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  • Firefighters progress against Central Texas blaze

    BASTROP, Texas (AP) — Firefighters are tamping down hotspots and holding back flames from a wildfire that has burned for days across Central Texas, incinerating nearly 1,400 homes and tens of thousands of acres of drought-parched land, officials said Friday.

    The fire in and around Bastrop, about 25 miles east of Austin, officially remained 30 percent contained, but crews had surrounded and closed in on the flames and no new homes were reported destroyed overnight.

    "It seems to be holding well today," public information officer Annette Grijalva-Disert said.

  • Slipping Bachmann seeks jolt for GOP campaign

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Republican Michele Bachmann's presidential campaign fell just as quickly as it rose. Now, she's looking to Iowa — at the expense of other early voting states — to get back on track.

    It's a strategy of necessity for the Minnesota congresswoman. A victory in Iowa this winter would keep her afloat in the GOP nomination fight; a loss would almost certainly end her bid.

    "We know that when Michele is in Iowa, she wins," said Bachmann's Iowa campaign chairman, Kent Sorenson. "If she's here, she'll win Iowa."

  • Cut taxes, Obama tells Congress in $450B jobs plan

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Attacking a deepening jobs crisis, President Barack Obama challenged a reluctant Congress Thursday night to urgently pass a larger-than-expected $450 billion plan to "jolt an economy that has stalled." He urged lawmakers to slash Social Security taxes for tens of millions of Americans and for almost every business to encourage hiring.

    "Stop the political circus," an animated Obama told a joint session of Congress in a nationally televised speech. Over and over he implored lawmakers to "pass this jobs bill."

  • Officials chase unconfirmed al-Qaida bomb threat

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. counterterrorism officials are chasing a credible but unconfirmed al-Qaida threat to set off a car bomb on bridges or tunnels in New York City or Washington. It was the first word of an "active plot" timed to coincide with the somber commemoration of the terror group's 9/11 attacks a decade ago that killed nearly 3,000 people.

    Counterterrorism officials were investigating the threat throughout the night and into Friday, as police in New York and Washington said they would increase their already stepped-up staffing levels in light of the recent intelligence.

  • Be There 09-08-11




    A Tsankawi Evening Walk will be at 6:30 p.m. Reservations are required. Call 672-3861, ext. 517. The walk is free.


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  • Martinez commemorates Literacy Day

    Governor Susana Martinez joined Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry and Will Steinsiek, Executive Director for ReadWest Inc., at the Main Library in Albuquerque to attend “A Celebration of Literacy,” an event commemorating International Literacy Day. The Governor has also proclaimed today “Literacy Day in New Mexico.” 

  • State briefs 9-8-11

    Fired officer accused of propositioning suspect 


    ALBUQUERQUE — A Santa Fe woman says the New Mexico state police officer caught on video having sex on the hood of his patrol car propositioned her in April during her drunken-driving arrest.

  • On the docket 9-8-11

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  • Analysis: Rural New Mexico risks loss in redistricting

    SANTA FE — Rural New Mexico and part of the city of Albuquerque are on the political chopping block as lawmakers consider how to redraw boundaries of legislative districts to adjust for population changes during the past decade.

    Eastern and north-central portions of the state are at risk of losing representation in the Legislature because the region’s growth since 2000 has lagged behind statewide population increases. The same is true for central sections of Albuquerque.