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12:51 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

ACLU Sues Government For Records On Migrant Children

The ACLU says the federal government has refused to turn over public records regarding the alleged abuse of migrant children while they were in the care of immigration authorities.

The organization sought the records through the Freedom of Information Act in December after filing a complaint last summer alleging more than 100 minors were abused or mistreated by Border Patrol agents while in custody.

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12:47 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Lobbyist Events Shower NM Legislature

The New Mexico Federation of Labor held a reception for lawmakers at the Inn and Spa at Laredo on Feb. 4.
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11:06 am
Wed February 11, 2015

Anthony Man Gets Nearly 11 Years For Federal Narcotics/Firarms Conviction

  ALBUQUERQUE – Abel Romero, 31, of Anthony, N.M., was sentenced today in federal court in Las Cruces, N.M., to 131 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for violating the federal firearms and narcotics laws.  Romero was sentenced based on a guilty plea entered on Dec. 5, 2013.

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8:25 am
Wed February 11, 2015

Rick Perry Returns To New Hampshire Eyeing 2016 Bid

Credit Former Texas Governor Rick Perry (R)

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry is returning to New Hampshire as he prepares for a possible presidential campaign.

Perry, who dropped out of the 2012 race shortly after finishing sixth in New Hampshire's Republican primary, is speaking at a business gathering in Bedford on Wednesday afternoon. He's also the keynote speaker at Republican dinners Wednesday night in Portsmouth and Thursday night in Dover.

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8:23 am
Wed February 11, 2015

Vandalism Found At Petroglyph National Monument

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Graffiti and other vandalism have been found in a section of the Petroglyph National Monument in west Albuquerque.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that monument Superintendent Dennis Vásquez and a supporter of the monument were exploring a section of the monument last week when they found debris, evidence of campfires, motorcycle tracks and graffiti.

The monument has thousands of samples of ancient Pueblo Indian rock art and it's managed jointly by the National Park Service and the city.

The vandalized section is owned and managed by the city.

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8:19 am
Wed February 11, 2015

Lawmakers Look To Add Info To New Mexico's Sunshine Portal

Legislation introduced by two lawmakers would enhance New Mexico's Sunshine Portal by requiring additional information on state contracts to be posted online.

The bill sponsored by Republican Sen. Sander Rue of Albuquerque and Democrat Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard of Los Alamos has the support of the New Mexico Association of Commerce and Industry.

The president of the business advocacy group, Beverlee McClure, says the bill would add transparency to the way tax dollars are spent.

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8:18 am
Wed February 11, 2015

NM House Panel To Discuss Bill To Create State Cuban Trade Office

A New Mexico House panel is set to discuss a proposal that would create a state Cuban Trade Office.

The House Government, Elections & Indian Affairs Committee is scheduled Wednesday to debate the bill sponsored by Rep. Miguel Garcia.

Under the proposal, the office would identify potential buyers in Cuba for New Mexico goods and services. The office also would assist New Mexico businesses with marketing in Cuba.

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8:21 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

Dona Ana County Commission Debates GRT Tax Increase

Dona Ana County Commissioners are debating a Hold Harmless Gross Receipts Tax increase between 1/8th and 3/8th’s of a percent, to recoup the funds they are losing in state funds. In 2004, New Mexico State Legislature eliminated taxes for many food and medical purchases, instead making “Hold Harmless” payments to counties and cities.

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4:12 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

New Mexico Supreme Court Upholds Las Cruces Triple Murder Conviction

  Santa Fe, NM – The New Mexico Supreme Court handed down its decision in the case of State of New Mexico v. Eugene Ferri Monday, an appeal from the District Court of Dona Ana County. In 2013, Eugene Ferri was convicted of three counts of first degree murder, along with other felonies, for a grisly triple homicide in Las Cruces, New Mexico. The defendant appealed his convictions to the New Mexico Supreme Court.

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11:55 am
Tue February 10, 2015

Republicans Fight Against Opening New Mexico Primaries

A case that could transform New Mexico's two-party primary system is getting its day in court.

State District Judge Denise Barela-Shepherd is expected Tuesday to weigh in on a lawsuit filed by David Crum on behalf of the state's 250,000 independent voters. The Albuquerque resident is seeking to allow people the right to pick a party on the day of the primary so they can vote.

Currently, only Republicans and Democrats can vote in primary elections — something critics say contributes to low voter turnout.

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11:53 am
Tue February 10, 2015

New Mexico Talks With Feds About Fines For Nuke Leaks

Credit Department of Energy

New Mexico's top environment officials and the U.S. Energy Department are wrangling over more than $54 million in fines levied in the wake of a radiological leak at the federal government's underground nuclear waste repository.

