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10:52 pm
Sat November 30, 2013

'Fast & Furious' Star Dies In Car Crash

Actor Paul Walker in March.
Joel Ryan AP

Paul Walker, the star of the "Fast & Furious" movie series, died Saturday in a car crash that killed one other person north of Los Angeles, his publicist said. He was 40.

Walker died Saturday afternoon, Ame Van Iden told the Associated Press.

A statement on the actor's Facebook page said he was a passenger in a friend's car, and that Walker was in the area to attend a charity event for his organization Reach Out Worldwide.

"We ... are stunned and saddened beyond belief by this news," the statement said.

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Local News
5:29 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

State Considers Raising Pay To Fill Vacancies

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Gov. Susana Martinez's administration is looking at the possibility of providing pay increases for certain public safety positions in state government agencies that have high vacancy rates.

Martinez spokesman Enrique Knell says positions being considered for possible pay increases include child-protection caseworkers, police officers, corrections officers and juvenile justice workers.

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Europe
5:29 am
Mon October 14, 2013

Three U.S. Economists Win Nobel Prize

Americans Eugene Fama, Lars Peter Hansen and Robert Shiller won the Nobel prize for economics on Monday for developing new methods to study trends in asset markets.

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said the three had laid the foundation of the current understanding of asset prices.

While it's hard to predict whether stock or bond prices will go up or down in the short term, it's possible to foresee movements over periods of three years or longer, the academy said.

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7:36 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Friday News Roundup: Udall Highlights Water Scarcity As Big Challenge

Udall Highlights Water Scarcity As Big Challenge - Associated Press

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall says water scarcity is one of the most important challenges facing the West.

The New Mexico Democrat spoke Thursday at a conference in Albuquerque that explored ways to address future demands on limited supplies. Scientists and water managers from around the country attended.

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Local News
6:54 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Appeals Court Tosses Out NM Iraq War Protest Lawsuit

A federal appeals court has tossed out a First Amendment lawsuit filed by residents protesting the Iraq War during a 2007 New Mexico visit by then-President George W. Bush.

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver ordered Tuesday that the lawsuit against a U.S. Secret Service agent and two Bernalillo County Sheriff's deputies be thrown out and said the agents did not personally discriminate against the protesters.

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Local News
6:46 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Lawsuit Filed Over New Mexico Endangered Plants

A California-based law firm representing ranchers is suing to have two New Mexico plant species removed from federal protection.

The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports that the Pacific Legal Foundation filed a federal lawsuit last week and said the Kuenzler hedgehog cactus and gypsum wild-buckwheat should either be "downlisted" or delisted and removed from government protection all together. Both plants are found in southeastern New Mexico.

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Local News
6:43 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

New Mexico Village Runs Out Of Water Due To Drought

The village of Magdalena is scrambling now that its sole drinking water well has gone dry.

Village Marshal Larry Cearley says the water table has dropped almost 20 feet since January due to the persistent drought that has plagued nearly all of New Mexico for the last three years.

And the community's one well has collapsed, leaving about 1,000 residents and several businesses without water Wednesday when the level dropped below the well's pump.

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Local News
9:21 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

UNM Prof: 'Obese' Grad Applicants Lack 'Willpower'

A University of New Mexico psychology professor is under fire after he tweeted that people battling obesity don't have the willpower to finish doctorate degrees.

Geoffrey Miller wrote on Twitter Sunday that obese doctoral applicants who don't "have the will power to stop eating carbs" won't "have the willpower to do a dissertation." The tweet has since been deleted and his Twitter account has been made private.

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Local News
6:42 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Fenton Lake Closed Due To Safety Issues

Officials with the New Mexico State Parks division have decided to close Fenton Lake due to safety issues related to firefighting efforts.

Helicopters are using the lake for water to fight the Thompson Ridge Fire in the Jemez Mountains. The blaze has charred about 7 square miles since being sparked Friday by a downed power line.

The lake will remain closed through June 20, and that may be extended depending on firefighting needs.

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6:41 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Drought-Starving Wildlife

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5:45 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

NM Sees Oil Production Jump 46 Percent

Oil production in New Mexico has increased by nearly 50 percent over the last three years, making it one of five western states that have helped boost national production over the last three years.

Statistics from the U.S. Energy Information Administration show onshore oil production increased nationally by more than 2 million barrels a day — or nearly two-thirds — between February 2010 and February 2013.

