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12:54 pm
Mon January 19, 2015

Health Sciences Academy Hosts Career Forum

Sunland Park’s new Charter School the Health Sciences Academy is pairing up with a program from California to help students prepare for the future at an early age.

Sarah Acevedo is a parent at the Health Sciences academy. She says that having a goal for the future makes her 7th grade son want to go to school everyday.

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9:16 am
Mon January 19, 2015

NMSU Public Health Professor Works To Promote Cancer Prevention, Elected To National Board

  New Mexico State University Department of Public Health Sciences Assistant Professor Cindy Kratzke believes that education is the key to cancer prevention and cancer control. 

Personal experience with a family member motivated her work to increase prevention and survivorship education to help the numerous people affected by a cancer diagnosis – patients, families, caregivers and communities. 

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9:12 am
Mon January 19, 2015

NMSU Seeks Funding For Art Building Renovation

  New Mexico State University is requesting $1.5 million in planning and design funds for the renovation of D.W. Williams Hall, in preparation for the general obligation bond in 2016. Currently, private contributions and pledges for the renovation total $801,568. 

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9:10 am
Mon January 19, 2015

A Fork In the Road: Keystone XL Pipeline Debate Mirrors NM Dilemma Over Future Energy Generation

The San Juan facility outside Farmington New Mexico Emits About 13,054,091 tons of Carbon Dioxide when running at full capacity (2006)
Credit Sierra Club NM

As many as 150 demonstrations, in 50 states protested House approval of the Keystone XL pipeline last week.  For many, even in states like New Mexico far from the pipeline route the debate represents a broader question over the future of energy generation in the US. 

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9:08 am
Mon January 19, 2015

Fort Bliss Soldier Gets Eight Years In Son's Death

A Fort Bliss soldier has been sentenced to eight years in prison in a plea deal over the 2012 beating death of his year-old son.

Sgt. 1st Class Crispen Hanson was accused of causing the death of his son, Malachi, and faced trial this week in El Paso.

The father was charged with capital murder and murder after an autopsy determined the toddler died of blunt force trauma. Hanson faced two counts of injury to a child for alleged incidents prior to his son's April 2012 death.

Hanson pleaded guilty Friday to the injury to a child counts. The other charges were dropped.

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7:23 am
Mon January 19, 2015

Man Pleads Guilty To Meth Trafficking In Eddy County

 

A Mexican national has pleaded guilty in Las Cruces federal court trafficking drugs in Eddy County.

The U.S. Attorney's Office for New Mexico says 33-year-old Israel Mireles-Rivera, who had been living in Hagerman illegally, entered his plea Friday afternoon.

Mireles-Rivera was arrested in January 2014 on three counts including conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and being a person in the U.S. illegally who owned a firearm.

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7:17 am
Mon January 19, 2015

White Sands National Monument Weighing Admission Hike

Credit White Sands National Monument

The public will be able to share their input about a proposal to increase admission for White Sands National Monument.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports  that a month long public comment period for the proposed fee hikes ends Feb. 13.

A National Park Service news release says the changes would make admission charges would be per vehicle, not per person.

The proposal calls for changing the admission from $3 per person to $20 per vehicle. Every vehicle would have to pay $20 no matter how many passengers were present.

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6:00 am
Mon January 19, 2015

Monday Business Watch

Every Monday at 7:51am on Morning Edition, Edmundo Resendez covers the week's top local business stories with Las Cruces Sun News Business Editor Jason Gibbs. 

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6:49 pm
Sun January 18, 2015

Texas Official Granted $97,000 For Tuition Resigns

  A top deputy at Texas' massive state health agency who was granted nearly $100,000 to pay for his graduate school tuition has resigned.

Texas Health and Human Services Commissioner Kyle Janek's deputy chief of staff Casey Haney resigned Friday after it was reported the commission had paid his tuition for a master's degree in business in one lump sum, a violation of state policy.

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12:06 pm
Sun January 18, 2015

Murder Suspect Still Hospitalized In New Mexico

  A man wanted in Mississippi for murder remains hospitalized nearly a week after a shootout with New Mexico authorities east of Lordsburg.

New Mexico State Police said Saturday that 23-year-old D'Juan Holloway remains in stable condition at a Texas hospital.

State Police officers along with New Mexico Motor Transportation police, Lordsburg police and Hidalgo County Sheriff's deputies were involved in a pursuit Monday afternoon after Holloway was spotted on Interstate 10.

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12:05 pm
Sun January 18, 2015

In Depth: Legislative Issues To Watch

   For the first time since August 2013, the Texas Legislature is back in session — and if that idea takes some getting used to, think how 24 first-term representatives and eight freshman senators feel.

