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8:33 pm
Wed April 29, 2009

New Mexico Settles Lawsuit with ACLU and will Provide Benefits to Domestic Partners of State Retirees

Las Cruces, NM – Tuesday, the state of New Mexico announced that it will start providing retirement health care benefits to the domestic partners of state employees regardless of their sexual preference. As KRWG's Evan Woodward reports, the change comes as a result of a lawsuit filed against the state by the American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico.

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7:58 pm
Wed April 29, 2009

Health and School Officials Caution against Linking Las Cruces boy's Death with Swine Flu

Las Cruces, NM – A six year old Las Cruces boy died Tuesday afternoon after leaving school sick earlier that day. Officials say the boy could have died from a number of complications and stress that there is NO evidence to suggest his death is linked to swine influenza. KRWG's Marco Grajeda reports.

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12:51 pm
Wed April 29, 2009

U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals Overturns Decision Regarding Oil and Gas Drilling on Otero Mesa

Las Cruces, NM – The United States Court of Appeals reversed a decision Tuesday pertaining to the issuance of oil and gas leases on Otero Mesa. As KRWG's Evan Woodward reports, the decision means that the Bureau of Land Management or BLM, will likely have to complete an environmental impact statement on the entire Mesa and consider fully closing it to development.

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12:46 pm
Wed April 29, 2009

Las Cruces Police Arrest and Charge Suspect in Tuesday Morning Shooting

Las Cruces, NM – Las Cruces police have arrested 21 year old Christopher Michael Mata and charged him with an open count of murder after the shooting death of a 19 year old woman on the city's East Mesa. KRWG's Evan Woodward has the details.

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7:35 pm
Tue April 28, 2009

DASO Deputy finds Stolen Farming Equipment

Las Cruces, NM – An anonymous tip led to the discovery of $200,000 dollars worth of stolen farming equipment in Santa Teresa. KRWG's Marco Grajeda reports.

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6:07 pm
Tue April 28, 2009

Lance Armstrong is competing in New Mexico's Tour of the Gila

Las Cruces, NM – The Tour of the Gila kicks off Wednesday/ today in Grant County attracting hundreds of cyclists, including, after some debate, one of the world's best cyclists. KRWG's Marco Grajeda reports.

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5:54 pm
Tue April 28, 2009

Online Farming Tutorial

Las Cruces – New Mexico State University experts say .Chinese medicinal herbs are emerging as an agricultural crop in the U.S.

To help farmers decide if adding the herbs is a viable option .New Mexico State University's College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Science has developed an online tutorial.

Funded by a USDA grant .the tutorial allows viewers to attend a training program on Asian medicinal herb production and marketing.

The program was taped in Albuquerque in December.

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8:19 pm
Mon April 27, 2009

Local Officials Monitor Swine Flu

Las Cruces, NM – Officials in El Paso, Texas and New Mexico say they're monitoring the outbreak of swine influenza closely, and are taking steps to ensure the safety of their residents. KRWG's Marco Grajeda reports.

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7:42 pm
Mon April 27, 2009

EPA Remands Permit for Desert Rock Energy Facility

Las Cruces, NM – The United States Environmental Protection Agency or EPA, filed a motion today for a voluntary remand of the air permit issued to the proposed Desert Rock Energy Facility in Northwestern New Mexico. As KRWG's Evan Woodward reports, this will allow for the agency to reconsider several parts of the permit.

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6:05 pm
Mon April 27, 2009

State Health Officials Launch Swine Flu Hotline

Las Cruces, NM – Health officials in New Mexico, swamped with calls about the swine flu have set up a swine flu hotline. KRWG's Evan Woodward has the details.

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5:31 pm
Mon April 27, 2009

Monday Businesswatch

Las Cruces – Every Monday on Morning Edition at 7:50am, Fred Martino speaks with Las Cruces Sun News Business Editor Brook Stockberger.

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5:28 pm
Mon April 27, 2009

Online Financial Planning

Las Cruces – Fred Martino speaks with Elisa Cundiff, Outreach Coordinator for the free financial planning website www.justthrive.com Cundiff, who lives in Las Cruces, also discusses common money challenges for people in their 20's and 30's.

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2:57 am
Mon April 27, 2009

Bingaman Requests that some Seized Drug Proceeds go to Ports of Entry

Las Cruces, NM – Last week, New Mexico's Senior Senator, Democrat Jeff Bingaman sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, requesting that some of the drug money seized by federal agents be used to improve ports of entry. KRWG's Evan Woodward has the details.

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10:57 am
Sun April 26, 2009

Richardson: State is ready to respond if Swine Influenza Affects Residents

Las Cruces, NM – Governor Bill Richardson announced Sunday that state health and emergency officials have emergency plans in place, in case New Mexico develops any cases of swine influenza. As KRWG's Marco Grajeda reports, the announcement comes after federal officials declared a national public health emergency because of an outbreak of the virus.

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7:00 am
Fri April 24, 2009

NMSU Declares 2009 the Year of Sustainability

Las Cruces, NM – This year the focus of the nation is fixed on promoting sustainability, which many argue will help breathe life to the struggling economy while revitalizing the environment. New Mexico State University joined the national movement declaring 2009 the year of sustainability.

