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  • White House agrees to $6.5B more in budget cuts

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate's top Republican on Friday blasted the Obama administration's opening move to cut domestic spending and pass a long-overdue plan for the ongoing budget year, calling a White House bid to cut $6.5 billion "one more proposal to maintain the status quo."

  • NM House to vote on halting immigrant licenses

    SANTA FE (AP) — The Democratic-controlled House faces a politically charged vote as it considers whether to stop New Mexico from granting driver's licenses to illegal immigrants.

    The House is to take up the issue when it convenes on Friday.

  • Goodell, NFL executives at mediator's office

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Use a 24-hour extension to get a longer reprieve.

    That appeared to be the approach for the NFL and the players' union Friday.

    NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and several league executives arrived at the offices of federal mediator George Cohen in the morning, with the current collective bargaining agreement set to expire at midnight. Both groups agreed to a 24-hour extension on Thursday, with another extension on the agenda.

    Each side was expected to meet separately with Cohen before any negotiations would be held.

  • NM House to vote on halting immigrant licenses

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Democratic-controlled House is facing a politically charged vote as it considers whether to stop New Mexico from granting driver's licenses to illegal immigrants.

    The House is to take up the issue when it convenes on Friday.

    Republican Gov. Susana Martinez and her allies succeeded Thursday in a parliamentary maneuver to force the issue to a vote by the 70-member chamber.

  • Wis. governor warns of layoffs, talks to Democrats

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Thousands of Wisconsin state workers were bracing for layoff notices Friday as Republican Gov. Scott Walker and absent Democrats remained in a standoff over a budget balancing bill that would also strip public workers of their collective bargaining rights.

  • Oil rises to near $103 as Libya conflict escalates

    Oil prices rose to near $103 a barrel Friday as Libyan government and rebel forces dug in amid fierce fighting while protests restarted in the capital Tripoli, raising investor fears of protracted oil output cuts.

    By early afternoon in Europe, benchmark crude for April delivery was up 82 cents at $102.73 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract fell 32 cents to settle at $101.91 on Thursday.

    In London, Brent crude for April delivery was up 86 cents to $115.65 a barrel on the ICE Futures exchange.

  • State News at a Glance 03-03-11

    Bingaman keeps an eye on oil prices, supplies

    ALBUQUERQUE — U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman said continued turmoil in the Middle East and North Africa could lead to disruption  of oil supplies and even higher prices.
    Bingaman, the New Mexico Democrat and chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, said it would be appropriate for President Barack Obama to be ready to consider tapping the nation’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve if the situation deteriorates further.

  • NCRTD pays tribute to Jim West

    Due to his vision and leadership in the North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD), the new transit center will be named in honor of former Los Alamos County Councilor Jim West.

  • Getting some direction

    A construction worker assists his co-worker while doing work on Diamond Drive Monday.

  • Obama praises Mexico for courage in drug wars

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has praised Mexican President Felipe Calderon for his “extraordinary courage” in fighting drug cartels and cracking down on violence at the U.S.-Mexico border.
    Speaking alongside Calderon at a news conference, Obama said Mexico has a full partner with the United States in combating border violence. He says the U.S. is speeding up plans to send equipment to Mexico and train officials there to help in their efforts.