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6:00 am
Thu September 4, 2014

NMSU Plant Clinics Return To Farmers Markets

Extension service senior entomologist Carol Sutherland answers questions at the Plant Clinics, where NMSU experts diagnose plant problems. (Courtesy Photo)

  New Mexico State University’s Cooperative Extension Service specialists will be answering questions and helping people determine the causes and possible solutions for their plant problems.

Everyone is invited to bring their plants, photos and questions to the listed local farmers markets. Experts will help determine problems caused by diseases, insects, nutritional deficiency or the environment, among others.

The Plant Clinic tour will begin Saturday, Sept. 6, at Los Ranchos Market in Albuquerque.

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4:23 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

NASA To Fund Research At NMSU

Patrick Gaulme is part of an international team of researchers that has received funding to develop an instrument that will be attached to the one-meter telescope at Apache Point Observatory, owned and operated by NMSU. (Photo by Arl L. Cope)

  New Mexico NASA Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) has awarded a grant of $749,893 to New Mexico State University astronomers for research to be conducted over the next three years.

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3:08 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Tesla Selects Nevada For Battery Plant

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  Another blow for New Mexico's economy.  Tesla Motors has selected Nevada for a massive, $5 billion factory that it will build to pump out batteries for a new generation of electric cars.  A person with familiar with Tesla's plans said Wednesday that Nevada beat out four other states which were vying for the project.

The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because no official announcement has been made, said work soon will resume on a site outside Reno.

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1:21 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

NMSU Reinstates National Merit, Hispanic Scholars Programs

NMSU Executive Vice President and Provost Dan Howard

  New Mexico State University has reinstated the National Merit Scholarship and Hispanic Scholars Award program after it was discontinued four years ago as part of budgetary cuts associated with the Great Recession.

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12:50 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Child Immigrants At Border Declining

  The number of immigrant children caught alone illegally crossing the Mexican border into the United States is continuing to drop.

Officials of the Customs and Border Protection agency, a part of the Homeland Security Department, say agents apprehended 3,129 unaccompanied child immigrants in August. In July, agents found more than 5,400 children. Homeland Security said that in June, agents were finding more than 2,000 children a week.

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12:48 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Texas Gives 30 Year Sentence To Woman For Identity Theft

A South Texas woman convicted of trying to steal the identity of her husband's ex-wife must serve 30 years in prison.

Prosecutors in San Antonio say Toni Stringfellow since 2012 tried to open credit cards in the name of her spouse's former wife and used her Social Security number.

The 54-year-old Stringfellow has a history of identity theft and served prison time, had targeted the ex-wife before and was sentenced Tuesday as a habitual offender.

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12:46 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Cartel Boss Bodyguard Sentenced To 28 Years

   A federal judge in West Texas has sentenced the bodyguard of a Mexican drug cartel boss to 28 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to charges of murder and drug-trafficking.

Rigoberto Ruiz-Alatorre said nothing on his behalf Wednesday to U.S. District Judge Frank Montalvo. His attorney, Ray Ortega, had argued for a maximum sentence of 10 years.

In May, Ruiz-Alatorre admitted to the July 2006 killing of Fermin Rodriguez-Gonzalez in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Rodriguez-Gonzalez was a former associate who had begun trafficking on his own.

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12:44 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

New Mexico Overdose Deaths Drop

  State health officials say New Mexico's rate of drug overdose deaths has now dropped a second year in a row.

The Department of Health reports that there were 449 overdose deaths in 2013 for a rate of just under 22 deaths per 100,000 population. That compares with 521 deaths and a rate of just under 26 deaths per 100,000 population in 2011.

The department says the 2013 rate is the lowest since 2009 and that the two-year drop was the first since 1990.

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12:42 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Another Gold Award For "Keep Las Cruces Beautiful"

  Keep Las Cruces Beautiful has received its sixth consecutive Gold Award from New Mexico Clean and Beautiful.

Keep Las Cruces Beautiful is a program of the Las Cruces Police Department’s Codes Enforcement Division.

KLCB has been honored with a Gold Award each year since 2008. The 2013 award signifies that KLCB maintains good standing with the Keep America Beautiful and New Mexico Clean and Beautiful campaigns.

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12:38 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Padres And Chihuahuas Extend Player Development Contract

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  EL PASO, TX – The San Diego Padres and the El Paso Chihuahuas have agreed to extend the Player Development Contract to run through the 2016 season.

“We are thrilled to continue our partnership with the Padres,” said Alan Ledford, MountainStar Sports Group President. “They are a terrific partner and we appreciate their assistance in bringing a top quality product to El Paso. Their entire organization have been great to work with and we sincerely appreciate all the support they have provided.”

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9:01 am
Wed September 3, 2014

Albuquerque Police: Man Arrested In Fatal Shooting

Albuquerque police say an arrest has been made in a fatal shooting over the Labor Day weekend.

