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8:44 am
Mon February 9, 2015

Las Cruces Revamps System Used To Recover Stolen Property

Las Cruces is revamping steps it requires of local businesses to take to help authorities recover stolen property.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that the Police Department is going to start using an online system to compare stolen property reports with inventories of pawn shops and secondhand dealers.

Also, an ordinance approved last week by the City Council will regulate additional businesses and require more detailed information.

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6:00 am
Mon February 9, 2015

Monday Business Watch

Every Monday at 7:51am on Morning Edition, Edmundo Resendez covers the week's top local business stories with Las Cruces Sun News Business Editor Jason Gibbs. 

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6:00 am
Mon February 9, 2015

NMSU/Wells Fargo Economic Forecast Next Week; Register By Friday

Wells Fargo senior economist and director Eugenio Aleman, left, and New Mexico State University economist Jim Peach will discuss their national and regional economic forecasts at an Economic Outlook Conference hosted by NMSU on Feb. 19 at the Las Cruces Convention Center. (Photo by Niki Rhynes)

  While the falling price of oil means more money in the pockets of New Mexico’s consumers, it also means less oil and gas revenue in the coffers of the state’s government. Meanwhile the state continues to lag behind the rest of the nation in job growth and recovery from the recession that began in late 2007. So what can we expect from New Mexico’s economy over the coming year?

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6:00 am
Mon February 9, 2015

Film Re-Released For 25th Anniversary Of Las Cruces Bowling Alley Massacre

  This month marks the 25th anniversary of a mass murder at a Las Cruces bowling alley.  And a documentary about the crime is being re-released with additional footage.

Charlie Minn’s 2011 film “A Nightmare in Las Cruces” chronicles the events surrounding the 1990 Las Cruces bowling alley massacre where two gunmen killed four people and injured three.

Despite sizable rewards and detailed sketches of the suspects being released almost immediately after the massacre, the case remains unsolved. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the killings. 

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11:22 am
Sun February 8, 2015

James C. Wetherbe & Sharon Lalla

 A Changing America Anthony Moreno interviews two distinct individuals; the first James C. Wetherbe who authored “Achieving High Performance Friendship - A book for men” and co-authored “Hispanic Immigration - Facts Versus Fiction” and with Sharon Lalla who helps design a course that puts diversity in practice for teachers.

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11:00 am
Sun February 8, 2015

Storefront Lending Lobbyists Spend Big In New Mexico

Attorney Karen Meyers, foreground, testifies before New Mexico lawmakers at a legislative hearing about lending reform Wednesday. Democratic Rep. Gail Chasey, seated beside Meyers, is sponsoring reform legislation.
Credit Trip Jennings, NM In Depth

  A who’s who of lobbyists watched on Wednesday as Republicans on a legislative committee shelved two bills that would cap what storefront lenders can charge people in need of cash for loans.

There was former House Speaker Raymond Sanchez, brother to Democratic Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez. Former Republican National Committee man Mickey Barnett. Longtime lobbyist Scott Scanland.

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10:52 am
Sun February 8, 2015

New Mexico Lobbyists Spend On Lawmakers, But Disclosure Is Lacking

Teddy bears from the New Mexico Primary Care Association adorned the desks of House members Thursday, Feb. 5. Lobbyists for the organization distribute the bears annually.
Credit Sandra Fish-NM In Depth

  Ski passes. Dinner parties. Meals during committee hearings. Basketball and football tickets. Individual lobbyists spent more than $1.6 million on gifts, meals and entertainment for New Mexico’s elected officials and staff in the four years from 2011 through 2014. Most of that went to the lawmakers in the New Mexico Legislature, but other elected officials and staffers benefitted too. Over the same period businesses and organizations spent more than $379,000 directly to fete elected officials with parties, golf passes and more.

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6:00 am
Sun February 8, 2015

Major Las Cruces I-25 Construction Begins Monday

  Las Cruces – The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) District One office along with FNF Construction has begun with the surveying, and marking of Interstate 25. This project will soon bring a change in traffic control for north and southbound motorists on I-25 between Lohman Ave and University Ave.

The NMDOT and FNF project schedule for the next couple of weeks will be as follows:

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7:36 pm
Sat February 7, 2015

Senator John Arthur Smith

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7:26 pm
Sat February 7, 2015

Paul Gessing, Rio Grande Foundaton

Fred Martino discusses the 2015 New Mexico legislative session with Paul Gessing, President of the Rio Grande Foundation.  Next week, we discuss the session with Common Cause New Mexico, continuing our efforts to bring you the most diverse mix of viewpoints in the state.

