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Kentucky Derby Winner Fails Drug Test, Renewing Scrutiny For Trainer Bob Baffert

Medina Spirit, the horse that won the Kentucky Derby earlier this month, has failed a drug test. It is the latest of a long line of drug test failures by trainer Bob Baffert's horses. Baffert, who had celebrated a record seventh Derby victory, disclosed the positive test at a press conference Sunday at the Churchill Downs racetrack in Louisville, Ky. He denied any wrongdoing and indicated that the horse had never knowingly been treated with betamethasone, the steroid for which it tested...

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  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a Mesquite man has been arrested in connection with the death girlfriend’s 5-month-old daughter last month. Doña Ana County Sheriff’s officials say 23-year-old Israel Ramirez is facing one count of intentional child abuse resulting in the death of a child under 12 and one count of intentional child abuse resulting in great bodily harm of a child under 12. Both charges are first-degree felonies. The Albuquerque Journal reports that child’s mother _ 23-year-old Danielle Lujan _ is facing charges with child abuse resulting in great bodily harm, also a first-degree felony. Ramirez and Lujan were arrested Thursday and being held without bond at the county jail.

  AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A top political aide to Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller has been arrested after accusations that he stole money from investors looking to join the state’s new hemp industry. Court records show Todd Smith is charged with third-degree felony theft. Smith is a longtime political aide to Miller, whose department issues licenses to grow hemp, which became legal in Texas in 2019. Smith is accused of taking money from prospective hemp producers who thought they were securing a license. He was released from an Austin jail Friday and did not return messages seeking comment.   

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  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state Supreme Court has upheld a lower court decision allowing the no-bail release of an 18-year-old with no prior criminal history who is accused of a string of residential burglaries in Albuquerque. The Friday ruling rebuffs public prosecutors who say risks to the community can’t be mitigated by electronic tracking devices and supervision. Justice Michael Vigil announced the court’s decision following oral arguments and brief private deliberations. Prosecutors say community safety should be a higher priority in New Mexico's no-cash bail system. The case against releasing Jesse Mascareno-Haidle is the latest challenge by law enforcement to that system. He has pleaded not guilty.

  LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Many municipal employees of New Mexico’s second most populous city who have worked remotely during the pandemic are back at their regular work sites. Most city workers were deemed essential and worked on site during the pandemic, but up to 40% of the work force had been working remotely. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that changed in the past week when employees were ordered to return to in-person work under a phase-in approach that has returning employees working on site at least three days a week. The city cited Dona Ana County’s declining daily coronavirus case numbers and increasing vaccinations.


  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico officials have released the names of dozens of people who are vying to be appointed to the state's new Cannabis Regulatory Advisory Committee. The list of 161 people was posted online Friday. State officials said they're committed to ensuring a transparent process as the state prepares for recreational marijuana sales. Under state law, the advisory committee needs to be established no later than Sept. 1. The panel will be charged with advising the Cannabis Control Division on the development of rules covering best practices and the promotion of economic and cultural diversity when it comes to licensing and employment opportunities.

Las Cruces City Council To Hear From New Police Auditor

May 8, 2021

  The Las Cruces City Council will meet via video conference at 1 p.m. Monday, May 10, 2021 for a Work Session.

OIR Group, the new, independent police auditor hired by the City of Las Cruces, will be introduced to the City Council at Monday’s Work Session. On February 16, City Council unanimously approved a one-year contract, with an option to renew for as many as four additional one-year terms, for an amount not to exceed $75,000 annually. The City had been without a police auditor since August 2019.

Las Cruces to Observe Economic Development Week

May 8, 2021

  The City of Las Cruces Economic Development Department will join with other economic development organizations across the U.S. to observe Economic Development Week 2021, which will be from May 9 through May 15.

Economic Development Week was created by the International Economic Development Council in 2016 to increase awareness of local programs that create jobs, advance career development opportunities, and improve communities’ quality of life everywhere. In the past five years, more than 450 campaigns have been made throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Las Cruces Frenger Pool to Close for Repairs

May 8, 2021

  Frenger Pool, 800 Parkview Drive, will be closed for repairs beginning Monday, May 10. As a timeline for completion becomes clear, an update on progress will be given.

During the closure, lap swimming will be available at the Las Cruces Regional Aquatic Center, 1401 E. Hadley Ave., from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday, and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday’s by reservation only.

