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10:39 am
Sat October 11, 2014

Drugs, Firearms Found In Las Cruces Home Following SWAT Standoff

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  Three people were arrested Friday after Doña Ana County Sheriff’s deputies surrounded a house where a man was reportedly shooting at his brother with possible hostages inside.

Just before midnight, the Doña Ana County Special Response Team, with assistance from the Las Cruces Police Department, was dispatched to the 7200 block of Parrigin Way, near the intersection of Peachtree Hills in the East Mesa area of Las Cruces.

A woman and an 8-year-old boy, allegedly being held against their will, were believed to be inside.

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10:29 am
Sat October 11, 2014

Health Provider Says New Mexico Refused Evidence That Refuted Behavioral Health Audit

  A state agency citing potential Medicaid fraud refused to consider documents that could have cleared a health care provider of allegations that it had overcharged the government by as much as $4.3 million, the organization’s officials said this week. 

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10:27 am
Sat October 11, 2014

Silver City MLK Event To Include Student Essay Competition

  Silver City, NM – Students of all ages in the Grant County, Luna County and Hidalgo County school districts are invited to participate in an essay contest titled “The Dream: What It Means To Me”.

Essay participants will be celebrated along with other special guests at the annual Martin Luther King Jr Day celebration on Monday, January 19 on the Western New Mexico University campus.

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10:24 am
Sat October 11, 2014

Sprinkler Systems Extinguish Three Las Cruces Apartment Fires

Photograph of a Las Cruces apartment fire that was controlled by a sprinkler system.

  In the last thirty days, sprinkler systems have successfully extinguished three separate apartment fires in Las Cruces.

In two of the fires, residents were in the apartment and unaware a fire had started. At each incident, a single sprinkler head completely put out fires that started from unattended cooking. Sprinklers operate automatically in the area where a fire starts, preventing it from growing undetected to a dangerous size, while simultaneously sounding an alarm.

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10:16 am
Sat October 11, 2014

This Week In The Las Cruces Bulletin

  Every Saturday at 5:30pm on Images, Fred Martino speaks with Las Cruces Bulletin Managing Editor Brook Stockberger about the week's top stories and much more in the Bulletin.

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10:11 am
Sat October 11, 2014

A Conversation With Reporter Simon Thompson

  Simon Thompson is a reporter/producer for KRWG-TV's Newsmakers.  You can also hear his reports on KRWG-FM.  

Thompson is originally from Australia, where he graduated from Monash University with a B.A in Journalism and Politics.

After graduating, Thompson wrote features and worked as subeditor for a social culture magazine in his hometown of Melbourne.

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2:58 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

County Budget Now Online

  Working in conjunction with the Doña Ana County Information Technology Department, the Doña Ana County Finance Department has posted the county’s Fiscal Year 2014/2015 budget online for review by the public.

   The final budget has been approved by both the Doña Ana County Board of Commissioners and the New Mexico Department of Finance and Administration.

   The current budget – along with past budgets – is available for review at www.donaanacounty.org/finance.

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2:57 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

One Of New Mexico's Most Wanted Fugitives Arrested

  Federal authorities say they've arrested a man who's considered one of New Mexico's most wanted violent fugitives.

A U.S. Marshals task force arrested 27-year-old Angelo Deshannon Burdex in northwest Albuquerque on Thursday.

State authorities had issued a warrant for Burdex's arrest on July 1.

He was accused of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated battery, aggravated assault on a household member and felon in possession of a firearm.

Burdex who was arrested last year by the U.S. Marshal's task force but fled from justice again.

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2:55 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Davis Ad Touches On Disability Issues; Abbott Campaign Outraged

Credit Senator Wendy Davis (D)

  A new television ad by Democrat Wendy Davis focuses attention in the Texas governor's race on Republican Greg Abbott's use of a wheelchair, accusing him of not siding with victims like himself.

Abbott's campaign quickly responded Friday, calling it "disgusting" and "desperate."

The 30-second ad titled "Justice" is the first from the Davis campaign to draw attention to Abbott's disability. It notes that he was injured when a tree fell on him while jogging in 1984, then criticizes Abbott, the state attorney general, as working against victims in other disability cases.

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2:53 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

NMSU Regents Approve Development Corporation Bylaws

  GRANTS, N.M. – In a regular meeting Oct. 10, the New Mexico State University Board of Regents approved bylaws for the Aggie Development Corp., the newly formed corporation that will allow NMSU to better manage and develop its land, property and water assets.

Aggie Development Inc. is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization created under the University Research Park and Economic Development Act. Ben Woods, NMSU special adviser to the NMSU president and president of Aggie Development Corp., is leading the effort to establish the corporation.

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1:42 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Doctor Recovered From Ebola Urges Calm In Dallas

  Dr. Kent Brantly, the first American flown back to the U.S. for treatment of Ebola, is urging calm for the people of Dallas and elsewhere who are worried about contracting the deadly disease.