Now, state officials are threatening even more fines if the Energy Department doesn't accept responsibility for numerous violations outlined in compliance orders issued by the state last year. The New Mexico Environment Department is working on a new compliance order that could include fines of more than $100 million.

Negotiations are ongoing.

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11:52 am
Tue February 10, 2015

Texas Lt. Gov.: National Guard Not Leaving Border

Credit Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick - R

Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick says state leaders no longer want the Texas National Guard off the border with Mexico next month as originally planned.

Patrick said Wednesday that "we can't pull back now" and signaled that new Republican Gov. Greg Abbott will call for more money to keep the guard on the border through August. Patrick said it would cost $12 million to extend the deployment through May.

Abbott's office did not immediately respond to the announcement.

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11:41 am
Tue February 10, 2015

Las Cruces Man Arrested Following Domestic Violence Call

  A Las Cruces man suspected of beating up his girlfriend Sunday evening has been charged with a pair of felonies.

David Aceves, 29, is charged with one count each of kidnapping and aggravated battery causing great bodily harm. Aceves was also charged with a misdemeanor count of battery.

At around 11 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 8, Las Cruces Police were dispatched to a domestic incident reported at 612 S. Espina St. Upon arrival, officers heard yelling and someone screaming inside the apartment. Soon after, a 27-year-old woman exited the apartment and spoke with officers.

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11:38 am
Tue February 10, 2015

Aging & Long-Term Services Department Seeking to Recognize New Mexicans Turning 100 Years or Older

Credit Office of the Governor

  (Santa Fe) – Aging and Long-Term Services Cabinet Secretary Gino Rinaldi is reminding New Mexicans that the Department recognizes anyone who is celebrating their 100th birthday with a Centenarian certificate signed by Governor Susana Martinez. In 2014, the Department presented certificates to 29 New Mexicans. In many cases, Secretary Rinaldi hand delivered those certificates.

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8:43 am
Tue February 10, 2015

The Battle To Hold Police Accountable In Albuquerque

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7:25 am
Tue February 10, 2015

New Mexico Lawmaker Says Bill Would Protect Working Pregnant Women

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A New Mexico lawmaker has introduced legislation that would require employers to provide reasonable accommodations for working pregnant women.

Republican Rep. Terry McMillan of Las Cruces says the state can do a better job protecting pregnant women in the workplace. He says his bill would bring the state in line with federal standards.

Reasonable accommodations for pregnant workers would include more flexibility of schedules as well as shorter hours or leave time.

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7:19 am
Tue February 10, 2015

New Mexico Officials In Washington For WIPP Talks

Top environment officials and the leaders of some northern New Mexico communities are in Washington, D.C., this week to discuss cleanup efforts at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

The trip was organized by a coalition of communities. Organizers say the focus is on growing federal investment in environmental cleanup.

The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities wants to ensure that fines levied by the state are paid by the U.S. Energy Department and not taken out of the lab's cleanup budget.

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7:16 am
Tue February 10, 2015

Hearing Set For New Mexico Primary System Lawsuit

A hearing is scheduled on a lawsuit that could radically transform New Mexico's two-party primary system.

State District Judge Denise Barela-Shepherd is expected Tuesday to weigh in on a lawsuit filed by 45-year-old David Crum on behalf of the state's 250,000 independent voters. The Albuquerque resident is seeking to allow people the right to pick a party on the day of the primary so they can vote.

Currently, New Mexico's state elections only let Republicans and Democrats vote during primary elections — something critics say contributes to low voter turnout.

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10:22 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

Las Cruces City Council Discusses Economic Impact Survey

The first phase of the minimum wage increase in Las Cruces has been in place for over a month, and the city council is now trying to determine different ways to study the effects.

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4:49 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

Anthony Man Arrested For Burglary, Sexual Assault

  A 19-year-old Anthony man was arrested Sunday morning after two girls, both under the age of 13, told their mother the man came into their home through a window and inappropriately touched both of them.

Carlos Ivan Flores, who lives in the 2700 block of Anthony Road, allegedly broke into the victims’ home by opening an unlocked window in the early morning hours of Feb. 8. Once inside, the victims said Flores threatened them with a knife and began touching them.

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3:17 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

Man Charged For Creating False Paperwork To Assume Ownership Of Travel Trailer

  Las Cruces Police have arrested a man suspected of creating a false vehicle title and assuming ownership of a travel trailer.

Joe Edward “Eddie” Sellers Jr., 48, is charged with four counts of fraud, three counts of making a false affidavit, three counts of forgery, three counts of conspiracy, and one count each of embezzlement of a motor vehicle and improper sale, disposal, removal or concealing encumbered property.

