Union address. As KRWG's Whitney Jones reports, the New Mexico delegation has mixed reviews.

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7:56 am
Tue January 29, 2008

Human Trafficking Bill Passes Key Senate Committee

Las Cruces, NM – Monday, Senator Mary Jane Garcia's Human Trafficking bill unanimously passed the Senate Judiciary Committee where the proposed legislation stalled last year. As KRWG's Marco Grajeda reports, Garcia says the misinterpretations of the bill have been clarified so, she expects the proposal will make it to the Governor's desk.

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1:22 am
Tue January 29, 2008

City and County to Hold Special Meetings About Animal Shelter Tuesday

Las Cruces, NM – The Dona Ana County Board of Commissioners and the Las Cruces City Council will each hold special meetings today to consider signing a Memorandum of Agreement, or MOA to take over the funding and operations at the Dona Ana County Animal Shelter. As KRWG's Evan Woodward reports, the shelter was previously run by the Dona Ana County Humane Society who told the city and county it would no longer operate the shelter after January.

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9:13 am
Sat January 26, 2008

Richardson Challenges EPA

Las Cruces, NM – New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson is challenging a decision by the Environmental Protection Agency. According to a press release from the governor's office, Richardson and governors from thirteen other states mailed a letter to the epa administrator. The letter is expressing their disappointment in the dismissal of a waiver that would have allowed states to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from cars.

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5:01 am
Fri January 25, 2008

Dona Ana Levee System to Get Improvements

Las Cruces, NM – The United States International Boundary and Water Commission, or the IBWC, is working in Dona Ana County to imrove the levee system. Portions of the Rio Grande flood control levee are not high enough to meet Federal Emergency Management Agency standards.

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1:32 am
Tue January 22, 2008

ATF Expands Border Operations

Las Cruces, NM – Faced with increased violence along the border, the bureau of alcohol, tobacco, firearms and explosives, or ATF, is adding more staff to its gun desk at the El Paso intelligence center. As KRWG's Whitney Jones reports, the measure is part of the Bureau's Project Gunrunner.

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12:00 am
Fri January 18, 2008

Underage Drunking Legislation Mirrors College Campuses Efforts

Las Cruces, NM – With the New Mexico 2008 legislative session underway, Attorney General Gary King is pushing for legislation to prosecute underage alcohol drinkers. According to the International Institute for Alcohol Awareness, about ninety-three thousand underage New Mexico youth drink each year. As KRWG's Nazca Warren reports, the rise in alcohol consumption is forcing some college campuses to also set stricter guidelines in order to curb the number of underage students who drink.

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4:44 am
Wed January 16, 2008

ACLU Files Suit on Behalf of Presidential Protesters

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7:28 am
Tue January 15, 2008

District 6 Special Election Voter Turn Out Strong

Las Cruces, NM – Las Cruces district 6 voters went to the polls today for the city's special election. The city council seat was vacated by now Mayor, Ken Miyagashima after November's elections. As KRWG's Jessica Borchert reports, the polls were pretty slow moving, but voter turnout was pretty good.

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7:18 am
Tue January 15, 2008

Environment Department Issues Violation for Unpermitted Septic System in Las Cruces

Las Cruces, NM – On Friday the New Mexico Environment Department issued a notice of violation to Ted Scanlon, owner of the Dove Crossing sub-division in Las Cruces - for violating state environmental laws by discharging sewage into an unpermitted septic system. As KRWG's Evan Woodward reports, Scanlon says he was unaware of the notice, but wants to work out the problem with the Environment Department.

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5:28 am
Mon January 14, 2008

Three Las Cruces Homes Go Solar in One Week

Las Cruces, NM – Last week three homes in the Las Cruces area had photovoltaic solar energy panels installed on their roofs. These systems will provide homeowners with electricity to power their own needs, and are grid-tied meaning excess energy is sent back into El Paso Electrics grid. As KRWG's Evan Woodward reports, the work was done by a company new to Las Cruces called Positive Energy, who has become the only solar photovoltaic business in the area.

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5:37 am
Sun January 13, 2008

Environment New Mexico Wants Legislators to Fund Rio Grande Trail

Las Cruces, NM – Opening day of the New Mexico Legislative Session is Tuesday, and this year the Environment New Mexico Research and Policy Center is hoping Legislators will allocate funds to build the Rio Grande Trail.

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5:34 am
Sat January 12, 2008

Jemez Pueblo's Attempt to Open a Casino in Anthony Denied

Las Cruces, NM – Earlier this month the United States Department of the Interior rejected an attempt by the Jemez Pueblo to obtain about 80 acres of land near Anthony, New Mexico to be used for a resort and casino.

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2:39 am
Fri January 4, 2008

State Minimum Wage Up

Las Cruces, NM – Minimum wage earners in New Mexico get a raise this January as the state minimum wage increased to $6.50 an hour from $5.85. The increae is the first for the state since 1993.

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7:14 am
Fri December 28, 2007

State Senator Requests Attorney General's Opinion

Las Cruces, NM – State Senator Mary Kay Papen has asked New Mexico Attorney General Gary King for an opinion on whether or not the city of Las Cruces violated the open meetings act during an un-announced swearing in ceremony for mayor Ken Miyagashima and city councilor Dolores Conner.

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7:55 am
Fri December 21, 2007

Reckless Spending Common During the Holiday Season

Las Cruces, NM – The holiday season is in full swing, and many New Mexicans are still flocking to malls and other stores to finish buying their last minute gifts. As KRWG's Marco Grajeda reports, credit counselors warn that during this time of year many people often spend beyond their financial means.

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