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Monday News Roundup
8:36 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Headlines: Carlsbad Flooding, Clovis Police Arrest, Gov. Race Heating Up,Ex-APD Sergeant On Trial

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24 Spent Night In Carlsbad Shelter Due To FloodingThe Associated Press

Some Carlsbad residents spent the night in a shelter because of Pecos River flooding that is now receding.

Red Cross spokeswoman Beverly Allen says 24 people took refuge at a shelter at Carlsbad High School.

Eddy County emergency center spokesman Kenny Rayroux says the problem stems from flooding of the Pecos River that runs through Carlsbad.

However, Rayroux says the river crested early Monday morning and is now receding.

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Weekend News Roundup
8:31 am
Sat September 20, 2014

Headlines: Court OKs Pot Question, Digitizing Newspapers At UNM...

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Poll Shows Strong Disapproval Of Health Care Law - The Albuquerque Journal, The Associated Press

A newspaper's poll found that nearly half of New Mexico voters say the new federal health care law has been a failure.

The poll by the Albuquerque Journal also found that a majority of voters said Gov. Susana Martinez was right to take advantage of law by expanding the number of people eligible for Medicaid.

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Friday News Roundup
8:49 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Headlines: ABQ Council OKs Police Oversight Panel, Grand Jury To Review Espanola PD Shooting...

Albuquerque Council Oks Civilian Police Panel PlanThe Associated Press and Albuquerque Journal

The City Council has approved a plan for greater civilian oversight of Albuquerque's police department, which has faced criticism over recent shootings.

The Albuquerque Journal reports the bill was approved 8-0 late Thursday and sent to the mayor, who has said he would carefully review any such proposal.

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Thursday News Roundup
8:44 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Headlines: State Seeks Federal Intervention On Ballot Disputes, Poverty Rate Rising In NM...

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Marijuana Ballot Dispute Before Federal CourtThe Associated Press

A federal court is to consider whether it will referee a legal fight over New Mexico's largest county trying to place nonbinding questions over marijuana and taxes on the November general election ballot.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Karen Molzen has scheduled a hearing Thursday afternoon in a dispute between Bernalillo County and Secretary of State Dianna Duran.

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Wednesday News Roundup
8:28 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Headlines: Alleged Animal Abuse At NM Dairy, S.F. County Sues Over Ballot...

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Group Levels Abuse Allegations Against NM DairyThe Associated Press

Undercover video showing workers at a southern New Mexico dairy whipping cows with chains and wire cables and kicking and punching the animals, has led to a state investigation into possible animal cruelty violations.

The New Mexico Livestock Board confirms it has launched an investigation into the practices at the Winchester Dairy near Dexter.

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Tuesday New Roundup
9:11 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Headlines: Flash Floods Possible, Majority Favors Higher Minimum Wage...

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Flash Flood Watches Issued For Parts Of New MexicoThe Associated Press

Flash flood watches are in effect through Tuesday evening in parts of northern and central New Mexico along the Rio Grande and in the state's southwest mountains.

The National Weather Service says subtropical moisture will continue to increase on Tuesday, allowing slow-moving thunderstorms to develop during the afternoon and evening.

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Monday News Roundup
8:26 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Headlines: Data Breach At VA Hospital, Rodella To Be Arraigned...

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New Mexico Vets' Personal Information CompromisedThe Associated Press

Officials with the New Mexico VA Health Care System say the personal identifying information of thousands of veterans may have been compromised.

The agency says it is notifying more than 2-thousand 600 veterans that a folder with their names and Social Security numbers was found in a women's restroom on July 30th at the Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center in Albuquerque.

The folder was discovered by a VA supervisor.

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Local News
7:32 am
Sat September 13, 2014

Headlines: Sandoval County Elections, Shooting Contest Protests...

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Judge Critical Of County For 2012 Election DelaysThe Associated Press 

A federal judge has ordered Sandoval County to provide adequate voting machines for the general election to prevent long delays for voters as happened two years ago.

U.S. District Court Judge William Johnson on Friday directed county elections officials to follow a plan adopted by county commissioners for allocating voting machines.

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Friday News Roundup
8:52 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Headlines: Still No Back Pay For State Workers, Judge Refuses To Block Casino Pact...

State Workers Face Delay In Court-Ordered Back Pay The Associated Press and Santa Fe New Mexican

Gov. Susana Martinez says thousands of state workers owed back pay to resolve a union contract dispute are finally about to get their money.

The state Supreme Court ruled last year that 10,000 current or former employees are entitled to retroactive pay increases because former Gov. Bill Richardson's administration didn't follow union contracts in distributing 2008 salary money.

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Thursday News Roundup
8:45 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Headlines: "ABQ Stuck With Bad Officers", Struggle Over Pot Measure...

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APD Chief Says City Stuck With Bad OfficersUSA Today

Albuquerque’s Chief of Police Gorden Eden told the national newspaper USA Today that it will be difficult to reform the Albuquerque Police Department because it is stuck with officers who shouldn't be on the force.

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Wednesday News Roundup
8:33 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Headlines: NRA Shooting Contest, King Refunds Sex Offender Money...

