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Judge: Teen in library shooting to be sentenced as adult

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    CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — A judge has ruled that a teenager who pleaded guilty to charges stemming from a deadly shooting inside a rural New Mexico library will be sentenced as an adult.

State District Judge James Hudson in a ruling made public Tuesday denied a request by Nathaniel Jouett's attorney that sought a special hearing for determining whether the teen was amenable to treatment.

Rather than remaining in treatment until the age of 21, the judge cleared the way for a sentencing hearing in February.

New Mexico debt to filmmakers inches toward $250M

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  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's debt to the film industry could hit $250 million by summer and reach $700 million in four years, according to state economist.

Jon Clark, chief economist for the Legislative Finance Committee, told state lawmakers that New Mexico is on track to reach a "breaking point" eventually under the current system, which offers movie companies a 25 percent tax rebate but limits the state's annual payout to $50 million, The Albuquerque Journal reported .

US reverses policy on migrant children's sponsors

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  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is changing the way it reviews sponsors who want to care for migrant children in government custody — backing off a requirement that all people in the house are fingerprinted.

The fingerprint requirement began in June amid the zero-tolerance policy at the border that led to the separation of some 2,400 children from their parents. The children taken from parents were placed in shelters until a sponsor, often a parent or other family member, could be found and evaluated before releasing the children to that sponsor.

Detectives: Las Cruces Area Man Tried To Set His Mother On Fire

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A Doña Ana County man was arrested Monday after he allegedly doused his mother in kerosene and attempted to set her on fire.

   The incident happened at approximately 3 p.m. in the 9100 block of Corona.

   According to court documents filed by Doña Ana County Sheriff’s detectives, Johnny Jimenez, 27, became upset with this mother after she “looked at him like he was stupid.”

Congressional Hispanic Caucus

Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus toured the Lordsburg Border Patrol Station Tuesday.  The tour was planned followed the death of a 7-year-old child who crossed the border with her father.  

Jakelin Caal Maquin died at an El Paso hospital after being transported there in Border Patrol custody.  In a Facebook post prior to the tour, Texas Congressman Joaquin Castro said necessary medical treatment was not available on a 94-mile bus ride from the Antelope Wells Port of Entry to the nearest Border Patrol Station in Lordsburg.

“There are certain policy and practices that clearly need to be changed…and that it looks like CBP has acknowledged need to be changed.  Very specifically for example that during that 94-mile bus ride, there wasn’t a single person who was a medical personnel once the young girl’s symptoms became apparent to treat her while she was on the bus.  So she had nobody that had medical training…a nurse or a doctor that was available to her to keep her alive,” said Castro.

Las Cruces Crime Stoppers Offers Reward In Fatal Fire Investigation

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The New Mexico State Fire Marshal concluded Saturday that the cause of Thursday’s Sunland Park house fire was arson. The fire, which happened on December 13, claimed the life of eight-year-old Marisa Muñoz, a 3rd grade student at Desert View Elementary.

Two other children inside the home were flown to a burn center in Lubbock, Texas. The family lost everything in the fire.

The exact cause of death of Muñoz is still unknown and the State Fire Marshal’s Office will continue to investigate the fire.

Grocers in southern New Mexico have the opportunity to generate operational savings and increased revenue through a United States Department of Agriculture-funded sustainability initiative. Led by the New Mexico State University Engineering New Mexico Resource Network, part of the College of Engineering, and Manomet, a Massachusetts-based nonprofit, grocers can begin the path toward earning an environmental certification designed to help them reduce their environmental footprint.

Education will be a major topic during the 2019 New Mexico Legislative Session.  The state is under a court order to provide more resources to ensure than all students receive constitutionally-mandated educational services.

Fred Martino discussed various priorities for educators represented by the the National Education Association-New Mexico with the organization's Government and Media Relations Director, Charles Goodmacher.

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EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler

Commentary: The public comment period closed last night at midnight on EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler’s proposal to gut key safeguards limiting methane pollution from new oil and gas operations.

Methane is a greenhouse gas that is 87 times more potent than carbon dioxide during the time it remains in the atmosphere. As the agency itself has acknowledged, methane and other pollutants limited by these safeguards pose a major threat to public health, particularly to children.

Rubel: Paul Ryan's Efforts In Washington

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Commentary: This week, Senator Michael Padilla (D-Bernalillo) pre-filed legislation (SB22) that would establish the “Early Childhood Education and Care Department,” a new, cabinet-level department focusing on the needs of New Mexico’s youngest population.

 

“Early childhood education and care is our path to prosperity,” says Senator Padilla. “The creation of an Early Childhood Education and Care Department will help New Mexico drive a consistent and accountable method for closing the achievement gap and building a stronger economy.”

 

Commentary: Editorial boards across the country are warning that millions could lose their health care coverage following a Texas judge ruling in favor of a Republican-backed and Trump-supported lawsuit to overturn the Affordable Care Act. See below:    

Pondering The Potential Of The Space Industry

Dec 17, 2018

Commentary: On May 25, 1961, President John F. Kennedy addressed a joint session of Congress and announced that it was his goal to land a man on the moon before the end of the decade. Within eight years, the U.S. did just that. July 20, 2019 will mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 space mission in which Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins flew to the moon, and the first two human beings, Armstrong and Aldrin, walked on the moon. Apollo 11 was the most famous of the Apollo missions, but each Apollo mission, those that proceeded it and those that followed it, increased NASA’s technological capabilities and scientific results.  

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