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New Mexico judge broadens medical marijuana program

Aug 6, 2019

  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico judge has ordered state officials to issue identification cards for the medical marijuana program to all qualifying patients, including people who live outside the state.

The judge's order Monday was in response to an emergency petition filed by three out-of-state residents after the state Department of Health denied their applications to enter the cannabis program, the Albuquerque Journal reported .

Records: State agrees to $1M in settlements with 3 employees

Aug 6, 2019
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  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Court documents show the state reached settlements totaling $1 million with three former state employees within the New Mexico Department of Public Safety.

The settlement terms detailed in documents that were released Tuesday show Amy Orlando, a former deputy secretary for DPS, and another department employee each received $300,000. Another employee settled for $400,000.

Las Cruces Awarded Grant To Help Digitize Museum Collection

Aug 6, 2019

 

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Las Cruces will be able to digitize its permanent museum collection with the help of a $50,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation American Art Program.

The city of Las Cruces announced the funding Monday. The city's museum collection includes paintings, drawings, sculptures, photographs and more.

Officials say the project will increase the accessibility of the permanent collection as digital images and updated information about each piece will be made available online.

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Alamogordo NOW

Aug 6, 2019

Jessica Onsurez, news director of the Alamogordo Daily News brings us the latest news from Alamogordo.

This week—U.S. Border Patrol checkpoints in the El Paso Sector that closed in late March to address an influx of migrants have reopened, a Lincoln County man accused of having possible explosives in his vehicle is arrested, and the drug treatment clinic White Sands Family Practice is set to shutter its doors by Aug. 30.

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New Mexico governor plans summit on domestic terrorism

Aug 5, 2019

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham will be convening a summit to discuss ways to reduce the risk of domestic terrorist acts in the wake of the mass shooting in El Paso, Texas.

The first-year governor announced Monday that she'll bring together state legislative leaders from both political parties as well as public safety officials from within her administration.

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas also has been invited, and federal authorities are expected to give a briefing during the summit.

The event is scheduled for Aug. 14.

El Paso is a border town with a predominately Hispanic population and a culture linked to both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border. And now the community feels like it is being targeted because of that.

Arrowhead Center at New Mexico State University is introducing a new format for its Innoventure entrepreneurship and prototyping competition this academic year. Now called Innoventure Challenge, the new format keeps its focus on business development and prototype design while incorporating a more flexibile time commitment for teachers and students. 

Also new this year are cash prizes available to winning high school teams who travel to NMSU for the competition’s final round.

Las Cruces City Council Approves Another $500,000 For Migrant Care

Aug 5, 2019

On Monday, the Las Cruces City Council unanimously approved another $500,000 to deal with the migrant crisis in the city. 

This is the second time the council has needed to allocate $500,000 in city funds in recent months.

The money is being used in part for a shelter at an old Armory that has taken in more than 16,000 people since the crisis began.

The city is applying for federal funding to help reimburse the costs incurred for migrant care.

University Avenue Lane Closures Tuesday In Las Cruces

Aug 5, 2019

As part of the University Avenue Pedestrian Crossing H.A.W.K. Signal Project, Locust Street at the University Avenue intersection will have intermittent lane closures starting Tuesday, August 6, 2019. The intermittent lane closures are expected to last approximately three working days.

For the public’s convenience, crews will work only from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday leaving evenings and weekends free of construction activity. The lane closures will be on RoadRUNNER Transit routes 2 and 8 but will not affect any bus stop locations.

EL PASO – In light of the recent mass shooting tragedy in El Paso, State Sen. José Rodríguez has cancelled three legislative town halls that were scheduled to take place this week in El Paso, Marfa and Presidio this week. These town halls will be rescheduled for a later date. The details of the three cancelled events are below.

What: SD 29 Legislative Town Hall

When: 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (MST), Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Obama: Americans must not let racist views become normalized

Aug 5, 2019
President Barack Obama / Obama White House

  WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Barack Obama said Monday, in his first public statement since a pair of mass shootings in Texas and Ohio, that Americans must "soundly reject language" from any leader who "feeds a climate of fear and hatred or normalizes racist sentiments."

The statement , which did not mention President Donald Trump directly, also reminded Americans that "we are not helpless" in the face of the nation's high frequency of mass shootings compared to other countries.

El Paso absorbs more grief as shooting deaths climb to 22

Aug 5, 2019

 

   EL PASO, Texas (AP) — The Texas border city jolted by a weekend massacre at a Walmart absorbed still more grief Monday as the death toll climbed to 22 and fear lingered in El Paso, where the shooting rampage claimed more lives than the number of murders here just two years ago.

New Mexico Governor: EPA failing to protect public health

Aug 5, 2019
Office of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham

  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham says the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is failing to protect public health and the environment by not helping the state in its legal battle against the U.S. Air Force over contamination at two military installations.

The governor took aim at the federal agency in a letter sent Friday to EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler.

