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  • State News at a Glance 01-30-11

    Goats used as landscapers in Las Cruces

    LAS CRUCES – Las Cruces has come up with what it thinks is a cheap and environmentally friendly way of clearing weeds and other vegetation – by using a herd of goats. The city has hired 60 four-legged workers to eat all of the tall and growing vegetation in and around a 6 ½ acre storm water drainage pond that is not easily accessible but needs tending.

  • Gov. wants death penalty reinstated 


    SANTA FE — New Mexico’s new governor, who’s a former prosecutor in Las Cruces, says some crimes deserve the ultimate punishment.
    Gov. Susana Martinez wants the death penalty back on the state’s books.
    Some religious groups are opposing her effort, but organizations representing prosecutors and law enforcement officers say the death penalty is necessary.
    When New Mexico repealed capital punishment in 2009, it replaced lethal injection with life in prison without the possibility of parole,.

  • SNOW TAPERS OFF, BONE-CHILLING COLD REMAINS

    A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 AM MST THIS MORNING.

    * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS... EXPECT 1 TO 3 INCHES OF FRESH SNOWFALL THROUGH THIS MORNING... WITH HEAVIEST SNOWFALL OVER THE SAN JUAN MOUNTAIN SUMMITS... AND SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAIN SUMMITS... NEAR THE COLORADO LINE.

    * TIMING... SNOW THIS MORNING WILL TAPER OFF BY EARLY AFTERNOON.

  • Miss. gov. juggles White House hopes, state's past

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Haley Barbour's folksy style, savvy leadership in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and success as a GOP strategist have made the two-term Mississippi governor a serious contender early in the wide-open contest for the Republican presidential nomination.

  • State child welfare agency under scrutiny

     

     

    SANTA FE — As a father finalized funeral arrangements for his 3-year-old son this week,New Mexico's governor is placing the state's child welfare agency under scrutiny in the investigation of the boy's death.

  • Russia identifies airport bomber as Caucasus man

    MOSCOW (AP) — The suicide bomber who killed 35 people and wounded 180 at Moscow's largest airport was a 20-year-old man from the volatile southern Caucasus region, Russian investigators said Saturday.

    Breaking a five-day silence over the probe, federal investigators also said foreigners were deliberately targeted, marking an ominous new tactic in Russia's losing battle with extremism.

  • In turnabout, Dems say GOP has dropped job focus

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans won dozens of elections last fall after claiming Democrats had focused too little on creating jobs. Now GOP lawmakers stand accused of the same charge, using their new House majority to push to repeal the president's health care law, restrict abortions and highlight other social issues important to their most conservative supporters.

    Republican leaders say they have a jobs agenda, kicked off by their attempt to unravel what they call the Democrats' "jobs-killing" health overhaul.

  • Winter weather poised to sweep through the area early next week

    The National Weather Service has issued the following Special Weather Statement regarding an abrupt change in conditions early next week:

    BREATHTAKING COLD POSSIBLE NORTHEAST NEW MEXICO TUESDAY INTO WEDNESDAY... ... BEST POTENTIAL FOR ACCUMULATING SNOW NORTHERN MOUNTAINS... NORTHEAST AND CENTRAL HIGHLANDS AND NORTHEAST PLAINS LATE MONDAY THROUGH TUESDAY NIGHT...

  • Military lays out plan to implement gay ban repeal

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Military training to apply the new law allowing gays to serve openly will begin in February and will move quickly, senior Pentagon leaders said Friday.

    They said there is no intent to delay but would not guarantee full implementation of the repeal this year.

    The hedge on scheduling came despite assertions by President Barack Obama in his State of the Union speech this week that the repeal of the 17-year-old ban will be finalized in 2011.

  • Taco Bell takes its beef with lawsuit to public

    Taco Bell says a legal beef over the meat in its tacos is bull.

    The fast-food chain took out full-page ads in at least nine major newspapers and launched a YouTube campaign featuring its president Friday to proclaim its taco filling is 88 percent beef.

    A false-advertising lawsuit filed last week that caused an online stir alleges the company's filling doesn't have enough beef to be called that. The lawsuit seeks to make the company stop calling it "beef," and pay the suing law firm's bill.