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5:40 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

Police Investigate Beating Of Man Outside Texas Mosque

Police say a worshipper leaving a prayer service at a Dallas-area mosque was slightly hurt after being attacked in the parking lot by two men who fled.

Richardson police Sgt. Kevin Perlich (PER'-lik) said Tuesday that the victim told officers that he did not believe his religion or ethnicity was the motive for the attack. However, Perlich said a motive still hasn't been determined.

Perlich says no words were exchanged and no property was taken in the Monday night attack.

Other worshippers at the Islamic Association of North Texas scared the attackers off.

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5:33 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

Small Tornado Near Roswell

Authorities say a small tornado briefly touched down about five miles southwest of Roswell, but there are no reported injuries.

Chaves County emergency managers say a shed was destroyed and a garage door was wrapped around a utility pole.

Roswell residents reported seeing the funnel cloud form early Tuesday afternoon as strong thunderstorms moved through the area.

The National Weather Service says the combination of a cool air mass and strong winds aloft allowed short-lived funnel clouds to develop over much of eastern New Mexico.

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5:33 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

Texas Senate Approves Cutting Tuition Benefits For Veterans

The Texas Senate has approved slashing higher education benefits for veterans who are given free tuition for military service.

Republican state Sen. Brian Birdwell said Tuesday that the Hazlewood Act had become financially unsustainable without reforms. Costs for the program climbed nearly six-fold over the past four years and topped $169 million in 2014.

More dependents have begun receiving free tuition under Hazlewood than veterans.

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5:31 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

President: Progress "Not Always A Straight Line" On Immigration

President Barack Obama says that when it comes to achieving a comprehensive overhaul of immigration laws progress is 'not always a straight line.'

He says that despite his executive actions on immigration, Congress still needs to pass legislation to make more permanent changes.

Obama reflected Tuesday during a large Cinco de Mayo gathering at the White House on the obstacles that have impeded his efforts to allow immigrants illegally in the United States to stay under certain conditions.

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5:21 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

In Depth: A Busy Time In The Texas Legislature

The battle over abortion in Texas returned to the floor where Democrat Wendy Davis staged a nearly 13-hour filibuster as the Senate on Tuesday approved eliminating coverage for the procedure under plans purchased through the federal marketplace.

The measure is not unique: More than two dozen states already have similar bans for coverage obtained through the Affordable Care Act, and abortion-rights groups have expressed surprise that Texas isn't on that list already.

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5:20 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

Albuquerque Issues Audit Of No-Bid Contract

City auditors say personnel at Albuquerque's troubled police department bypassed purchasing regulations and compromised the integrity of the city's procurement process when purchasing body cameras from Taser International in 2013.

The city's Office of Internal Audit released the findings Tuesday.

They follow an equally scathing report by New Mexico State Auditor Tim Keller, which uncovered a cozy relationship involving Taser and former police chief Ray Schultz.

The city report says the former chief's work for Taser may have violated city law.

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10:25 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Public Meeting Next Tuesday Regarding Dripping Springs And Baylor Canyon Road Improvements

A long-awaited project may become a reality...a fully-paved Dripping Springs Road.

Las Cruces, NM – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) are seeking public input on an environmental assessment (EA) that analyzes the effects of issuing amendments to two rights-of-way (ROW) for road improvements on Dripping Springs Road and Baylor Canyon Road.

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8:59 am
Tue May 5, 2015

More Thunderstorms Could Sock Eastern New Mexico

Forecasters say New Mexico's eastern plains could get more severe thunderstorms with a potential for heavy rain, hail and damaging wind in a region where some communities already have experienced downpours.

According to the National Weather Service, the risk for flash flooding is greatest across the east-central and southeastern plains, with less thunderstorm activity expected in and west of the Rio Grande Valley.

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8:57 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Carly Fiorina To Headline New Mexico GOP Fundraiser

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Former technology executive and GOP presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina is headlining a fundraiser for the Republican Party of New Mexico.

Fiorina, likely the only prominent woman to seek the GOP nomination, is scheduled to speak at the "Silver Elephant Event" in Albuquerque on May 30.

The state party uses the annual fundraiser for Republican candidates in New Mexico and comes months after the GOP gained control of the state House chamber.

