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Las Cruces, NM – New FCC rules and the possibility of the loss of overtime pay benefits in New Mexico are two issues Senator Jeff Bingaman confronts.

Las Cruces, NM – Drawing from his grandparents' immigration to the U.S. 75 years ago from Russia, Jeff Steinborn opened his official announcement speech with what seemed like an attempt to relate to the politically powerful Hispanic communities that dominate the 2nd congressional district.

He also took a couple jabs at the man who he wants to unseat.

In the 2002 election it was hard to draw very many issue distinctions between Pearce and his Blue Dog Democrat rival State Senator John Arthur Smith.

Las Cruces, NM – When politicians talk about state-rights in regards to environmental protection, it typically is a way to get around federal laws. But a current debate in New Mexico turns this rationale upside down.

New Mexico's senior Senator Pete Domenici has been a longtime advocate for state autonomy. But the Senator has proposed legislation leading some to question his commitment to this principle.

Las Cruces, NM – Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) is raising concerns over President Bush's request for an additional $87 billion to fund the U.S occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan. In addition to questioning the international leadership of the President, Bingaman fears the toll this deficit spending will have on domestic programs.

Las Cruces, NM – Greg Bloom interviews Maria Luisa Louise Diaz, co-operative weaver from Chiapas, Mexico; Barbra Shutz, German academic who has lived and worked with weaving co-operatives in Chiapas since 1996 and Jessica Marquez, grassroots coordinator, Mexico Solidarity Network about the social and political meanings of weaving cooperatives in Chiapas, Mexcio.

Las Cruces, NM – Several state environmental groups say they need more time to discuss the silvery minnow issue before Congress takes a vote on related legislation.

Las Cruces, NM – Proposed federal legislation could make it more difficult for some New Mexicans to get Welfare benefits.

Las Cruces, NM – A nuclear power plant shunned from Tennessee is being welcomed with open arms in New Mexico.

Las Cruces, NM – Governor Bill Richardson is canvassing southern New Mexico to elicit support for changes to the state's educational system.

Las Cruces, NM – Border militias. A look at the rising tension and violence against Mexican immigrants in the American Southwest Desert with writer Max Blumenthal.

Las Cruces, NM – Mesilla Valley Hospital has added a new department to its mental health facilities.

Las Cruces, NM – Women may now have an increased defense against violence in Southern New Mexico.

Las Cruces, NM – In the midst of its historic closeness to Earth, a Las Cruces astronomer is helping the effort to prove there was once water on the planet Mars.

Las Cruces, NM – Officials say a spaceport in southern New Mexico could be up and running as soon as 2005.

Las Cruces, NM – New Mexico State University is one step closer to getting a new president.

Las Cruces, NM – A nonpartisan group called "The Concord Coalition" is watching Congress closely as the nation's lawmakers tackle the issues of the federal debt, the federal budget, and Medicare. The coalition is led by two former senators- Warren Rudman of New Hampshire and Bob Kerrey of Nebraska. Gayle Gerdes is the Western Regional Director for the coalition. Bob Mitchell talks with Gerdes about the coalition, and about its goals.

Las Cruces, NM – The renovation of a historic theater may help revitalize downtown business in Las Cruces.

Las Cruces, NM – A national study suggests urban sprawl in Las Cruces may lead to obesity and heart disease among the city's residents.

Las Cruces, NM – A viewing at NMSU's Clyde Tombaugh Observatory was well attended, but cloudy skies left everyone disappointed. Another event is set for this weekend.

Las Cruces, NM – Another narcotics bust has been made in Las Cruces.

Las Cruces, NM – Economic Development is a phrase used loosely by politicians and business leaders. It isn't always clear what they are talking about. The rhetoric, frequently coupled with notions of job creation and growth, acts like a steamroller through city hall and the state house to influence ordinances and legislation. One organization which seems to have the corner on the phrase "economic development" in Southern New Mexico is MVEDA, the Mesilla Valley Economic Development Alliance.

Las Cruces, NM – Although the recent plea for more blood donations has been answered in part, supplies in southern New Mexico are still low.

Las Cruces, NM – A new Cultural Affairs Secretary has already been chosen to replace Ruben Smith.

Las Cruces, NM – Interim President William Flores wants to make NMSU's campus more student friendly- he's also planning to apply for a permanent position as president.

Las Cruces, NM – Officials at White Sands Missile Range are confident the Army post will not be closed by the federal government.

Las Cruces, NM – With Labor Day weekend travel just around the corner, gas prices in southern New Mexico are soon to level off.

Las Cruces, NM – The city is redoubling efforts to control the mosquito population. Terrence Kelly with the city says the season should wind down in October, but people should still be taking precautions.

Las Cruces, NM – In a closed-door meeting, the Las Cruces City Council recommended keeping Jim Ericson as City Manager.