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Every week, KRWG News provides a preview of the stories in The Las Cruces Bulletin.  The region's home page is only possible with your support.  Become a member, renew, or make an additional gift now.  Thank you.

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Las Cruces City Council met to review the city’s proposed budget for the 2019 fiscal year, which totals about $394 million. Expenditures from the city’s general fund amount to $91.4 million, down 1.6 percent from last fiscal year.

Despite the reduced budget, City Manager Stuart Ed said the city is adding nearly 60 jobs, including a dozen firefighter-in-training positions and police service aides.

Udall Fights To Protect Kids From E-Cigarettes

Apr 25, 2018
Office of US Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

Commentary: WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee that oversees the budget for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), is taking action to protect kids from the potential dangers of e-cigarettes, which remain largely unregulated and are marketed in ways that are appealing to young people.

Policy Group To Expand Research Of Pretrial Risk Assessments

Apr 25, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Texas-based public policy group is pushing to expand the use of a risk assessment tool to help judges determine the fate of defendants pending trial as it looks to boost research on how effective such algorithmic systems are in predicting whether someone will commit another crime while on bail.

The Laura and John Arnold Foundation announced Wednesday that it's seeking proposals as part of a five-year, multimillion-dollar project to determine the effectiveness of its assessment, which relies on several factors.

Judge Dismisses Historic Preservation Claim In Drilling Case

Apr 25, 2018
Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A U.S. district judge has dismissed claims by environmentalists who argued that the approval of drilling permits violated historic preservation laws because of potential threats to culturally significant sites in northwestern New Mexico.

Despite an earlier ruling that signaled the claims had merit, Judge James Browning issued an opinion and an amended order late Monday determining federal land managers did not violate the law since they considered the effects of the wells on historical sites.

New Mexico Supreme Court Rejects Governor's Vetoes

Apr 25, 2018
nmpolitics.net

  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Supreme Court sided with lawmakers Wednesday in a dispute over the extent of the governor's veto powers, ordering that 10 bills vetoed by Republican Susana Martinez in 2017 go into effect because she offered no immediate explanation to the Legislature.

In oral arguments before the court, an attorney for the Democratic-led Legislature said Martinez made it difficult or impossible to respond to her concerns about proposed legislation by not providing her reasoning in writing, or by waiting until long after the vetoes.

Lawmakers Review Criminal-Fighting Progress, Shortfalls

Apr 25, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Statistics showing a recent decline in crime overall in New Mexico's largest city have spurred questions among state lawmakers as to what's working within the criminal justice system to help reverse years of rising crime rates and what still needs to be fixed.

Analysts for the state's Legislative Finance Committee presented lawmakers with figures Wednesday, showing crime in almost all categories declining significantly in March compared with a peak in August.

Only the number of murders has increased in Albuquerque in the comparison between months.

Las Cruces High School has a unique distinction.  For the last two years, its broadcasting program has included students chosen for a prestigious public media fellowship.  

It’s an amazing honor.  Just 20 students in the nation are chosen for an all-expenses paid week in Washington D.C. as part of the PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs. 

And for the last two years, Las Cruces High School students have made the cut. 

Southwest Jet Victim's Husband: 'Mommy's Not Coming Home'

Apr 25, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The husband of an Albuquerque woman killed in a Southwest Airlines jet that blew an engine while flying said he broke the news about her death to their two children at their school, telling them: "Mommy's not coming home, guys."

Michael Riordan told ABC News in an interview broadcast Tuesday that that he asked the children to kneel with him, held their hands and told them he did not "know what that means for the rest of our lives yet."

The Latest: New Mexico Supreme Court Invalidates Vetoes

Apr 25, 2018
Office of the Governor

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on legislation vetoed by Gov. Susana Martinez (all times local):

11:50 a.m.

The New Mexico Supreme Court has ordered that 10 bills vetoed by Gov. Susana Martinez in 2017 go into effect anyway because the governor failed to provide an immediate explanation or her reasoning to lawmakers as required by the state constitution.

Senators to CIA: Refusal to Make Haspel Information Public ‘Unacceptable’

Apr 25, 2018
US Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 25, 2018) - U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) released the following statement about the CIA’s refusal to make public information about Gina Haspel, nominee to head the CIA.

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ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — Federal regulators have scheduled a series of public meetings as they consider a plan to temporarily store spent nuclear fuel from commercial nuclear reactors around the United States at a proposed site in southern New Mexico.

The first meeting hosted by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission will be Monday on the Eastern New Mexico University campus in Roswell.

