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  • Amid high demand, states cut mental health care

    DENVER (AP) — At the Ohio Department of Mental Health, Christy Murphy's days are filled with calls from people seeking help she can't seem to give.

    They plead with her, but budget cuts have trimmed services so much that she is not sure where to send them.

  • Japan feeds more money to banks as stocks slump

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan's central bank pumped billions more into the financial system Tuesday to quell fears that the country's banks could be overwhelmed by the impact of the massive earthquake and tsunami. Stocks slumped for a second day as a nuclear crisis escalated.

    Two cash injections totaling 8 trillion yen ($98 billion) came a day after the Bank of Japan fed a record 15 trillion yen ($184 billion) into money markets and eased monetary policy to support the economy in the aftermath of Friday's 9.0 magnitude quake that has killed thousands.

  • Petraeus to give upbeat view of Afghan fight

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan is facing an impatient and frustrated Congress, balancing his troops' solid progress in combat with worries about Kabul government corruption, an expected Taliban resurgence this spring and the slow development of Afghan security forces.

  • Japan emergency workers race to avert meltdown

    FUKUSHIMA, Japan (AP) — Emergency workers forced to retreat from a tsunami-stricken Japanese nuclear power plant when radiation levels soared prepared to return Wednesday night after emissions dropped to safer levels.

    The pullback cost precious time in the fight to prevent a nuclear meltdown, further escalating a crisis spawned by last week's devastating earthquake and tsunami that pulverized Japan's northeastern coast and likely killed more than 10,000 people.

  • Japanese agency: Another explosion heard at nuclear plant

    SOMA, Japan (AP) — A third explosion in four days rocked the earthquake-damaged Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant in northeast Japan early Tuesday, the country's nuclear safety agency said.

    The blast at Dai-ichi Unit 2 followed two hydrogen explosions at the plant — the latest on Monday — as authorities struggle to prevent the catastrophic release of radiation in the area devastated by a tsunami.

  • Senate proposal finances $240M in capital projects

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Lawmakers are proposing to finance $240 million in capital improvements across New Mexico, including $15 million for projects needed for Native American water rights settlements.

    The Senate Finance Committee approved the measure on Monday, sending it to the full Senate for consideration.

    Although lawmakers are cutting spending on the state's operating budget, the Legislature is able finance capital improvements using bonds backed by severance tax revenues.

  • Hundreds of bodies wash ashore in quake-hit Japan

    TAGAJO, Japan (AP) — There are just too many bodies.

    Hundreds of dead have washed ashore on Japan's devastated northeast coast since last week's earthquake and tsunami. Others were dug out of the debris Monday by firefighters using pickaxes and chain saws.

    Funeral homes and crematoriums are overwhelmed, and officials have run out of body bags and coffins.

  • Millions without food, water, power in Japan

     

    TAGAJO, Japan — The death toll in Japan's earthquake and tsunami will likely exceed 10,000 in one state alone, an official said Sunday, as millions of survivors were left without drinking water, electricity and proper food along the pulverized northeastern coast.

  • LANB secures grant for housing project

    Los Alamos National Bank and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas have awarded the Supportive Housing Coalition of New Mexico a $315,000 Affordable Housing Program grant to assist with the construction of the second phase of Silver Gardens in Albuquerque.
    Silver Gardens II will contain 55 units, 14 of which will be set aside as permanent supportive housing for residents with special needs. The project will house an integrated tenant mix, including households ranging from very low-income to market rate.

  • Update 03-13-11

    Public meeting
    A public meeting regarding the phase one study for a design alternatives for Central and Oppenheimer intersection will be held 1-3 p.m. Tuesday at the Reel Deal Theater.

    CRC to meet
    The Charter Review Committee will meet Monday to explore the option of having a mayor/council form of government. The meeting is 5:30 p.m. in the Community Bldg. training room.

    Noise mitigation