Suspect in Las Cruces Shooting Charged with Third-degree Felony

Aug 5, 2019

The man suspected in Saturday’s shooting on Embassy Drive has been charged with a felony.

Andrew Jason Torres, 35, of the 1600 block of Embassy Drive, is charged with a third-degree felony count of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. He’s also charged with misdemeanor counts of battery on a household member, negligent use of a deadly weapon, reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident.

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Hundreds of people in El Paso turned out Sunday for a rally against gun violence, the day after a gunman killed 22 people and wounded more than two dozen others inside a local Walmart. The suspected 21-year-old gunman from Allen, Texas, is in police custody, and authorities are investigating the shooting as an act of domestic terrorism.

Updated on Aug. 7 at 2 p.m. CST

Community members gathered for a vigil in El Paso on Monday night to honor the youngest victim of the mass shooting at a Walmart store on Saturday.

Driver and Four Passengers Killed in Fatal Crash in Guadalupe County

Aug 4, 2019

Guadalupe County, NM – On August 3, 2019 at about 12:20 p.m., the New Mexico State Police investigated a fatal rollover crash on US54 near milepost 212, north of Vaughn, NM.  Here is a statement from New Mexico State Police:

Attack highlights challenge of pursuing domestic extremists

Aug 4, 2019
U.S. Attorney John Bash / Department of Justice

  WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal authorities investigating the El Paso shooting call it an act of domestic terrorism, but they cannot apply the same terrorism law that prosecutors have used for years against supporters of the Islamic State and al-Qaida.

El Paso suspect appears to have posted anti-immigrant screed

Aug 4, 2019
Patrick Crusius / FBI

  

  DALLAS (AP) — About 20 minutes before the shooting started at an El Paso Walmart, a rambling screed was posted to an online message board saying the massacre was in response to an "invasion" of Hispanics coming across the southern border.

Titled "The Inconvenient Truth," it railed against the dangers of mass immigration and warned that Hispanics will eventually take over the economy and government. The writer argued that attacking "low-security" targets was a way to "fight to reclaim my country from destruction."

El Paso shooting offers O'Rourke a real-time political test

Aug 4, 2019
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  WASHINGTON (AP) — Beto O'Rourke, his once-soaring presidential prospects in swift decline, returned to El Paso, Texas, to try to help cope with the shootings that killed 20 people. He no longer has the platform of a public office, but he still has his voice.

The former congressman was a persistent presence on his hometown's streets and on news shows Sunday, trying to offer comfort to his community and to lay at least partial responsibility at the doors of the White House.

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  Mayor Ken Miyagishima, Councillor Gabe Vasquez and the Las Cruces City Council are asking residents to join them at the Downtown Civic Plaza on Monday evening for an Expression of Solidarity with the People of El Paso.  Here is a statement from the Mayor:

“I was in touch with El Paso Mayor Dee Margo immediately after the shooting on Saturday,” Miyagishima said, “offering our full support as a city, and as neighbors with deep ties to our friends in El Paso. To that end, our Las Cruces city councilors and I would like to invite all Las Crucens to join us at the Downtown Civic Plaza on Monday evening to show our solidarity with the people of El Paso.”

 

The event will be held at 8 p.m. Monday, August 5, at the Civic Plaza in downtown Las Cruces.

  Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard says Mexico will take legal action to protect Mexicans and Americans of Mexican descent after the shooting in El Paso, Texas.

In a video statement, Ebrard called the shooting an "act of barbarism" and said the country's first priority is attending to the impacted families.

Next, he said, Mexico plans to seek legal measures to protect Mexican nationals and Mexican-Americans in the U.S.

Mexican officials say three Mexican nationals were killed and another six were wounded in the Saturday shooting at a Texas Wal-Mart.

In Depth: After pair of mass shootings, Trump remains out of sight

Aug 4, 2019
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  BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — As the nation reeled from two mass shootings in less than a day, President Donald Trump spent the first hours after the tragedies out of sight at his New Jersey golf course, sending out tweets of support awkwardly mixed in with those promoting a celebrity fight and attacking his political foes.

Las Cruces Water Confidence: Annual Report Available Now

Aug 4, 2019

Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) now publishes 6 different Water Quality Consumer Confidence Reports (CCR) every year to provide comprehensive information about drinking water quality in each of its service areas. The most recent Report, with 2018 data, was mailed out at the beginning of July 2019, to all customers within the Las Cruces Municipal Water System (LCMWS).

The Latest: Democratic candidates slam Trump over shootings

Aug 4, 2019

  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Democratic presidential candidates and the shootings in Texas and Ohio (all times Eastern):

10:45 a.m.

Democratic presidential candidates are pointing a finger of blame at President Donald Trump following recent mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.

In television interviews, several urged additional gun restrictions such as universal background checks. But they also cited Trump's anti-immigrant rhetoric and racial language.

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