Brantly, speaking Friday to Abilene Christian University's alumni magazine, acknowledged fears some have shared since Thomas Duncan was hospitalized in Dallas with Ebola. Brantly says people should be finding ways to help the outbreak in West Africa, "not worrying that because we live 100 miles from a hospital that treated a patient that we are at risk."

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1:41 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Feds Close Part Of Jemez Mountains For Mouse

Credit fws.gov

  Federal authorities have ordered the closure of parts of Santa Fe National Forest to protect a tiny mouse that recently won endangered species protections.

The U.S. Forest Service ordered last week the immediate closure of four pockets in the Jemez Mountains, including a spot near a campground. All activities are prohibited within the closure area.

Violators could have fines up to $5,000.

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10:26 am
Fri October 10, 2014

New Mexico Unemployment Center Closed For Holiday

Credit New Mexico Department for Workforce Solutions

New Mexico's unemployment insurance operations center will be closed Monday for Columbus Day, but state officials say online and automated toll-free telephone systems will continue to be available.

The Department of Workforce Solutions says individuals can apply for unemployment benefits, certify for their weekly benefit claim and check the status of their claim through the website Sunday through Friday from 4 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The operations center will resume normal hours on Tuesday and customer service agents will be available from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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10:25 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Santa Fe School Evacuated After Guard Finds Gun

Credit santafenm.gov

A middle school in Santa Fe was evacuated after a security guard found a handgun in a backpack.

Police descended on Ortiz Middle School after the discovery was made Thursday, and no injuries were reported.

Students were taken to a nearby police facility, where attendance was taken before the students were released to their parents.

Police spokeswoman Celina Espinoza said police detained four students for questioning and took one into custody following the incident.

It wasn't immediately known whether the gun was loaded and in working order.

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10:23 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Perry Lawyers Seek Order For Grand Jury Testimony

Credit Texas Governor Rick Perry (R)

Lawyers for indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry want a judge to order the special prosecutor in the case to produce transcripts of grand jury testimony.

In a court filing Friday, Perry's lawyers say transcripts of the secret testimony are needed for the judge to review their previous requests to dismiss the indictment.

Perry's lawyers accuse special prosecutor Michael McCrum of saying he's "too busy" to call the court reporter to order the records.

McCrum says he hasn't reviewed the filing and declined comment Friday.

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10:21 am
Fri October 10, 2014

State Police Officer Hurt In DWI Crash To Return

Credit nmsp.dps.state.nm.us

A New Mexico State Police patrol officer who was struck and injured by a drunk driver is headed back on duty.

The Roswell Daily Record reports that Carlos Verdugo is scheduled Friday to return to full duty after the June accident.

Lt. Emmanuel T. Gutierrez says Verdugo will be patrolling the streets of Lea County in full uniform.

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10:19 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Passenger Train Collides With Car Near Albuquerque

A southbound Rail Runner passenger train has collided with a car south of Albuquerque, and the train system says a person was killed.

Television news video shows a heavily damaged car off to the side of the tracks Friday morning, and a notice posted on the Rio Metro Regional Transit District's web site says the train is having a major delay and will not continue because of a fatality.

Transit spokeswoman Augusta Meyers told the Albuquerque Journal that one person was killed and a second critically injured.

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10:14 am
Fri October 10, 2014

CDC Expert Talks Ebola During New Mexico Stop

An official with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the key to saving thousands of lives in the battle against Ebola will be stemming the transmission of the deadly virus.

Dr. Toby Merlin is head of the preparedness and emerging infections division at the CDC's National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Disease. He spoke Thursday to dozens of doctors and students at the University of New Mexico.

Merlin made the stop in Albuquerque while on his way to Dallas, where the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S. died Wednesday.

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10:13 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Feds: Mexican Gray Wolf Found Dead In New Mexico

Federal wildlife officials are investigating the death of a Mexican gray wolf.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Thursday in a monthly briefing that the uncollared animal was found dead last month in New Mexico. The agency did not provide any details about the location and said the wolf management team didn't know anything about the male wolf's history.

They say the case is under investigation.

Efforts to reintroduce the predators to parts of New Mexico and Arizona have been hampered over the years by illegal shootings, among other things.

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9:38 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Women Sentenced To Prison In Fatal DWI Accident

A 37-year-old San Juan County woman has been sentenced to nearly four years in prison for an involuntary manslaughter conviction stemming from a February drunken-driving accident that killed a 4-year-old child.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says Patricia Benally of Mitten Rock was sentenced Thursday in federal court in Albuquerque to 46 months in prison plus two years of supervised probation.

According to the office, court filings say Benally was intoxicated when the vehicle she was driving was involved in a rollover accident on U.S. 491 south of Shiprock.

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6:00 am
Fri October 10, 2014

FootGolf Comes To NMSU

Looking for a hobby where no prior athletic skill is required? FootGolf joins the New Mexico State University Golf Course as a fun alternative to the ever popular sport of golf. 

