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3:54 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

DA's Office: Las Cruces Man Fatally Shot Himself With Stolen Gun

District Attorney investigators say a Las Cruces man fatally shot himself with a stolen police gun during a confrontation with officers last year.

An autopsy also shows 29-year-old Jose Salas was shot multiple times by Las Cruces police during the Dec. 22 incident but it's unclear which gunshot wound caused his death.

The autopsy report says Salas had five gunshot wounds to his head, back, arm and shoulder.

Police responded to a disturbance at a home and say Salas assaulted an officer who arrived in an unmarked police vehicle.

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7:06 am
Thu April 9, 2015

Man With Firearm Is Arrested At Navajo Technical University

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Tribal police say a man with a firearm has been arrested without incident at Navajo Technical University in Crownpoint.

Students at the school were on lockdown after an armed man was reported near the student housing on campus about 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Navajo Police and the tribal Strategic Response Team responded to the call.

They say the campus is secured and students are returning to their dorms.

The name of the man arrested wasn't immediately released.

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6:55 am
Thu April 9, 2015

Lengthy Waits Persist At Texas VA Medical Facilities, Despite Efforts To Streamline Process

An Associated Press analysis shows that Texas veterans spend more time waiting for care than the national average.

An average of 3.4 percent of appointments at the state's 54 VA facilities were delayed longer than 30 days from September to February. Nationally, the average is 2.8 percent.

In the wake of last year's VA scandal and resulting federal changes, some facilities are still struggling to improve how often they meet the goal to have patients seen within 30 days.

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6:53 am
Thu April 9, 2015

New Mexico VA Clinic Among Nation's Worst For Care Delays

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A Veterans Affairs clinic in northwestern New Mexico ranks among the nation's worst when it comes to the percentage of appointments delayed a month or longer.

While local VA officials say they're doing their best to expand services in rural areas where recruiting is a challenge, advocates say more needs to be done — and fast.

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6:00 am
Thu April 9, 2015

NMSU To Open Community Health Clinics

The new College of Education Community clinics located at the Arrowhead Medical Academy will include a Mental Health and Wellness Clinic, and a speech and hearing Center. Something Marlene Salas- Provance, assistant dean for college community clinics, says is currently underserved in Southern New Mexico.

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6:00 am
Thu April 9, 2015

NMSU Hosts Students From Colombia

    From the jungles of Colombia to the fields of southern New Mexico, agriculture students who were once victims of the drug trade will visit New Mexico State University April 7-22 as part of its Partners of the Americas and the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund Grant.

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5:52 am
Thu April 9, 2015

Competition To Highlight Desalination Technology

With clean water supplies dwindling, federal officials put out a call around the world in hopes of finding innovative technology that could turn brackish water into potable water.

Five finalist teams will be showing off their desalination systems as part of the international completion beginning Thursday in Alamogordo.

They're competing for $200,000 in prizes and the chance at federal grants to continue their research.

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation says the finalists were culled from a list of 68 teams from 29 countries.

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5:46 am
Thu April 9, 2015

Gov. Martinez Signs Bill To Ban E-Cigarette Sales To Minors

Credit Office of the Governor

Gov. Susana Martinez has signed legislation banning the sales of e-cigarettes and nicotine liquid containers to minors in New Mexico.

Sen. John Ryan's bill also requires those containers to be sold in child resistant packaging and prohibits online sales to minors.

The Los Ranchos de Albuquerque Republican says the products are dangerous.

He says nicotine is "addictive and harmful" and can be the "gateway to a lifelong addiction."

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5:52 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Drag-Racing Suspected In Las Cruces Crash That Injured Post Office Worker

  A U.S. Postal Service employee was hospitalized Wednesday afternoon and two teenage boys are facing charges after they crashed their pickups into a mail truck.

The teenage boys, both 17 and driving Ford F250 pickup trucks, are suspected of drag-racing on Engler Road shortly after noon today. Traffic investigators believe the boys were both headed eastbound on Engler where they both ran a stop sign at Jornada Road.

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3:55 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

New Phone Line For Veterans

A new phone line has been established to hear from veterans who have an appointment scheduled greater than 30 days from a clinically indicated date.  We want to hear from those veterans to assure they have information to consider their options for care within the NMVAHCS or through the Veterans Choice Program.

