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7:39 am
Tue August 7, 2007

Juarez Dam No Longer a Danger to El Paso

Las Cruces, NM – During last year's torrential flooding in El Paso, a major concern for area residents was a water dam in the neighboring city of Juarez, which threatened to burst and inundate the city's downtown region. As KRWG's Marco Grajeda reports, according to the U.S. section of the International Boundary and Water Commission residents do not have to worry about the dam any longer.

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5:23 am
Tue August 7, 2007

Pearce Holds Wilderness Discussion

Las Cruces, NM – Monday, United States Representative Steve Pearce invited members of the community to discuss the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance's Citizen's Proposal to designate some public lands as wilderness areas. As KRWG's Whitney Jones reports, the discussion panel consisted of several members of the community who oppose the designation and only one elected official, for the proposal.

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8:19 am
Mon August 6, 2007

Senior Olympian Receives Courageous Athlete Award

Las Cruces – As she straps on her wristband, smiling eyes alit, her small frame outfitted in blue-striped shoes, Margaret Gold is ready to play the game she loves most.

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7:33 am
Fri August 3, 2007

New Mexico Gets New Area Code

Las Cruces, NM – The state of New Mexico is getting a new area code beginning October 7th. last year the Public Regulation Commission voted last year to add the 5-7-5 area code because New Mexico is running out of telephone numbers. As KRWG's Jessica Borchert reports, the change will affect all of southern New Mexico and some of the northeastern part of the state.

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4:44 am
Fri August 3, 2007

Back to School Immunizations

Las Cruces, NM – The New Mexico Department of Health is offering free back to school immunizations throughout the month of August. As KRWG's Whitney Jones reports, back to school immunizations began last Saturday at the Families and Youth Incorporated building.

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7:44 am
Tue July 31, 2007

Citizenship and Residency Application Fees Go Up

Las Cruces, NM – The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services raised its fees for immigrants applying to become a U.S. Citizen and permanent resident this week. As KRWG's Nazca Warren reports, some people now worry the increased cost will make it impossible for eligible low-income immigrants to apply.

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7:51 am
Mon July 30, 2007

Red Light Cameras a Possibility for Las Cruces

Las Cruces, NM – According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety 22% of all traffic accidents in the country are caused by drivers running red lights. With Las Cruces growing at a rapid pace many residents and city representatives worry this could become a major problem in the city. As KRWG's Stephanie Herrera reports, to prevent this, City Officials say red light cameras will soon be installed.

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1:07 am
Wed July 25, 2007

Affordable Housing Non-Existent in Las Cruces?

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5:27 am
Mon July 23, 2007

Congressional Delegation Urges to Keep The National Guard Along New Mexico's Border

Las Cruces, NM – President Bush plans to cut the number of National Guard Personnel by September. New Mexico's troop number would be reduced by four-hundred. As KRWG's Whitney Jones reports, New Mexico's congressional delegation is urging the President to keep the National Guard along the border.

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12:35 am
Mon July 23, 2007

Wilderness Designation Sparks Rallies in Las Cruces

Las Cruces, NM – Two advocacy groups rallied last week in Las Cruces, in favor and against the proposed Wilderness Designation of over 300,000 acres in Dona Ana County. KRWG's Stephanie Herrera has this report.

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12:25 am
Mon July 23, 2007

Attorney General Pushes for Human Trafficking Legislation

Las Cruces, NM – There is growing concern New Mexico could become the country's human trafficking gateway because every other state on the US/ Mexico border has or is considering a law prohibiting human trafficking. As KRWG's Nazca Warren reports, the state's Attorney General was in Las Cruces last week proposing legislation to criminalize human trafficking in New Mexico.

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11:09 am
Mon July 16, 2007

New Mexico's Economy may Affect the State's Vulnerability to Spikes in Gas Prices

Las Cruces, NM – A report by the Environment New Mexico Research and Policy Center and the Natural Resources Defense Council says New Mexico is the fifth most vulnerable state in the nation to rising gas prices. As KRWG's Whitney Jones reports, when oil prices go up, families in vulnerable states like New Mexico, are hit the hardest.

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10:59 am
Mon July 16, 2007

Zen Center's Buddha Stolen

Las Cruces, NM – A Buddha statue was stolen from the rock garden outside of the Las Cruces Zen Center, a modest adobe house on south Mesquite. As KRWG's Whitney Jones reports, the image if the meditating Buddha, is used as a model for Buddhists to model their own lives and bodies after.

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5:29 am
Mon July 16, 2007

Film Society's Deadline for Theater Purchase Coming Soon

Las Cruces, NM – Time is almost up for the Mesilla Valley Film Society to make an offer to purchase the Fountain Theatre. As KRWG's Whitney Jones reports, the organization has had a little over a month to come up with the funds to put a down payment on the over half a million dollar asking price.

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7:49 am
Fri July 13, 2007

Las Cruces Metropolitan Area: Safest in the Country

Las Cruces, NM – Las Cruces and three of its surrounding communities were awarded the title of Safest mid-size Metropolitan Area in the nation by the home and automobile insurer Farmers Insurance. As KRWG's Marco Grajeda reports, the insurance company presented the distinction to the city representatives at a ceremony in Las Cruces this morning.

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6:57 am
Wed July 11, 2007

PRC Votes to Increase Rates

Las Cruces, NM – The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission, or PRC approved an increase in electric rates in Dona Ana County which will generate an additional 5.8 million dollars in revenue for The El Paso Electric Company. The company already has one of the highest electric rates in New Mexico and as KRWG's Jessica Borchert reports, the increase is to make up for rising operational costs.

