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11:02 am
Sun March 8, 2015

In Depth: Issues As Big As Texas

Credit Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R)

The Senate raced to pass the session's first bill, approving a road-funding plan that would funnel billions of dollars annually from taxes collected on vehicles sales to transportation projects.

Gov. Greg Abbott made the issue an "emergency item," freeing up the Legislature to pass it quickly. And the proposal's sponsor, Jacksonville Republican Sen. Robert Nichols, sped it through committee.

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11:01 am
Sun March 8, 2015

Tour Of The Gila Still Needs Funding

Organizers of the annual Tour of the Gila in southwestern New Mexico are holding out hope that enough financing will come through for this year's race.

The Silver City Sun-News reports that race director Jack Brennan says a decision will be made Thursday whether the cycling event will proceed.

Brennan says he is still looking for a title sponsor and $40,000 in funding to put on the April 29 race, which has financial backing from Silver City.

Tour of the Gila has been a signature event in Grant County for nearly 30 years.

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3:03 pm
Sat March 7, 2015

House Committee Approves Bill To Allow Unlicensed Cougar Hunting

Credit wildlife.state.nm.us

A bill that would allow the unlicensed hunting of cougars and other mountain cats in New Mexico has cleared a hurdle in the state Legislature.

The House Agriculture, Water and Wildlife Committee voted Friday 8-2 to move along legislation that would reverse a law that requires license to hunt cougars.

Under the proposal, people will be able to trap and shoot any number of mountain cats at any time.

Rep. Zach Cook, who is sponsoring the bill, says the measure is a way to better control cougar populations.

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2:55 pm
Sat March 7, 2015

Father Of Toddler Who Shot Parents Said Gun Had No Safety

The father of a 3-year-old boy who accidentally shot his parents in an Albuquerque motel room frantically called for help, telling 911 dispatchers that the gun had no safety.  Police released recordings of the emergency call from the Jan. 31 incident at the America's Best Value Inn.

Justin Reynolds told a dispatcher that his son had gotten the gun out of his girlfriend's purse.

He is heard saying "it doesn't have a safety and he pulled the trigger, we didn't have it high enough."

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2:54 pm
Sat March 7, 2015

Texas Coach Involved In Imposter Player Incident Reassigned

A West Texas school district has reassigned a coach whose team gained national attention when a former Haitian star athlete posed as a high school player before going to prison.

Danny Wright won't coach a ninth season as Permian High's boys' basketball coach.

Ector County school Superintendent Tom Crowe said the incident involving Jerry Joseph several years ago played into his decision, as did instances of players competing while academically ineligible.

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2:53 pm
Sat March 7, 2015

15 Police Officers In Mexico Arrested For Kidnapping, Extortion

A Mexican official says troops have detained 15 federal police officers for allegedly kidnapping the owner of a construction company in the northern border city of Matamoros and demanding a $2 million (31 million peso) ransom.

An official with the federal Attorney General's Office says the officers were arrested late Thursday as they prepared to receive the money they demanded for earlier releasing the businessman. The official agreed on Saturday to reveal details of the case only if not quoted by name, because he wasn't authorized to talk with journalists.

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10:21 am
Sat March 7, 2015

NYC Teacher Charged With Paying New Mexico Teens For Photos

Federal authorities say at least five New Mexico youths were victims of a New York City high school teacher accused of using a school computer and a photograph of a former student to entice teenage boys to send him photos.

Bernalillo County Sheriff's detectives received calls from parents, who said someone was using a smart phone app to pay their sons for photos.

Detectives began working with the FBI, who arrested 32-year-old Jon Cruz, a teacher in the Bronx, on child porn charges Friday.

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7:22 am
Sat March 7, 2015

Texas Politican: "All That God Created Is Good, Including Marijuana"

  Rep. David Simpson is a leading Libertarian voice, best known for attempting an unsuccessful tea party insurrection against the Republican House speaker, fiercely opposing airport security pat-downs and championing a law exempting the purchase of gold and silver coins from sales tax.

So it's not much of a surprise the Longview lawmaker would sponsor a blanket marijuana legalization proposal. But his rationale is a shocker: promoting pot on Christian grounds.

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10:34 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

New Mexico's Republican-Controlled House Passes Abortion Restrictions

The New Mexico House of Representatives has approved a ban on late-term abortions and is now debating a bill requiring parental notification within 48 hours when a minor is seeking to end a pregnancy.

The 42-26 vote came after nearly four hours of debate sending the legislation to the Senate.

Supporters say the late-term abortion ban is designed to bring New Mexico in line with 42 other states that prohibit some abortions after a certain point in pregnancy.

Abortion-rights advocates say women need safe access to abortions, not government interference.

