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11:16 am
Tue March 24, 2015

New Effort To Treat TB Patients In New Mexico

Credit New Mexico Department of Health

  Today the New Mexico Department of Health and Project ECHO announced a new collaborative effort to treat TB patients in New Mexico. Project ECHO® (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) utilizes telementoring and knowledge sharing to build primary care capacity to treat complex conditions such as TB.

According to Department of Health data, there were 50 cases of active TB in New Mexico in 2014, which is a rate of 2.4 per 100,000, compared to the national rate of 3.0.  Tuberculosis is an airborne disease and is the second leading infectious disease killer in the world.

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11:14 am
Tue March 24, 2015

Las Cruces Police Investigate Monday Night Stabbing

  Las Cruces Police are investigating a stabbing that sent a 33-year-old man to the hospital.

Sometime before 9 p.m. Monday, March 23, Las Cruces Police learned that a stabbing victim was transported to Memorial Medical Center by private vehicle and that gunshots were heard on Ash Avenue just east of Solano Drive.

The victim had multiple stab wounds to his back and left arm, and was airlifted to University Medical Center of El Paso. He was listed in stable condition Tuesday morning.

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8:51 am
Tue March 24, 2015

Billions Unspent In Texas House Budget, Setting Up Funding Battle

Billions of available dollars remain unspent under a House budget that sets up battles over tax cuts and extra money for roads and classrooms in the final two months of the Legislature.

More than $8 billion is left on the table in the two-year spending plan that advanced Tuesday to the House floor. Pressure to use that money on overcrowded Texas highways and prekindergarten expansion is likely ahead.

Texas is flush with cash after years of booming oil production but a slowdown has some urging caution.

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8:48 am
Tue March 24, 2015

Mexico Nabs Suspected Zetas Cartel Figure Near Texas Border

Mexican authorities say they have detained a suspected drug cartel figure who was on their list of the country's 122 priority targets for arrest.

The Mexican navy says 34-year-old Ramiro Perez Moreno was arrested early Monday along with four other suspects in the city of Nuevo Laredo, across the border from Laredo, Texas.

The navy said in a statement that Perez Moreno was apparently in line to take over the Zetas drug gang following the March 4 arrest of suspected capo Omar Trevino Morales.

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8:43 am
Tue March 24, 2015

Man Convicted Of Killing Daughter Faces 63 Years In Prison

  

An Albuquerque man convicted of killing and sexually assaulting his 1-month-old daughter faces 63 years in prison.

KRQE-TV reports that Juan Galindo cried and apologized in state District Court during his sentencing Monday.

A jury in January convicted Galindo of child abuse resulting in death and child rape.

Galindo had said the 28-day-old baby choked on a bottle and died, and his trial defense was that he was actually trying to save her and any beating marks were related to CPR.

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8:33 am
Tue March 24, 2015

Delegates From Mongolia Visit NMSU

Recently five delegates from a University in Mongolia visited New Mexico State University.

The delegates from Mongolia National University of Education visited New Mexico State University to discuss ways to find more collaboration and future educational opportunities.

Dr. Candace Kaye, from NMSU’s College of Education worked as a liaison for the trip. Dr. Kaye talks about this unique visit.

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7:00 am
Tue March 24, 2015

Update: Albuquerque Police Say 1 Killed, 6 Others Hurt In Skate Park Shooting

Police say they're still trying to identify any suspects in a shooting at an Albuquerque skate park that left a teenager dead and six others injured.

They say Sunday night's shooting at Los Altos Park appears to be gang related and involved more than one shooter.

Albuquerque police identified the person killed as 17-year-old Jaquise Lewis.

They say one person remains hospitalized in critical condition and five others have non-life threatening injuries.

Police say two vehicles were towed from the scene as investigators arranged to get search warrants.

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6:55 am
Tue March 24, 2015

Agriculture Expert Warns Of Invasive Pest Near New Mexico

Sugarcane Aphid. (Image courtesy of Entomology & Plant Pathology, Oklahoma State University)

Jane Pierce, agronomic entomologist at New Mexico State University, is warning growers of the possibility of finding sugarcane aphid moving into New Mexico.

“Sugarcane aphid is a new aphid pest of sorghum. This aphid either expanded its diet from eating sugarcane to sorghum or came in as a new biotype,” Pierce said. 

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6:00 am
Tue March 24, 2015

New Exhibit Shows Life In New Mexico In 1815

The New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum recently opened a new long-term exhibit, a Spanish Colonial Home that helps you experience life in 1815.

Toni Laumbach, Chief Curator at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum says the new exhibit helps you see life in the colonial era.

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6:00 am
Tue March 24, 2015

Senator Heinrich Promotes Sportmen's Act of 2015

Credit US Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM)

 

Heinrich delivered a speech on the Senate floor earlier this month on the bipartisan Sportsmen's Act of 2015. The New Mexico Democrat introduced the bill with Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska with the hope of enriching the experience of those who enjoy the outdoors.