North Dakota and Texas have been the driving forces, but New Mexico along with Oklahoma, Wyoming, Colorado and Utah account for 15 percent of the growth.

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Local News
8:32 am
Mon May 6, 2013

$32.2M Collected In Spaceport America Sales Tax

New data shows that of the $32.2 million Dona Ana County residents have paid in a spaceport tax that took effect five years ago, $1 in $4 has been routed to local education.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports (http://bit.ly/13VMZIt) that new county data says $8 million in total, or 25 percent of all sales tax revenues, has been sent to the three county school districts.

During the 2007 referendum, a main argument touted by tax proponents was that the money would help to train future engineers and technicians who'd be qualified to work at future Spaceport America facilities.

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Local News
8:16 am
Fri May 3, 2013

NMSU President Close To Being Selected

New Mexico State University's next president is set to be announced next week.

The Las Cruces Sun-News (http://bit.ly/103TdSn ) reports regents plan tentatively to reveal their pick on Monday.

Finalists include NMSU business dean and former Gov. Garrey Carruthers, former Texas Tech University president Guy Bailey, former University of Nevada, Las Vegas president David Ashley, former Texas A&M University president Elsa Murano and University of Colorado Denver Dean Daniel Howard.

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Local News
11:00 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Applebee's Sued Over Drunk Pedestrian's Death

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Taos restaurant is facing a lawsuit over allegations that it overserved a pedestrian who was struck and killed by a pickup.

The Albuquerque Journal (http://bit.ly/ZlwD8I) reports Julian Varela had a blood alcohol level four times the legal limit for driving when he left the Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar on Dec. 29, 2011.

He was killed by a teen driver who wasn't cited in the incident.

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Local News
10:58 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Advocates Plan 'May Day' NM Immigration Rallies

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Advocates for immigration reform are holding rallies and prayer events across New Mexico in an effort to push a federal immigration proposal.

Somos Un Pueblo Unido, a Santa Fe-based advocacy group, has scheduled a May Day rally in Santa Fe and a prayer vigil in Gallup "to call on Congress to pass a common sense immigration reform."

In Albuquerque, the group El Centro de Igualdad y Derechos (EE-gual-DAHD' EE deh-REH-CHOHS) are slated to hold a march and interfaith prayer service at a park. Activists also plan to march through Old Town Albuquerque.

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Local News
10:56 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Suspect Killed In Police Shooting At N.M. School

TULAROSA, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State Police say they're investigating after a 19-year-old man was fatally shot in a confrontation with officers at a southern New Mexico elementary school.

Authorities say the shooting happened outside the Tularosa Elementary School Tuesday night, but had nothing to do with the school. They say because of the investigation, the school will be closed Wednesday.

Police say several rounds were fired during the altercation with Jesse Vigil of Tularosa and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Local News
1:10 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

NM Teen Reportedly Miscarries In High School

GRANTS, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico teenager says she had a miscarriage in a high school hallway and that a teacher didn't help her because she was late to class.

But school officials say the student actually had a miscarriage a week before and had passed her placenta that day.

KOAT-TV reports (http://bit.ly/12Kf0Uk) that the Grants High School student says she miscarried outside a band class last week. The teen says after the teacher refused to let her in the class she then made her way to a bathroom and passed out.

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Local News
9:29 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Santa Fe College Starts Building New Center

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Santa Fe Community College has started construction of its new higher education center, a facility being built in partnership with four other New Mexico schools.

According to the Santa Fe New Mexican (http://bit.ly/15IRlqb ), the center is expected to open in the fall of 2014, enabling students to obtain bachelor's and master's degree in Santa Fe.

Participating schools include the University of New Mexico, New Mexico Highlands University, and the Institute of American Indian Arts.

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Local News
7:48 am
Wed April 10, 2013

NM List Of Endangered Cultural Properties Grows

PORTALES, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Heritage Preservation Alliance is expanding its list of endangered cultural properties.

The organization will be adding to the list the plains of San Augustin in southern New Mexico, the Masonic Temple Center in Santa Fe and a historic lodge at Conchas Dam when it meets for an annual conference this week in Portales.

The organization says it hopes the three new listings will alert the public to possible threats to their preservation.

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Local News
7:45 am
Wed April 10, 2013

UNM Regents Approved Tuition Increase

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The University of New Mexico Board of Regents has decided that the next school year will bring higher tuition and fees for students.

