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Mural depicting Jesus Christ stirring debate at EPCC

A mural with at El Paso Community College's Valle Verde campus is renewing the debate over the separation of church and state.

More Hispanics enrolling in college, bachelor's degrees still elusive for many

As President of El Paso Community College, Dr. William Serrata has a front row seat to the findings of a new Pew Research study.

EPCC says enrollment, renovations behind proposed tuition & fee hike

El Paso Community College officials say a clash between declining enrollment and future plans for its campuses are behind a proposed hike in tuition and fees for the 2014-2015 school year.

NMSU breaks ground on nondenominational spiritual center

A sunny afternoon and gentle breezes alongside the largest pond on campus provided the perfect setting as ground was broken Friday at New Mexico State University on what will become the site of the university’s nondenominational spiritual

YISD: Students at Loma Terrace Elementary bused to Bel Air HS due to strong gas odor

UPDATE: Officials with YISD confirm that crews from the Texas Gas Service were able to repair the gas leak and classes at Loma Terrace Elementary are expected to resume as normal on Friday, April 25.

State of Texas reports grade 5, 8 STARR test results

Almost 80 percent of 5th and 8th graders successfully passed the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®) mathematics test on their first attempt in April, according to numbers released today by the Texas Education Agency.<

NMSU concrete canoe team takes second place at regional competition, advances to nationals

The New Mexico State University College of Engineering Concrete Canoe Team placed second behind first place Utah State at the American Society of Civil Engineers Regional Conference in Fort Collins, Colo., earlier this month.

Miss Native American NMSU crowned

New Mexico State University student Savannah Lee was crowned Miss Native American NMSU 2014-2015 during the university’s celebration of American Indian Week in April.

EPISD considering tax ratification election

Here are three words you probably haven't read in a while: tax ratification election.

NMSU undergraduate research, creative arts projects in the spotlight

When you think about research in an academic setting, it’s often the purview of faculty members, doctoral candidates or those working toward a master’s degree.

Former UTEP student to inspire others to dream big

Sonny Melendrez sees himself as a cheerleader of life. He believes that it doesn’t matter where you come from, you can do anything.

Grads hit with defaults when co-signers die, go bankrupt

 Student loan borrowers are suddenly being thrown into default when the co-signer on their loan -- often a parent or grandparent -- dies or files

Las Cruces elementary school raises money for leukemia society

At Jornada Elementary School, on a beautiful Friday morning in March 2014, one student from each of the school’s 29 classrooms and the winning classroom's teacher were able to throw a pie in the face of Principal Julio Martinez.

NMSU celebrates Earth Day

Though Earth Day is officially April 22, New Mexico State University has been celebrating the preservation of the planet throughout most of the month.

Polling Center: Leaving tests behind

Amid the monumental advancements celebrated during last week’s Civil Rights Summit at the LBJ Presidential Library, George W.