Heinrich spoke about the bill’s growing bipartisan support as well as the connection Americans have with the outdoors.

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4:52 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

In Depth: Busy Times For The Texas Legislature

About 250 people gathered Monday afternoon at the Texas Capitol to rally in support of "Biblical marriage" — a union between a man and a woman — at an event headlined by Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore.

Moore, a staunch gay marriage opponent, instructed Alabama's state probate judges to refuse issuing marriage licenses to gay couples despite a federal ruling that Alabama's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional.

Texas has a similar ban that was overwhelmingly approved by voters in 2005.

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4:50 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

NMSU Student's Short Film Sweeps Festival Awards

  A short film made by New Mexico State University’s Creative Media Institute, which qualified for the Academy Awards last month, swept top honors at the recent Southern Arizona Independent Film Festival.

“Princess,” a 7-minute film written by NMSU CMI student Mary Grace Hill and directed by CMI assistant professor Ross Marks, was among only 20 films selected to be part of the screening on Saturday, March 21, in Wilcox, Arizona. 

The film won in six categories, including Best Short Film, Best Production, Best Director, Best Sound, Best of Fest and Audience Favorite.

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4:48 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

Report: Feds To Exceed Costs For Cleaning Up Los Alamos Nuclear Waste

A government watchdog says work to clean up radioactive waste at one of the federal government's premier nuclear laboratories is costing more than expected.

The Government Accountability Office says by the end of the last fiscal year, the National Nuclear Security Administration spent about $931 million to remove contaminated equipment and soil from Los Alamos National Laboratory.

That's $202 million more than the agency's 2006 estimate.

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4:45 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

1 Dead, 6 Hurt In Albuquerque Skate Park Shooting

Police say they're still trying to identify any suspects in a shooting at an Albuquerque skate park that left one person dead and six others injured.

They say Sunday night's shooting at Los Altos Park appears to be gang related and involved more than one shooter.

The name of the person killed is being withheld pending notification of relatives.

Albuquerque police say one person remains hospitalized in critical condition and five others have non-life threatening injuries.

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10:56 am
Mon March 23, 2015

Fatal Crash On U.S. 70 In Las Cruces

  A two vehicle crash late Sunday on Highway 70 claimed the life of a 37-year-old motorcyclist and sent one passenger of a sport utility vehicle to the hospital.

Timothy Garcia of Las Cruces was pronounced dead shortly after emergency personnel arrived at the scene of the crash that occurred at around 10 p.m. Sunday, March 22, on Highway 70 near Sonoma Ranch Boulevard.

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8:16 am
Mon March 23, 2015

Funeral For Slain Navajo Police Officer To Be Held Friday

A Navajo Nation police officer killed in a shootout with a gunman on tribal land will be remembered this week.

The owners of Desert View Funeral Home tell the Farmington Daily Times that a funeral service will be held for 42-year-old Alex Yazzie on Friday at 10 a.m. at the Farmington Civic Center.

Authorities say Yazzie was killed March 19 after 24-year-old Justin Fowler shot at officers in Red Valley, Arizona.

Fowler led police on a high-speed pursuit from a Shiprock home where he allegedly had been beating his wife and mother.

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8:15 am
Mon March 23, 2015

Bighorn Sheep Could Return To New Mexico Range

The state Game Commission is expected to discuss a plan to reintroduce desert bighorn sheep in the Sacramento Mountains of southern New Mexico.

The commission will meet Thursday in Alamogordo. The daylong agenda includes the sheep proposal.

The Game and Fish Department first proposed expanding the desert bighorn population in the area in May 2013. The commission amended the rules later that year to help with the reduction of Barbary sheep as part of the reintroduction plan.

Department officials are expected to update the commission on their progress.

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8:13 am
Mon March 23, 2015

Thousands Participate In Bataan 'Death March' Remembrance

Credit https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bataan-Memorial-Death-March/112650288784723

About 6,000 people turned out at a southern New Mexico military installation for an event in honor of American and Filipino service members taken captive by the Japanese during the early months of the United States' involvement in World War II.

The 26th annual Bataan Memorial Death March was held Sunday at the Army's White Sands Missile Range near Alamogordo.

During the Bataan march in early 1942, thousands of prisoners were forced to walk more than 60 miles under grueling and sweltering conditions while being abused by their captors. Many died.

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6:00 am
Mon March 23, 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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5:59 am
Mon March 23, 2015

Job To Career Readiness Boot Camp Attacks Dona Ana Work Force Issues

Job seekers sign up for the Job to Career Readiness Boot Camp at Dona Ana Community College.
Credit Simon Thompson

Economic development projects throughout New Mexico and Dona Ana County- prioritize job creation- That’s usually done by convincing out of state companies to move in, set up and bring jobs with them. But that might be putting the horse before the cart. Companies operating in the region say they can’t find enough capable workers. Simon Thompson went to a Job to Career Readiness Boot Camp to report on what is being done to improve the quality of Dona Ana County’s workforce.   

