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Computer Glitch Erases 14,000+ Answers On Texas Standardized Tests

Apr 6, 2016

The state's top education official says a computer glitch erased answers on about 14,220 standardized tests taken by Texas high school students.

Education Commissioner Mike Morath told the Board of Education on Wednesday that many of the affected tests were taken by special education students.

Students must pass the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness to graduate high school. But last week, some in the Austin, Bryan and Arlington areas were unable to complete the exam known as STAAR because of glitches.

Community Connection - Alzheimer's Association - Maia Sideris

Apr 6, 2016

In this next Community Connection, we meet with the Southwest Regional Manager of the Alzheimer's Association, Maia Sideris. Maia tells us about what Alzheimer's is and what services their organization provides this community in dealing with this disease. More information about Alzheimer's Association can be found by visiting alz.org/newmexico.

  Many people often ask themselves if they want to be an entrepreneur, but not all entrepreneurs start out wanting to be or labeling themselves as such, said Scott Maloney, the Innovator-in-Residence for Arrowhead Center at New Mexico State University.

Maloney described his “typical non-typical” path to entrepreneurism at a recent Entrepreneur Encounters talk, which is part of a two-year speaker series at Arrowhead Center funded by 1982 NMSU chemical engineering alum Frank Seidel of Seidel Technologies. 

  This week, students from the groundbreaking program Atrévete a Emprender, or “Dare to Be an Entrepreneur,” will team with New Mexico State University’s Arrowhead Center for a weeklong residency. The program, which spans two countries and aims to increase regional economic collaboration and diversify industry, began last March and will continue for the next 12 weeks.

Issues And Answers: The Graduation Rate

Apr 6, 2016

Issues and Answers: The Graduation Rate. Guests include Senator Bill Soules, NMSU Education Dean Dr. Donald Pope-Davis, and  La Academia Dolores Huerta Middle School head administrator Octavio Casillas.

Judicial Committee Reviews Bail Bond Changes

Apr 6, 2016

A judiciary committee has redrafted state district court rules to bar judges from setting a bail bond higher than a defendant can afford for the sole purpose of keeping the person behind bars before trial.

The move Wednesday comes less than two months after state lawmakers approved a proposed constitutional amendment with similar language that will go before voters for final approval in November.

Las Cruces: The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) along with FNF Construction (Contractor) will have a FULL ROAD CLOSURE on Missouri Avenue on Thursday, April 7th between the hours of 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.  Detours will be posted.

Proposed Water Pipeline Would Connect Santa Fe, Eastern NM

Apr 6, 2016

Santa Fe officials will consider an updated plan to bring water to the city through a pipeline from eastern New Mexico.

Roswell rancher Ron Green proposed a similar plan in 2007, causing widespread opposition in the southern part of the state. The controversial idea was the subject of 35 protests before the Office of the State Engineer rejected it in 2011.

Green says Santa Fe officials invited his company Berrendo LLC to discuss the new proposal. A City Council committee meeting will continue the discussion on Wednesday.

Marines Crews Conducting Refueling Training In Las Cruces

Apr 6, 2016

A southern New Mexico airport is hosting Marine Corp training in which aircraft crews practice refueling operations after flying in from Arizona.

Las Cruces International Airport officials say a training exercise scheduled Wednesday evening at the airport allows personnel to practice forward staging of equipment and fuel by refueling Osprey aircraft from a C-130 tanker.

A Marine Corps Air Station Yuma spokesman says the aircraft and crews are temporarily out of from the Arizona base where they're participating in a training course.

Spat Escalates Over Secret Legislative Records In New Mexico

Apr 6, 2016
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Staff attorneys and advisers to the New Mexico Legislature are standing by their refusal to turn over documents to prosecutors in the criminal investigation of former state Sen. Phil Griego.

The Legislative Council Service said Wednesday in court filings it is duty-bound to protect privileged communications between lawmakers including Griego and aides who help draft legislation.

