Local News
10:47 am
Mon August 20, 2012

Lack of funding prevents canyon from becoming park

New Mexico State Parks Division director Tommy Mutz says there currently isn't enough money to make Pecos Canyon a state park.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that state officials won't consider raising park fees that haven't seen an increase since 1998 and won't ask lawmakers for money out of the state's budget.

Two years ago, lawmakers and then-Gov. Bill Richardson signed off on a proposal to create the park.

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The Two-Way
10:41 am
Mon August 20, 2012

Walking Into Syria: A Reporter's Visit To Where Rebels Are 'Running The Show'

Syrians fleeing increased violence arriving last week at the border between the Syrian town of Azaz and the neighboring Turkish town of Kilis.
Phil Moore AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon August 20, 2012 11:02 am

Getting into Syria has been a journalistic obsession since anti-regime protests began there in March 2011. The choices have been risky or next to impossible. The Syrian regime has given out few journalists' visas (full disclosure, I got a legal visa to Syria in June).

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Local News
10:36 am
Mon August 20, 2012

Santa Fe merchants sue city over rules at plaza

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A downtown Santa Fe merchants group that feels city officials have ignored their concerns about events on the Santa Fe Plaza has filed a lawsuit contending that the city hasn't been following its own laws.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that the lawsuit filed earlier this month by Santa Fe Downtown Merchants Inc. refers to public safety, access for existing businesses and the expansion of some events beyond the boundaries set in ordinance.

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Local News
10:34 am
Mon August 20, 2012

Owls put a stop to Las Cruces trail project

Alan Vernon via Flickr

The discovery of a nest of protected burrowing owls has brought work on a trail extension in Las Cruces to a screeching halt.

The 4.5 mile extension of the pedestrian and bike path bike was expected to be done by this month but the discovery forced city officials to stop work immediately.

Burrowing owns are considered a protected species in New Mexico and are listed as endangered in Canada.

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Participation Nation
10:32 am
Mon August 20, 2012

Being Good Students In Sherman, Texas

Austin College student Naureen Dharani, center, with new friends at an afterschool program.
Courtesy of Austin College

Before coming to Austin College, I hosted some bake sales and donated the proceeds to make a difference. Only after joining the student-led Service Station did I realize: To serve others, all I need is my heart.

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The Two-Way
10:29 am
Mon August 20, 2012

Lance Armstrong Loses Bid To Stop Doping Hearing

Lance Armstrong competes in the Ironman Panama 70.3. triathlon in Panama City, Panama.
Arnulfo Franco AP

Originally published on Mon August 20, 2012 10:36 am

A federal court in Austin, Texas has dismissed a lawsuit filed by cyclist Lance Armstrong that sought to stop a doping hearing by the United States Anti-Doping Agency.

The AP reports:

"Armstrong has repeatedly denied doping. His lawsuit claimed USADA lacked jurisdiction and that its arbitration process violates his constitutional rights.

"U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks dismissed the lawsuit, allowing the case to proceed. Armstrong can appeal in federal court, go ahead with USADA's arbitration or accept its sanctions."

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Local News
10:23 am
Mon August 20, 2012

State police officer fatally shoots Clovis man

 A New Mexico State Police officer has shot and killed a man at the end of a foot chase in Clovis.

State police spokesman Lt. Robert McDonald says the suspect led the officer on a short vehicle pursuit early Sunday afternoon.

McDonald said the officer began running after the suspect after he left his vehicle and ended up shooting the man.

The dead suspect has been identified as 29-year-old Benjamin Salgado.

Additional details of the circumstances of the shooting and the reason for the original pursuit were not immediately available.

Local News
10:20 am
Mon August 20, 2012

Los Alamos Co. settles with ex-official in firing

A former top Los Alamos County official who claimed she was wrongfully fired because of her gender will receive $800,000 to settle her case.

Diana Stepan was fired from her assistant county administrator job in early 2011 after filing a grievance against the county administrator. 

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission determined earlier this year that she had been treated differently because she was a woman and was fired for complaining about that treatment. Stepan filed a claim against the county last year.

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Election 2012
9:29 am
Mon August 20, 2012

State Voter ID Laws Hang In The Balance

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VIVIANA HURTADO, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Viviana Hurtado. Michel Martin is away. Coming up, a new documentary looks at how well the military is able to take care of women who return from service. That's in a few minutes. But first we turn to the election.

Both candidates are fighting for votes on the campaign trail. There's a battle brewing in several states over who will be able to vote and how, this November. Since 2010, state legislatures around the country pass laws requiring varying forms of identification at the polls.

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The Two-Way
9:29 am
Mon August 20, 2012

Famed Augusta National Golf Club Adds First 2 Female Members

The 16th green at Augusta National — framed by some of the course's famed azaleas — in 2001.
Roberto Schmidt AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon August 20, 2012 11:06 am

Breaking news from The Associated Press about a historic day for one of the nation's most historic sporting venues:

"For the first time in its 80-year history, Augusta National Golf Club has female members.

"The home of the Masters has invited former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and South Carolina financier Darla Moore to become the first women in green jackets when the club opens for a new season in October. Both women have accepted."

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