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  • Powerful Winter Storms Spawn January Tornadoes

    Powerful spring-like storms spawned a winter tornado that slammed into suburban Louisville, Kentucky on Tuesday. Tornadoes were also reported in Indiana and Mississippi.

  • Speaker Lujan has lung cancer

    SANTA FE (AP) — House Speaker Ben Lujan has lung cancer and will not seek re-election this year, the 76-year-old announced Tuesday in a dramatic opening of a 30-day legislative session.

    The Santa Fe Democrat, who has been speaker since 2001, made his announcement as shocked lawmakers wept and his wife, Carmen, and son, Democratic Congressman Ben Ray Lujan, looked on.

    Lujan said he was diagnosed with cancer in 2009 and has undergone radiation and chemotherapy treatment. He said his cancer is now at stage 4, the most advanced stage of cancer.

    "I was hoping to tell you the cancer is gone, but as you can see, it is not," said Lujan, who has served in the House since 1975.

  • Martinez delivers state of the state

    SANTA FE – The following is the prepared text of the State of the State Address delivered by Governor Susana Martinez from the chamber of the New Mexico House of Representatives on January 17, 2012. 

    Governor Martinez 2012 State of the State Address 

    Thank you. 

  • 3 Stabbed, 5-year-old Va. Boy in Custody

    A five-year-old Virginia boy is in police custody after allegedly stabbing three people. Neighbors say the incident was the result of an argument over a juice box.

  • Mars rocks fell in Africa

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists are confirming a recent and rare invasion from Mars: meteorite chunks from the red planet that fell in Morocco last July.
    This is only the fifth time scientists have chemically confirmed Martian meteorites that people witnessed falling. The fireball was spotted in the sky six months ago, but the rocks weren’t discovered on the ground in North Africa until the end of December.
    This is an important and unique opportunity for scientists trying to learn about Mars’ potential for life. So far, no NASA or Russian spacecraft has returned bits of Mars, so the only Martian samples scientists can examine are those that come here in a meteorite shower.

  • Update 01-17-12

    Trinity Site

    The first of two question and answer sessions concerning the Trinity Site will be at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Pajarito Room in Fuller Lodge. The second will be at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the White Rock Fire Station No. 3.

    Council meeting

     The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. today for a work session at the White Rock Fire Station No. 3.

    Business meeting

    The CIP Evaluation and Oversight Committee will hold a business meeting at 5:15 p.m. Thursday in the council chambers.

    Teen center

    The Teen Center Phase 1 Study final public meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Aquatic Center training room.

    Nature Center

  • State Legislature gets underway at the Round House

    Gov. Susana Martinez says her administration is trying to do a better job of reaching out to Democrats and Republicans in the Legislature this year.

    The Democratic-controlled Legislature returned to work at noon today for a 30-day session.

    Martinez delivered her “state of the state” address and two of the people she cited were former Los Alamos fire chief Doug Tucker and present police chief Wayne Torpy for their work during the Las Conchas Fire.

    A top assignment for lawmakers is approving a budget to finance state government. The Republican governor will outline her legislative priorities in a state of the state speech to a joint session of the House and Senate shortly after the session convenes.

  • Los Alamos Plaza moves forward

    In 2008, the proposed Los Alamos Plaza had a complete roster of tenants eager to move in. The management and development team, Los Alamos Plaza, LLC (LAP), was ready to break ground when the economy collapsed and financing dried up.

    Now the project, located at 2201 Trinity Drive across from Ashley Pond, is on the verge of becoming a reality. Developers expect to break ground this spring, and have phase I ready for occupancy a year later.

    The 60,000 square foot structure will have retail space on the ground floor, two floors of office space and 14 luxury penthouses on the top floor. Two other buildings will follow the same floor plan.

  • Governor to speak at Legislature's opening

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez says her administration is trying to do a better job of reaching out to Democrats and Republicans in the Legislature this year.

    The Democratic-controlled Legislature returns to work at noon Tuesday for a 30-day session.

    A top assignment for lawmakers is approving a budget to finance state government. The Republican governor will outline her legislative priorities in a state of the state speech to a joint session of the House and Senate shortly after the session convenes.

    The governor wants lawmakers to scrap a law that allows driver's licenses for illegal immigrants.

  • Rivals Assail Romney in South Carolina Debate

    Mitt Romney's Republican rivals attacked his business record and challenged him to release his federal income tax returns Monday in the first of two debates before a weekend primary in Souch Carolina.