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4:49 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

Blood Drive Supports Troops Overseas

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. -- The Armed Services Blood Program and Holloman will hold a blood drive on Tuesday, March 10, at the Community Activity Center from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

"The goal for this drive is 50 donations," said Tech. Sgt. Chelsie Davia with the 49th Medical Group. "The past few drives we have reached 45, so we really would like to break 50."

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4:39 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

Robin Reineke, Colibri Center for Human Rights

Saturday, March 14

Location: Good Samaritan Auditorium, 3025 Terrace Drive, Las Cruces, NM 88011

7:00 pm: Film: Who is Dayani Cristal? 

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4:22 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

Deputy Launches Push-Ups For Scholarships Fundraiser

  A Doña Ana County Sheriff’s deputy has started a campaign to raise scholarship money for local high school and college students with a physical promise: for every $10 raised, he will do 10 push-ups.

            The fundraiser – sponsored by Pi Nu Sigma Alumni Chapter, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. and the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department – officially started Thursday, raising almost $200 among Doña Ana County employees the first day.

            “My goal is to raise $2,000,” said Deputy Jamar Cotton. “And I’m giving myself until May 1 to get it done.”

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3:44 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

Recall Petitions Insufficient For Lack Of Valid Signatures

The three petitioners seeking to initiate a recall election of three Las Cruces city councilors have failed to collect the required number of valid signatures.

City Clerk Esther Martinez-Carrillo Friday notified petitioners for districts 3 and 5 by phone. Under the City Charter, the petitioners must also be notified by certified mail. The city clerk has so far been unable to reach the petitioner for district 4.

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2:54 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

Delegates From Mongolia To Visit NMSU To Learn About Democracy And Education

  Five delegates from Mongolia National University of Education will visit New Mexico State University for a continuing collaboration, discussing different scholarly activities from March 16-21. 

NMSU is the only U.S. university MNUE has connected with at this level for four years with an agreement signed by both universities. Candace Kaye, from NMSU’s College of Education, has been the ongoing liaison between the two universities. She was a Fulbright Teaching and Research Scholar from 2010-2011 in Mongolia. 

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2:52 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

Las Cruces Students To Clean Pauper Cemetery

  The City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department’s After School Programs held at Hermosa Elementary and Valley View Elementary will perform community service at the Doña Ana County Pauper Cemetery on Griggs Avenue at 3 p.m. Friday, March 13.  The pauper cemetery does not have a numerical address but is east of the Doña Ana County road yard at 2025 E. Griggs Ave.

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2:49 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

NMSU Foundation Investment Launches Aggie Innovation Fund

Credit NMSU President Dr. Garrey Carruthers

  In the past year, New Mexico State University has introduced new technologies and products in areas as wide-ranging as dyes that will help identify and treat cancer, organic pesticides, voice authentication security software, and shrimp that can be grown in the desert. 

The common thread between these innovative ideas is the need for funding to get them off the ground and into the market. To help address this gap, NMSU and Arrowhead Center have created the Aggie Innovation Fund, with an anchor investment of up to $500,000 committed by the NMSU Foundation. 

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9:10 am
Fri March 6, 2015

Las Cruces Man Pleads Guilty To Federal Drug Charges

ALBUQUERQUE – Anthony Calderon, 40, of Las Cruces, N.M., pleaded guilty in federal court to heroin and methamphetamine trafficking charges.  Under the terms of his plea agreement, Calderon will be sentenced to a prison term in the range of 24 to 36 months.

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8:45 am
Fri March 6, 2015

Support For New Mexico Whistleblowers Could Be Reduced By Changes Proposed In The House

  New Mexico’s Whistleblower Protection Act went into effect in 2010 and since then the state says it has had to spend a lot more money dealing with lawsuits allowed by the law. A bill sponsored by Rep. Larry Larrañaga, R-Albuquerque, (HB 532) would address that by making it harder to make a whistleblower claim.

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7:12 am
Fri March 6, 2015

NM High Court Upholds Convictions In Double Homicide

The New Mexico Supreme Court has upheld a man's convictions in a double homicide in which the two victims were killed during a robbery.

The state high court on Thursday upheld Donald Ferran's convictions from Rio Arriba County for two counts of first-degree murder and one count of tampering with evidence.

Ferran was convicted of killing 28-year-old Joey Maestas and 26-year-old Sara Salazar. He allegedly lured them to a highway rest area by pretending to have gun out of gas.

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7:10 am
Fri March 6, 2015

NM's Medical Marijuana Program Taking Non-Profit Producer Applications

Credit New Mexico Department of Health

  

The New Mexico Department of Health has opened the request for applications period for the licensing of non-profit producers for the medical marijuana program.

There currently are 23 licensed non-profit producers in the program, which are located throughout the state.

No new licensed non-profit producers have been added since 2010.

The health department will accept applications until May 1.