Another meeting will follow Tuesday in Hobbs and a third will be May 3 in Carlsbad.

The public comment period will last through May on the application filed by Holtec International.

New Mexico's Public-College Enrollment Drops Nearly Five Percent

Apr 25, 2018

 

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A recent decline in enrollment at New Mexico public colleges outpaced nearly every state in the nation.

An association of state higher education agencies says enrollment dropped by nearly 5 percent at New Mexico public colleges for the school year that ended in June 2017.

Statistics compiled by State Higher Education Officers Association show that the only greater decline in full-time student enrollment was at South Dakota public colleges.

Silver City Report

Apr 25, 2018

Time now for the Silver City Report with Edmundo Resendez and Silver City Press and Independent reporters, Christine Steele and Ben Fischer. This week, latest developments in the trial of the district attorney, Francesca Estevez, an update on Gila Regional Medical Center, and the Continental Divide Trail Days takes place this weekend. 

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Heinrich Meets With FCC Commissioner Clyburn On Tribal Broadband/Net Neutrality

Apr 24, 2018
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Commentary: WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 24, 2018) - Today, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) met with Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Commissioner Mignon Clyburn to discuss improving access to high-speed internet in Tribal communities and protecting net neutrality.

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Drought, Wildfires Force Ranchers To Scramble For Feed

Apr 24, 2018

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Ongoing drought and wildfires have cattle ranchers in at least five Southwestern U.S. states scrambling for hay or pastureland, while others are selling off some of their herds.

Extreme and exceptional drought conditions have contributed to wildfires in Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico, delaying the growth of or destroying grass and wheat used to feed cattle in spring.

New Mexico Education Officials Pursue School Retention Plan

Apr 24, 2018

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico education officials are proceeding with a proposal that would require public schools to administer improvement and intervention plans and in some cases hold back students who have literacy skills below grade level.

Education Secretary-designate Christopher Ruszkowski is proposing the new rules that would apply to students in kindergarten through third grade.

Under the measure, schools would be required to hold back students who are struggling with reading proficiency based on a state assessment.

Las Cruces Armed Security Guard Fends Off Suspect Who Brandished Knife

Apr 24, 2018

A private security guard, threatened by a 33-year-old man suspected of being intoxicated and armed with a large knife, drew his gun before taking the suspect into custody during an early-morning incident Sunday at De La Vega’s Pecan Grill.

Rene A. McPherson II, 33, of 301 N. Roadrunner Parkway, is charged with a fourth-degree felony count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and a misdemeanor count of assault.

Las Cruces Shooting Leaves 17-Year-Old Boy Dead

Apr 24, 2018

Las Cruces police are continuing to investigate Monday evening’s shooting on Athenian Way that resulted in the death of a 17-year-old boy.

Shortly before 7 p.m. Monday, April 23, police responded to the report of shots fired on Athenian Way, just south of Foothills Road. Officers then received information that a shooting victim had been transported by private vehicle to the nearby Mountainview Regional Medical Center.

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Alamogordo NOW

Apr 24, 2018

Time now for Alamogordo NOW with Edmundo Resendez and Duane Barbati, Managing Editor of the Alamogordo Daily News. This week, a fireworks ordinance is being looked by Otero County with 4th of July around the corner.  

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Meet The Finalists For NMSU Chancellor: Dr. John D. Floros

Apr 24, 2018

KRWG is profiling five finalists for the chancellor of New Mexico State University. Today, we profile Dr. John Floros, Dean of the College of Agriculture and director of K-State Research and Extension at Kansas State University.

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Climate Change Series Coming To NMSU Las Cruces

Apr 23, 2018

LAS CRUCES - Fresh from local Earth Day observances, Las Crucens can deepen their understanding of concerns about climate change’s varied impacts on the Southwest by attending the second event in a Climate Change Seminar Series sponsored by New Mexico State University.  Here is a description provided by the organizers:

Renowned climate researcher Gregg Garfin from the University of Arizona will present a talk titled “A Look Ahead for the Southwest: Hotter and More Arid,” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 25. The event is free and open to the public.

NMSU Model UN team earns honors for 12th year in a row

Apr 23, 2018

New Mexico State University’s Model United Nations team won the Outstanding Delegation award at the 2018 National UN Conference in New York City March 24-29.

Four of the members, in teams of two, also won Outstanding Position Papers as delegates to the model International Organization for Migration and the Commission on Narcotic Drugs committees.

Though the conference’s title is “National UN Conference,” it’s actually international and featured teams from Europe and Asia.

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