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6:15 am
Fri April 24, 2009

Teague Amendment Included in House Water Research Bill

Las Cruces, NM – The United States House of Representatives strongly passed the National Water Research and Development Act yesterday by a vote of 413 to 10. As KRWG's Evan Woodward reports, included in the bill was an amendment from New Mexico's 2nd District Congressman, Democrat Harry Teague.

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7:47 am
Thu April 23, 2009

Dona Ana Conuty Commission to Declare April 28th Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Day

Las Cruces, NM – During their next meeting, the Dona Ana County Board of Commissioners will proclaim April 28th as Post- Traumatic Stress Awareness Day in honor of veterans of the United States Military. KRWG's Evan Woodward reports.

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6:50 am
Thu April 23, 2009

NMSU English Professor Nominated for Prestigious Award

Las Cruces, NM – New Mexico State University Associate Professor of English Connie Voisine has been named as a finalist for a national book award from the Los Angeles Times. As KRWG's Evan Woodward reports, Voisine's book entitled, "The Rare High Meadow of Which I Might Dream" is competing against four others for the honor.

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6:44 am
Thu April 23, 2009

Dona Ana County Stops Issuing Burn Permits

Las Cruces, NM – Dona Ana County residents no longer have to drive to the County Government Center before burning organic material in their property. This week, county officials stopped issuing burn permits, but as KRWG's Marco Grajeda reports, open burning laws will still be enforced.

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5:25 am
Thu April 23, 2009

White Sands International Film Festival comes to Las Cruces!

Las Cruces, NM – The fifth annual White Sands International Film Festival is currently underway featuring many international works as well as local productions. KRWG's Eduardo Rodriguez has the details...

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2:50 am
Thu April 23, 2009

Ballet Offers Hope to Poor Juarez Children

Las Cruces, NM – We've all heard the warnings - that it's dangerous to travel across the border to Juarez, Mexico, because of the drug related violence taking place there.
But that is not stopping an NMSU dance profession from crossing the international bridge twice each week. As Gary Worth reports, she does it our of her love for her art - and for some very special kids.

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10:48 am
Wed April 22, 2009

Groups Encourage Recycling

Las Cruces, NM – Experts say turning Dona Ana County into a recycling community will take a lot more than creating awareness. At the moment, only the most dedicated recyclers take the time to separate their reusables at home before driving them to the recycling center in Las Cruces; but as KRWG's Marco Grajeda reports, the process could be made easier in the near future.

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10:12 am
Wed April 22, 2009

The Klezmatics come to New Mexico

courtesy of the Klezmatics website
Joshua Kessler

Las Cruces, NM – The Klezmatics, an international world music sensation, are making their way through New Mexico this week, livening up the evenings with their own special brand of Klesmer Music. KRWG's Eduardo Rodriguez has the details

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6:47 am
Wed April 22, 2009

Dona Ana County Warns Residents About Fraudulent Fundraising Phone Calls

Las Cruces, NM – Recently several Dona Ana County residents reported receiving fraudulent fundraising phone calls from a group claiming to be calling on behalf of the county's fire department. KRWG's Evan Woodward has the details.

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7:44 am
Tue April 21, 2009

Antelope Wells Port of Entry Receives more than $15 Million in Federal Fundng for Repairs

Las Cruces, NM – Several members of New Mexico's Congressional Delegation announced today/Tuesday that the Antelope Wells Port of Entry will receive more than 15 million dollars to rebuild its facility. KRWG's Evan Woodward has the details.

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7:32 am
Tue April 21, 2009

Man Mugged and Physically Assaulted near McDonalds

Las Cruces, NM – A man was mugged and attacked with a baseball bat outside a fast-food restaurant near New Mexico State University yesterday. As KRWG's Marco Grajeda reports, police are now looking for two Hispanic suspects.

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7:29 am
Tue April 21, 2009

The Quality of Life May Cost Las Crucens

Las Cruces, NM – Hundreds of Las Crucens showed up for a public meeting Monday, in support of initiatives aimed at improving the city's quality of life. One of the ideas being proposed is a gross receipt's tax to expand the arts and cultural scene. As KRWG's Melissa Aguilera reports, supporters of the idea now have to embark on a grass roots effort to gain the community's support.

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1:15 am
Tue April 21, 2009

Groups respond to EPA Study on Gas Emissions

Las Cruces, NM – Many organizations and government officials nationwide are rallying in support of an Environmental Protection Agency study, regarding the negative effects of green-house gases. However, as KRWG's Fernando Zamarron reports, not everyone is happy with the federal agency's method of dealing with the issue.

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1:00 am
Tue April 21, 2009

Journey to Beat Breast Cancer

Las Cruces, NM – When traveling to New York City from southern California most people would book a flight the more adventurous types may even consider a road trip with friends. But one man from northern California is walking the entire way, and as KRWG's Marco Grajeda reports, the journey is for a good cause.

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5:11 am
Mon April 20, 2009

Sherriff's Department Apprehends 3 Suspects in Home Burglaries

Las Cruces, NM – Late last week a Dona Ana County Sheriff's Deputy who was responding to a burglary call on the East Mesa, caught a lucky break which led to three arrests and the solving of four cases. KRWG's Evan Woodward has the details.

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