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7:19 pm
Thu July 16, 2009

Bingaman Applauds Health Care Reform Bill's Passage through Key Committee

Las Cruces, NM – This week, New Mexico United States Senator Jeff Bingaman joined fellow Democrats in supporting an overhaul of the nation's health care system. As KRWG's Marco Grajeda reports, Bingaman voted in favor of a proposal he says is a landmark bill that will reduce the cost of health care and expand coverage.

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7:17 pm
Thu July 16, 2009

El Paso Police Officers Ready to Impound Uninsured Vehicles

Las Cruces, NM – If you're driving in El Paso, Texas you better make sure your car insurance is up to date. As KRWG's Marco Grajeda reports, the city police department will soon have the authority to impound uninsured vehicles.

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8:07 pm
Wed July 15, 2009

Desert Rock Opponents Appealing to its Shareholders, Calling it "Bad Investment"

Albuquerque, NM – A group of economists and community leaders have launched a campaign to persuade a company planning a coal-fired power plant on the Navajo Nation to build a renewable energy plant instead. The environmental coalition is trying to convince the company hoping to build the plant that using coal will put its investors at risk. But as KUNM's Jim Williams reports, project planners say the coal plant will benefit the Navajo Nation, and help pave the way for future renewable energy projects.

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6:59 pm
Wed July 15, 2009

City Officials Break Ground For Las Cruces Airport Runway Renovation Project

Las Cruces, NM – The Las Cruces International Airport has not seen any major construction since World War Two but that's about to change. As KRWG's Jessica Havstad reports, officials broke ground at the local airport yesterday to officially begin a multi-million dollar runway project.

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6:55 pm
Wed July 15, 2009

NMSU Athletic Program Cutting $1.5 Million From Budget

Las Cruces, NM – The New Mexico State University athletic program has announced it is cutting one-point-five million dollars from next year's budget. KRWG's Vanessa Dabovich has more

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6:53 pm
Wed July 15, 2009

Vacant President Position at NMSU Now Open to Applicants

Las Cruces, NM – This week the New Mexico State University Presidential Search Committee released the job description for the top seat at the University, which has been vacant for over a year. KRWG's Vanessa Dabovich has this report...

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6:46 pm
Wed July 15, 2009

Animal Advocates Chain Themselves to Doghouse to Raise Awareness

Las Cruces, NM – During the weekend several local animal advocates chained themselves to doghouses, to raise awareness about what they call the inhumanity and community risks involved with keeping dogs chained. KRWG's Vanessa Dabovich reports

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9:01 pm
Tue July 14, 2009

NM Senators Want Information on Former VP's CIA Interrogation Program

Santa Fe, NM – New Mexico's two U-S Senators say they want to know more about former Vice President Dick Cheney's guidance that the C.I.A not tell Congress about a secret operation to capture and kill members of al Qaeda. C.I.A Director Leon Panetta has reportedly acknowledged it was Cheney who made the decision not to inform the eight members of House and Senate intelligence committees on the issue.

Senator Tom Udall told KUNM Tuesday he finds that unacceptable.

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8:56 pm
Tue July 14, 2009

CBP Officers Announce Record Drug Busts

Las Cruces, NM – More than 3.3 million pounds of illegal narcotics were confiscated along the U.S./ Mexico Border during a nine-month period, a 64 % increase compared to the previous year, according to federal officials. As KRWG's Marco Grajeda reports, officials credit an increase in personnel and new strategies for the jump in confiscations.

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8:51 pm
Tue July 14, 2009

Udall, Bingaman Support Sotomayor's Confirmation

Las Cruces, NM – New Mexico's two United States Senators support the confirmation of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court. The confirmation hearings to consider President Barak Obama's pick began Monday, and as KRWG's Marco Grajeda reports, the two Democratic Senators say they're very impressed.

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7:27 pm
Tue July 14, 2009

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles to Call Holloman Base Home

Las Cruces, NM – Pentagon officials announced that Holloman Air Force Base will soon be home to two unmanned aerial vehicle units. As KRWG's Melissa Aguilera reports, three members of New Mexico's congressional delegation welcomed the decision announced Monday.

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9:40 pm
Mon July 13, 2009

Las Cruces Man Allegedly Stabs Girlfriend

Las Cruces, NM – A Las Cruces man was taken into custody for allegedly stabbing his girlfriend multiple times with a kitchen knife.
According to the Las Cruces Police Department, Vincent Mata, 22, of west Hadley Avenue, attacked his girlfriend shortly before two a.m. on Monday.

Las Cruces Police Spokesman, Dan Trujillo, says Mata initially lied to responding officers, blaming the attack on an unknown group of men.

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9:35 pm
Mon July 13, 2009

Family of Missing Elderly Man Offer Five Thousand Dollar Reward

Las Cruces, NM – Family members of a missing elderly man, who disappeared over a week ago, are offering a five-thousand dollar reward for information that leads to his safe return. KRWG's Marco Grajeda has more.

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9:31 pm
Mon July 13, 2009

NM U.S. Senators Await Response from USDA Regarding Disaster Declaration Request

Las Cruces, NM – New Mexico's U.S. Senators continue to urge the United States Department of Agriculture to declare seven southeast New Mexico counties disaster areas because of a lengthy drought. KRWG's Marco Grajeda has more.

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6:21 pm
Mon July 13, 2009

Las Cruces Road Construction

Las Cruces – Expect some backups near the Mesilla Valley Mall .

Telshor Boulevard at Foothills Drive to Lohman Avenue will have the outside lanes closed starting today in both the southbound and northbound directions.

