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  • ‘Cool roofs’ coming to LANL

    Cool is, well, cool.

    And in an era where going green is everything, count Los Alamos National Laboratory in.

    Under a DOE program, the lab will be adding “cool roof” technologies — using lighter-colored roofing surfaces or special coatings to reflect the sun’s heat.

    The result? Less urban heat, more efficiencies, reduced cooling costs and offsetting carbon emissions.

    The announcement came Tuesday from U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu.

  • Obama signs financial overhaul bill

    WASHINGTON — Reveling in victory, President Barack Obama on Wednesday signed into law the most sweeping overhaul of financial regulations since the Great Depression, a package that aims to protect consumers and ensure economic stability from Main Street to Wall Street.

    The law, pushed through mainly by Democrats in Washington’s deeply partisan environment, comes almost two years after the infamous near financial meltdown in 2008 in the United States that was felt around the globe.

  • Parasite fears shut down pool

    State health officials have shut down the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center because it may have been infected by a microscopic parasite.

    Although there is no deadline to reopen the pool, Randy Smith, Los Alamos Recreation Division manager, said the staff needs to maintain the chlorine levels for a certain amount of time. Residents are encouraged to call the aquatic center Thursday morning for more information.

    Read the whole story in today's Monitor.

  • Senate Dems have votes in line to extend jobless benefits

    WASHINGTON (AP) — With a new face and a 60th vote for breaking a Republican filibuster, Senate Democrats are preparing to restore jobless checks for 2.5 million people whose benefits ran out during a congressional standoff over deficit spending. President Barack Obama says, "It's time to do what's right."

    But first, Obama and his Democratic allies are pressing for maximum political advantage, blaming Republicans for an impasse that halted unemployment checks averaging $309 a week for those whose eligibility had expired.

  • NM gov wants state-run health insurance exchange

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Bill Richardson says his administration plans to start developing a state-based exchange for small businesses and individuals to buy health insurance.

    Richardson said Monday a state-managed exchange was recommended by an administration task force that looked at how New Mexico should implement provisions of a federal health care overhaul.

  • Unemployment rate falls in 39 states in June as more Americans give up hope of finding work

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The unemployment rate fell in most states in June, mainly because more people gave up searching for work and were no longer counted.

    Fewer states saw job increases, the latest evidence that the economic recovery is slowing.

    The jobless rate declined in 39 states and Washington, D.C. last month, the Labor Department said Tuesday. That's a slight improvement from May, when 37 states saw their rates decline.

  • Karzai reaffirms 2014 goal for Afghan-led security

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday reaffirmed his commitment for Afghan police and soldiers to take charge of security nationwide by 2014 and urged his international backers to distribute more of their development aid through the government.

  • Democrats to give jobless benefits another vote

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions of people stuck on the jobless rolls would receive an extension of unemployment benefits averaging $309 a week under a Senate bill that appears set to break free of a Republican filibuster.

    Democrats have stripped the unemployment insurance measure down to the bare essentials for Tuesday's vote, which is a do-over of a tally taken late last month.

  • Judiciary panel OKs Elena Kagan for Supreme Court

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Pushing toward an election-year Supreme Court confirmation vote, a polarized Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday approved Elena Kagan to be the fourth female justice.

    Just one Republican joined Democrats to approve Kagan's nomination and send it to the full Senate, where she's expected to win confirmation within weeks.

    Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., broke with his party to cast the sole GOP "yes" vote on President Obama's nominee to succeed retiring Justice John Paul Stevens. The vote was 13-6.

  • Heroism is in his blood

    Jordan Redmond is one of the newer police officers at the Los Alamos Police Department. His father is Bill Redmond of Los Alamos, who was a member of the U.S. House representing northern New Mexico’s 3rd District in 1997-98. He replaced Gov. Bill Richardson who was appointed Ambassador to the United Nations by President Bill Clinton.