That's so the university can pay for higher salaries for faculty, a one-time bonus for staff and funding increase of $900,000 for the athletics department.

Television station KOB (http://bit.ly/ZERARQ ) reports that the increase approved Tuesday means students will pay about $603 each semester in fees. That's up from the current rate of $553.

Local News
3:46 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

UNM Regents Reject Taskforce Recommendations

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — University of New Mexico regents are refusing to approve a task force's recommendations for steps proposed to cover rising costs of retiree health benefits.

The recommendations included requiring employees and the university to make payments into a new trust fund and increasing retirees' share of premiums.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that task force members and other university officials were surprised when the regents refused Tuesday to vote on the proposals.

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Local News
10:55 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Slushy Conditions On Northern NM Roads

RATON, N.M. (AP) — Difficult driving conditions are reported in parts of northern New Mexico because of snow, ice and slush from a storm crossing the state Tuesday.

The Department of Transportation says there's ice and slush on a 72-mile stretch of Interstate 25 between Wagon Mount and Raton Pass.

New Mexico is closed between eight miles east of Raton and Folsom due to heavy snow and blizzard conditions.

Local News
10:27 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Another Mexican Grey Wolf Found Dead

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Another Mexican gray wolf has been found dead in the Southwest, but federal officials have refused to provide any details.

The wolf reintroduction team confirmed in its latest monthly report that the male wolf died in March. However, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which oversees the troubled wolf program, would not say where the animal was found or how it might have died.

This marks what is believed to be the second death this year of an endangered Mexican gray wolf.

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10:12 am
Tue April 9, 2013

UNM Considers Retiree Health Changes

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — University of New Mexico employees would get smaller paychecks while retirees would pay higher premiums under a task force's recommendations for covering the rising costs of retiree health benefits.

The recommendations submitted to the university's regents include requiring employees and the university to make payments into a new trust fund.

Workers would pay half of 1 percent of their salary in the first year and 1 percent by the third year. That money and university matches would go into the new trust fund.

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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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Local News
11:11 am
Fri March 22, 2013

NM Governor Signs Bill To Simplify Tax Code

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez has signed legislation aimed at simplifying New Mexico's tax code.


The bill sponsored by Republican Rep. Tom Taylor of Farmington targeted the statute that governs the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department and the procedures taxpayers have to follow.


With the governor's signature, the measure will extend deadlines so taxpayers filing amended returns as the result of actions by the Internal Revenue Service will have double the time — 180 days — to file.

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Local News
11:08 am
Fri March 22, 2013

NM Prosecutor Revamps Handling Of Police Shootings

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Second Judicial District Attorney Kari Brandenburg's office is revamping how her office handles cases involving Albuquerque-area police shootings.


Brandenburg says the new process will have prosecutors decide whether there is probable cause that a crime was committed. Then the case will be presented to a grand jury to decide whether to issue an indictment.


A previous process blocked by courts had a special grand jury reviewing cases but not deciding whether cases should be prosecuted.

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Local News
11:06 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Judge To NM Neighbors: Stop Threatening Each Other

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A judge has ordered some Santa Fe neighbors to stop threatening each other over barking dogs, loud music and access to a subdivision road.


The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (http://bit.ly/WHTvRy) that State District Judge Frank Mathew told the feuding neighbors Thursday in the Mission Viejo subdivision not to harass or call one another after a series of bizarre complaints.


Keith Bujold has been in a long fight with neighbor Ernest Kavanaugh Sr. over access to a disputed road that has resulted in threats with pistols.

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Local News
8:52 am
Mon March 18, 2013

USS Santa Fe's Commander To Visit Namesake City

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The commanding officer of the USS Santa Fe visits northern New Mexico this week to learn more about the Pearl Harbor-based attack submarine's namesake city.


Cmdr. Timothy Poe says his 120-member crew is from all over the country but that having the city's name on his ship allows the crew to relate with pride to their own hometowns.

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Local News
11:30 am
Fri March 8, 2013

Millions Spent To Battle Largest Wildfires In 2012

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal statistics show that efforts to douse the largest of the nation's wildfires last year cost more than $580 million, and it took more than three months in some cases to put out the flames.

A summary by the National Interagency Fire Center also shows more than 80 percent of the 51 largest fires were sparked by lightning. That includes the Long Draw and Holloway fires, which together burned more than 1 million acres and were among the largest in Oregon's history.

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