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Fanfare And Deals Dominate Trump's First Day In Saudi Arabia

President Donald Trump's first day in Saudi Arabia began with a lavish reception and ended with an ostentatious ceremony, but not before Trump and the Saudi king signed several agreements spanning diplomatic, governmental and commercial ventures, including an arms deal worth $110 billion . In an effort cement political ties between the two allies, Trump and King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud also formalized the "Joint Strategic Vision Declaration." Details of the agreement stipulate the...

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House OKs property tax limits amid special session flap

10 hours ago
Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick - R

  AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas House has advanced a contentious property tax bill, one of two proposals that the head of the Texas Senate threatened could spark a special legislative session if they fail to pass.

The proposal seeks to limit local governments' ability to raise property taxes, which local officials oppose.

A bill containing deeper property tax limits passed the Senate but stalled in the House. A scaled-back House version was attached to another bill Saturday, however, and passed 135-0, despite tea party legislators agitating for more.

Callers threaten Texas lawmaker who seeks Trump impeachment

10 hours ago

  HOUSTON (AP) — A black Texas congressman said Saturday that he's been threatened with lynching by callers infuriated over him seeking impeachment of President Donald Trump.

U.S. Rep. Al Green held a town hall meeting and played recordings of several threatening voicemails left at his offices in Houston and Washington, the Houston Chronicle reports .

The seven-term Democrat told the crowd of about 100 people that he won't be deterred.

  AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Legislature has approved eliminating straight-ticket voting beginning in September 2020.

The bill eventually prohibits Texans from choosing a party's full slate of candidates with a single ballot marking. It advanced with Republican support over Democratic objections.

The state House originally passed the bill, then voted 89-45 on Saturday to approve changes made in the Senate. It now goes to Gov. Greg Abbott, who can sign or veto the bill, or allow it to become law automatically.

Rio Grande benefiting from heavy snowmelt

15 hours ago
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  PILAR, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico kayakers and farmers are taking advantage of heavy snowmelt feeding the Rio Grande.

Hydrologist Royce Fontenot says the Rio Grande flow at Embudo has reached 4,111 cubic feet per second (116.42 cubic meters per second) this spring. That is the highest it has been since 2014, and Fontenot says there still more snowmelt from Colorado and Rio Grande Basin to come.

Kayakers on the Rio Grande in Pilar on Tuesday said the area was considered a Class 4, which they say is an ideal kayaking condition.

5 arrested in West Texas fatal stabbing of former soldier

15 hours ago

  EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Investigators say five people have been arrested on capital murder charges in the slaying of a former soldier at a West Texas apartment.

El Paso police on Friday night announced arrests in connection with the May 7 fatal stabbing of 23-year-old Tyler Kaden Croke. Police say officers responding to reports of an unknown problem found the victim in a unit and evidence of a fight.

City Of Las Cruces Experiencing Issue with Vendor Payments

May 19, 2017

An issue with the City of Las Cruces’ financial software is contributing to an inability to promptly make payments to vendors. The City is working overtime hours, has hired temporary employees, and is in constant communication with the software company in order to process payments as quickly as possible and to rectify the issue.

Earlier this year, NMPolitics.net was awarded a $5,000 grant from the Fund for Investigative Journalism to explore issues within New Mexico’s behavioral health system. http://http://nmpolitics.net/index/2017/01/grant-will-help-nmpolitics-net-investigate-behavioral-health-system

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Commentary: Las Cruces – Before traveling to Santa Fe for the special legislative session, Representative Nathan Small (D-36) will be hearing from residents at two town halls across Doña Ana County. The Special Session is necessary because of Governor Martinez and Lt. Governor John Sanchez' irresponsible and harmful veto of higher education funding—hitting NMSU, DACC, the extension office, the New Mexico Department of Agriculture, and countless other services that District 36 residents and New Mexicans count on.

Pontelli named dean of Arts and Sciences college at NMSU

May 19, 2017

A New Mexico State University Regents professor with nearly two decades of service to the university was selected to become dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Enrico Pontelli has accepted the appointment after serving as interim dean of the college since February of last year. 

New Mexico Jobless Rate-Nation's Highest 6.7%; Colorado-Lowest At 2.3%

May 19, 2017

  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 6.7 percent in April, the same as March.  That's the highest jobless rate in the nation.  Colorado had the lowest unemployment rate in the country, dropping from 2.6 percent in March to 2.3 percent in April.

A year ago, the state's unemployment rate was 6.6 percent.

The state Department of Workforce Solutions reports that New Mexico's economy added 7,400 jobs between April 2016 and last month.

Six industries added jobs, six posted losses and one was unchanged from March.

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Commentary: Albuquerque, NM – New Mexico First will host its biennial First Forum lecture series on June 7 in Albuquerque. Crisis Point: Advancing Healthy Politics in New Mexico will feature U.S. Senators Tom Daschle (D) and Trent Lott (R).

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Commentary:  Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) and Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), and First Vice Chair Rep.

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Commentary: Where is the Dona Ana County Republican Party?  In the party chair's 5/12 open letter I see signs of 'blame any else' as the modus operandi.   Too bad.

Tell The Trump Administration: Protect Our Monuments

May 18, 2017
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 Commentary: Last month, President Trump signed an executive order aimed at weakening national monument designations made by his predecessors, including Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks and Rio Grande del Norte in New Mexico.

Lawmaker, Law Enforcement Blast Texas "Show Me Your Papers" SB4

May 18, 2017

  Commentary– Since President Trump’s inauguration, we’ve seen a slew of anti-immigrant legislation proposed on both the local and national level.

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