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8:53 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Nine Police Officers Kidnapped In Northern Mexico; One Dead

An official says nine police officers were kidnapped by a criminal gang in northern Mexico and later rescued, though one was killed in the confrontation.

The officers from Nuevo Leon state were abducted when they pursued suspects into neighboring Tamaulipas, on the Texas border, Sunday night.

They were following a vehicle carrying armed men. On a highway they encountered two other vehicles full of gunmen. One officer was killed, and the others kidnapped.

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8:51 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Albuquerque Officials Briefed On Scathing Taser Audit

Albuquerque City Councilors briefed on a recent scathing state audit that uncovered a cozy relationship involving a former police chief and Taser International have varied opinions on the review.

Some want to look into tightening the city's procurement codes, while one questions how much disclosure is necessary by city officials and workers who might work as contractors.

Two councilors last year requested a risk review after becoming concerned about a nearly $2 million no-bid contract for body cameras and video storage software awarded to Arizona-based Taser.

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8:50 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Most NM Teachers Still Rated Effective Or Better

 

State officials say nearly three-fourths of New Mexico's teachers rated "effective" or better under a much-debated evaluation system partly based on student achievement.

The New Mexico Public Education Department announced Monday that around 47 percent of teacher evaluated were deemed effective while 24 percent were graded highly effective.

Around 2.5 percent were rated "exemplary."

About 26 percent of teachers were graded "minimally effective" or "ineffective."

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6:04 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Some Educators Concerned Writing Proficiency Is Suffering As a Result Of Standardized Test Culture

Students at New Mexico State University work through writing tasks.
Credit Hugo Perez

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers…better known as the PARCC test…has been billed by the New Mexico public education department as latest and greatest in public school testing.  Officials say the test increases standards and will improve college and career readiness.  But some educators say the increased focus on standardized testing might be having the opposite effect.

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6:00 am
Tue May 5, 2015

La Clinica de Familia Taking Over Mental Health Services In Dona Ana County

La Frontera recently announced that they will no longer be providing mental health services in New Mexico. La Clinica de Familia is planning on taking over the services they provide, but many had questions about the transition. Dona Ana County held a meeting with community members and officials from around the state to learn more about the transition.

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6:00 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Southwest Regional Climate Hub At NMSU Provides Valuable Information To Agricultural Producers

   Established in February 2014, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Southwest Regional Climate Hub was tasked with supplying science-based knowledge and practical information to farmers, ranchers and forest landowners to help them to adjust to climate change and weather variability. 

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4:43 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

One Arrest, At Least One Other Suspect Sought In Las Cruces Nightclub Beating

  Las Cruces Police have arrested one of the men suspected of beating a 30-year-old April 17 outside a local nightclub.

Gregory Trevor Derouen, 26, of the 1800 block of Myrtle Avenue, is charged with one count each of aggravated battery causing great bodily harm and conspiracy. Derouen was also found to be in violation of his probation. He is being held without bond at the Dona Ana County Detention Center.

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4:42 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

Las Cruces Youth Leadership Camp Registration Continues

  The Youth Leadership Summer Camp, a collaboration between the Las Cruces Police Department and the Stan Fulton Endowed Chair in Education at New Mexico State University, has expanded its enrollment criteria to youth between the ages of 12-15.

The Youth Leadership Summer Camp will be held 8 a.m. to noon June 1-12 at Lynn Middle School.

The camp will provide youth with CPR and First Aid training, teamwork building, D.A.R.E. and DWI simulations, anti-bullying and harassment lessons, and other activities similar to the Character Counts module.

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4:03 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

NMSU Student Awarded Goldwater Scholarship

  New Mexico State University junior Chiann-Ling Cindy Yeh of Las Cruces has been awarded the Barry Goldwater Scholarship, a highly competitive award that supports outstanding students in the fields of math, science or engineering. 

The Goldwater Scholarship is the premier undergraduate award of its type in these fields, and covers the cost of tuition, fees, books and room and board up to a maximum of $7,500 per year. Yeh is one of just 260 students nationwide to receive the scholarship this year, and one of two from universities in New Mexico.

