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  • 30K trapped in China flooding

    BEIJING (AP) — Floods caused by heavy rains in northeastern China stranded tens of thousands of residents without power Wednesday, as the worst flooding in more than a decade continued to besiege many areas of the country.

    Floods this year have killed at least 928 people with 477 missing and caused tens of billions of dollars in damage, the State Flood Control and Drought Prevention office reported. More heavy rains were expected for the southeast, southwest and northeast parts of the country through Thursday.

  • Report: DWI cases rife with inconsistencies

    ALBUQUERQUE — The latest report from a project analyzing how New Mexico courts handle driving-while-intoxicated cases found some defendants were pleading to reduced charges, sentences were deferred, and cases were dismissed because officers didn’t come to court.

    The report also identified more cases in which district judges weren’t complying with parts of mandatory sentencing requirements such as ordering ignition interlocks, DWI school, fines, community service, screening and treatment.

  • United Way seeks local grant proposals

    The United Way of Northern New Mexico is seeking grant proposals from non-profit organizations serving Los Alamos and Rio Arriba counties.

    Grants will be dispersed from the United Way Community Action Fund in the fall of 2010.  

    The deadline for filing an application is August 16 at 3 p.m.

    All proposals must be mailed or delivered in person to the UWNNM office located at 1200 Trinity Drive, Suite 418, Los Alamos, on the fourth floor of the Los Alamos National Bank.  

    Final approval and grant selection is expected to occur in September.

  • Huge developer eyes Trinity site

    If North American Development Group wins the Trinity Site redevelopment lottery, upscale retail is in Los Alamos’ near future.

    The Canada- and U.S.-based developer, which owns or runs more than 10 million square feet of shopping center space, would like to develop a “pedestrian friendly” center in Los Alamos.

     

    Read the full story in today's Monitor.

     

  • NEWS ALERT!Judge blocks parts of Arizona immigration law

    PHOENIX (AP) — A federal judge dealt a serious rebuke to Arizona's immigration law on Wednesday when she put most of the crackdown on hold just hours before it was to take effect.

    The ruling by U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton sets up a lengthy legal battle as Arizona fights to enact the country's toughest-in-the-nation law. Republican Gov. Jan Brewer said the statewill likely appeal the ruling and seek to get the judge's order overturned.

  • Judge blocks parts of Arizona immigration law

    PHOENIX (AP) — A federal judge dealt a serious rebuke to Arizona's toughest-in-the-nation immigration law on Wednesday when she put most of the crackdown on hold just hours before it was to take effect.

    The ruling by U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton shifts the immigration debate to the courts and sets up a lengthy legal battle that may not be decided until the Supreme Court weighs in. Republican Gov. Jan Brewer said the state will likely appeal the ruling and seek to get the judge's order overturned.

  • Records: Investigation eyes NM money management

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An investigation is under way to determine if investments made by the state of New Mexico were influenced by possible fraud or other criminal activity from 2004 to 2009, court documents state.

    A copyright story Monday in the Albuquerque Journal cites a sentencing memo filed in federal court in New York in connection with a bank fraud case against Democratic Party fundraiser Hassan Nemazee.

  • New Mexico near rock bottom in child well-being rankings

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation says New Mexico's ranking in the health and well-being of children has declined.

    The state was 46th in the nation in this year's Kids Count report. That's down from 43rd in 2009.

    The report released on Tuesday bases its rankings on 10 indicators of well-being for children. New Mexico is near the bottom nationally in several of those categories.

  • Consumer confidence recedes further in July

    NEW YORK (AP) — Americans' confidence in the economy eroded further in July amid worries about a job market that has proven stubbornly stagnant. The report raised concerns about the overall economy and the back-to-school season.

  • Audit: US can't account for $8.7B in Iraqi funds

    BAGHDAD (AP) — The U.S. Defense Department is unable to properly account for over 95 percent of $9.1 billion in Iraqi oil money tapped by the U.S. for rebuilding the war ravaged nation, according to an audit released Tuesday.