Lawmakers' opening week was heavy on ceremony and good feelings, with outgoing Gov. Rick Perry delivering a rousing farewell speech praising the virtues of bipartisanship. Things got tense, though, during a verbal confrontation involving gun rights activists in the office of Eagle Pass Democratic Rep. Poncho Nevarez.

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12:02 pm
Sun January 18, 2015

NAACP Wants Improvements To Neglected Las Cruces Cemetery

  A Las Cruces cemetery where more than 65 African Americans are buried has become a final resting place for trash and overrun weeds.

The NAACP's Dona Ana County branch is asking city and community leaders for help in cleaning and renovating the neglected graveyard.

Improvements to the cemetery could add up to as much as $100,000.

The NAACP has started a fundraising campaign and is proposing the two-acre burial ground become a historical landmark.

Records show burials at the cemetery date back to 1940 and the last one was in 2001.

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12:00 pm
Sun January 18, 2015

NM Senate Leader Is Last Firewall For Democrats

Credit Senate Majority Leader Michael S. Sanchez (D-29- Bernalillo & Valencia).

   Longtime New Mexico Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez is sure to face more pressure than ever before when the legislative session begins Tuesday.  Sanchez is the last line of defense for Democrats with the Republican-dominated House likely to pass any bills favored by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez.

As majority leader, Sanchez is allowed to pick which bills get heard on the Senate floor.

The 64-year-old lawmaker will also have to unite moderate and conservative Democrats in the Senate chamber.

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11:59 am
Sun January 18, 2015

Painkiller-Addicted Babies Pose Major Problem

  As a growing number of newborns are being born addicted to painkillers, Texas lawmakers are considering measures to combat the painful and costly problem.

Texas documented 1,009 Medicaid-covered babies born in 2013 suffering from the sudden withdrawal from prescription opioids, called neonatal abstinence syndrome. That's an 18 percent increase since 2011. The state though doesn't track the number of babies with the syndrome who aren't covered by Medicaid.

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11:57 am
Sun January 18, 2015

Feds Will Likely Upgrade Earthquake Risk In North Texas

The U.S. Geological Survey is considering raising its risk projections for earthquakes in North Texas.

The Dallas area has experienced more than 120 quakes since 2008. The Dallas Morning News reports that USGS will likely upgrade the risk of an earthquake occurring in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Irving, Texas, has experienced 22 earthquakes in a month.

According to Mark Petersen, chief of the agency's National Seismic Hazard Project in Golden, Colo., the risk level will be elevated but not by much.

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1:02 pm
Sat January 17, 2015

Santa Fe Minimum Wage To $10.84 In March

  Santa Fe's minimum wage is set to go up by 18 cents an hour starting March 1.

The annual adjustment is based on the latest Consumer Price Index for the western region. It will raise the local wage floor to $10.84, which keeps it among the highest in the nation.

The federal mandatory minimum remains at $7.25. The state minimum wage is $7.50.

Santa Fe adopted its minimum wage ordinance in 2003 and amended it four years later to provide annual adjustments tied to increases in the Consumer Price Index.

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1:00 pm
Sat January 17, 2015

Former City Councilman Gets Five Years In Drug Ring

  A former West Texas city councilman has been sentenced to five years in federal prison for his role in a Midland-based drug ring.

Joe Anthony Kay was sentenced Friday in Midland.

The 50-year-old ex-councilman in Denver City pleaded guilty last September to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances.

Kay was arrested in August as part of an indictment targeting drug running in Midland, Odessa and Denver City. Investigators say Kay since 2010 conspired to distribute cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana.

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12:59 pm
Sat January 17, 2015

Lawmakers Convene As Political Landscape Shifts

  Their priorities aren't much different — lift New Mexico from the bottom of the nation's education rankings, keep the state's children safe and find a way to boost economic development and job creation.

The best route for accomplishing those goals is what Republican Gov. Susana Martinez and the state Legislature will be hashing out when the 60-day session begins Tuesday.

Efforts to stop the state from issuing driver's licenses to immigrants in the country illegally and right-to-work legislation are also expected to pepper the debate.

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12:56 pm
Sat January 17, 2015

Texas AG Office Says UT Fund Violated Rules

  The Texas Attorney General's Office says a fund that paid University of Texas law professors millions in extra compensation lacked transparency and violated school rules.

A copy of the AG's report obtained Friday by the Austin American-Statesman says loans, mortgages, housing allowances and other financial incentives helped to attract and retain faculty.

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12:55 pm
Sat January 17, 2015

Woman Sought In Albuquerque Bank Robbery

  Federal authorities are searching for a woman suspected in an Albuquerque bank robbery.

FBI spokesman Frank Fisher says a woman allegedly robbed a US Bank in northeast Albuquerque on Friday just before 6 p.m.

