Good Morning  New Mexico,     

I'm Frank Haley with news on KKIM, am 1000   New Mexico's Christian Heritage Station on Thursday Sept. 18, 2014.

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Now today's news:

>> Scots decide whether to declare independence

 EDINBURGH, Scotland  -->>> Scots hold the fate of the United Kingdom in their hands today as they vote in a referendum on becoming an independent state, ..... deciding whether to unravel a marriage with England that built an empire but has increasingly been felt by many Scots as stifling and one-sided.

The question on the ballot   is simplicity itself: "Should Scotland be an independent country?" Yet it has divided Scots during months of campaigning, and polls suggest the result is too close to call.

>>>Senate next after House backs Obama on rebel aid

WASHINGTON  --*** President   Obama's request for congressional backing to train and arm rebels battling Islamic State militants in Syria is halfway home after its easy approval by the GOP-controlled House.... sent the issue to the Senate, where leaders in both parties say approval is ensured.

Top leaders of both parties stood with the president despite reservations that his strategy of arming moderate rebel groups could backfire or won't be enough to blunt the advance of ISIS  terrorists.

>>>Australian police stop a beheading plot  by ISIS...

SYDNEY  -- Australian  Police say  they stopped a plot to carry out beheadings in Australia by supporters of ISIS...... They detained 15 people and raided more than a dozen properties across Sydney.

The raids involving 800 federal and state police officers -   came in response to intelligence that an Islamic State group leader in the Middle East was calling on Australian supporters to kill.

Australia has estimated about 60 of its citizens are fighting for the Islamic State group in the middle East.

>>NM governor declares emergency ahead of storms

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.  Gov. Susana Martinez declared a statewide emergency on Wednesday in advance of heavy rainfalls and flooding expected to hit parts of New Mexico today and Friday.

The declaration makes $750,000 available to help communities respond and recover from storm damage. The governor has also asked the National Guard to be ready for rescues and flood mitigation operations.

In Albuquerque, the local flood control authority has distributed thousands of sandbags to city and county fire stations throughout the metro area. Local fire departments and emergency managers are on alert for storms – remnants of Hurricane Odile – that are expected to extend through Friday evening.

>>>State reports 4th hantavirus case

(Santa Fe)  --  ****A 50-year-old San Juan County man is hospitalized with hantavirus, marking New Mexico’s 4th case of the viral illness this year, including two that resulted in deaths.....

Hantavirus is a deadly disease transmitted by infected rodents through urine, droppings or saliva. The deer mouse is the main reservoir for the  hantavirus strain found in New Mexico.

Early symptoms include fever and muscle aches,   chills, headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain and cough, progressing to respiratory distress.  

>>Supreme Court sets Friday hearing in marijuana ballot case

 SANTA FE, N.M.  - ***New Mexico's highest court is giving speedy consideration to a lawsuit by Santa Fe County seeking to place a non-binding question over marijuana on the November general election ballot. ....           

The state Supreme Court scheduled a hearing Friday on the elections dispute.  

Bernalillo County has filed a similar lawsuit.

***Evangelist Dea Warford will speak at East Mountain Assembly of God Church in Moriarty this week-end. ...The church is  located at 3106 old 66 West, in Moriarty,    Warford  speaks Friday and Saturday ,  at 7 p.m., and Sunday,  at 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.

Evangelist Warford’s motto is: “Expect a miracle! Your life will never be the same!”


>>ensus data shows poverty rate rises in New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.  -*** New U.S. Census  numbers show New Mexico has the nation's second-highest percentage of people living in poverty. .....

Figures released   by the U.S. Census Bureau indicate that  nearly 22 percent of New Mexico residents lived in poverty last year, roughly 22,000 more people than in 2012.

Only Mississippi has a poverty rate higher than New Mexico  with 24 percent of that state's residents living in poverty.

***AZTEC  Boy run over by tractor in critical condition...

AZTEC, N.M.   - Authorities in northwestern New Mexico say a 7-year-old boy is hospitalized in critical condition after being accidentally run over by a farm tractor driven by his father.

The San Juan County Sheriff's Office says the man's two sons late Tuesday were playing in a field where the father was using a front-end loader to spread mulch.

According to the Sheriff's Office, the father lost sight of the boys and thought they'd gone into the house.

However, the other son then alerted his father that the 7-year-old had fallen and been run over by the tractor's rear wheels.

The boy is hospitalized in Albuquerque.

>>***Lack of funding may close Farmington detox center...

FARMINGTON, N.M. - A Farmington alcohol detox center may soon close.

The Daily Times reports that Four Winds Recovery Center faces closing in mid-November without additional funding.

The center is the only one in San Juan County. It's funded by Farmington, Aztec, Bloomfield and the county.

Farmington officials discussed the situation on Tuesday but didn't come up with a solution.

The county cut its funding for the center nearly in half because of a deficit in a program that helps pay for uninsured health care.

Other health care providers also were affected.


Charges dropped against teen in Farmington killing

FARMINGTON, N.M. - Prosecutors have dismissed murder and other charges against a 17-year-old Farmington youth who was arrested in a fatal shooting.

The   charges were dismissed without prejudice, meaning that they could be refiled.

The youth was released from custody after prosecutors said there is insufficient evidence to prosecute him.

Police have said they were pursuing new leads in the Sept. 3 killing of 22-year-old Seth Stallings of Farmington.