And that's just one big change

The other ..Lohman Avenue will have the two outside lanes closed in the eastbound direction ..and one left turn lane closed in the westbound direction.

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4:51 pm
Mon July 13, 2009

Monday Businesswatch

Las Cruces – Every Monday on Morning Edition at 7:51am, Fred Martino speaks with Las Cruces Sun News Business Editor Brook Stockberger.

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6:36 pm
Sun July 12, 2009

Fair Trade and Mayan Women's Weavings Connect Through Las Cruces Cooperative

Las Cruces, NM – Products sold with a Fair Trade label are quickly becoming commonplace in the U.S. as retailers stock their aisles with these products, promising a reasonable wage to local producers. The fair trade practice has largely ignored one commodity however, the vibrant pieces of handmade artisan goods sold at a bargain in a number of rural communities including Chiapas, Mexico. The Las Cruces Chiapas Connection represents an area effort in support of this woman centered trade.

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7:47 pm
Fri July 10, 2009

New Mexico to Receive Swine Flu Preparedness Money

Las Cruces, NM – New Mexico is expected to receive a financial boost from the federal government to prepare for an expected resurgence of the H1N1 flu virus this fall. KRWG's Marco Grajeda has this report.

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6:17 pm
Fri July 10, 2009

New Mexico, Texas and Colorado work to create High Speed Rail Corridor

Las Cruces, NM – In the near future traveling to Denver from southern New Mexico could be as easy as boarding a train. Texas, New Mexico and Colorado are taking the first steps in developing a high speed rail system, running from El Paso to Denver, and as KRWG's Marco Grajeda reports, U.S. Senator Tom Udall is working to secure funds for the project.

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5:53 pm
Fri July 10, 2009

NMSU Gets "SpacePlex"

Las Cruces – General Dynamics is opening a center for satellite tracking, telemetry and space communications at New Mexico State University's research park to work on national space and satellite programs.

The new center, called SpacePlex 2, will open July 22 at NMSU's Arrowhead Research Park. The center will add more than 15,000 square feet of office, laboratory and work areas to General Dynamic's existing presence in the research park.

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3:09 pm
Fri July 10, 2009

Las Cruces City Council approves Agreement for Regional Recycling Program

Las Cruces, NM – The Las Cruces City Council approved an agreement to create a regional recycling program this week. As KRWG's Vanessa Dabovich reports, the recycling program will be run by the South Central Solid Waste Authority.

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3:05 pm
Fri July 10, 2009

Assistance Available for Heating and Cooling Costs to Low-Income Families in New Mexico

Las Cruces, NM – The New Mexico Human Services Department is offering financial assistance to low-income families struggling to pay their cooling costs. As KRWG's Vanessa Dabovich reports, families in the southern part of the state will find the benefit especially useful during the summer months.

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3:01 pm
Fri July 10, 2009

New Mexico to Receive Funding for Underground Storage Petroleum Tank Clean Up

Las Cruces, NM – This week the Environmental Protection Agency announced that New Mexico will receive over $1.5 million dollars to assess and clean up underground storage tank petroleum leaks. KRWG's Vanessa Dabovich has more

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6:18 pm
Thu July 9, 2009

Suspected Las Cruces Shooter Turns Himself In

Las Cruces, NM – A Las Cruces man suspected of shooting and killing another man during a drug deal was arrested Thursday, after he walked in to the Police Department. KRWG's Marco Grajeda reports.

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2:54 pm
Thu July 9, 2009

Runway Project to Break Ground

Las Cruces – This week .a federal report indicated that only a small percentage of the $787 billion dollars in stimulus funds has been distributed.

That's due in part to the fact that some of the money is allocated to infrastructure projects that take months to plan and solicit bids.

But one major stimulus project in Las Cruces will be getting underway later this month.

The Las Cruces International Airport will hold a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of the Runway 12-30 Rehabilitation Project.

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7:33 pm
Wed July 8, 2009

New Mexico Delegation Heads to Swine Flu Summit

Las Cruces, NM – New Mexico officials are preparing for a resurgence of the H1N1 virus later this year. As KRWG's Marco Grajeda reports, a state delegation will attend a national summit to prepare schools and emergency responders to deal with a new outbreak.

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7:30 pm
Wed July 8, 2009

AG Warns Non-Profits not to get Too Involved in Politics

Las Cruces, NM – New Mexico Attorney General Gary King is warning non-profit groups that he will be on guard to make sure they stay within the law when it comes to political involvement. KRWG's Marco Grajeda has more.

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4:19 pm
Tue July 7, 2009

Pearce Running for Congress

Las Cruces – Former Congressman Steve Pearce wants his old job back.

Pearce has announced that he is a Republican candidate for the Second Congressional seat he held from 2002 to 2008.

The seat is currently held by Democrat Harry Teague.

Last year, Democrat Tom Udall defeated Pearce in the contest to replace Republican Senator Pete Domenici, who retired.

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4:10 pm
Tue July 7, 2009

Reducing Hunger in Grant County

Grant County – A new project aims to reduce hunger in Grant County.

Western New Mexico University students are learning to give back to their communities with service learning.

And a new initiative will go beyond giving back and attempt to solve a growing problem: hunger.

Locally .and nationally ..requests for food assistance have risen during the recession.

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2:08 pm
Mon July 6, 2009

Monday Businesswatch

Las Cruces – Every Monday at 7:51am, Fred Martino speaks with Las Cruces Sun News business editor Brook Stockberger on Morning Edition.

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