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4:48 pm
Sun March 22, 2015

Hundreds Protest Grapevine, Texas Police Shooting Of Unarmed Man

Hundreds of demonstrators marched in Grapevine, a North Texas suburb, to protest the fatal police shooting of an unarmed man.

At least 200 protesters chanted "No justice, no peace" and "Release the video" as they marched down Grapevine's Main Street.

The demand was for the release of a dashboard camera video of the Feb. 20 shooting of 31-year-old Mexican national Ruben Garcia Villalpando after a brief car chase.

The Sunday march was peaceful and no arrests were reported.

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1:07 pm
Sun March 22, 2015

Thousands, Including Senator Martin Heinrich, Turn Out For Bataan March

Credit US Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM)

More than 5,000 people are taking part in an annual walk honoring those who died in the Bataan Death March.  The thousands of marchers include 12 prisoners of war survivors will be navigating the dessert terrain at White Sands Missile Range.

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich and Philippine Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia Jr. are also among the participants.

Marchers are either following the full 26.2-mile route or a shorter 14.2-mile path.

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1:05 pm
Sun March 22, 2015

Alamogordo Woman's Two Dogs Seized After Killing Other Dog

An Alamogordo woman is facing charges after her two dogs allegedly mauled another dog to death.  37-year-old Desiree Romeyn is facing two fourth-degree felonies under New Mexico's Dangerous Dog Act.

According to court documents, Romeyn is being held in on bond in an Otero County jail.

Alamogordo police say an animal control officer responded to reports Wednesday that Romeyn's two pitbulls had escaped her yard.

The officer secured both dogs but found a third pitbull belonging to someone else. That dog had multiple lacerations and punctures.

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1:04 pm
Sun March 22, 2015

Wet Spring May Be On Tap

Meteorologists say a warming trend in the Pacific Ocean indicates New Mexico could be in for a wet spring.

National Weather Service officials say they observed earlier this month a rare set of temperature conditions along the West Coast that point to signs of rain for central and northern New Mexico.

Meteorologist Andrew Church says any precipitation would help alleviate the state as it endures a five-year drought.

He says the state also needs to prepare for possible flash flooding if the warming temperatures make for a strong monsoon season.

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11:43 am
Sun March 22, 2015

This Week In The Las Cruces Bulletin

  Every Saturday at 5:30pm on Images, Fred Martino speaks with Las Cruces Bulletin Managing Editor Brook Stockberger about the week's top stories and much more in the Bulletin.

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10:39 am
Sun March 22, 2015

Supreme Court To Decide Texas Free Speech Case

Credit supremecourt.gov

The Supreme Court will decide whether Texas is violating the free speech rights of some residents by refusing to issue a license plate featuring the Confederate battle flag.

The justices hear arguments Monday in a challenge brought by the Texas division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. The group wants a Texas plate similar to ones issued by eight other states that were members of the Confederacy and Maryland.

The battle flag adorns a monument outside the state Capitol in Austin. But the state says putting the image on specialty license plates would be offensive.

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10:38 am
Sun March 22, 2015

In Depth: Major Issues Facing Texas Legislature

There's not likely to be cake-cutting this time, but conservatives who oppose same-sex marriage in Texas are staging a Capitol steps rally with outspoken gay rights opponent Roy Moore.

Moore, the chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, made headlines nationally by instructing his state's probate judges to refuse issuing same-sex marriage licenses after a federal judge declared Alabama's same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional.

In response to Moore's appearance Monday afternoon, gay rights advocates are holding a family ice cream social elsewhere in the Capitol.

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10:35 am
Sun March 22, 2015

Albuquerque Teacher Lauded On "Ellen"

Albuquerque teacher Sonya Romero is still in shock that she and her school got the attention of talk show host Ellen DeGeneres.

The kindergarten teacher was back in class Friday, a day after appearing on DeGeneres' show, where she was surprised with two giant $10,000 checks.

One check goes to her and one to Lew Wallace Elementary.

Romero was invited to be a guest after the show's producers read about what she has done to help her students.

A teacher for 20 years, Romero has a reputation for giving to students even outside the classroom.

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10:34 am
Sun March 22, 2015

Texas Lawmakers: Education Benefit For Veterans Costs Too Much

They signed up to fight for their country, and the state of Texas promised to pay for their education.

For decades, Texas — which has the state second-highest veterans' population in the country — has funded higher education for the enlisted under the Hazlewood Exemption.

But in 2009, Texas lawmakers passed a legacy provision that allows veterans to pass the benefit onto a child. Since then, costs have increased sevenfold, from $25 million to $169 million last fiscal year.

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10:32 am
Sun March 22, 2015

New Mexico "Dark Money" Bill Dies

  Lost in the drama of Saturday was the death of legislation that would have exposed so-called “dark money” groups to more public scrutiny.

The cause of death? Late-session disagreements and wariness in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives.

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