Police say 19-year-old Daryl Martinez was arrested late Tuesday in the shooting of James Lucero on Saturday in northeast Albuquerque.

No additional information was immediately released.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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8:59 am
Wed September 3, 2014

Kirtland Wants To Yank Reports On Fuel Spill

Credit Kirtland Air Force Base

Kirtland Air Force Base's commander says reports on contamination of the aquifer in Albuquerque are flawed and incomplete and that more time is needed to come up with a final plan to clean up a long-ago spill of jet fuel.

Col. Tom Miller told state environmental regulators in an Aug. 27 letter that the Air Force wants to formally withdraw thousands of pages of reports submitted in March. He cites data gaps, clerical errors and other circumstances.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that the depth and spread of the fuel contamination has yet to be determined.

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8:57 am
Wed September 3, 2014

Students, Coach Hurt In Lightning Strike Return

The three Las Cruces middle school football players and a coach who were injured in an Aug. 19 lightning strike during practice have all returned to school.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that Hunter Keffer was the most severely injured student. He sat out a Tuesday night game but expects to play with his team in several weeks.

The 13-year-old still has singed hair.

Meanwhile, schools officials have announced a broader lightning protocol.

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7:25 am
Wed September 3, 2014

Albuquerque Police: Man Arrested In Fatal Shooting

Albuquerque police say an arrest has been made in a fatal shooting over the Labor Day weekend.

Police say 19-year-old Daryl Martinez was arrested late Tuesday in the shooting of James Lucero on Saturday in northeast Albuquerque.

No additional information was immediately released.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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6:00 am
Wed September 3, 2014

State Education Overhaul Driving Teachers Out of The Profession

Teacher Mary Parr Sanchez shows one example of the more engaging student projects that were part of the education curriculum before major changes to state education standards.
Credit Simon Thompson

For the last decade state education standards have grown more and more rigorous.
Some teachers say the standards don’t lead to quality teaching and take the love, passion and creativity out of the classroom and is even driving good teachers out of the profession.

Mary Parr Sanchez has been teaching history at Picacho middle school in Las Cruces for 24 years.
For her teaching has been more than a job, it has been a vocation.

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6:00 am
Wed September 3, 2014

NMSU Students Share Summer Photos

Aubrey Strobel, journalism major, worked in a clinic in Port Au Prince, Haiti caring for sick and malnourished children. Her photo was picked as one of the Dean’s Office favorites.

  Visiting a Buddhist temple in Shanghai. Learning a new language. Riding a camel. Fighting forest fires. Saving lives. These may sound like items on someone’s bucket list but they are just a few of the experiences students in New Mexico State University’s College of Arts and Sciences had over the last couple of months.

For the second year, the college sponsored “How I’m Spending My Summer Vacation,” a contest challenging students to share pictures and details about what they’d be doing their summer break and how it relates to their education.
 

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6:00 am
Wed September 3, 2014

NMSU's Arrowhead Center Builds Partnerships With Private Industry

Jorge A. Ramos is the director of corporate development for Arrowhead Center at New Mexico State University. (NMSU photo by Amanda Bradford)

  Connecting key regional private-sector industries to the diverse resources New Mexico State University has to offer is a complex task, but that’s the mission of Jorge A. Ramos, the director of corporate development at Arrowhead Center, the university’s hub of technology commercialization and business incubation.

Ramos took on the newly created role in January, and since then he’s been laying the groundwork to make everything that the university has to offer more accessible to companies in the region.

Information from NMSU

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5:04 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Albuquerque Men Charged In Las Cruces Burglaries

Police arrested three Albuquerque men suspected of breaking into a pair of businesses last week and stealing several cartons of cigarettes, amongst other items.

Terry Brown, 60, Marques Bailey, 32, and 21-year-old Jarrell Thaddeus Robinson, also known as Adonis Green, were each charged with one count of commercial burglary, attempted commercial burglary, conspiracy, criminal damage to property, larceny, possession of burglary tools and tampering with evidence. Robinson also faces one count of concealing his identity.

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4:27 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Arizona Forces Statutory Rape Victim To Pay Child Support

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A 20 year old woman took advantage of a 14-year-old boy. Eight years later, Arizona forced the then 22-year-old to pay child support to his rapist.
PHOENIX - Nick Olivas became a father at 14, a fact he wouldn't learn for eight years. While in high school, Olivas had sex with a 20-year-old woman. As he sees it now, she took advantage of a lonely kid going through a rough patch at home.
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3:58 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Potential Smoke Impacts From New Mexico's Pino Fire

(Santa Fe, NM) — The Pino Fire is currently burning in an area of the Santa Fe National Forest five miles south of State Highway 4 and six miles east of Jemez Springs. Fire crews will begin multiple hand and aerial ignitions today to manage the wildfire. Based on forecasted weather conditions, smoke from the Pino Fire is expected to be transported to the northeast of the fire for the next few days.

