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3:36 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

President Obama Calls On GOP To Pass Immigration Reform

  One year ago, the Senate introduced comprehensive bipartisan legislation to fix our broken immigration system. Both sides worked together to pass that bill with a strong bipartisan vote.

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Regional
6:00 am
Wed April 16, 2014

NMSU Researchers Study Tumbleweed Control

  In January, while the West made national news with extreme cold weather caused by the polar vortex, the Southwest experienced another phenomenon. It was the morning of Jan. 27 when strong winds hit the town of Clovis, breaking off dry tumbleweeds from the fields. In a matter of hours, thousands of weeds covered houses and businesses, many up to the roof. It took heavy machinery to help people out of their own houses. 

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4:10 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

New Mexico Holds A "Water Town Hall"

Credit Senator Martin Heinrich (D) New Mexico

State officials, business leaders and others from around New Mexico are gathering for a two-day town hall focused on water use and other policy recommendations for dealing with severe drought.

Sen. Martin Heinrich, state engineer Scott Verhines, tribal leaders and mayors from several New Mexico towns are at the Albuquerque meeting, which runs through Wednesday. Meeting organizer Heather Balas says 31 of 33 counties are represented and interests span from lawmakers, farmers and students to researchers.

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4:09 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Santa Fe Mayor Proposes Higher Fines For Using Cell Phones While Driving

Credit NMSU

Santa Fe's mayor is proposing stiffer fines for people cited for using a cellphone while driving.

According to the Santa Fe New Mexican, Mayor Javier Gonzales wants motorists who drive while using a cellphone to face a $200 fine.

That would be twice as much as the existing $100 fine.

The proposed fine would be $300 if the offense occurs in a school zone.

Gonzales says the city needs to do its part in combating distracted driving.

Municipal Court records indicate Santa Fe police issued 478 citations for cellphone violations last year.

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Regional
4:07 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Feds Condemn Anti-Police Fliers

Less than a week after the U.S. Justice Department blasted Albuquerque police for a pattern of excessive force, the federal agency is condemning threats of violence against officers in anti-police fliers that have surfaced in the city.

The Justice Department urged Albuquerque residents on Tuesday to "participate in the critical dialogue" after releasing Thursday the findings of its investigation into a string of police shootings since 2010, the majority of which were found to violate constitutional rights.

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Regional
4:04 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Abbott Faces Thorny Death Penalty Decision

Credit Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott (R)

The death penalty has strong public support in Texas. Political candidates don't dare get in the way of the state's use of the ultimate punishment. But Greg Abbott, Republican candidate for governor, must soon make a decision as attorney general that could disrupt the nation's busiest death chamber. Abbott must decide whether Texas must disclose the source of its execution drugs, which could prompt suppliers to halt their deliveries.

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Regional
4:02 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Navajo Code Talker Dies

A Navajo man who aspired to be a pilot but was recruited to become a Code Talker during World War II has died.

Michael Smith says his father, Samuel "Jesse" Smith, died Monday night in Albuquerque after recent bouts with pneumonia. He was 88.

The elder Smith enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps to become a pilot, but his plan was derailed because he didn't have a high school diploma. Instead, he became one of hundreds of Navajos who used a code based on their native language to confound the Japanese and help win the war.

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Local Viewpoints
2:47 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Sen. José Rodríguez Statement On The Senate Committee On Veteran Affairs And Military Installations

Credit Senator José Rodríguez

  Senator José Rodríguez issued the following statement following testimony at the Senate Committee on Veteran Affairs and Military Installations hearing today:

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Regional
11:47 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Suspect Accused Of Making Threat Caught On Camera

 

  Doña Ana County Sheriff's Office deputies are looking for a man who walked into a north valley liquor store Monday evening, stole a 12-pack of beer and threatened to kill the clerk. The man was caught on surveillance video.

     Just after 7 p.m., deputies were called to the 5100 block of Doña Ana Road, where the clerk said a Hispanic male, believed to be in his late 20s or early 30s, walked in and grabbed a 12-pack of beer.

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8:00 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Martinez Goes Into Fall Campaign With $4.2 Million In The Bank

  Republican Gov. Susana Martinez has raised $1.5 million for her re-election in the past six months, giving her big fundraising advantage over Democratic challengers.

The Martinez reported cash-on-hand of $4.2 million as of last week.

Monday was the deadline for candidates to file campaign finance disclosures with the secretary of state's office.

Five Democrats are running for their party's gubernatorial nomination in the June 2 primary election.