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3:15 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

New Mexico Lobbyist Tracking Feature Dropped From Website

New Mexico's online system for tracking lobbyists' spending on legislators is not as transparent as it used to be. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that a recent change in the website operated by the Secretary of State's Office no longer makes it easy to scan reports in which lobbyists must report expenditures larger than $500 within 48 hours.

The 48-hour reports can still be found but only by looking up the individual names of the hundreds of registered individual lobbyists and companies that employ lobbyists.

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3:12 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

FBI Increases Reward In Hate Crime

The FBI has increased it reward in a case involving a man who assaulted and robbed an Iraqi Catholic refugee in Albuquerque and yelled obscenities about Muslims.

The agency announced Monday it will offer a $5,000 reward for the capture of a suspect who stole $20,000 in gold during the violent home invasion in June.

Authorities say the assailant forced his way into the home of Seham Jaber, shouting nasty remarks about Muslims and punched her in the head and stomach. Investigators say the intruder then tore up her family's citizenship papers.

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3:09 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

Judge "Troubled" By Mustang Roundup Plan

Credit Courtesy: Linda Kemmerer via NMFO

A federal judge in Reno says he shares some concerns raised by wild horse protection groups but it will take him a few days to decide whether to grant the temporary restraining order they are seeking to block a government roundup of thousands of mustangs in northern Nevada.

U.S. District Judge Larry Hicks told lawyers for the Bureau of Land Management Monday he's "troubled" by the agency's reliance on an environmental assessment conducted in 2010 to justify gathering up more than 300 horses in the Pine Nut Range southeast of Carson City.

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3:09 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

New Mexico House Considering Social Promotion

Credit Courtesy: US Dept. of Education

The full New Mexico House of Representatives is set to consider legislation that would end the social promotion of third-graders who are not proficient readers.

The bill advanced last week following a 7-6 party-line vote in the House Education Committee. It could be debated on the House floor as soon as Monday.

The bill by Rep. Monica Youngblood of Albuquerque calls for retaining third-graders who are not reading proficiently and giving them intensive remediation.

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3:08 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

Fines For Breaking New Mexico Campaign Finance Laws Go Uncollected

Credit NM Sec. of State Dianna Duran / Official photo

Most of the fines assessed by the secretary of state's office for violations of New Mexico's campaign finance reporting laws go uncollected.

The office collected only 4 percent of the nearly 2,000 fines levied against candidates during the 2012 and 2014 primary and general elections.

The newspaper reviewed campaign finance data obtained through a public records request. It found Secretary of State Dianna Duran waived more than a third of fines and more than 60 percent went uncollected.

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3:06 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

Dallas Bar Accused Of Excluding Blacks Pays Fine, Apologizes

A Dallas bar accused of turning away black customers has agreed to pay a small fine and apologize over enforcement of its dress code.

Kung Fu Saloon will pay two fees of $400 and issue letters to a person who said he was told he wasn't properly dressed for the bar. DeAndre Upshaw accused the bar of selectively excluding black patrons with its code.

Upshaw launched a social media campaign against Kung Fu Saloon, which also has locations in Houston and Austin. Upshaw also complained to the city, which outlaws enforcing a dress code without posting it outside the entrance.

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3:05 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

"Better Call Saul" Stirs New Mexico Excitement

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New Mexico's largest city is back to being featured in another television show more than a year after the end of AMC-TV series "Breaking Bad."

"Better Call Saul" premiered Sunday and city officials hope the prequel to the hit series sparks more interests in Albuquerque.

More than 100 fans showed up for a viewing party at an Albuquerque brewery. And one lawyer, Ron Bell, who some speculate the show's main character is loosely based on, has a billboard advertising "Better Call Bell."

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9:07 am
Mon February 9, 2015

Registration Deadline For Bataan Memorial March Approaching

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Organizers of an annual walk honoring those who died in the Bataan Death March say no registrations will be accepted after next month's deadline.

The Las Cruces Sun-News says the last day participants can sign up for the March 22 event at White Sands Missile Range is March 10.

People can register online or download mail-in forms at bataanmarch.com.

Entries sent by U.S. mail must be postmarked no later than March 2. The registration fees range from $110 per person to $500 for a five-person team.

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9:02 am
Mon February 9, 2015

New Mexico Website Drops Easy Scanning Feature On Lobbyists

New Mexico's online system for tracking lobbyists' spending on legislators is not as transparent as it used to be.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that a recent change in the website operated by the Secretary of State's Office no longer makes it easy to scan reports in which lobbyists must report expenditures larger than $500 within 48 hours.

The 48-hour reports can still be found but only by looking up the individual names of the hundreds of registered individual lobbyists and companies that employ lobbyists.

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