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Albuquerque Police Shooting Contest To Draw RallyThe Associated Press

Activists say they will protest a planned police shooting contest in Albuquerque — with water guns.

A coalition of groups has scheduled a march and rally Sunday where advocates are slated to shoot mock targets with water guns and Nerf darts.

The city and its police department are hosting the National Rifle Association competition Sept. 13-17 for law enforcement members who can "select to fire in just one match or fire in all of the championship match events."

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Tuesday News Roundup
8:57 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Headlines: Candidate Campaign Cash, Las Cruces Minimum Wage...

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Gov. Susana Martinez Reports $3.8M In CampaignThe Associated Press

Democratic challenger Gary King has stepped up his fundraising in New Mexico's governor's race but Republican incumbent Susana Martinez still enjoys a large campaign cash advantage.

According to finance reports filed Monday, King raised about $379,000 during the past two months, including a $30,000 personal loan.

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Monday News Roundup
6:35 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Headlines: 5 Inches Of Rain In Guadalupe Mts, Community Paramedic Program...

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Eastern, Southern New Mexico See Ample Rain - The Associated Press

Parts of eastern and southern New Mexico avoided serious flooding this weekend but still received a pretty good soaking from heavy rains.

The National Weather Service said Sunday as much as 5 inches of rain has fallen since Thursday in the Guadalupe Mountains and in other parts of the region.

Meteorologists say between 2 and 4 inches of rain also fell in the last few days in Eddy County.

A flash flood watch was issued Friday and has since expired.

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Friday News Roundup
8:25 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Headlines: Gov. Says NM Competitive For Tesla Plant, Flash Flood Watch Parts Of NM, And More...

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Governor: New Mexico Competitive For Tesla PlantThe Associated Press

Gov. Susana Martinez says New Mexico offered a competitive economic development package to electric car maker Tesla Motors but the company gave a priority to locating a planned $5 billion battery factory in a state close to Tesla's headquarters in California.

There was no reporting on why the Governor had not been notified of the decision by Tesla as it was being widely reported in advance of the official announcement.

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Thursday News Roundup
8:34 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Headlines: ABQ Ballot Measures, Monsoon Moisture Returns...

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Albuquerque Council Proposes New Ballot PackageThe Associated Press and Albuquerque Journal

The Albuquerque City Council now wants voters to decide three ballot questions in November, but they won't include reducing penalties for possessing marijuana or imposing a tax increase for social services.

Mayor Richard Berry last week vetoed a package of measures that included the marijuana and tax questions, and the council late Wednesday adopted a new resolution that includes three less-controversial items.

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Wednesday News Roundup
8:28 am
Wed September 3, 2014

Headlines: Han's Family Appeals, Kirtland Yanks Spill Reports...

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Mary Han's Family Appeals Over Her 2010 DeathThe Associated Press

The family of an Albuquerque civil rights attorney found dead in her garage is appealing a federal judge's dismissal of a lawsuit that accused police and city officials of mishandling the probe of her death.

An attorney for the daughter and sister of Mary Han yesterday filed a notice of appeal with the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

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Tuesday News Roundup
9:12 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Headlines: Hospital Says Talks Are Over, PNM To Request Rate Increase...

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Santa Fe Hospital Says Face-To-Face Talks Are OverThe Associated Press and Santa Fe New Mexican

A Santa Fe hospital says face-to-face contract talks with a union representing nurses and medical technicians are over because there's an impasse on a key issue.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that administrators at Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center told the union in an email Friday that there's an impasse on staffing.

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Friday News Roundup
8:38 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Headlines: Grant Helps Student Journalists, Immigration Holds...

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UNM To Use Grant To Help Student JournalistsThe Associated Press and Daily Lobo

University of New Mexico will use a $35,000 grant to help student journalists get their work published and read throughout the state.

The Daily Lobo reports the school's Communication and Journalism Department recently received the Online News Association grant and have used it to build an online news portal called New Mexico News Port.

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Thursday News Roundup
8:47 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Headlines: Santa Fe Decriminalizes Pot, Police Shooting Contest Opposed...

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Santa Fe City Council Votes To Decriminalize PotThe Associated Press and Santa Fe New Mexican

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Wednesday News Roundup
8:52 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Headlines: Santa Fe To Consider Pot Measure, Navajo Primary Election Results...

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Santa Fe City Council To Consider Pot MeasureThe Associated Press and Santa Fe New Mexican

The Santa Fe City Council is considering a proposal that would put a measure decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana on the November ballot.

The New Mexican reports that officials will hold a public hearing Wednesday, a day after the Santa Fe County Commission unanimously approved a similar resolution.

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Tuesday News Roundup
9:32 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Headlines: NM Agencies Have $10M In Military Gear, FBI Wanted Sheriff Rodella's Badge And More...

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Audit: NM Agencies Have $10M In Military GearThe Associated Press

Records show a U.S. Defense Department program which loans local law enforcement agencies surplus military gear has sent over 10-million dollars worth of weapons, helicopters and armored vehicles to New Mexico.