  A series of five community meetings – one in each of Doña Ana County’s five commission districts – has been scheduled to solicit public input on priority needs for capital-outlay funding throughout the county. Once a priority list is compiled, the rankings will be entered into a statewide database and used to lobby the 2017 New Mexico Legislature.

Meeting dates and locations are as follows:

Tuesday, April 12 – Radium Springs Community Center, 12060 Lindbeck Rd., hosted by District 5 Doña Ana County Commissioner Leticia Duarte-Benavidez.

Study: Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Generates $177.44 Million

Apr 6, 2016

  ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO- New Mexico’s largest visitor event, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, today announced results of a third-party economic impact study.

'Don't Mess With Texas' Anti-Litter Campaign Turns 30

Apr 6, 2016
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The Don't Mess With Texas anti-litter campaign has been around for 30 years with more chances to pick up trash across the state.

The Texas Department of Transportation on Wednesday marked the slogan's 30th anniversary with plans to display, in Dallas, some trash picked up along highways.

Boy Scouts across Texas can try to earn a special merit badge to mark the anniversary by taking part in a trash-off Saturday targeting roads. The partnership involves TxDOT and the group Keep Texas Beautiful.

Eighth Judge Excused From Political Fraud Case In NM

Apr 6, 2016
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A criminal fraud and bribery complaint against former New Mexico Sen. Phil Griego has been reassigned to a new judge for the ninth time.

Santa Fe District Court Judge David Thomson was handed the case Tuesday. Griego's attorney excused Judge Sarah Singleton without explanation under provisions designed to ensure impartiality.

Griego pleaded not guilty at a Monday arraignment to criminal counts including fraud, bribery, perjury and tampering with public records. He was released on his own recognizance without a bail requirement.

Hopi artwork exhibit opens at NMSU University Museum

Apr 6, 2016

  The New Mexico State University Museum will host an opening reception for its newest show, “Itaa Katsi: Our Life,” an exhibition of Hopi artwork, from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 7, in Kent Hall. 

Silver City Report

Apr 6, 2016

Time now for the Silver City Report with Edmundo Resendez and Silver City Press and Independent reporter, Ben Fischer with the long awaited plan for the Gila River Diversion project. 

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NMSU to hold free Lamaze classes this summer

Apr 6, 2016

  The New Mexico State University School of Nursing will offer Lamaze childbirth preparation classes for free to pregnant women in their sixth to eighth month of pregnancy. 

NMSU nursing faculty and students are teaching the educational classes to women. To register, call college assistant professor Martha Morales at 575-646-8089 or email at moralest@nmsu.edu during the 16th to 24th week of pregnancy as classes fill quickly. 

Community Stakeholders met recently at NMSU to discuss how they can help more students graduate from high school. One session looked at how Las Cruces Public Schools’ Virtual Learning options are helping more students graduate on time.

In the 2014- 2015 academic year, Over 900 students from across the Las Cruces Public School district were taking classes online, with 20 students fully enrolled in online courses.

Dr. Marcy Oxford, Director of virtual learning for LCPS, says if needed students can graduate by taking all online classes.

Complaint: US Agents Looting Immigrants Before Deportation

Apr 6, 2016

A new complaint says U.S. Border Patrol agents are looting immigrants of possessions before deporting them to Mexico without their IDs or money.

The ACLU of New Mexico and a coalition of advocacy groups filed the administrative complaint with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday and say the seizures are endangering migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Felon Wanted for Hit-and-Run now Suspected of Battering Officer

Apr 5, 2016

  A felon suspected of a hit-and-run crash in early March was detained last week after resisting and battering the arresting officer.

Chance Mohr, 26, is charged with one count each of battery upon a peace officer; resisting, evading or obstructing an officer; driving without a license; no proof of insurance; and driving with a fictitious license plate. Mohr was also charged for violation of his parole.

