Local News
8:37 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Las Cruces Schools Plan Program For Anonymous Tips

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Las Cruces' public schools plan a new program to enable students to provide school officials with anonymous reports on bullying, drugs, potential suicides and other trouble.


The Las Cruces Sun-News (http://bit.ly/XywxOx ) reports that the program will enable middle and high school students to use text messages, photos, video and a mobile app to anonymously send messages to school officials.

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The Two-Way
7:53 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Texas On 'High Alert' After District Attorney's Killing

In Forney, Texas, Kaufman County Sheriff's deputies are on the lookout after the killings of Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife in their Forney home.
Mike Fuentes AP

Originally published on Mon April 1, 2013 10:51 am

  • From the NPR Newscast early Monday

"Security is high this morning for both elected officials and employees" in Kaufman County, Texas, after the shooting deaths of District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife Cynthina, KERA reports.

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Local News
6:32 am
Mon April 1, 2013

UNM Libraries Celebrating Its 3 Millionth Volume

University of New Mexico Libraries is celebrating the three million volumes in its collection with a rare book on Billy the Kid.

The 1892 book, donated by the William A. Keleher Family, was written by Pat Garrett, the Lincoln County Sheriff who shot and killed the famous outlaw. The book is signed by Garrett and will become part of the Center for Southwest Research and Special Collections at University Libraries.

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Local News
6:27 am
Mon April 1, 2013

NM's Suit Over Rio Grande Water Put On Hold

A judge has put New Mexico's lawsuit against the federal government over Rio Grande water management on hold while the U.S. Supreme Court decides whether to take up a separate lawsuit by Texas against New Mexico.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that U.S. District Court Judge James Browning ruled Friday that Texas' lawsuit might render the issues in the state-federal lawsuit moot.

The litigation revolves around water flowing out of Elephant Butte Reservoir to farms and cities in southern New Mexico and northwest Texas.

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Local News
6:25 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Martinez Says Pope Blessed Photo Of Her Mother

 New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez says Pope Francis blessed a photo of her late mother when the governor traveled to Rome earlier this month for the installation of the Catholic Church's new top leader.

Martinez traveled to Italy with a delegation led by Vice President Joe Biden to attend the pope's inauguration Mass on March 19.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that the photo Martinez carried to the ceremony was of her mother, Paula Aguirre, at the time of her mother's First Holy Communion.

Local News
6:17 am
Mon April 1, 2013

NM Faces Potentially Devastating Wildfire Season

Credit Photto via www.bowling-naturaldisasters.wiki.westga.edu

New Mexico is facing a potentially devastating wildfire season this year after experiencing record-setting fires over the past two years.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that this season is shaping up to be one of the worst as a decade of drought drains moisture from forest fuels and average temperatures continue to rise.

Almost 600,000 acres of state and private land were burned in fiscal year 2011.

In 2011, Las Conchas Fire near Los Alamos became the largest recorded fire in state history and charred more than 150,000 acres.

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Local News
6:15 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Group Objects To 'In God We Trust' At City Hall

A group representing atheists and agnostics has objected the city Alamogordo displaying the words "In God We Trust" at City Hall.

The Alamogordo Daily News reports that the request went unheeded as the slogan was unveiled last week at a City Commission meeting.

The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation urged the city to refrain from posting the words at Alamogordo City Hall and argued such statements have no place in government buildings.

Mayor Susie Galea says the issue wasn't religion but rather liberty and freedom.

Local News
6:14 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Body In Car Trunk In NM Was Unidentified Woman

The Office of the Medical Investigator says a body found in the trunk of a burning car in Albuquerque was that of a woman under the age of 50.

Authorities are still trying to determine the woman's identity and the specific cause of her death.

She was in a 2006 Mustang that was found in fire Friday night.

City police detective are asking for help from citizens locating 33-year-old Guadalupe Lopez, who they say has a possible connection to the car.

The Two-Way
5:33 am
Mon April 1, 2013

It's Almost Cicada Time! Help Radiolab Track #Swarmageddon

A newly emerged adult cicada dries its wings on a tree in Washington, D.C.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Originally published on Mon April 1, 2013 11:39 am

If history proves correct, Magicicada Brood II will emerge this spring after living underground for 17 years.

In many places along the Eastern Seaboard — from North Carolina to Connecticut — the cicadas will fill the skies, breed and then quickly die. National Geographic points out that historically, this group, known as Brood II, has been so prolific that picking up their carcasses can sometimes feel like raking leaves in the fall.

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