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U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced it’s starting construction on a new section of border wall near downtown El Paso.

Prosecutors: Priest Blamed Sex Abuse On Cancer He Didn't Have

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A former New Mexico priest, who fled the U.S. decades ago amid allegations of child sex abuse, once blamed his behavior on a cancer diagnosis which prosecutors say he didn't have, according to court documents.

Arthur Perrault is scheduled Tuesday to appear in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque for a detention hearing as prosecutors seek to hold the 80-year-old priest until his aggravated sexual abuse trial.

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A group that emphasizes financial accountability in state government is giving New Mexico a poor grade based on the state's debt burden.

The group Truth in Accounting estimated Tuesday that New Mexico would need about $9,000 per taxpayer to pay off its bills — a debt load largely attributable to public pension and retiree health care liabilities.

DWI Trial To Start In Albuquerque For GOP State Representative

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The trial for a New Mexico lawmaker charged with aggravated drunken driving is scheduled to begin Tuesday in metro court in Albuquerque.

Monica Youngblood, a Republican from Albuquerque, was arrested in May on suspicion of aggravated DWI during a checkpoint stop.

Police video of the stop shows she complied with a field sobriety test but refused a blood-alcohol test. After an officer tells her he can smell alcohol, she responds by saying she hasn't consumed any since the day before.

Inmates Donate Art To Medical Center In Southeastern NM

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HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — Inmates of the ministry program at southeastern New Mexico jail have donated art they created to a hospital.

The Hobbs News-Sun reports six inmates at the Lea County Correctional Facility in the University of the Southwest ministry program presented their paintings last week to Lea Regional Medical Center.

Center CEO Tim Thornell says the hospital has a gallery and the inmates' work will be a complement to art.

An undergraduate student at New Mexico State University will give the first “Global Connections” presentation of the fall semester about her experiences in Costa Rica at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 26 in Domenici Hall, Room 102.

Desiree Sanchez is a junior majoring in physics with a minor in studio art. She went to Costa Rica in an 11-person group in spring 2018 as part of the Aggies Go Global student organization at NMSU. 

“My presentation is called ‘How You Can Travel the World Tomorrow,’” she said. “It was my first time out of the country.”

Deputies Arrest Las Cruces Area Man On Felony Sexual Assault Charges

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    Doña Ana County Sheriff’s deputies arrested an East Mesa man Sunday morning after a teenage girl accused him of sexually assaulting her several times over the course of four years.

            Jesus Munoz-Martinez, 47, has been charged with two first-degree felony counts of criminal sexual penetration of a minor, seven counts of criminal sexual contact of a minor, and two counts of third-degree criminal sexual contact or a minor. 

Suspect in Las Cruces Incident Charged with Felony

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The suspect in Sunday morning’s incident on Lees Drive has been charged with a felony for allegedly pointing a firearm at a law enforcement officer.

Charles R. Campolla, 34, of the 1300 block of Lees Drive, is charged with one count of aggravated assault upon a peace officer. The charge is a third-degree felony.

The City of Las Cruces is holding a Public Input Meeting to discuss a resolution concerning the sale, transfer and issuance of liquor licenses in New Mexico. The public input meeting will take place at 6 p.m. on Thursday, October 11 at Las Cruces City Hall (700 N. Main Street), conference rooms 2007 B & C.

The City is asking residents for input on liquor licensing in the State of New Mexico and a draft resolution which, as written, supports a proposed New Mexico State Bill allowing New Mexico-produced spirits to be sold at establishments licensed to serve beer and wine.

Keep it Simple: Don’t Bag Recyclables In Las Cruces

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While recycling around the nation is evolving into a clean, no-contamination effort… one key element has not changed:  never bag your recyclables. Recyclables should be clean, dry, and loose in the bin. Recyclables in bags may not get recycled.

Tarkeysha Burton, Recycling Coordinator for the South Central Solid Waste Authority (SCSWA), explains, “If we could get residents to stop bagging their recyclables, that would be a great step forward – recyclables must be loose in the bin, so we can see what’s there.”


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The Trade Deficit Is A Complex Issue

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Commentary: In economic terms, a country’s balance of trade compares what it exports to the world to what it imports. If a country exports more than it imports, it is said to have a trade surplus. If it imports more than it exports, it has a trade deficit. Such is the case in the U.S., which has not had a trade surplus since 1975, when it exported $12.4 million more than it imported. During the 1980s, the U.S. trade deficit ballooned, tapered off somewhat in the early 1990s, and then rapidly rose at the end of that decade. It has been rising ever since, growing to $566 billion in 2017.

Tax Dollars for Tinseltown Toadying in Las Cruces

Sep 24, 2018

Commentary: The City of the Crosses has an inferiority complex.

New Mexico’s generous — and as an economic-development tool, deeply ineffective — freebies for Hollywood are skipping Las Cruces. That’s why the city’s pols, educrats, and media figures have pressed, for years, to build film-and-television-related infrastructure in their region.

Commentary: In a reckless new attack on immigrant families, the Trump administration proposed a federal rule on Saturday that would allow the government to deny green cards and visa renewals to immigrants who have participated in programs that help with basic needs like medical care, food, and housing.  

The rule change primarily impacts lawfully present immigrants applying for green cards and immigrants seeking entry to the U.S. through family-based petitions. It will significantly disrupt access to food, healthcare, and shelter for millions of immigrant families nationwide and hundreds of thousands of New Mexicans.

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Commentary:  A second woman, Deborah Ramirez who attended Yale University with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, has accused him of sexual assault. The new allegations arrive the same day his first accuser, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, committed to testifying about her own allegations before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday. More allegations appear to be imminent. 

Goodman: Thoughts On The Kavanaugh Allegations

Sep 23, 2018
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Commentary: Christine Blasey Ford's possible testimony reminds me of Anita Hill, although the allegations and the times are very different. 

When Hill testified that Clarence Thomas sexually harassed her, our law firm felt like two worlds. The other lawyers, mostly male, thought Hill's complaints insignificant or invented. The secretaries (mostly female) believed Ms. Hill (as did I), and understood why her testimony mattered. 

Ford says that Brett Kavanaugh (then 17, to her 15) tried to rape her, but was too drunk. His failure doesn't erase his mind-set. Or her trauma.

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