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US says 7-year-old who died in custody had not appeared ill

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  WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. immigration officials on Friday defended their actions in the detention of a 7-year-old Guatemalan girl who died two days after she and her father were taken into custody along a remote stretch of the U.S. border.

The girl, identified by a Guatemalan official as Jackeline Caal, had gone days without food and water, a Department of Homeland Security statement said. Yet immigration officials said she did not appear to be ill when detained.

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Medicaid Program Will Cost New Mexico $63 Million More Next Year

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's Medicaid program will cost state taxpayers an additional $63 million next year.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports the federal government is scaling back the share it pays to cover many New Mexican residents under the health insurance program.

Governor-Elect Lujan Grisham Names First Cabinet Selections

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Democratic New Mexico Gov.-elect Michelle Lujan Grisham has appointed Cabinet secretaries at three major agencies that oversee state finances, Medicaid and subsidized nutrition programs, and the regulation of energy and mining industries.

Lujan Grisham on Friday emphasized commitments to expanding the state's clean-energy economy and shoring up health care access in announcing the Cabinet appointments.

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Two big safety awards for the SCSWA

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At the South Central Solid Waste Authority (SCSWA) Transfer Station, the same sign hangs in the breakroom, in the observation deck, and in the restroom: “Work safely today, remember someone expects you home tonight.” Those are not just signs; it’s a culture of safety that’s been created at the agency.

In the SCSWA front office, the new 2018 award from the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) is displayed. It’s for the Biggest Safety Improvement - Collection and Transfer.

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Record number of Mexican gray wolves found dead in 2018

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  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Wildlife managers have confirmed a record number of Mexican gray wolves have been reported dead this year, fueling concerns about the decades-long effort to return the endangered predator to the southwestern U.S.

Five wolves were found dead in New Mexico in November, bringing the total for the year to 17. That marks the most wolves killed in any single year since the reintroduction effort began in 1998, and it's one of the deadliest months in the program's history.

El Paso, Texas – El Paso Electric (EPE) officially unveils the region’s first utility-led electric vehicle (EV) website (www.epelectric.com/ev), which can be used as a resource for anyone interested in purchasing or learning more about the growing, sustainable form of transportation.

NM Supreme Court upholds constitutionality of textbook loan program

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SANTA FE – The New Mexico Supreme Court today ruled that the state constitution allows the use of taxpayer money to provide non-religious textbooks to students in private schools, both secular and religious.

In a divided decision, three justices of the state’s highest court concluded that a Public Education Department textbook loan program did not violate Article XII, Section 3 of the New Mexico Constitution, which prohibits the use of public funds “for the support of any sectarian, denominational or private school, college or university.”

Las Cruces Area Hit By E-Mail Scam

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Doña Ana County has been made aware of scam emails sent to various constituents recently. Although the messages did not come from the county, the “From” address mimicked a Doña Ana County address. 

   “Please know that it is very easy for scammers to send emails with false “From” addresses,’ said Doña Ana County IT Director Bob Bunting. “Therefore, you should never trust any email solely based on the “From” address.

7-year-old immigrant girl dies after Border Patrol arrest

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  LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A 7-year-old girl who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border with her father last week died after being taken into the custody of the U.S. Border Patrol, federal immigration authorities confirmed Thursday.

Voice Of The Public: KRWG's Tamale Confidential

Dec 13, 2018
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It’s tamale season! Hi, I’m Edmundo Resendez your host today on the Third Annual Tamale Confidential on Voice of the Public. Join us today as we take a break from all the political talk and news to discuss an issue that is near and dear to our hearts this holiday season in New Mexico: tamales! Juan Morales is president of the Santa Fe Grill and the Santa Fe Grill Catering, he is here today to discuss the art of making and most important eating delicious tamales.

Virgin Galactic tourism rocket ship reaches space in test

Dec 13, 2018

  MOJAVE, Calif. (AP) — Virgin Galactic's tourism spaceship climbed more than 50 miles high above California's Mojave Desert on Thursday, reaching for the first time what the company considers the boundary of space.

The rocket ship hit an altitude of 51 miles (82 kilometers) before beginning its gliding descent, said mission official Enrico Palermo. It landed on a runway minutes later.

"We made it to space!" Palermo said.

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Southern New Mexico is known for its agriculture, like its sweeping chile fields. Many children help their parents harvest those fields, at least until they graduate high school. A federal program helps those children make the transition to college.


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Dec 13, 2018

 

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Report: Test Flight Planned For Virgin Galactic

Dec 12, 2018

  MOJAVE, Calif. (AP) — Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic is gearing up to finally send its tourism rocket ship to the edge of space.

If successful, it would be a major step toward the long-delayed dream of commercial space tourism.

The next test flight could come as early as Thursday with two pilots taking Virgin Space Ship Unity high above California's Mojave Desert.

El Paso - The office of Senator José Rodríguez has exceeded its initial goal of 2,400 soccer balls donated for the "Gifts for Good" drive for the youth in the Tornillo detention center; the goal was based on the facility census, which at last report has grown to approximately 2,800 unaccompanied minors.  Here is a statement from the Senator's office:

The official count from the online wish list is 2,550, and there are more dribbling in. The office expects to finish at about 2,700. Many people from the Paso del Norte and Trans-Pecos region, and from across America, have asked for an opportunity to show the youths that they are welcome by sending gifts, or by providing educational or social services. Unfortunately, the children are not allowed visitors, gifts of any kind, or even hugs.

State of New Mexico workers could pay more for pensions

Dec 12, 2018

  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Public Employees Retirement Association board backed a plan that would cut benefits for about 40,000 New Mexico retired state workers in the coming years.

The board, which approved the proposal on Tuesday, also voted to ask lawmakers for a $200 million lump-sum appropriation to shore up the pension fund.

New Mexico charter school gets money for students who left

Dec 12, 2018

  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico state budget analysts say an embattled charter school continues to receive money for hundreds of students who no longer are enrolled.

An accountability report from the state Legislative Finance Committee says New Mexico Connections Academy will receive about $6 million during the current school year for students who are no longer enrolled. New Mexico bases school funding on prior-year enrollment.

 

  Today, Governor Susana Martinez announced that international industrial & manufacturing company, Admiral Cable, will expand to Santa Teresa and create "up to 342 new manufacturing jobs, with up to $3.92 million in Local Economic Development Act (LEDA) funds" used in the expansion. Here is a release from the Governor's office:

Admiral Cable’s backers, founders and leaders represent an elite group of Taiwanese industrial/manufacturing entrepreneurs and investors. The company also plans to invest approximately $50 million in building a new 65,000 square foot facility in phase one, with additional construction bringing the total plant to nearly 175,000 square feet. This international recruitment is supported by New Mexico's closing fund, LEDA.

 

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Trump administration asks Supreme Court to allow asylum ban

Dec 11, 2018

  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is asking the Supreme Court to allow enforcement of a ban on asylum for any immigrants who illegally cross the U.S.-Mexico border.

Two federal courts have temporarily blocked the policy President Donald Trump announced in November in response to caravans of migrants that were approaching the border. Last week, the federal appeals court in San Francisco said the ban is inconsistent with federal law and an attempted end-run around Congress.

Las Cruces program explores how students can better understand algebra

Dec 11, 2018

Researchers at New Mexico State University are looking at how fourth- and fifth-grade students can better understand early algebra concepts after using educational video games developed by the Math Snacks research team at NMSU. In turn, research findings will also help Math Snacks developers create additional materials that will improve students’ grasp of algebra concepts.

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