Osprey Training Exercise at Las Cruces Int’l Airport

Apr 5, 2016

  U.S. Marine Corps Osprey aircraft will participate in a training exercise scheduled to begin at approximately 4 p.m. Wednesday at Las Cruces International Airport, 8990 Zia Blvd. on the city’s West Mesa. The exact number of aircraft is so far unknown, but on previous occasions they have numbered between two and eight.

The exercise is to train Marine Corps Weapons and Tactics Instructor students to plan forward staging of equipment and fuel, by refueling the Ospreys from a C-130 tanker. The operation is called Aviation-Delivered Ground Refueling.

El Paso Man Pleads Guilty After Major Heroin Bust

Apr 5, 2016

  ALBUQUERQUE – Luis Alejandro Escapite Perez, 21, of El Paso, Texas, pleaded guilty today in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., to a heroin trafficking charge under a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Department of Health Announces Hantavirus Death In A Cibola County Man

Apr 5, 2016

The New Mexico Department of Health announced today that a 54-year-old man from Cibola County has died of Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS). This is the second case of HPS in New Mexico this year. An environmental investigation will be conducted at the patient’s home to help reduce the risk to others.

 

Lawsuits Filed Opposing Albuquerque Rapid Transit Project

Apr 5, 2016

Residents and businesses opposed to Albuquerque's rapid transit project are suing.

Attorneys filed two lawsuits Monday that ask a judge to stop the project, arguing the city violated the National Historic Preservation Act as well as local and federal laws.

Mayor Richard Berry's chief staff member Gilbert Montaño says the city has confidence in the project's legal standing.

Construction is scheduled to start in the summer.

One lawsuit was filed in federal court while the other is in state court. Both name federal and city officials.

UNM's Lactation Stations Held Up As Example For Colleges

Apr 5, 2016

The University of New Mexico has installed 21 "lactation stations" on campus for breastfeeding mothers, and the state's other universities may be following its lead.

KRQE-TV reports that the university also has a new lactation policy and a breastfeeding support group. Women on the campus say the lactation stations are a huge relief and prevent the need to breastfeed or pump in restrooms.

Maverick New Mexico Lawmaker Gets Back In State Senate Race

Apr 5, 2016
Sandra Jeff

A New Mexico district court judge has signed a settlement agreement allowing former state lawmaker Sandra Jeff to run in the Democratic primary for a Senate district traversing tribal lands in the northwest of the state.

The order from Judge Sarah Singleton was released Tuesday and reverses a decision to disqualify Jeff's candidacy against incumbent Democratic Sen. Benny Shendo.

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  The University of New Mexico Hospitals have selected a team to initiate the development plan for an adult acute-care replacement hospital on the UNM campus.

Albuquerque-based FBT Architects are partnering with HDR, an international architecture and engineering firm, to help determine the scope, space and staging requirements for the project, which will eventually replace the older portions of the existing hospital.

Public Invited to Free Screening of “Glory Road” at Plaza Theatre

Apr 5, 2016

 

  The El Paso community is invited to a free showing of the 2006 Disney film “Glory Road” April 8 at the Plaza Theatre.

The film is being screened as part of the 50th anniversary celebration of the 1966 NCAA championship victory of Texas Western College, now UTEP.

The screening will start at 7:30 p.m., and doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets can be picked up at the Plaza Theatre box office in advance. Box office hours are Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.The screening is free, but a ticket will be required for entry.

Effort To Encourage Voting Grows In Las Cruces Area

Apr 5, 2016

  The Doña Ana County Clerk’s office has announced the creation of an Election Advisory Council as a new strategy to expand voting across the county.

The Election Advisory Council (EAC) consists of a diverse group of community volunteers with a shared goal of increasing voter participation by increasing voter registration, improving voter turnout and improving the communication of election information.

The committee also will make recommendations regarding improved poll-worker recruitment and training, as well as improved implementation of election laws. 

TTUHSC El Paso Launches Free Clinic for Migrant Farmworkers

Apr 5, 2016
State Senator José Rodríguez

  El Paso, TEXAS – Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (TTUHSC El Paso) has launched a free health clinic for migrant farmworkers at the 

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