According to witnesses, the suspect entered the bank and handed the teller a note demanding money.

The teller complied and the suspect left with an undisclosed amount of money.

She was seen wearing a dark jacket, a dark baseball cap with a red or light-colored brim and carrying a large black purse slung over her shoulder.

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12:54 pm
Sat January 17, 2015

Texas Helps Pay Final Costs For Ten Dead In Prison Bus Wreck

Texas will pay up to $6,000 in final expenses for two guards and eight inmates killed when a prison bus went off an icy highway and hit a freight train.

The funds for funerals and burial are available through the State Office of Risk Management.

A guard and four inmates survived Wednesday's crash on Interstate 20 in Penwell, west of Odessa.

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12:53 pm
Sat January 17, 2015

Poorly Evaluated New Mexico Teachers May Stay Licensed

  New Mexico education officials say teachers at risk of losing their license because of poor evaluations may be eligible for a reprieve.  The New Mexico Public Education Department released a memorandum Friday, saying teachers with low ratings can apply for a one-year extension on their license from their school district.

Teachers rated "ineffective" or "minimally effective" under the state's new evaluation system last year were likely to not be allowed a license renewal.

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7:05 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Groups Sue Over Wolf Program Changes

Conservationists sued the federal government Friday over changes to a reintroduction program for the endangered Mexican gray wolf.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently announced the first major changes to the program since 1998. Under them, wolves will be able to roam a greater expanse of Arizona and New Mexico and will be released from captivity at more sites.

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10:04 am
Fri January 16, 2015

State Of Alamogordo Economy

KRWG hosted a coffee break and visit at Café Dolce in Alamogordo on Wednesday. While at the coffee break and visit, Alamogordo Mayor Susie Galea stopped by to talk to Edmundo Resendez about the state of the economy of Alamogordo in 2015. This is part one of a two part conversation.  

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9:28 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Las Cruces Police Search For Shooting Suspect

  The suspect in Thursday evening’s shooting on Karen Avenue has been identified as 17-year-old Gustavo Angel Alvarado.

Alvarado’s whereabouts remain unknown at this time though Las Cruces Police and surrounding agencies are actively looking for him. Las Cruces Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information that helps lead to his capture.

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7:55 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Prosecutors Seek $250K Fine For Convicted Former Sheriff

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Federal prosecutors want a judge to impose a $250,000 fine and a stiff prison sentence on a former New Mexico sheriff.

Former Rio Arriba County Sheriff Tommy Rodella was convicted Sept. 26 of brandishing a firearm and deprivation of rights against a motorist during a road-rage incident last March. He's to be sentenced Wednesday.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that prosecutors filed their request for a $250,000 fine in response to Rodella's request for leniency.

Prosecutors said Rodella failed to fully disclose his assets during a pre-sentencing investigation.

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7:53 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Officers Facing Murder Charges Want DA Off Case

Two Albuquerque officers facing murder charges for the shooting death of a homeless man want the district attorney who charged them disqualified.

Lawyers for Albuquerque SWAT team member Dominique Perez and former detective Keith Sandy filed a join motion Thursday to remove Bernalillo County District Attorney Kari Brandenburg from the case due to a conflict of interest.

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7:51 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Health Officials: Five Animals Test Positive For Plague In Past Three Months

Credit New Mexico Department of Health

State health officials are reporting five cases of plague in animals in the Santa Fe area since last November.

The New Mexico Department of Health says three cats, one dog and one mouse have all been confirmed with plague.

Confirmatory testing was conducted at the department's Scientific Laboratory Division.

Officials say all of the animals that tested positive are from residences in south Santa Fe near the Interstate 25 corridor.

Environmental investigations were conducted at each site to look for ongoing risk to others in the surrounding area.

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7:49 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Albuquerque Officer Shot In Traffic Stop Leaves Hospital

An Albuquerque officer who drew national attention after he was shot during a traffic stop is out of the hospital.

Albuquerque police spokeswoman Celina Espinoza said Thursday that Lou Golson has been released and is resting at home.

Golson was shot earlier this month after he pulled over a suspected drunken driver. The officer fired his weapon but police said 36-year-old Christopher Cook was not hit and fled the scene.

Cook was later arrested and is being held on attempted murder and other charges.

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7:46 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Forecast: A Dry Start To The Year In New Mexico

Federal forecasters say the Southwest is among the areas of the country that are starting the year drier than normal, and that could mean a fifth straight year of drought for New Mexico.

The forecast was released Thursday by the National Water and Climate Center.

It says New Mexico and other states are experiencing prolonged drought, which has focused attention on winter snowpack throughout the region. Snowpack serves as an indicator of how much water can be expected to flow through rivers and streams later in the year.

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