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Friday News Roundup
8:45 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Headlines: Stream Commission Meets Monday, Broker Suspensions Proposed...

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Judge Lifts Restraining Order In Gila LawsuitThe Associated Press

The Interstate Stream Commission can now move forward with a meeting next week to consider the future of the Gila River.

During a hearing yesterday, state District Judge Francis Mathew lifted a temporary restraining order that had blocked action by the commission.

New Mexico faces a December 31st deadline for deciding how to manage its share of the river under the Arizona Water Settlements Act.

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Thursday News Roundup
8:45 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Headlines: Audit Slams Bernco Treasurers, Oil Prices Hinder State Revenue Gain...

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Audit Slams Bernalillo County Treasurer's OfficeThe Associated Press

A special audit of the Bernalillo County treasurer's office is alleging violations of state law and has uncovered a pattern of risky investment decisions and preferential treatment for some brokers.

Auditor Hector Balderas' office released the audit Wednesday. The audit questions whether more than $900 million in investment purchases were in the best interest of New Mexico's most populous county.

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Wednesday News Roundup
8:55 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Headlines: MDC Inmate Release Plan, Immigrant Detention Lawsuit...

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Bernalillo County Inmate-Release Plan Approved - The Associated Press and Albuquerque Journal

Bernalillo County has a contingency plan to release some prisoners deemed to be low risk if the jail population gets too large.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that the county jail's population of just under 1,900 inmates is now well below its peak and slightly below a court-ordered target.

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Tuesday News Roundup
9:19 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Headlines: Record Cold In NM, Timeout On PERA Changes...

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New Mexico Breaks Temperature RecordsThe Associated Press

The blast of wintry weather moving across New Mexico has resulted in several broken records.

Forecasters at the National Weather Service in Albuquerque say Eagle Nest led the pack yesterday with a low temperature of minus 17. The mountain community hadn't been that cold this early in a season since Nov. 10, 1950, when the temperature dropped to 20 below zero.

Taos, Moriarty, Raton, Las Vegas and Roswell also set records.

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Monday News Roundup
7:25 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Headlines: LANL Cuts Corners, APD Use Of Force Firings...

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LANL Cuts Corners On WIPP Waste - The Santa Fe New Mexican

Los Alamos National Laboratory officials took shortcuts when preparing nuclear waste for shipment to the nation’s only underground nuclear waste storage facility. That’s according to an investigation by The Santa Fe New Mexican.

The paper reported this weekend that changes in the treatment of waste went undocumented and resulted in an explosive combination of toxic materials.

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Weekend News Roundup
9:17 am
Sat November 15, 2014

Headlines: A Dusting Of Snow, Boys Lagging Behind Girls In Academics...

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Snow Dusts Northern New Mexico - The Associated Press, The Santa Fe New Mexican

Santa Fe authorities are warning drivers tread carefully due to light snow making roads slippery.

The Santa Fe Office of Emergency Management said Sunday that icy conditions have already caused several minor accidents on roadways.

Officials say snow is expected to continue falling through the afternoon and temperatures will likely be below freezing.

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Friday News Roundup
8:44 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Headlines: ABQ Police Eye Ferguson, Inmate Settlements...

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Albuquerque Police Eye Ferguson DevelopmentsThe Associated Press

Albuquerque police say they're monitoring developments as a grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri, mulls whether to indict a police officer who fatally shot an unarmed teenager in the St. Louis suburb.

An Albuquerque police spokesman says the city is preparing for possible protests and unrest following a decision.

Albuquerque has seen its own string of angry demonstrations following the March police shooting of a homeless camper and more than 40 police shootings since 2010.

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Thursday News Roundup
8:30 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Headlines: Winter Weather Across NM, San Miguel County Acts...

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Winter Weather Hits Parts Of New MexicoThe Associated Press

Difficult driving conditions are reported on some eastern New Mexico highways due to packed snow and icy spots as a strong storm system moves into the state.

Difficult conditions are reported early Thursday on sections of Interstate 25 straddling Las Vegas and parts of Interstate 40 near Santa Rosa.

The National Weather Service says central and eastern New Mexico are enduring frigid cold temperatures.

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Wednesday News Roundup
8:21 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Headlines: San Miguel County On Oil And Gas, Jemez Pueblo On Valles Caldera

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San Miguel County To Consider Drilling OrdinanceThe Associated Press

San Miguel County commissioners are scheduled to vote today on an ordinance that would impose some of the strictest requirements on oil and natural gas exploration in the country.

The measure would restrict oil and gas exploration to a sparsely populated stretch on the eastern side of the county, some 60 miles away from the county seat of Las Vegas.

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Tuesday News Roundup
8:51 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Headlines: $13 Million To Local TV For Election, SF Police Use State Law For Pot Cases...

Report: Nearly $13 Million On TV Ads In New MexicoThe Associated Press

A nonpartisan government watchdog group reports that nearly $13 million was spent on television advertising in New Mexico races for governor, U.S. Senate and other state offices.

The Center for Public Integrity says the governor's race accounted for about $6.2 million in ads, with $4.6 million by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez in winning re-election.