The Associated Press is not identifying the youth because of his age.


Woman sentenced to prison in Alamogordo killing

ALAMOGORDO, N.M.  - The last of three people convicted in the 2011 killing of a woman outside a Burger King in Alamogordo has been sentenced to life in prison and an additional 26 years.

The Alamogordo Daily News reports that District Judge James W. Counts sentenced Alexias Torres on Tuesday on convictions of first-degree murder and other crimes stemming from the killing of 33-year-old Shavon Twitty.

Fellow defendant Jonathan Montoya confessed to firing the fatal shots, although he said he had only intended to fire a warning shot. He was sentenced to life in prison.

A third person, Melissa Mathis, pleaded guilty last year to second-degree murder and is serving a 16-year sentence.

Prosecutors said Mathis and Twitty were involved romantically and had broken up shortly before Twitty's death.

Today is Thursday, September 18, the 261st day of 2014. There are 104 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On September 18, A.D. 14, the Roman Senate officially confirmed Tiberius as the second emperor of the Roman Empire, succeeding the late Augustus.

On this date:

In 1759, the French formally surrendered Quebec to the British.

In 1793, President George Washington laid the cornerstone of the U.S. Capitol.

In 1810, Chile made its initial declaration of independence from Spain with the forming of a national junta.

In 1927, the Columbia Phonograph Broadcasting System (later CBS) made its on-air debut with a basic network of 16 radio stations.

In 1931, an explosion in the Chinese city of Mukden damaged a section of Japanese-owned railway track; Japan, blaming Chinese nationalists, invaded Manchuria the next day.

In 1947, the National Security Act, which created a National Military Establishment, went into effect.

In 1961, United Nations Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold (dahg HAWM'-ahr-shoold) was killed in a plane crash in northern Rhodesia.

In 1964, Irish playwright Sean O'Casey, 84, died in Torquay, England. The situation comedy "The Addams Family," inspired by the Charles Addams cartoons, premiered on ABC-TV.

In 1970, rock star Jimi Hendrix died in London at age 27.

In 1975, newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst was captured by the FBI in San Francisco, 19 months after being kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army.

In 1984, retired U.S. Air Force Col. Joe Kittinger became the first person to complete a solo balloon flight across the Atlantic Ocean as he landed in Italy, four days after leaving Maine.

In 1994, tennis star Vitas Gerulaitis, 40, was found dead in the guest cottage of a friend's home in Southampton, New York, of accidental carbon monoxide poisoning.

Ten years ago: A divided U.N. Security Council approved a resolution threatening oil sanctions against Sudan unless the government reined in Arab militias blamed for a killing rampage in Darfur (dahr-FOOR'). Hollywood divorce lawyer Marvin Mitchelson died in Beverly Hills, California, at age 76. Pioneer adult filmmaker Russ Meyer died in Los Angeles at age 82. Miss Alabama Deidre Downs was crowned Miss America. Pop singer Britney Spears married her fiance, dancer Kevin Federline, in a surprise ceremony. (The couple divorced nearly three years later.)

Five years ago: Tens of thousands of protesters rallied in defiance of Iran's Islamic leadership, clashing with police and confronting state-run anti-Israel rallies. Writer-editor Irving Kristol, known as the godfather of neoconservatism, died at 89. The final episode of "Guiding Light" aired on CBS, ending a 72-year run on radio and television.

One year ago: Syrian President Bashar Assad, in a Fox News Channel interview, said a United Nations report finding "clear and convincing evidence" sarin nerve gas was used in Syria painted an "unrealistic" account, and denied his government had orchestrated the attack. Former heavyweight boxing champion Ken Norton, 70, died in Las Vegas.

Today's Birthdays: Singer Jimmie Rodgers is 81. Actor Robert Blake is 81. Former Sen. Robert Bennett, R-Utah, is 81. Actor Fred Willard is 81. Actor Eddie Jones is 80. Gospel singer Bobby Jones is 76. Singer Frankie Avalon is 74. Actress Beth Grant is 65. Rock musician Kerry Livgren is 65. Actress Anna Deavere Smith is 64. Basketball Hall of Fame coach Rick Pitino is 62. College Football Hall of Famer and retired NFL player Billy Sims is 59. Movie director Mark Romanek is 55. Baseball Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg is 55. Alt-country-rock musician Mark Olson is 53. Singer Joanne Catherall (Human League) is 52. Actress Holly Robinson Peete is 50. Rhythm-and-blues singer Ricky Bell (Bell Biv Devoe and New Edition) is 47. Actress Aisha Tyler is 44. Racing cyclist Lance Armstrong is 43. Opera singer Anna Netrebko is 43. Actress Jada Pinkett Smith is 43. Actor James Marsden is 41. Actress Emily Rutherfurd is 40. Actor Travis Schuldt is 40. Rapper Xzibit is 40. Comedian-actor Jason Sudeikis is 39. Actress Sophina Brown is 38. Actor Barrett Foa is 37. TV correspondent Sara Haines is 37. Actress Alison Lohman is 35. Actors Brandon and Taylor Porter are 21. Actor C.J. Sanders is 18.

Thought for Today: "It's my rule never to lose me temper till it would be detrimental to keep it." — Sean O'Casey (1880-1964).

That's the news on KKIM,  am 1000 New Mexico's Christian Heritage station!!
I'm Frank Haley   cjf,  …

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