Documents show the Defense Department's "1033 program" has sent Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles to small agencies like Clovis police and New Mexico State University Police.

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Monday News Roundup
8:43 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Headlines: Ballot May Not Fit ABQ Proposals, No Injuries From Gunfire Near UNM Campus And More...

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Election Ballot May Not Fit Albuquerque ProposalsThe Associated Press and Albuquerque Journal

All of Albuquerque's proposed questions for voters may not fit onto Bernalillo County's general election ballot.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that county election workers are testing different ballot combinations of questions submitted by the city.

The City Council wants to add five items to the general-election ballot, which includes state and county races.

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Weekend News Roundup
7:54 am
Sat August 23, 2014

Headlines: Lobos Soccer Coach Suspended, Dead Airman Identified, And A New Judge For Bern. Co.

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UNM Soccer Coach Suspended For 1 Week Over Hazing ​ - The Associated Press

University of New Mexico women's soccer coach Kit Vela has been suspended for a week without pay and 22 players will be suspended for one game over a hazing incident.

Athletic director Paul Krebs told the Albuquerque Journal he expects Vela's suspension to begin immediately, but university policy dictates she has 10 days to appeal.

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Friday News Roundup
9:03 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Headlines: New Sex Abuse Suits Vs. NM Catholic Diocese, APS To Name Interim Chief And More...

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4 New Sex Abuse Suits Name NM Catholic DioceseThe Associated Press and Albuquerque Journal

Four new lawsuits have been filed against the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Santa Fe by men who say they were molested by priests in New Mexico decades ago.

The four suits filed this week by Albuquerque attorney Brad Hall bring the number of lawsuits he's filed on behalf of alleged victims to 25 and 11 have been settled.

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Thursday News Roundup
8:53 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Headlines: NM Signs Off On KAFB Jet Fuel Clean Up Plan, UNM Confirms Hazing And More...

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New Mexico Signs Off On Air Force Clean-Up Plan - The Associated Press

State environmental regulators have signed off on a preliminary proposal by the U.S. Air Force to clean up a huge plume of jet fuel before the contamination reaches Albuquerque's drinking water wells.

The Air Force submitted its plan earlier this month. The New Mexico Environment Department announced its approval in a letter sent yesterday to officials at Kirtland Air Force Base.

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Wednesday News Rounup
8:54 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Headlines: ABQ Mayor May Veto Marijuana Vote, Governor Opposes Pot Advocacy And More...

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Albuquerque Mayor Considers Veto On Pot MeasureThe Associated Press and Albuquerque Journal

Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry reportedly is seriously considering a veto of at least part of a package of city ballot measures that include a marijuana decriminalization proposal and a tax measure that Berry opposes.

Berry has 10 days to act from when he formally receives the resolution that the City Council approved Monday night to put five proposals on the ballot.

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Tuesday News Roundup
9:06 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Headlines: ABQ Marijuana Ballot Measure, Hazing Allegations At UNM And More...

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Albuquerque Ballot Measure On Marijuana Advances - The Associated Press

A sharply divided Albuquerque City Council has voted to put a marijuana decriminalization proposal on the November ballot.

The council voted 5-4 Monday night to put the proposal on the ballot after activists failed to collect enough voter signatures.

However, the measure is subject to a possible veto by Mayor Richard Berry. Also, Bernolillo County Commission has a say on what goes on the crowded ballot.

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Monday News Roundup
8:41 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Headlines: Bishops Criticize Food Stamp Plan, Santa Fe Closer To Legal Marijuana And More...

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Bishops Criticize New Mexico Plan On Food Stamps - The Associated Press and Albuquerque Journal

Roman Catholic bishops are criticizing the plan of Gov. Susana Martinez's administration to again impose work-related requirements on some low-income New Mexicans trying to qualify for food stamps.

Bishops Sheehan of the Santa Fe Diocese, James Wall of the Gallup Diocese and Oscar Cantu of the Las Cruces Diocese say the plan might be defensible when the economy is strong but that they say it's unconscionable during the current weak economy.

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Weekend News Roundup
9:14 am
Sun August 17, 2014

Headlines: Artesia Immigrant March, Ginsberg On Gender Bias

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Immigrant Rally Planned In Artesia Near Center The Associated Press

Advocates are scheduled to hold a march and prayer rally in Artesia aimed at calling for the release of detained immigrant women and children.

The Santa-Fe based Somos Un Pueblo Unido and a coalition of Catholic churches are slated to hold the rally Sunday.

Organizers say the event will take place outside a temporary detention center where the immigrants are being held.

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Friday News Roundup
9:03 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Headlines: NM Sheriff Arrested, ABQ School Chief Resigns And More...

FBI: Embattled New Mexico Sheriff, Son ArrestedThe Associated Press

The FBI says a New Mexico sheriff and his son have been arrested in an ongoing investigation.

FBI spokesman Frank Fisher said Rio Arriba County Sheriff Thomas Rodella and his son, Thomas, Jr., were arrested Friday morning in their Espanola home, but didn't say why.

Fisher says federal officials will give more details later Friday.

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