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7:23 pm
Sat February 7, 2015

Senator Mary Kay Papen

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6:00 pm
Sat February 7, 2015

Las Cruces Recall Petitions Filed

KRWG News has learned that petitions to recall Las Cruces city councilors Gill Sorg, Olga Pedroza, and Nathan Small were submitted on Friday. The city clerk has 20 working days to verify the signatures on the petitions. But even if enough verified signatures were collected to trigger an election, the recall effort could face problems.

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5:31 pm
Sat February 7, 2015

PNM Says It's Not Shaken By Opposition To Plans

Public Service Co. of New Mexico says it's certain the state will end up backing a plan to shut down half of the coal-fried San Juan Generating Station near Farmington.

The utility as well as groups who oppose the plan are preparing briefs for a hearing examiner before a final round of counter-briefs later this month.

The plan has been a source of debate over the course of three weeks of public hearings.

Several groups, including the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority, have come out against the plan citing the cost.

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5:29 pm
Sat February 7, 2015

Las Cruces Woman Wins $2 Million In Powerball Game

A Las Cruces woman has come forward to claim a $2 million prize in the Powerball game from the New Mexico Lottery.

Lottery officials said Friday that Romana Saavedra's ticket for a Nov. 29 drawing matched the five white ball numbers to win $1 million.

She doubled her prize to $2 million by adding the $1 Power Play feature to her ticket, which multiplies non-jackpot prizes.

Saavedra only found her ticket Monday while going through her car and purse.

Saavedra says she plans to share her prize money with her husband and three grown children.

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5:28 pm
Sat February 7, 2015

Shooting Suspect In Custody

New Mexico State Police say a man suspected of shooting another man in Bayard is in custody.

Authorities say 39-year-old Joseph Sifuentes, of Silver City, was arrested by Grant County Sheriff's Deputies on Friday afternoon without incident.

State Police say Sifuentes is accused of shooting the victim in the face and neck inside a home early Thursday.

The unidentified victim was airlifted to a hospital in El Paso, Texas, where he is in critical but stable condition.

Investigators are still investigating what led to the shooting.

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5:23 pm
Sat February 7, 2015

Las Cruces Man Indicted In Murder Of Girlfriend

A Las Cruces man has been indicted for first-degree murder in the death of his girlfriend.

A Dona Ana County grand jury leveled the indictment against 23-year-old Corey Franklin. He also faces charges of kidnapping and tampering with evidence.

Franklin went to Las Cruces police on Jan. 21 to report a burglary at his house.

During questioning, police say Franklin changed his story and told them the incident was actually a domestic dispute involving his 24-year-old girlfriend, Graciela Hernandez.

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5:15 pm
Sat February 7, 2015

Report: Court Ruling Means Texas Scholarship Program For Veterans Could Grow To $750 Million

A recent ruling by a federal judge could turn a state program that waives tuition and fees for military veterans into one of the most expensive in Texas history.

State lawmakers six years ago expanded the program to allow veterans at public universities to pass any unused tuition exemptions to their children.

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5:13 pm
Sat February 7, 2015

Money From Ousted Sheriff's Scholarship Fund To Be Returned

Federal prosecutors say they plan to return money collected under a program that a since convicted New Mexico ex-sheriff set up to allow traffic violators to avoid penalties.

U.S. Attorney's Office spokeswoman Elizabeth Martinez says donors will be able to apply for a return.

The FBI seized the $3,275 in donations as a result of a search warrant that said the funds were evidence in an extortion investigation.

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4:29 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

Georgia Couple Arrested In New Mexico On Federal Meth Charges

  ALBUQUERQUE – Alex Thomas Burns, 24, of Atlanta, Ga., and Riana Latel Cunningham, 32, of Stockebridge, Ga., entered not guilty pleas this morning to a criminal complaint charging them with methamphetamine trafficking charges.

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4:24 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

Report: Texas Earthquakes Linked To Fault

Seismologists say dozens of small earthquakes that have rattled North Texas in recent months have been concentrated along a narrow two-mile subsurface fault.

Southern Methodist University and the U.S. Geological Survey on Friday released a preliminary report explaining so many people felt the quakes because their trigger points were only about three or four miles below ground.

Most of the temblors had a magnitude of 2 but one Jan. 6 was 3.6. SMU says in the report that the fault extends from Irving into west Dallas.

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4:23 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

New Mexico Panel Stops Marijuana Legalization Bill

Credit http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/legislator_details.aspx?SPONCODE=HMCCA

A New Mexico House panel has tabled a proposal that would legalize marijuana in the state.

The House Agriculture, Water and Wildlife Committee voted 7-1 to table a bill sponsored by Rep. Bill McCamley.