Utilizing the existing course layout, FootGolf is played much like golf, but in half the time. 21-inch holes and special tee boxes were added to accommodate the sport. The teeing area is somewhat up in the fairway and the FootGolf holes are anywhere from 60-80, 160-220 and 260-320 yards.

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4:18 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

New Mexico Teen In Playmate Death To Be Evaluated

  A 16-year-old New Mexico teenager is facing a competency evaluation that will delay a trial in the beating death of a 12-year-old playmate.

Defense attorney Tom Garde told a judge during a hearing Wednesday his client needed to be examined before the trial starts.

The teenager has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and tampering with evidence in the February killing of Alex Madrid in an isolated part of Valencia County. The suspect told investigators he hit the Albuquerque boy in self-defense because he tried to stab him with a screwdriver.

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4:13 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Eight Infants Test Positive For TB At El Paso Hospital

  Health screenings reveal that eight infants have tested positive for tuberculosis following the discovery that a nurse's assistant infected with TB was working in the nursery of an El Paso hospital.

But El Paso Public Health Director Robert Resendes said Thursday that out of the eight, five had been previously vaccinated against TB and their results may be false positives. Preventive medical treatments will be offered for all eight infants.

The infected babies don't have active TB, the often deadly and contagious form of the disease.

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4:12 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Albuquerque Police: Robbers Target Older Residents

  Albuquerque police say there have been several attempted or completed home invasion robberies targeting older residents and that investigators believe the same two men may be responsible.

All three incidents happened in the area of Chelwood Park Boulevard and Indian School Road in northeastern Albuquerque.

The first case occurred Oct. 1 when an 80-year-old woman refused to open her door to two men who said they were there to help her move. The second occurred the same day when two men ransacked a 74-year-old woman's home and stole her car.

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4:04 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Flu Shot Clinic In Anthony, New Mexico

Credit New Mexico Department of Health

  The New Mexico Department of Health’s Anthony Public Health Office will be hosting a flu shot clinic Thursday, October 16th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the City of Anthony offices at 824 Anthony, Dr.  There is no charge to those attending the clinic, but everyone should bring their insurance card, including Medicaid or Medicare, with them.   

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3:54 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Fallen Firefighters Memorial Sunday In Las Cruces

  Las Cruces firefighters will observe the 33rd annual National Fallen Firefighters Memorial this weekend in remembrance of firefighters throughout the U.S. who have died in the line of duty during the past year.

Local firefighters, along with veterans and community members, will raise a Garrison flag at 8 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 12, at Veterans Park on Roadrunner Parkway. Following the posting of the Garrison flag Las Cruces firefighters will have a bell service for the annual Bells Across America, a solemn ceremony in honor of the fallen firefighters.

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9:56 am
Thu October 9, 2014

Decision Looms In Navajo Nation Language Case

A Navajo presidential candidate is back in court Thursday to find out whether he can continue on the campaign trail.

Richie Nez of the tribe's Office of Hearings and Appeals is expected to rule in a case challenging Chris Deschene's ability to speak Navajo.

Tribal law requires that presidential hopefuls speak fluent Navajo and understand the language said to have been handed down by deities.

Deschene has made learning Navajo a focus of his campaign. But his critics want him disqualified, saying he lied when he attested to speaking the language fluently.

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9:54 am
Thu October 9, 2014

Behavioral Health Company Said It Felt Forced To Settle Fraud Case

A Santa Fe-based behavioral health company says it felt forced by Gov. Susana Martinez's administration to agree to pay a $4 million settlement to the state to resolve Medicaid fraud allegations in order to stay in business.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that Presbyterian Medical Service executives told legislators during a hearing in Albuquerque Wednesday that their company was innocent but settled to avoid being shut down.

A state Human Services Department said Presbyterian didn't have to agree to the settlement to repay the alleged overbilling.

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9:52 am
Thu October 9, 2014

Arizona: Mexican Grey Wolf Proposal Would Be 'Disaster'

Arizona wildlife managers say a proposal that would change the way the federal government handles Mexican gray wolves in the American Southwest would result in "a disaster" for the states involved.

The Arizona Game and Fish Commission's concerns are outlined in a letter sent to ranching groups in the region.

The groups have voiced concerns about the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service meeting with state officials in Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah to discuss amending the wolf rule. They say the agency isn't being transparent.

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2:13 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

NMSU Tests Unmanned Aircraft Over Active Mine

  New Mexico State University’s Physical Science Laboratory Unmanned Aircraft Flight Test Center acquired a Certificate of Authorization from the Federal Aviation Administration to perform aeronautical research on an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) over an active open pit mine in central Colorado. 

In conjunction with NewFields LLC, the team used the SenseFly eBee sUAS, a small flying wing weighing less than two pounds. The eBee UAS flew a total of 6.4 hours over three days. 

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