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2:25 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Udall Announces $2 Million Pilot Project For New Mexico Veterans

Credit Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

  Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced that the New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services has been selected to participate in a new pilot program to help better serve rural veterans. The department will receive $2 million in federal grants to increase access to health care and benefits for veterans and their families living in rural and underserved New Mexico communities. The N.M. Department of Veterans’ Services was one of five entities selected nationally for the Rural Veterans Coordination Pilot (RVCP) by the U.S.

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2:09 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Texas Leads Nation In Jobs Supported By Exports

  WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Commerce today released a new report highlighting for the first time the number of jobs supported by goods exports from each of the 50 states, which shows that goods exports from the Lone Star State led the nation by supporting 1.1 million jobs in 2013 – and merchandise exports from six metropolitan areas in the state ranked among the top 50 last year. The Houston metropolitan area registered $115 billion in goods exports in 2013 – a 4.2 percent increase from 2012 – leading the nation for a second consecutive year.

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2:08 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Las Cruces Crash Victim Identified

  The 84-year-old woman who died as a result of last Thursday’s two-vehicle crash on Lohman Avenue has been identified as Cuca Gilliland of Las Cruces.

Traffic investigators learned that, at around 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, Gilliland was driving a 1996 Toyota Avalon when, it appears, she was leaving the Arroyo Plaza parking lot at 2001 E. Lohman Ave. Investigators believe Gilliland briefly entered Lohman heading westbound but then attempted a U-turn.

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12:51 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Impasse In Santa Fe Hospital Labor Dispute

A Santa Fe hospital says face-to-face contract talks with a union representing nurses and medical technicians are over because there's an impasse on a key issue.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that administrators at Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center told the union in an email Friday that there's an impasse on staffing.

The hospital said it will continue to communicate with the union through email, phone and fax but that it's considering legal options to unilaterally implement parts of the hospital's latest contract proposal.

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12:49 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

New Mexico Man Sentenced In Meth Ring Case

  A New Mexico man has been convicted of racketeering and conspiracy for his role in an interstate methamphetamine trafficking ring.

A Chaves County jury found Matias Loza guilty last week for working with AZ Boys' — a criminal syndicate authorities say brought large amounts of methamphetamine from Phoenix to Otero County.

The 33-year-old Loza was then sentenced to nine years in prison for second-degree felony racketeering and three years for third-degree conspiracy to commit racketeering.

Loza's trial was moved to Roswell because of pretrial publicity.

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12:46 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Problems With Health Law Immigration Papers

Credit NM Department of Health

  More than 300,000 immigrants around the country who bought health insurance through the Affordable Care Act could lose their coverage if they don't send in proof they are legally in the U.S.

Immigration advocates say many aren't responding to government notices about it because of language barriers and computer glitches.

Health care advocates fear many immigrants don't understand the gravity of the situation.

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12:44 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Report: Ample Electricity For Fall, Winter

The operator of the electric distribution grid for most of Texas says it expects to have ample electricity available to keep up with periods of peak demand in the fall and winter.

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, or ERCOT, issued its projections Tuesday.

The ERCOT vice president of grid planning and operations, Ken McIntyre, says in a release that the state has 2,100 more megawatts available now than this time last year. One megawatt is enough to power about 200 homes during peak periods and 500 homes under normal conditions.

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12:43 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

West Texas Man Charged With Murdering Five Year Old

   A West Texas man has been charged with murder after police say a 5-year-old girl was assaulted at a home and later died.

San Angelo police early Tuesday responded to two 911 calls to report alleged domestic violence at a house.

Officers discovered the injured child and another female victim at the residence. Both were transported to a hospital where the girl died.

Tom Green County jail records show 23-year-old Isidro Miguel DeLacruz Jr. of San Angelo was being held without bond on a murder charge. Online records don't list an attorney for him.

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12:42 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Justice Department: Texas Voter ID Discriminates

  A Justice Department lawyer has told a federal judge that a tough new Texas voter ID law was motivated by racial discrimination and should be struck down.

Opening statements began Tuesday in a trial over the measure Republican Gov. Rick Perry signed into law in 2011. Opponents call it the most stringent voter ID measure of any adopted by conservative states in recent years.

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12:41 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Indicted Sheriff Accused In Another Traffic Stop

Federal prosecutors say a New Mexico sheriff accused of roughing up a motorist made another questionable traffic stop in which he tailgated a driver without his emergency lights on and later threatened to arrest her.

Court papers filed last week say Rio Arriba County Sheriff Thomas Rodella tailgated a 52-year-old woman two months before authorities say he dragged a driver from his car and threw him to the ground during an off-duty traffic case.

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