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3:54 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Updated Animal Ordinance In Las Cruces Has New Fees

  Las Cruces City Councilors made changes to the Animal Control Ordinance last November and adopted a new fee structure associated with the ordinance just last month.

The updated ordinance now requires feral cat colonies to be registered with the city. The ordinance also allows for chickens and ducks to be raised within city limits, and domesticated pets must now be micro-chipped under the new ordinance.

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3:33 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

NMSU Presentations Open To The Public

Kathryn Hanley, associate professor of biology, will speak on “Beyond Ebola: What Lurks in the Shadow of the Forest?” at the Salon Discovery April 14. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

  A historian, a biologist and an art gallery director at New Mexico State University will share their perspectives on topics ranging from art to Ebola to J. Robert Oppenheimer during the second Salon Discovery.

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2:36 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Rio Grande Water Supply Discussion Planned For Las Cruces

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  The region’s Rio Grande water supply will be discussed at the next public meeting of the Rio Grande Citizens Forum sponsored by the U.S. Section of the International Boundary and Water Commission (USIBWC).  The meeting takes place on Thursday, April 23, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at Las Cruces City Hall, Rooms 2007 B & C, Las Cruces, NM 88001.  

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2:24 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Great American Cleanup Saturday In Las Cruces

  In addition to the 23rd annual Great American Cleanup that will be held Saturday, local organizers will place six solid waste containers around town for the weekend to make it easier for residents to dump large amounts of trash and unwanted debris that may not fit in their residential garbage receptacles.

Trash and yard debris can be dumped into the containers Friday through Sunday. The containers will be placed at:

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2:17 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Prosecutors In Albuquerque Police Shooting Want Gag Order

Prosecutors want a judge to limit what lawyers for two Albuquerque police officers charged with murder in a fatal shooting can tell the news media.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that a motion filed Tuesday by the District Attorney's Office for Bernalillo County says unrestricted comments by defense attorneys could prejudice proceedings in the case against former Detective Keith Sandy and officer Dominque Perez.

The motion cites defense lawyers' reported comments on a ballistic report in the case.

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2:16 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Texas Senate Votes To Move Public Integrity Unit Out Of Austin

The Texas Senate has voted to move state public corruption investigations out of left-leaning Austin and into district attorneys' offices in the home county of elected officials accused of wrongdoing.

Republican Sen. Joan Huffman's bill makes the Public Integrity Unit part of the Texas Rangers and Department of Public Safety.

It passed Wednesday 20-11, but still requires a final, procedural vote.

The measure has Texas Rangers investigating corruption complaints and forwarding cases to district attorneys where the accused official lives.

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2:13 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

House Republicans: Cut Texas Sales Tax Rate, Not Property Taxes

Texas would cut its sales tax rate for the first time in history under a House Republican plan that scraps homeowner tax relief sought by Gov. Greg Abbott.

The current sales tax rate in Texas is 6.25 percent. That would fall to 5.95 percent under a sweeping tax package that GOP House leaders said Wednesday is the best way to deliver significant tax cuts promised by conservatives.

On a $100 purchase, the lower rate would save a consumer 30 cents at the register.

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2:11 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Family Learns Of Man's Death When They Report Him Missing

Police in one northern New Mexico city asked police in another to notify relatives of a man who'd been found dead, but the request was overlooked, and the family only learned of his death when they reported him missing.

Santa Fe police asked Las Vegas police March 31 to provide a death notification for 48-year-old Tony Trujillo Jr.

He died of natural causes. His body was found in a car that had sat in a restaurant parking lot for a few days.

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2:10 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Martinez Signs Education Bills

Gov. Susana Martinez has signed bills to expand access to kindergarten through third grade classes and to allow certain teachers to become principals quicker.

Currently only those schools with poor grades receive funding for the K-3 Plus program, which provides additional instruction over the summer for struggling students.

Martinez says the legislation allows those schools that improve their grades to build on the momentum and continue to improve.

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2:07 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Police: Woman Shot In Head By Brother

  A family argument Tuesday night in Chamberino ended when a 53-year-old woman was allegedly shot in the head by her brother. 