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3:46 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Grand Jury In Perry Ethics Case

Credit Texas Governor Rick Perry (R)

A grand jury is being seated in an investigation into whether Republican Gov. Rick Perry abused his power by vetoing funding for public corruption prosecutors.

Special State District Judge Bert Richardson began impaneling jurors Monday in Austin.

The investigation began after Perry vetoed $7.5 million in funding last summer for a public integrity unit under Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg.

Perry called on Lehmberg to resign after the Democrat was convicted of drunken-driving. When she refused, Perry pulled state funding for the unit.

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Regional
3:45 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Webber Well-Financed In Run For Governor

Credit alanfornm.com

Democrat Alan Webber reports raising more than $800,000 for his campaign for governor, with personal money accounting for more than half of that.

Webber is among five Democrats seeking the party's nomination to run against Republican Gov. Susana Martinez.

Webber's campaign released a finance summary Monday showing it had collected about $812,000 in cash contributions and $25,000 in donated goods and services.

Of the fundraising, Webber loaned his campaign $150,000 and contributed $300,000.

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Regional
3:38 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Mother, Son Suspected Of Using Stolen Cards, Checks

  A 22-year-old Las Cruces man suspected of using stolen credit cards at a local department store was arrested Friday while his accomplice, his mother, fled from police.

Santana Jaramillo, of the 800 block of McFie Avenue, is charged with three counts of conspiracy to commit forgery, one count each of possession of stolen or lost credit cards, and one count of resisting or evading an officer.

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3:36 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

NMSU To Upgrade Nursing Simulation Lab

The New Mexico State University College of Health and Social Services has received $111,110 from the President’s Performance Fund to make improvements to the School of Nursing simulation laboratory. 

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Regional
11:35 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Las Cruces Police Seek Armed Robbers

  Las Cruces Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information that helps identify the suspects in Sunday morning’s armed robbery at a local convenience store.

Shortly after 4 a.m. Sunday, April 13, Las Cruces Police were dispatched to the report of an armed robbery at the Pic Quik store at 1770 S. Telshor Blvd. Officers learned that two masked men entered the store. One of the men, armed with a handgun, demanded cash from a store clerk.

The suspects left the store on foot, heading north, with an undisclosed amount of cash. No injuries were reported.

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Local Viewpoints
9:49 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Report: New Mexico Corporate Income Tax Revenue Falling

  ALBUQUERQUE—Changes in the state’s corporate income tax (CIT) structure during the 2013 and 2014 legislative sessions are causing New Mexico’s CIT revenue to erode. This important revenue source helps stabilize the state’s general fund, which has had erratic growth in recent years, according to a report released today.

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Business
6:00 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Monday BusinessWatch

  Every Monday at 7:51am on Morning Edition, Fred Martino covers the week's top local business stories with Las Cruces Sun News Business Editor Brook Stockberger.  Subscribe to our podcast on the right side of this page so you never miss a segment.

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Regional
12:18 pm
Sun April 13, 2014

BLM Seeks Comments On Electric Transmission Project

Credit Bureau of Land Management

Federal land managers are seeking public comments on a plan to build a 360-mile-long transmission line from New Mexico to southern Arizona.

The Bureau of Land Management and the Western Area Power Administration have released a draft report covering the potential environmental effects of the Southline Transmission Line Project.

Project developers say the new line would improve reliability of the electrical grid and help bring more electricity generated with renewable resources such as wind and solar to markets throughout the region.

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Regional
12:13 pm
Sun April 13, 2014

Former Guard Honored For Actions During Prison Riot

A former New Mexico prison guard has been honored for saving the life of another state corrections officer nearly 34 years ago during one of the nation's deadliest prison riots.

New Mexico Corrections Department Secretary Gregg Marcantel gave Louis C de Baca the Medal of Honor, the department's highest award, on Tuesday during a ceremony in Albuquerque.

C de Baca helped another guard out of the Penitentiary of New Mexico in February 1980 as inmates stormed the control center.

C de Baca was chosen for the honor in January 2013 but initially declined it.

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12:11 pm
Sun April 13, 2014

Albuquerque Coach Arrested For Alleged Sex With Teen

Bond has been set at $50,000 for an Albuquerque volleyball coach accused of having sex with a 15-year-old girl.

21-year-old Ryan Kapuscinski is being held on charges of criminal sexual penetration of a minor and criminal sexual contact of a minor.

Los Lunas police arrested Kapuscinski on Wednesday after receiving a tip from the New Mexico Attorney General's Office.

Authorities say the girl, who lives in Los Lunas, had been chatting online with Kapuscinski and admitted to having sex with him.