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4:01 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

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3:58 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

NMSU Students Host Free Film Screening Tuesday

  New Mexico State University students in the Creative Media Institute are planning a screening to premiere their senior project documentary, “Halftime Highlights,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 5, at the Health and Social Services Auditorium, Room 101A. 

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3:55 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

NMSU, DACC Professors To Teach Summer Courses In Colombia

  Five professors from New Mexico State University and Doña Ana Community College have been selected to teach environmental sustainability, product development and mediation skills at Universidad de La Salle in Bogota, Colombia, this summer as part of an ongoing partnership between La Salle and NMSU.

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3:53 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

Former Union Official Sentenced For Embezzlement

  ALBUQUERQUE – Leonard Bridge, 45, of Albuquerque, N.M., was sentenced this morning to 12 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release for his conviction for embezzling assets from a labor organization.  Leonard also was ordered to pay $140,877.56 in restitution to the International Union of Elevator Constructors, Local 131 (Union).

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3:50 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

Los Alamos Worker Seriously Burned

A Los Alamos National Laboratory employee is in critical condition after being burned in an accident that also sent eight other workers to the hospital.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that lab spokesman Kevin Roarke says the accident happened around noon Sunday and is being investigated.

Los Alamos Medical Center Director of Marketing Mary Beth Maasan says one patient was transported to the burn unit of the New Mexico University Medical Center and another was admitted to the Los Alamos hospital in stable condition.

Seven others were treated and released.

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3:49 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

Texas Approves Rules Prohibiting Local Fracking Bans

Credit Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R)

Cities and counties statewide could no longer prohibit hydraulic fracturing under a sweeping, oil and gas industry-backed bill that has cleared the Texas Legislature.  The proposal was easily approved by the Senate on Monday after passing the House last month. It now heads to Republican Gov. Greg Abbott's desk for signature into law.

Legislators moved quickly after Denton, a university town near Dallas, voted in November to impose a local fracking ban amid environmental and safety concerns. That ordinance is now being challenged in court.

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3:14 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

Date Change For Latin Comedy Jam In Las Cruces

  LAS CRUCES, NM - Las Cruces Convention Center has announced a date change for the upcoming Latin Comedy Jam featuring Paul Rodriguez.

Originally scheduled for May 15, the show has been moved to May 29 at 8:30 pm. The show features comic icon Paul Rodríguez, who has been making audiences laugh all over the world with his unique brand humor that is a perfect blend of his Latin heritage, the American dream and his universal appeal.

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8:31 am
Mon May 4, 2015

New Mexico Veterans Hired To Prevent, Fight Wildfires

Several New Mexico military veterans are back on the field but the only enemy they are fighting is fire.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the state's Returning Heroes program has trained 25 veterans to help battle wildfires.

The veterans have been learning new skills while also working on prescribed burns and forest-thinning projects.

Now in its first full year of operation, the State Forestry Division's program was established in 2013 to help get vets back to work.

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8:18 am
Mon May 4, 2015

Spaceport To Explore New Ideas To Earn Revenue

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New Mexico Spaceport Authority executive director Christine Anderson will present new strategies next month for generating revenue for the multi-million dollar spaceport.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that the revised five-year business plan calls for Spaceport to look for new tenants, market the facility for commercial filming and open up for tourism.

Spaceport America's hopes have been tied to anchor tenant Virgin Galactic, which is developing a spaceship.

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6:01 am
Mon May 4, 2015

Guero Loco: Bringing The Beat To Bilingualism

Bilingual rapper Guero Loco hyping up up the crowd of Deming High School students.
Credit Simon Thompson

A Michigan State University study says attending a bilingual school may improve reading and math test scores of native English speakers. Research also shows bilingual programs benefit those learning English as a second language.

Despite the benefits the state education department says only 17% of all New Mexico students are in bilingual education and districts are doing what they can to get more students into the bilingual programs. 

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6:00 am
Mon May 4, 2015

Heinrich Urges Congress To Fully Fund Conservation Program Set To Expire

U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich pushed Congress to permanently authorize and completely fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) during a Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources hearing earlier this month. Senator Heinrich is a cosponsor of the bill designed to permanently authorize and fully fund the LWCF, a conservation program that has been around for decades.

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6:00 am
Mon May 4, 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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