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Las Cruces NEA Challenging District On Teacher Pay Cut

According to the National Council on Teacher Quality New Mexico teachers are among the most poorly paid in the nation. Starting pay in the Las Cruces district is already ten thousand dollars less than the El Paso Independent Schools. But it appears pay in Las Cruces will be cut even further due to a budget crisis.The budget shortfall this year in Las Cruces Public Schools was 7.6 million dollars. To deal with the crisis the district instituted a hiring freeze, cut the number of assistant...
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A jury has acquitted a former executive of Texas' $3 billion cancer-fighting effort who was the only state official charged following a sweeping criminal investigation that began in 2012.

Jerry Cobbs was found not guilty Tuesday on charges that he improperly steered $11 million in taxpayer funds at the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas to a private biotech startup.

Office of the Governor

  Governor Susana Martinez is ordering compliance investigators with the State Public Education Department and individuals from the Department of Public Safety to conduct an immediate review of background check policies for each school district in the state and undertake a thorough compliance review to ensure school districts are requiring personnel to receive timely criminal background checks.

APNewsBreak: New Mexico Rolls Out Work Rules For Food Stamps

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New Mexico is pushing back the timeline for certain low-income adults who will have to meet work and job-training requirements to remain eligible for food stamps.

State Human Services Secretary Brent Earnest told The Associated Press on Tuesday his department decided to delay implementation of the requirements and make some changes in response to concerns voiced during recent public meetings.

Social service advocates have argued that many people stand to lose their benefits because there aren't enough jobs or meaningful training opportunities in the poverty-stricken state.

Albuquerque Police Investigate Body In Rio Grande

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Albuquerque police are investigating how a man's body ended up in the Rio Grande but are awaiting autopsy results to determine if foul play was involved.

Police spokesman Tanner Tixier says a body was spotted in the river Sunday afternoon near the Central Avenue bridge. It was recovered by a police dive team and Office of the Medical Investigator staff.

Homicide detectives plan to work with medical investigators to determine how the death occurred and if it was criminal in nature.

Angel Linares, 20, of Las Cruces N.M., was sentenced today in Las Cruces federal court to five years in federal prison followed by four years of supervised release for heroin trafficking charges in connection with five cases filed in 2013, as the result of a multi-agency investigation into drug trafficking in Doña Ana County, N.M.

New Mexico Activists to Rally in Support of Releasing More Mexican Gray Wolves

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  SANTA FE, N.M.— Wildlife supporters will rally Thursday morning to call on the New Mexico Game Commission to support the federal government's release of endangered Mexican gray wolves in the Gila National Forest in southern New Mexico. Activists are also urging the commission to vote down two separate proposals: one that would allow cougar trapping and another allowing a 25 percent increase in hunting permits for black bears.

McCamley: You Can Do Something About Standardized Tests

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Rep. Bill McCamley (D-New Mexico House District 33)

 “The problem with standardized tests is that it's based on the mistake that we can simply scale up the education of children like you would scale up making carburetors. And we can't, because human beings are very different from motorcars, and they have feelings about what they do and motivations in doing it, or not.”

 

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'Fastest Nun In The West' Faces First Test For Sainthood

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An Italian-born nun who challenged Billy the Kid, calmed angry mobs and helped open New Mexico territory hospitals and schools is facing her first test for Sainthood.

The Archdiocese of Santa Fe is hosting Tuesday a "first inquiry" in Albuquerque to present evidence on why Sister Blandina Segale should become a Saint.

Last year, the archdiocese received permission from the Vatican to open her "Sainthood Cause."

Police Shooting In Santa Fe Leads To Road Closures

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State police say they've closed to several roads near Interstate 25 and the Cerrillos Road exits from the highway in Santa Fe after a shooting.

Details of the early morning shooting that apparently involved officers have not been released.

State police Chief Pete Kassetas plans to hold a news conference Tuesday morning to provide details of the incident.

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Las Cruces City Council is scheduled to vote on a plan to bond Hold Harmless GRT tax funds next month. If the bond passes, $12.6 million dollars will be available for economic development projects around the city.

Council is looking to fund a variety of projects with bond money in an effort to diversify their investments. Some of the Projects being looked at include expanding the convention center, building a soundstage, making improvements at the airport, and developing a business incubator.

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Thursday at 7pm, join KRWG-TV for an hour-long program to hear what local voters expect from Las Cruces city government. Thursday at 1pm, join KRWG-FM for an hour-long call-in show about anonymous posts on websites and in newspapers. Some say the posts help to encourage discussion, but others say anonymity can lead to problems. KRWG-FM guests include: Las Cruces Sun-News Managing Editor, Sylvia Ulloa and District 33 State Representative, Bill McCamley.
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