Police say Kapuscinski confirmed the sexual encounter.

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10:42 am
Sat April 12, 2014

Santa Fe Takes Water Conservation Challenge

  Santa Fe has made big strides when it comes to water conservation, but Mayor Javier Gonzales wants to do more.

Gonzales is joining mayors across the country in asking residents to make a commitment to conserve water by taking part in a national contest to see what city can be the most water-wise community.

The mayor says Santa Fe's water-use statistics are already some of the lowest in the Southwest.

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PUENTES
10:04 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Connecting Generations - Preserving Agricultural History

New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum

    

  April 12, 2014 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra bridges the community with Communications Manager of the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, Craig Massey, third generation farmer. From past to present, farming in New Mexico can be experienced in Las Cruces at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum through various exhibits, classes and presentations. The interactive museum is on 47 acres and brings to life the 3,000-year history of farming and ranching in the Southwest to visitors from all over the world.

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Regional
2:57 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Balderas Raising Funds To Take On Local Opponent

Credit Hector Balderas

Democrat Hector Balderas says his campaign for attorney general has raised about $239,200 in the past six months.

Balderas' campaign announced Thursday that it has a cash balance of more than $600,000.

The candidate released partial fundraising information in advance of next week's deadline for filing a campaign finance report with the secretary of state's office.

Balderas and Republican Susan Riedel are running for attorney general. Neither have primary election opponents.

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Regional
2:55 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Outrage At Handling Of Corruption Case

New Mexico Attorney General Gary King
Credit via www.garyking.org

A former official of a southern New Mexico regional housing authority who complained about alleged mismanagement and misspending says she's outraged by the way a criminal case has petered out.

Ex-legislator Vincent "Smiley" Gallegos in December pleaded no contest to four misdemeanors, and state prosecutors since have dropped charges against three other people also charged in the case.

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2:54 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Report Urges More Efforts To Prevent Child Abuse

A legislative report says the rate of child abuse and neglect has been rising in New Mexico and the state should spend more on services to prevent the mistreatment of children, including in-home visiting to improve parenting skills.

The report was outlined Friday to members of the Legislative Finance Committee.

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11:11 am
Fri April 11, 2014

UNM Hospital Cleared To Remove Helicopter From Roof

The National Transportation Safety Board has cleared the way for UNM Hospital to move the PHI medical helicopter that crashed on the hospital's roof Wednesday.

 

Crews with PHI, the private company that owns the helicopter, on Friday are preparing the aircraft to be lifted by crane, hopefully as early as Saturday morning.

 

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10:20 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Las Cruces Police Seek Stabbing Suspects

  Las Cruces Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information that helps identify the suspects in a Thursday evening stabbing that sent a man to the hospital.

Shortly after 8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 10, Las Cruces Police were dispatched to the 4200 block of Broadview where a 19-year-old man was suffering from at least one stab wound. The man received first aid at the scene and was then airlifted to University Medical Center of El Paso. His injuries did not appear to be life-threatening.

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9:51 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Is Spaceport America Going To Fly?

Lead in text: 
An Alamogordo native puts a reporter's eye on Spaceport America and one of many revelations is how much more is going on in California: “…the original vision was for New Mexico to be the center of not just space tourism, but the whole commercial space industry….But any informed observers will say the Mojave Air and Space Port in California is where all the breakthroughs are percolating. That facility recently released a promotional video calling itself “The Modern-Day Kitty Hawk,” and it may very well be right. Including Virgin Galactic, there are 17 commercial space companies using 19 rocket launch sites at Mojave." Read more at the link below.
They came from the north by helicopter, flying over scattered cattle and mesquite brush and yucca plants straining skyward. To the east was White Sands Missile Range, where the first atomic bomb was detonated, and further east was Roswell, where the streetlamps are little green alien heads.
Regional
2:56 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Parents Accused Of Leaving 2-Year-Old Alone In Vehicle

  A birthday celebration ended a bit early for a Las Cruces couple suspected of leaving their toddler alone in a vehicle while they patronized a local restaurant.

Yacxubelli Grado-Garcia, 22, and Ramiro Hernandez, 29, are both charged with one count of negligent child abuse.

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Regional
1:45 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Transcript: President Obama Speaks At The Civil Rights Summit

 

  REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT

AT LBJ PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY CIVIL RIGHTS SUMMIT

 

Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library

Austin, Texas

12:16 P.M. CDT

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.  Thank you very much.  (Applause.)  Thank you so much.  Please, please, have a seat.  Thank you. 

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