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Las Cruces City Council approved a new Downtown Development by a vote of 6-0.

Las Cruces City Council passed a new “form-based code” for the downtown area that focuses more on the look of buildings in hopes of creating a mixed-use area. City Councilor Greg Smith says it aims to create a destination are in the city.

  Anthony, NM. -The New Mexico Chapter of the American Red Cross has been called out to provide assistance to residents displaced from a single family fire affecting three adults and four children in Anthony, New Mexico near N. 4th st. and Dos Lasgos Blvd. The fire occurred Monday afternoon and the Red Cross's disaster action team (DAT) will assess the damages and provide emergency assistance to the family members displaced.

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  The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) continues to receive reports from individuals who have received extortion attempts via e-mail related to recent high-profile data thefts. The recipients are told that personal information, such as their name, phone number, address, credit card information, and other personal details, will be released to the recipient’s social media contacts, family, and friends if a ransom is not paid. The recipient is instructed to pay in Bitcoin, a virtual currency that provides a high degree of anonymity to the transactions.

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  LAS CRUCES---There will be another opportunity for the public to provide feedback or to ask questions about the 2016/17 budget for the Las Cruces Public Schools when the Board of Education holds a public budget hearing on Thursday, June 9 at 6:00 p.m. The hearing will be part of a special meeting held in the LCPS Administration Building, 505 S. Main, in the Loretto Towne Centre, said Jo Galvan, LCPS communications director.

  Commentary:  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— Defenders of Wildlife, the Center of Biological Diversity, WildEarth Guardians and the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance filed a motion to intervene on behalf of th

Deputies Investigate Fatal Hit And Run Outside Las Cruces

Jun 6, 2016

             

  Doña Ana County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating a fatal hit-and-run crash that happened Sunday night in Chaparral.  

The body of a 50-year-old man was found in the 500 block of Paloma Blanca at around 9:30 p.m. According to deputies who responded, it appeared the man had been walking along the road and was hit by an unknown vehicle that has yet to be located.

A crash reconstruction team and the Office of the Medical Examiner were dispatched to investigate the incident.

Deputies have been unable to contact the victim’s next of kin.

Las Cruces Bank, Convenience Store Burglarized Monday Morning

Jun 6, 2016

  Police arrested an Alamogordo man suspected of breaking into a bank early Monday morning, stealing an undisclosed amount of cash, and then crashing his vehicle into a nearby convenience store before he was detained by officers.

Joseph Kenton Allen, 50, of Marble Canyon Drive in Alamogordo, N.M., is charged with aggravated burglary with a deadly weapon, larceny over $2,500, commercial burglary, two counts of criminal damage to property, possession of burglary tools and larceny less than $250.

Endangered Fish Gets More Protected Habitat In New Mexico

Jun 6, 2016

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has protected nearly 35 miles of critical habitat for an endangered 8-inch fish with a torpedo-shaped body in the headwaters of the Zuni River in northwestern New Mexico.

The Center for Biological Diversity says the designation for the Zuni bluehead sucker ensures that federally permitted actions such as logging, mining and livestock-grazing don't degrade streams where the fish lives.

Heinrich Backs Legislation To Protect U.S. Electric Grid From Cyberattacks

Jun 6, 2016

Commentary: U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined U.S. Senators Angus King (I-Maine), Jim Risch (R-Idaho), and Susan Collins (R-Maine), all members of the Senate Intelligence Committee, to introduce The Securing Energy Infrastructure Act of 2016, a bill to protect critical U.S. energy infrastructure from potentially catastrophic cyberattacks. The legislation would examine solutions to defend the U.S.

Jurors Set To Deliberate In Case Of Deputy Who Shot Coworker

Jun 6, 2016

Both sides are delivering closing arguments in the trial of a former Santa Fe County sheriff's deputy accused of shooting and killing a fellow officer two years ago.

Prosecutors urged jurors Monday morning to find Tai Chan guilty, saying he deliberately fired multiple times at Jeremy Martin, who tried to escape down a hotel hallway. Martin died from his gunshot wounds.

Chan is charged with first-degree murder.

A defense attorney has argued Chan shot in self-defense, and that prosecutors failed to prove otherwise.

New Mexico Gets Say In Marathon Clinton-Sanders Race

Jun 6, 2016

The marathon nomination contest between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders is culminating Tuesday at New Mexico precincts and voting centers.

Ordinarily presidential nominations in both parties are settled by the time New Mexico votes in the final round of state primaries.

