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  • Bernalillo Co. Manager keeps job for now

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Bernalillo County Manager remains on the payroll after County Commissioners held off firing him.

    KOB-TV reports negotiations between County Manager Thaddeus Lucero and county officials are under way.

    Commissioner Michael Wiener tells KOB the talks involve an exit strategy between Bernalillo County and Lucero.

  • CBO: Deficit to reach $1.5 trillion

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A continuing weak economy and last month's bipartisan tax cut legislation will drive the government's deficit to a record $1.5 trillion this year, a new government estimates predicts. The eye-popping numbers mean the government will continue to borrow 40 cents for every dollar it spends.

  • Toyota recalls 1.7 million vehicles

    TOKYO (AP) — Toyota is recalling 1.7 million vehicles, the bulk of them in Japan, for various defects that may cause fuel leakage — the latest in quality control woes for the world's No. 1 automaker.

    Toyota Motor Corp. said Wednesday it was recalling a wide range of models, including the IS and GS Lexus luxury models in North America and the Avensis sedan and station wagon models in Europe.

  • NM governor says labor call center being changed

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez says the state labor department's call center will expand its hours and by mid-February will nearly double the number of workers taking calls from the unemployed.

    Martinez says long wait times and persistent lack of service at the Department of Workforce Solutions are unacceptable.

    The governor says the agency needs to create an environment that allows people to get back to work.

  • Republicans back at work cutting spending

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Moving quickly, House Republicans are taking another whack at federal spending on the day after a State of the Union address in which President Barack Obama pronounced the country "poised for progress" and beckoned lawmakers of both parties to make job creation their common goal.

    "The challenges we face are bigger than party, and bigger than politics," the president said in a nationally televised speech at the dawn of a new era of divided government.

  • Post Office announces closures

    The U.S. Postal Service announced Monday that it is shutting down 491 post offices including seven in New Mexico: Aragon, Capulin, Cuervo, Gallup, Gladstone, La Loma and Saint Vrain.
    Beginning in March, the agency will start the process of closing as many as 2,000 more post offices and will review the possible closure of another 16,000, which is roughly half of the nation’s existing post offices. The list of post offices under consideration has not been released, however, a disproportionate number are in rural or smaller suburban areas, according to news reports.

  • Destined To Soar No More

    Drivers passing Los Alamos County Airport may have noticed a red, white and blue high winged Cessna Cutlass parked next to the highway fence. Some might have wondered who owned the plane and where it’s traveled.
    As it turns out, a number of partners own the plane including former Los Alamos County Councilor Robert Gibson. He speaks with fondness of the Cessna Cutlass that has taken him on fantastic adventures. Gibson first flew the general aviation plane in 1981, becoming part owner five years later.

  • No Name-Calling Week targets bullies

    Youth are often ridiculed for their looks, nationality, economic status, sexual orientation, height and weight.
    With the emergence and subsequent popularity of text messages, social networking and other online forums, bullying has been on the rise.
    No Name Calling Week began Monday and runs through Friday in an effort to draw attention to this trend.
    The intensity of the bullying has increased because of the anonymous or removed method of bullying.

  • Update 01-25-11

    School Board meeting
    The School Board will hold its regular meeting, along with a work session at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Chamisa Elementary in White Rock.

    Council meeting
    The County Council will meet at 7 p.m. today at the council chambers in the community building. The main topic of
    discussion will be the N.M. 502 Trinity Project.

  • Jackson's doc pleads not guilty in star's death

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Michael Jackson's doctor pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a charge of involuntary manslaughter in the pop superstar's death as the case moved rapidly toward a trial that will likely be televised.

    "Your honor, I am an innocent man," Dr. Conrad Murray told Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor in a soft voice. "I definitely plead not guilty."