For information, call 575/541-2782.

Las Cruces: Let's Clean Up Our Recycling Containers

May 8, 2021

Over the past year, it’s likely that recycling may not have been a priority. However, you might have had plenty of Amazon boxes that ending up in your blue bin. But, did Styrofoam from curbside pickup or a greasy pizza box end up there too? That’s contamination that decreases the quality of our recycling, and it’s a problem that takes everyone to solve.


The West Mesa Industrial Park Wastewater Treatment Facility (Facility), operated by Las Cruces Utilities (LCU), treats approximately 150,000 gallons of wastewater per day. There’s plenty of equipment that helps those thousands of gallons get processed, and over time, that equipment needs to get replaced.


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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A gunman opened fire at a birthday party in Colorado, slaying six adults before killing himself Sunday, police said.

The shooting happened just after midnight in a mobile home park on the east side of Colorado Springs, police said.

For Mother's Day, NPR's Sacha Pfeiffer speaks with a roundtable of moms about what it's been like mothering in the months since the pandemic upended life as we knew it.

Rapper Esoteric of the group CZARFACE discusses the new collaboration album Super What? and the legacy of rapper MF DOOM, who died in 2020.

Life Kit: How To Pick A Baby Name

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NPR's Life Kit shares tips and tricks for how to pick a baby name.

Archaeologists discovered the fossilized remains of nine Neanderthals at a prehistoric cave site south of Rome, the Italian Cultural Ministry announced on Saturday.

The oldest of the remains date from between 90,000 and 100,000 years ago, while the other eight are believed to be younger, dating from 50,000 to 68,000 years ago.

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Commentary: With President Biden's proposed programs on Infrastructure and Families, Republicans are calling them socialism ideas that will move us toward communist countries like Cuba or Venezuela. That is not true. Capitalism does a good job of providing goods and services like automobiles, groceries, electronics, banking, repairs, haircuts, and clothing. But there are certain collective needs that the private sector has little incentive to provide—such as public education, roads and bridges, broadband access in rural areas, mass transportation, childcare, police, retraining programs, and basic research. To have a successful society, we need both.

  Commentary: Today, the Department of Interior, the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Commerce, and the Executive Office of the President released a comprehensive report on achieving President Biden’s commitment to conserve 30% of U.S. lands and waters by the year 2030. 

New Mexico conservation leaders share their thoughts and aspirations related to the new report:

Teresa Martinez, Executive Director of the Continental Divide Trail Coalition:

“A national 30x30 goal will ensure that all Americans, regardless of their race or status, will have access to our pristine natural world. Frontier communities in New Mexico and across the country will thrive. The outdoor economy will grow, creating clean, healthy jobs. Nature can heal, and we can help to lessen the impact of the current climate crisis, ensuring clean air and clean water for our children and grandchildren.”

Symbolism, not security, reason for border wall

May 4, 2021


  Commentary: For the past four years, our nation’s immigration policy was the equivalent of a “Keep Out” sign on the front yard. That didn’t stop desperate migrants from seeking refuge.


The border wall was the physical embodiment of that policy. It was the top priority for the previous administration, and the most motivating issue for the Republoican base, who were promised that Mexico would pay for construction.


Former President Donald Trump routinely battled with members of Congress, including those from his own party, over funding for the wall. That dispute led to a 35-day shutdown of the federal government in 2018, the longest in our nation’s history.

From One Moment to the Next

May 4, 2021

Commentary: We gave in to our children's continued requests for a cat. When we walked into the adoption center, it was all over. A first batch of kittens was a no-go when their little needle-like claws got stuck on the kids' skin. The kids deflated as they pried the adorable mewing floofs off.

The employee suggested the cat room. One friendly little male cat "sold himself well," as my husband said. He's gregarious, playful, and smart; he went right toward the kids and my husband. The kids were over the moon when we walked out with him.

The Canary in the Tiny House

May 4, 2021

Commentary: When I left for college, I was proud that I could pack my life into my car. I stuffed everything that I needed — or thought I needed — into a 1988 Volvo 240. When I shoved my lava lamp next to a stack of shirts, I never for a minute dreamed that it would be considered cool to live in your car, a van or a tiny house originally dreamt up for Keebler elves.

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