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Monday News Roundup
8:32 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Headlines: Gila River Diversion, San Miguel County Drilling Ban...

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Critics Of Gila River Diversion To RallyThe Associated Press

The Interstate Stream Commission will be meeting today in Albuquerque and the agenda includes a series of presentations on proposals that call for diverting a portion of the Gila River.

The agenda does not include any time for public comment, and that's what has environmental groups upset. They plan to rally outside the meeting.

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Friday News Roundup
8:46 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Headlines: ABQ City Council OKs Police Agreement, WIPP Radiation...

Albuquerque City Council Oks Police AgreementThe Associated Press

The Albuquerque City Council has endorsed an agreement with the U.S. Justice Department aimed at overhauling the troubled police department of New Mexico's most populous city amid accusations of excessive force.

The council approved the plan on an 8-0 vote during a special meeting Thursday evening. City officials are to sign it next week.

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Thursday News Roundup
8:37 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Headlines: Judge On Mora Fracking Ban, NM To "Start Over" On SNAP Changes...

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Judge: Parts Of County Ordinance UnconstitutionalThe Associated Press and Las Vegas Optic

A federal judge says portions of a Mora County ordinance that bans oil and gas drilling in the rural northern New Mexico county are unconstitutional.

U.S. District Judge James Browning says some of the ordinance's provisions are "pretty wild" and inconsistent with federal law.

His comments came during a motions hearing this week in Albuquerque as one oil company seeks to strike down the ordinance.

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Tuesday News Roundup
9:04 am
Tue November 4, 2014

Headlines: Election Day 2014, October '14 Among Warmest In ABQ History

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US Senate Seat, 3 House Seats Up For GrabsThe Associated Press

Democratic U.S. Senator Tom Udall is seeking his second term.  Republican challenger Allen Weh is a businessman and retired Marine colonel.

New Mexico's three congressional seats are also up for grabs.

In southern New Mexico, Republican incumbent Steve Pearce is running against Democratic challenger Roxanne Lara.

In the 1st District, Democratic incumbent Michelle Lujan Grisham is facing Republican Mike Frese, a scientist and small business owner.

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Monday News Roundup
8:31 am
Mon November 3, 2014

Headlines: APD Reassignments Scrutinized, Last Full Day Of Campaigning...

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Albuquerque Police Still Face Heat On StaffingThe Associated Press

Albuquerque police have agreed to enter into a reform agreement with the U.S. Justice Department but the agency still faces scrutiny for keeping some leaders.

That's because Albuquerque police is reassigning command staff who oversaw troubled units to new positions.

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Friday News Roundup
8:36 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Headlines: Latest Gila River Lawsuit, Election 2014...

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Judge Orders Fast Track For NM Water Panel Dispute - The Associated Press and Santa Fe New Mexican

A judge yesterday ordered a fast-track process for determining whether a New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission subcommittee violated the state Open Meetings Act regarding the future of the Gila River.

A week ago, state District Judge Raymond Ortiz issued a temporary restraining order preventing the commission from taking any action on the Gila River projects.

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Thursday News Roundup
8:40 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Headlines: Accused Deputy Pleads Not Guilty, Former Athletic Director Cleared...

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New Mexico Deputy In Shooting Pleads Not Guilty  - The Associated Press

A New Mexico sheriff's deputy accused of fatally shooting a fellow deputy following an argument at a hotel has pleaded not guilty.

Tai Chan entered his plea to the murder charge at his first court appearance in Las Cruces on Wednesday.

Police say Chan shot Deputy Jeremy Martin at the Hotel Encanto after the two drank at a nightspot and got into a heated argument. They were staying there after dropping off a prisoner in Arizona.

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Wednesday News Roundup
8:27 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Headlines: Latest S.F. Deputy Shooting, APD Shooting Trial Begins...

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Deputy Accused In Fatal Shooting Expected In CourtThe Associated Press

Court documents say a New Mexico sheriff's deputy accused of killing a fellow deputy told police, "I shot the guy" after officers arrived to a chaotic scene at a hotel.

Records and 911 recordings released yesterday revealed new details about the shooting. Authorities allege Santa Fe County Deputy Tai Chan fatally shot fellow Deputy Jeremy Martin after a night of drinking and arguing.

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Friday News Roundup
9:08 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Headlines: Navajo Election Postponed, SE NM Ebola Checkpoint...

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Navajo High Court Orders Election Postponed The Associated Press

The Navajo Supreme Court has ordered the postponement of the tribe's presidential election and an immediate reprint of ballots without the name of a candidate who was disqualified in a language fluency case.

The decision Thursday came as a result of a petition to enforce a disqualification order against Chris Deschene.

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Thursday News Roundup
8:49 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Headlines: ABQ Mayor Seeks Pay Increases For APD, PRC Commissioner Pays Self...

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Albuquerque Mayor Wants Action To Keep Officers  - The Associated Press and Albuquerque Journal

Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry wants the city and the state to take action to prevent the loss of more than a fifth of the city's police force to retirements over the next two years.

