Local news and weather for Las Cruces, El Paso, Alamogordo, Silver City, Ruidoso, Anthony, Cloudcroft, Deming, Truth or Consequences, Elephant Butte, and all of Southern New Mexico and Far West Texas.

Las Cruces, NM – The lieutenant governor of New Mexico will head a 100 person committee tackling the monstrous assignment of education reform.

Las Cruces, NM – Teacher retention is improving in southern New Mexico, according to new statistics.

Las Cruces, NM – The NM Human Services Department and an economist from the Rio Grande Foundation comment on some of the changes to the Welfare Act of 1996.

Las Cruces, NM – A registered sex offender sentenced to 30 years is back in custody after violating his parole.

Deanna Garcia

Las Cruces, NM – A renowned activist for indigenous people in Ecuador is pleading for help.

Las Cruces, NM – An Alamogordo organization has filed a lawsuit against three federal agencies, blaming them for the group's water battle against the city.

Las Cruces, NM – Recent test results suggest public education at the grade school level may be improving in New Mexico.

Ashly Parks

Las Cruces, NM – Today registered voters can weigh-in on two educational amendments to New Mexico's constitution. The election has highlighted differences and generated infighting amongst the state's Republican Party.

Las Cruces, NM – The HSD wants to make food distribution easier and more frequent. The new program should begin next month. It's just waiting on federal approval.

Las Cruces, NM – The results of low voter turnout have led many to question the instability of voting locations.

Ashly Parks

Las Cruces, NM – Some locals are protesting against Congressman Steve Pearce's support of oil and gas development on Otero Mesa.

Las Cruces, NM – Good morning New Mexico State University. Hear the sounds of the campus as gathered by students in Journalism 313.

Las Cruces, NM – A local attorney says there's no truth to the rumors that Memorial Medical Center will definitely be sold.

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.