This year, the state has seen a flurry of campaign visits from Sanders and Bill Clinton on behalf of his wife. A raucous rally by presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump in May touched off a riot by protesters gathered outside the downtown Albuquerque venue.

AG, Secretary Of State To Send Staff To Polling Locations

Jun 6, 2016
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The New Mexico Secretary of State and the state's Attorney General's Office will provide additional staff at polling locations for the state's primary.

Secretary of State Brad Winter and Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Monday the extra staff will work to ensure proper conduct at polling locations around the state.

The Attorney General's Office, however, will be dispatching "special agents" to monitor polling locations.

Under state law, the Secretary of State can ask the Attorney General's Office to assign investigators and lawyers to polling sites.

Officials: Prescriptions On The Rise For Overdose Antidote

Jun 6, 2016

New Mexico is seeing a significant increase in the number of prescriptions for an overdose antidote being dispensed from community pharmacies.

The state Health Department on Monday reported there were 285 Medicaid claims from nearly three dozen pharmacies for naloxone in the first quarter of 2016. That's a fivefold increase over the same period last year.

State officials say one of New Mexico's overdose prevention strategies calls for expanding access to naloxone. Legislation aimed at doing that was signed earlier this year.

Advocates: Albuquerque Police In Trump Protest 'Witch Hunt'

Jun 6, 2016
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Albuquerque police are continuing to search for suspects linked to a violent anti-Donald Trump protest while advocates say the effort is part of a "well-financed witch hunt."

Authorities are combing through police lapel video a week after arresting three people. Albuquerque businesses have donated $12,000 in reward money to help police arrest others involved in a riot that caused thousands of dollars in damage to the city.

Body Of Missing Las Cruces Man Discovered

Jun 6, 2016

The body of a 28-year-old Las Cruces man missing since April 17 was located and positively identified as that of Jesse Robert Garcia.

Garcia’s body was located May 29 in an undeveloped desert area east of Las Cruces. The body, unidentifiable at the time, was located by a hiker who reported the finding to law enforcement.

The remains were sent to the medical investigator’s office for positive identification which was made on June 2. Garcia’s next of kin have since been notified.

Republican Albuquerque Mayor Mum On If He Voted For Trump

Jun 6, 2016
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The Republican mayor in the largest city in the most Hispanic state in the nation won't say if he voted for presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump.

Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry says he voted absentee in New Mexico's Republican primary but refused to reveal which GOP candidate earned his vote.

Berry says revealing his vote would amount to an endorsement and he wasn't making any presidential endorsements yet.

NASA 'Whistleblower' Gives Photos To Roswell's Museum

Jun 6, 2016
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A former National Aeronautics and Space Administration consultant pilot who says photos and films from Apollo missions were doctored has donated material to Roswell's UFO Museum.

The Roswell Daily Record reports Ralph Kennedy Johnston, Sr. gave last week digital copies of his three books to the International UFO Museum and Research Center.

Johnston says he has not donated the material to other institutions, although some copies of some photos are available online.

Monday Business Watch

Jun 6, 2016

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. This week, Summer fun: Western Playland, Wet N Wild expecting a good year as folks stay closer to home.

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So far the Democratic Primary Race for the Doña Ana County District Attorney’s Office has been a contentious one with both candidates filing complaints with the New Mexico Secretary of State’s Office.

In the latest of a series of complaints made to the Secretary of State’s Office, District Attorney Candidate James Dickens accused his opponent, incumbent Mark D’Antonio of violating campaign finance laws for a personal loan his campaign received.

Clinton Campaign Wins Support From Educators

Jun 6, 2016
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  Education hasn’t gotten a lot of attention in the Presidential race.  But the Clinton campaign has the support of many educators…and their most powerful union.

The National Education Association has endorsed Hillary Clinton for President.  It’s not only nation’s largest teacher’s union…it’s the largest labor union…period…in the U.S.  NEA President Lilly Eskelsen-Garcia says…the NEA is already seeing parents and others join with educators to register more people to vote and educate those voters for November.

StoryCorps: Paul Bosland

Jun 6, 2016
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Time now for KRWG’s StoryCorps which visited our area in January. Judy Bosland (61) interviews her husband, Paul Bosland (63) about his career as a Chile Pepper breeder at New Mexico State University.