The Mesilla Park Democrat wants to allow the state to license marijuana producers to grew and sell the drug to adults.

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4:20 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

Report: No Evidence Of Sex Abuse At Immigration Facility

The Department of Homeland Security has released a report saying no evidence of sexual abuse and harassment was found at a South Texas immigration lockup that houses women and children.

The agency's inspector general launched the investigation after a woman being held at the facility in Karnes City reported that she'd heard rumors about women being removed from their cells at night to have sex with guards in the laundry room.

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4:19 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

Abbott Already Making His Mark In Texas

Credit Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R)

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is so new on the job that he still hasn't moved into the governor's mansion, but Rick Perry is already seeing his successor make changes.

Barely two weeks into office, Abbott has made scrapping or reforming legacies of the potential 2016 presidential candidate his first big moves. University boards are no longer exclusively stocked with Perry picks and transparency has become an early Abbott theme.

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4:18 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

New Mexico Bills Seek Late-Term Abortion Ban, Parental Notice

Republican lawmakers in New Mexico have filed bills to ban late-term abortions and to require minors' parents to be notified within 48 hours before terminating a pregnancy.  The bills filed Friday come less than a month after Roman Catholic bishops urged lawmakers to enact new abortion laws this legislative session with the GOP in control of the House for the first time in decades. Democrats remain in control of the Senate.

Several Democrats also have signed on to support the bills.

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4:17 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

Judge Denies Perry Request For List Of Grand Jury Witnesses

Credit Former Texas Governor Rick Perry (R)

A Texas judge has denied requests by former Gov. Rick Perry's attorneys to get a list of witnesses who testified before the closed-door grand jury in their client's abuse-of-power case.

In orders released Friday, Judge Bert Richardson also directed prosecutors to give the defense assorted evidence and documents as part of the legal discovery process. That included a list of witnesses the state plans to call at trial.

No trial date has yet been set.

Perry was indicted in August by an Austin grand jury during proceedings that were closed to the public.

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4:07 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

Stabbing Investigation Underway

   Doña Ana County Sheriff’s investigators were called to the intersection of Lincoln and Fourth streets in Anthony Friday morning after a 50-year-old man was reportedly stabbed several times.

The incident happened just after 6 a.m. The victim was transported to an El Paso-area hospital and is reportedly in stable condition.

An investigation is underway. No arrests have been made.

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8:09 am
Fri February 6, 2015

Man Accused Of Assaulting Two Las Cruces Police Officers

A man is in custody for allegedly trying to assault two Las Cruces police officers and injure a utility company's customer.

Las Cruces police say 51-year-old Paul Williams Jr. was arrested Thursday on suspicion of attempted murder and two counts of battery upon a peace officer.

Police were dispatched to what was initially called a robbery in progress in the parking lot of the El Paso Electric Company.

They say Williams allegedly punched a 76-year-old man in the company's parking lot and stole his $20. The man was taken to a hospital.

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8:07 am
Fri February 6, 2015

New Mexico House Panel Eyes Marijuana Legalization Bill

A New Mexico House panel is set to discuss a proposal that would legalize marijuana in the state.

The House Agriculture, Water and Wildlife Committee is scheduled Friday to discuss a bill sponsored by Rep. Bill McCamley.

The Mesilla Park Democrat wants to allow the state to license marijuana producers to grew and sell the drug to adults.

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8:04 am
Fri February 6, 2015

Heated Rhetoric Being Tossed Out At NM Legislature

One lawmaker compared the repeal of a New Mexico immigrant driver's license law to the Holocaust. A state senator said the appointment of a new child welfare leader was "a slap in the face" — to abused children.

Despite initial calls for bipartisanship, the opening days of a divided New Mexico Legislature have seen its fair share of heated rhetoric. Lawmakers have linked immigrants to terrorist. Others say their opponents are pushing Jim Crow-style segregation laws.

Experts say these rhetorical bombs help lawmakers later raise money during campaigns.

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8:02 am
Fri February 6, 2015

Former New Mexico Lt. Governor Dies At Age 69

Former New Mexico Lt. Gov. Mike Runnels has died at age 69.

Runnels' family said he died peacefully at home in Ruidoso. Matthew Runnels said his brother was found Thursday on the couch with his arms folded with the television on.

Runnels was a Democrat who was elected lieutenant governor in 1982. He served one four-year term along with Governor Toney Anaya.

He later was twice elected district attorney for the judicial district that is comprised of Valencia, Cibola and Sandoval counties. Before becoming lieutenant governor, he served on the Santa Fe City Council.

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