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7:04 am
Fri March 6, 2015

New Mexico Releases Details On Child Vaccine Exemptions

New Mexico health officials have released the number of vaccine exemptions per school district for 2014, and Quemado tops the list.

The sparsely-populated district in western New Mexico has the highest rate of exemptions per 1,000 students at 40.3. The Santa Fe district has a rate of nearly 21, while the state's largest district in Albuquerque stands at 7.2.

State law requires children be vaccinated to attend school, but it allows exemptions for medical and religious reasons. Schools have to maintain records of the child's immunization records or their exemption forms.

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7:04 am
Fri March 6, 2015

New Mexico Senate Panel Eyes Bill On Concussion Rules

A New Mexico Senate panel is set to debate a measure setting strict guidelines when a middle or high school student athlete could return after suffering a concussion.

The Senate Education Committee is scheduled Friday to discuss a bill that would create rules for coaches when they could allow an athlete back in a game after showing signs of brain injury.

Under the proposal, coaches may let the student resume participation after a week.

The measure also would require coaches to go through training on recognizing brain injuries.

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4:28 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

NMSU Selects New Graduate School Dean

Loui Reyes has been selected as dean of the Graduate School at New Mexico State University. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

  Longtime New Mexico State University administrator and faculty member Loui Reyes has been selected to lead the university’s Graduate School after a nationwide search.

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2:16 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Martinez To Protesting Students: Return To Class

Credit Office of the Governor

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez says students protesting a new required exam have a right to march but they need to return to class.

The Republican governor says the new rigorous test is the best option for New Mexico students.

She says so far the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers exam, or PARCC, is working.

Martinez says when it's time for class, students need to stop protesting and return to their seats.

Her comments come as hundreds of high school students across the state walked out of schools this week to protest the PARCC.

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2:16 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Lawsuit: Albuquerque Police Violated Civil Rights In Shooting

The estate of a man who was shot and killed by Albuquerque police is suing the department over allegations of civil rights violations.

The lawsuit filed this week in Albuquerque District Court says infrared police helicopter video in the 2013 fatal shooting of 41-year-old Parrish Denison conflicts with an officer's account.

Authorities say Denison, whose name is spelled Dennison in police records, was shot by officers following a two-hour search and chase. Police say he had pointed a gun at officers during the chase involving stolen goods.

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2:15 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Water Line Break Causes Drought-Stricken New Mexico City To Lose 1+ Million Gallons Of Water

Officials in the southeastern New Mexico city of drought-stricken Eunice say a waterline break has spilled between one to two million gallons of water.

The break occurred Tuesday but workers were unable to reach the waterline Wednesday morning because of muddy grounds caused by rain.

The waterline runs from the city's water fields near Hobbs to Eunice

Public works workers located the problem in a break in the line on ranch property north of Nadine.

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2:07 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Vaccine Exemption Data Released By NM Department Of Health

Credit New Mexico Department of Health

  The New Mexico Department of Health announced today it has compiled vaccine exemption data for each public school district in the state. The data is for the 2014 – 2015 school year. The Department of Health is making a commitment to update vaccine exemption data by school district each year.

New Mexico law requires children be vaccinated to attend school, but it allows exemptions for medical and religious reasons. Schools are required to maintain records of the child’s immunization records or their exemption forms.

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7:16 am
Thu March 5, 2015

NM House Panel Eyes New Requirements For Sheriffs

A New Mexico House panel is set to consider a proposal that would tighten eligibility rules for all sheriffs in the state.

The House Safety and Civil Affairs Committee is scheduled Thursday to debate a bill that would call for sheriffs to have at least seven years of professional experience in law enforcement.

Under the proposal, sheriffs cannot have been convicted on a felony and must be a certified law enforcement officer.

The New Mexico Sheriff's Association supports the changes.

Current state law allows anyone to run for sheriff.

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7:14 am
Thu March 5, 2015

NM Senate Passes Bill To Test Race Horses For Illegal Drugs

A bill to rein in illegal doping of horses that take to New Mexico's race tracks has passed the Senate.

The legislation by Sen. Mary Kay Papen was approved 39-3 Wednesday. It now moves to the House.

Regulatory changes in the state's horse racing industry continue and come after a 2013 New York Times investigation highlighting drug use, horse deaths and jockey injuries at tracks across the nation, including in New Mexico.

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7:12 am
Thu March 5, 2015

Scientists Outline Research Wish List For Nuclear Energy

Credit facebook.com/energygov

Engineers and researchers from national laboratories and universities around the country are trying to narrow the list of critical research problems the nation needs to address when it comes to nuclear energy.

The group gathered at the University of New Mexico is expected to detail its findings Thursday.

Participants include representatives from UNM, Colorado State University, Texas A&M and Sandia and Los Alamos national labs.

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