The incident happened in the 400 block of Medina Street. According to Doña Ana County Sheriff’s detectives who were called to the scene, 42-year-old Javier Cadena had reportedly been arguing with his nephew earlier in the evening.

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9:19 am
Wed April 8, 2015

Albuquerque Mayor Thanks Amtrak For Keeping Southwest Chief

Credit Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry

The mayor of New Mexico's largest city has thanked Amtrak for keeping it existing New Mexico route of the Southwest Chief passenger train.

Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry wrote Amtrak CEO Joseph Boardman last week and said Albuquerque and other New Mexico cities appreciated the company's recent decision.

Amtrak announced last month that the Southwest Chief would continue to make stops in New Mexico towns of Raton, Las Vegas, Lamy and Albuquerque.

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9:17 am
Wed April 8, 2015

Efforts To Name Street In Hobbs After MLK Hits Snag

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Despite vocal support a Hobbs official says the southeastern New Mexico city has not received any formal request to rename a portion of a busy street in honor of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

The Hobbs News-Sun reports that Hobbs development director Kevin Robinson made the announcement this week at a city commissioners meeting. That puts the renaming in doubt.

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9:14 am
Wed April 8, 2015

Water-Supply Forecast For New Mexico Shows More Signs Of Trouble

A new water-supply forecast signals that New Mexico could face continued trouble.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the Climate Prediction Center forecast indicates that recent warm temperatures and relatively little snowfall means the state likely faces below-average runoff from snowpack in higher elevation for the fifth straight year.

The report says water flowing into major reservoirs is expected to be half or less of the 30-year average through July.

An earlier forecast had indicated that spring runoff could be wetter than normal.

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6:00 am
Wed April 8, 2015

Doña Ana County Moving Forward With Dripping Springs and Baylor Canyon Road Plan

Doña Ana County received a $9 million grant through the Federal Land Access Program to pave Baylor Canyon road and Dripping Springs Road and make it easier to visit the Organ Mountain Desert Peaks National Monument.

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4:56 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

Man Charged With Las Cruces Home Invasion, Burglary

  Police arrested a Las Cruces man suspected of breaking into the wrong home while trying to collect a debt allegedly owed to him.

Christopher Angel Calzada, 19, is charged with one count each of residential burglary and conspiracy. He also was found to have a warrant for his arrest out of Magistrate Court.

At around 1 a.m. Monday, April 6, Las Cruces Police were dispatched to a home on High Street where three children, ages 3 to 15, were inside.

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4:07 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

Seized Vehicle Auction April 19

 More than 40 vehicles will be auctioned off to the highest bidder on April 19 as the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department clears out cars, trucks and SUVs that have been seized in drunk-driving investigations.

New Mexico law allows for the forfeiture of a vehicle if the driver is involved in multiple DWI convictions.

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4:01 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

County Extends Deadline To Apply For Zoning Seats

   Doña Ana County has extended through April 10 the application deadline for residents interested in serving on the Planning and Zoning Commission, a seven-member board of volunteers whose members review land-use and development matters at twice-monthly public hearings. Three open seats on the commission will be filled by the Doña Ana County Board of Commissioners at their April 28 regular meeting.

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4:00 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

NMSU Professor To Share Travel Adventure While Studying Parrots

For more than 25 years, New Mexico State University professor Timothy F. Wright has been traveling to the tropics to observe parrots in their natural environment. His work has taken him to Belize, Australia, Puerto Rico, Mexico and Costa Rica. 

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2:55 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

Some Texas Lawmakers Oppose Changing Religious Objections Law

Texas lawmakers and top business leaders are vowing to kill two proposed amendments to the state's existing religious freedom law that they say will promote discrimination and possibly result in backlash similar to what happened in Indiana and Arkansas.

Opponents say the amendments, by Republicans Rep. Matt Krause and Sen. Donna Campbell, would modify Texas' Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1999. That includes removing provisions crafted to prevent discrimination.

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2:54 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

New Mexico GOP Trying To Raise Money Using Hillary As Bait

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has not officially announced that she will seek the Democratic nomination for president.

But the Republican Party of New Mexico is already acting like she has.

The state's GOP arm sent out a fundraising letter Tuesday that warned supporters Clinton will seek the nomination. The letter says Clinton used her personal email account to hide information and alleges that she put the nation's national security at risk.

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