Judy Bosland and Paul Bosland on KRWG’s StoryCorps which airs Mondays at 8:45 am and 6:45 pm. KRWG is proud to have hosted 3 StoryCorps so that our stories too can be included in the Library of Congress. You can hear this....and other interviews on the StoryCorps page in the radio section....at krwg-dot-org.

New Mexico Lottery Scholarships To Fund About 90 Percent Of Tuition

Jun 5, 2016

Despite rising tuition rates at more than a dozen colleges and universities in New Mexico, state higher education officials say about 90 percent of eligible students' tuition costs will be covered next year by lottery scholarship funding.

Still, officials are warning that without lawmakers adopting more reforms, the scholarship program will be affected.

New Mexico Higher Education Secretary Barbara Damron recently wrote to university officials.

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  LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Today, District Attorney Mark D’Antonio announced that the 3rd Judicial District Attorney’s Office has received a grant from the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department which will be used to improve the prosecution of child abuse cases in Doña Ana County.

D’Antonio said, “It shouldn’t hurt to be a child. That’s why protecting kids needs to be everyone’s top priority. This grant gives us additional resources to prosecute those who try taking advantage of our community’s most vulnerable population.”

Martinez Announces Appointments To Boards And Commissions

Jun 5, 2016
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  Governor Susana Martinez has announced appointments to the Border Authority, the Brain Injury Advisory Council, the State Commission for Community Volunteerism, the State Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Professional Surveyors, the Family Infant Toddler Interagency Coordinating Council, the Governor’s Council on Film and Media Industries, the Board of Funeral Services, the Judicial Standards Commission, the Juvenile Justice Advisory Commission, the Board of Nursing Home Administrators, the Occupational Health and Safety Review Commission, the State Parks Advisory Board, t

Reports of Texas teachers having inappropriate relationships with students are on a pace to beat last year's record total.

The Texas Education Agency reports it has launched 162 investigations of reported inappropriate teacher-student relationships between Sept. 1 and May 31. The Amarillo Globe-News (http://bit.ly/1UkwoGJ) reports that sets a pace to beat last fiscal year's record of 188 investigations, which is at least the fifth year of growth in a row.

Nearly half of New Mexico's law enforcement agencies haven't reported hate crime totals to the FBI in recent years.  Small town police departments — as well as Las Cruces and Santa Fe police and the sheriff's offices in Dona Ana and Santa Fe counties — are among agencies that haven't submitted the reports.

An Associated Press investigation found more than 2,700 police and sheriff's offices nationwide have not submitted hate crime reports between 2009 and 2014, the most recent years available for the annual FBI reports.

  Bus service will be free in Las Cruces and Dona Ana County for Tuesday's primary election.  

In Las Cruces, the free rides apply to both fixed route and Dial-a-Ride.

Voters in Dona Ana County can ride South Central Regional Transportation District buses for free as well on all four bus lines:  Red, Blue, Purple and Orange.

Polls are open Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Voting Convenience Centers:

1.      Anthony Elementary School - 600 N. Fourth St., Anthony, NM 88021

2.      Berino Elementary School - 92 Shrode Rd., Berino, NM 88021

Las Cruces-Area Man Indicted For Crime Spree, Escape

Jun 4, 2016

  LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Today, District Attorney Mark D’Antonio announced that a grand jury has indicted a New Mexico man accused of leading authorities on a crime spree before escaping from a Las Cruces hospital.

Michael Derby, 24, was recently indicted on four counts of aggravated assault on a peace officer, all third-degree felonies, one count of receiving a stolen vehicle, a fourth-degree felony and two counts of aggravated fleeing from law enforcement, also both fourth-degree felonies.

DA Races Hotly Contested Among Democrats In 3 Districts

Jun 3, 2016

The debate emerging from three races for district attorney in New Mexico's largest population centers are stirring up debate over crime and public safety issues that all remain hot topics in the state.

Contested races are underway on the Democratic side for the job of top prosecutor in state's First, Second and Third judicial districts, which separately encompass Santa Fe, Albuquerque and Las Cruces.

Meanwhile, the Republican candidates in the three districts are running unopposed in Tuesday's primary.

Health Dept: 3rd Confirmed Case Of Zika Virus In New Mexico

Jun 3, 2016

State health officials say there's a third confirmed travel-related case of Zika virus in New Mexico.

They say a 41-year-old Chaves County man acquired the virus while traveling to Central America.

The state Department of Health's Scientific Laboratory Division recently began Zika testing and confirmed the case.

One of the mosquito species that can transmit the Zika virus has been found in Chaves County in the summer and fall.

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