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September 18, 2014

"Before Bataan: Photo exhibit captures soldiers unaware of their fate in Philippines" -- The Santa Fe New Mexican

The young men photographed during military drills or waiting in line for food at Camp Luna near Las Vegas, N.M., had no idea that hundreds of them would die defending the Bataan Peninsula, walking in the Bataan Death March or during imprisonment by the Japanese under brutal conditions.

In August 1940, members of the 200th Coast Artillery Regiment, which included more than 1,800 New Mexicans, had gathered to train for the last time on home soil. A year later, their units were deployed to the Philippines. The 10 black-and-white images in a new photo exhibit at the Jean Cocteau Cinema capture the soldiers’ blissful ignorance. -- 9/18/2014


"LANL’s burst barrel has sister drum at WIPP" -- The Santa Fe New Mexican

A second drum of nuclear waste contains the same volatile mix of ingredients from Los Alamos National Laboratory that is suspected of causing a radiation leak at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad, lawmakers learned Tuesday. -- 9/18/2014


"Census data shows poverty rate rises in New Mexico" – Las Cruces Sun News

New U.S. Census Bureau numbers show New Mexico has the nation's second-highest percentage of people living in poverty. Figures released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau indicate that 21.9 percent of New Mexico residents lived in poverty last year, roughly 22,000 more people than in 2012. The national rate was 15.8 percent in 2013 compared to 15.9 percent the year before.-- 9/18/2014


"More rain expected in Las Cruces as Odile remnants pass through"- Las Cruces Sun News

One more day of potentially heavy rain is anticipated Thursday as what remains of now-tropical depression Odile passes through Las Cruces and southern New Mexico. National Weather Servicemeteorologists believe as much as two more inches of rain could fall in Las Cruces. When the storm arrives and how much rain it could bring are uncertain. -- 9/17/2014