Berry told the Albuquerque Journal during an interview that the city stands to lose 200 officers and still see at least 100 of them retire even if the financial incentives for them to stay are provided.

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Tuesday News Roundup
9:48 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Headlines: GOP Wants Majority, Navajo Presidential Race...

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New Mexico GOP Hopes To Win Legislative Majority - The Associated Press

Democrats have controlled the New Mexico House for the past 60 years, but the political landscape is giving Republicans hope for a breakthrough in the general election.

Republicans need a net gain of three seats to take control of the 70-member House. There are at least 10 competitive races, with Democrats and Republicans each holding five of those seats.

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Monday News Roundup
9:05 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Headlines: AZ Behavioral Health Firm Not Viable, Gubernatorial Debate...

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Report: Care Provider Needs Funding IncreaseThe Associated Press and Santa Fe New Mexican

A company providing some behavioral health services in New Mexico following a shake-up of the state's network says it needs more money to stay afloat.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that Turquoise Health and Wellness said in an Oct. 9 report that it "is currently not a financially viable organization on its own."

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Friday News Roundup
8:40 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Headlines: State Land Office Nears Record, APD Shooting Probe, 42 Arrested In Drug Bust...

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NM Land Office Nears Record With $78M In RevenueThe Associated Press

The New Mexico State Land Office has earned more than $78 million for schools, hospitals and other beneficiaries of the state land trust.

September's earnings mark the second-highest monthly revenues in the history of the Land Office. The highest month on record was $79 million in December 2013.

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Thursday News Roundup
8:35 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Headlines: Gila River Lawsuit, Virgin Galactic, APD Oversight Board, Plague...

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NM Water Panel Accused Of Violating Meetings ActThe Associated Press

The former head of the Interstate Stream Commission is accusing the agency of violating the New Mexico Open Meetings Act in its deliberations regarding the future of the Gila River.

Norm Gaume filed a lawsuit in state district court in Santa Fe yesterday. He's seeking a restraining order to prevent the commission from taking any action related to proposals discussed by a subcommittee that has been considering Gila River diversion proposals.

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Wednesday News Roundup
8:52 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Headlines: Mora County Continues Fracking Ban, NAACP to NM, Gubernatorial Campaign Cash

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Mora County Continues Oil And Gas Drilling BanThe Associated Press and Santa Fe New Mexican

Mora County commissioners have voted to continue a ban on oil and gas drilling that has triggered lawsuits from the oil industry but brought out a passionate defense from local residents concerned about pollution.

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Tuesday News Roundups
8:57 am
Tue October 14, 2014

Headlines: NM VA Health Care Execs Score Bonuses, Campaign Finance Disclosures...

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Records: $24,000 In Bonuses For State's VA LeadersThe Associated Press

Five top administrators in the Veterans Affairs' health care system in New Mexico received more than $24,000 in bonuses in 2013 despite complaints from veterans about lapses and delays in care.

Documents obtained by The Associated Press through a Freedom of Information request show the director of the New Mexico system collected more than $8,700 in 2013.

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Monday News Roundup
8:40 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Headlines: Update From Artesia, Gary King Back On TV...

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Artesia Mayor: Dozens Freed From Immigrant CenterThe Associated Press

The mayor of a New Mexico city where immigration authorities are holding nearly 500 detainees says dozens of immigrants have been released.

Artesia Mayor Phillip Burch told The Associated Press that 68 detainees were released and around 14 were deported last week. He says federal immigration officials reported around 479 detainees remain at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Artesia and more expected to arrive in the coming days.

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Local News
8:36 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Headlines: Navajo Presidential Candidate To Appeal, CDC Expert Talks Ebola At UNM, And More

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Navajo Presidential Candidate To Appeal Ruling In Language Case – The Associated Press

A Navajo presidential candidate says he will appeal to the tribe's high court in a case challenging his ability to speak Navajo.

A tribal hearing officer on Thursday ruled against Chris Deschene after he repeatedly refused to answer questions in Navajo.

Tribal law requires presidential hopefuls to speak fluent Navajo and understand the language said to be handed down by deities.

Deschene has 10 days to appeal to the tribe's Supreme Court.

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Wednesday News Roundup
8:40 am
Wed October 8, 2014

Headlines: Rains Boost NM Reservoirs, APD Criticized Over Award, Espanola Officer Justified ...

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Rains Boost Level Of New Mexico Reservoirs - The Associated Press and Las Cruces Sun-News

Reservoirs in southern New Mexico have gotten a much needed boost thanks to late summer rains.

The levels at Elephant Butte and Caballo reservoirs have climbed in recent weeks as a result of runoff from the rain making its way down arroyos and other channels that drain into the lakes.

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Tuesday News Roundup
8:54 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Headlines: Voting Begins, Gubernatorial Debate, Obama Approves Storm Aid...

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Absentee Voting Starts Tuesday In New MexicoThe Associated Press

New Mexicans can start casting ballots in general election races although Election Day remains several weeks away.

Voters can go to their county clerk's office starting Tuesday to cast ballots. That's also the final day for New Mexicans to register to vote and clerks can begin mailing absentee ballots requested by voters.

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