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8:03 am
Mon July 9, 2007

Mothers of Murdered Women in Mexico Demand Justice

Las Cruces, NM – Since 1993, over four hundred women have been killed in an eerily similar manner in the Mexican State of Chihuahua. Despite local and international pressure most of the murder cases remain unsolved, and activists say the interest from Mexican Authorities is dissipating. As KRWG's Marco Grajeda reports, relatives and supporters of the slain women rallied in Juarez, Mexico recently attempting to renew the interest of local authorities.

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2:04 am
Mon July 9, 2007

School Board Votes on Title Change

Las Cruces, NM – Last month, the Las Cruces Public School Board voted to remove the word interim from the title of Stan Rounds who was hired as the interim superintendent in February. As KRWG's Jessica Borchert reports, some board members feel the decision went against the original plan of the board.

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7:57 am
Tue July 3, 2007

New Flood Maps Could Prove Expensive for County Residents

Las Cruces, NM – The Federal Emergency Management Agency recently updated its flood hazard maps for Dona Ana County, significantly increasing the number of county residents who will be required to pay for flood insurance. As KRWG's Marco Grajeda reports, some local leaders are up in arms and are asking the federal agency for more time.

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5:07 am
Tue July 3, 2007

Future of New Mexico's Oldest Theater Uncertain

Las Cruces, NM – One of the only places to see independent, foreign and alternative movies in Las Cruces is now up for grabs. The one hundred and two year old Fountain Theatre in Mesilla is for sale and now the Mesilla Valley Film Society, who currently operates the movie house, has less than two weeks to purchase the building. As KRWG's Whitney Jones reports, several members of the community fear for the theater's future.

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4:18 am
Fri June 29, 2007

Border Poverty Affects Children in School

Las Cruces, NM – Children who live near the United States and Mexico border face higher poverty rates than children in the rest of the state. That's according to a recent study by New Mexico Voices for Children, a non-partisan, advocacy organization. As KRWG's Whitney Jones reports, the Border Kids Count report says the poverty rates are due to higher unemployment and lower wages along the border.

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7:54 am
Tue June 26, 2007

Committee Created to Oversee Spending of Spaceport Tax Revenue

Las Cruces, NM – Today, Dona Ana County Commissioners approved a resolution detailing the spending of a portion of the Spaceport Tax, reserved for education. As KRWG's Marco Grajeda reports, a quarter of the estimated six million dollars collected from the tax will be divided among the Hatch, Gadsden and Las Cruces School Districts.

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5:46 am
Tue June 26, 2007

Bovine Tuberculosis May Pose a Threat for New Mexicans

Las Cruces, NM – Suspicions arose that a herd of cattle in eastern New Mexico had developed Bovine Tuberculosis earlier this year. In response, United States Senator Pete Domenici and the U.S. Department of Agriculture prompted animal testing in the region. As KRWG's Whitney Jones reports, the secretary of the state's department of agriculture says consumers have nothing to worry about.

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10:15 am
Thu June 21, 2007

Federal Lawsuit Against NMSU Football Coach Settled Before Trial

Las Cruces, NM – The Federal Civil Discrimination Lawsuit Filed by the ACLU of New Mexico against New Mexico State University Head Football Coach Hal Mumme was settled yesterday. The lawsuit, filed on behalf of four former Muslim players, claims they were subjected to a hostile environment towards Islam. As KRWG's Evan Woodward reports, both sides are content with the outcome.

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1:38 am
Thu June 21, 2007

Breaking News: Settlement Reached on Discrimination Lawsuit

Las Cruces, NM – A settlement has been reached in the federal discrimination lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union against New Mexico State University head football coach Hal Mumme.

A Stipulation of Dismissal was filed in court this morning. The amount of money paid out in the settlement will not be disclosed for six months.

Tune in to All Things Considered this afternoon for a full report.

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7:12 am
Wed June 20, 2007

Summer Migrant Academy helps bi-lingual students

Las Cruces, NM – The Summer Migrant Academy is geared towards children of Migrant workers but most of the students are from the Las Cruces Area. As KRWG's Jessica Borchert reports, the dual language program prepares bi-lingual students for the regular school year.

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10:57 am
Mon June 18, 2007

U.S. Energy Consumption, A National Security Threat

Las Cruces, NM – According to the American Automobile Association, New Mexico's gasoline prices are at a record high, an average of three dollars and twenty seven cents. As KRWG'S Whitney Jones reports, the United States Senate is currently debating the Renewable Fuels, Consumer Protection and Energy Efficiency Act of 2007 to ease Americans in an energy efficient economy.

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5:24 am
Fri June 15, 2007

New Mexico Wage Gap Still Exists

Las Cruces, NM – According toa study by the New Mexico Commission on the Status of Women a wage gap between men and women continues across the state. As KRWG's Jessica Borchert reports, women in Dona Ana County make 76-percent of what men make.

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4:32 am
Thu June 14, 2007

Life After the Hatch Floods Part 1

Hatch, NM – New Mexicans were stunned last August by the flooding that devastated the village of Hatch, which is widely known as New Mexico's Chile Pepper Capital. Although government and private aid helped some residents get back on their feet, others are still struggling to regain normal lives.

In the first of a series, Kent Paterson examines the aftermath of the Hatch flood and how residents fear that another flood will strike their town.

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7:13 am
Tue June 12, 2007

Farm Worker Forum Raises Equality Issues

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