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  • Updated spending reports due on political races

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Voters will get an updated look at the cost of New Mexico's legislative races as political committees and candidates face a deadline for fundraising disclosures.

    The last complete pre-election report of campaign spending and contributions must be filed Thursday by candidates for the Legislature and other offices as well as political committees.

    Legislative races are among the most hotly contested in the general election as Republicans and GOP Gov. Susana Martinez try to chip away at Democratic majorities in the state House and Senate.

    Spending on legislative campaigns has soared this year as outside political groups have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to pay for mailings and advertising to try to influence voters in some House and Senate races.

  • 10 things to know for Thursday

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and stories that will be talked about on Thursday:

    1. NYC'S SUBWAYS GET BACK ON TRACK

    Limited subway service will resume Thursday morning, but not in lower Manhattan where the power remains out, officials say.

    2. WHAT HAPPENED TO NEW JERSEY'S BARRIER ISLANDS

    Superstorm Sandy turned the cherished area into a hazardous wasteland of badly eroded shore, ruined beachfront homes, flooded streets and damaged utilities.

    3. WHERE NOT TO GO TRICK-OR-TREATING

    The White House canceled its Halloween tradition because of Sandy and donated the goodies to the organizations that would have participated.

    4. THE US ROLE IN SHAPING THE SYRIAN OPPOSITION

  • Raw: Ky. Chemical Train Derailment Evacuations

    Flames from a derailed train car sent people rushing out of neighborhoods and an entire town near Louisville on Wednesday while firefighters tried to douse the chemical blaze. Some people forced from their homes faced a night in shelters.

  • Today in History for Nov. 1st
  • First Person: Riding Out Sandy on N.J. Coast

    After superstorm Sandy, New Jersey's southern barrier islands have been left in tatters, with ruined beach front homes, flooded streets and damaged utilities. On Cedar Bonnet Island, residents talk about riding out the storm and what comes next.

  • Raw: 'Amazing Despair' in N.J. After Storm

    In Belmar, New Jersey, streets remain flooded and the town's boardwalk has literally been swept on to the front lawns. Day 2 into the superstorm cleanup, and many still have no power and their food supplies are dwindling.

  • Who can fix political gridlock? Poll favors Romney

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Just about everybody agrees Washington is a gridlocked mess. But who's the man to fix it? After two years of brawling and brinkmanship between President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans, more voters trust Mitt Romney to break the stalemate, an Associated Press-GfK poll shows.

    Romney's message — a vote for Obama is a vote for more gridlock — seems to be getting through. Almost half of likely voters, 47 percent, think the Republican challenger would be better at ending the logjam, compared with 37 percent for Obama.

    With the race charging into its final week, Romney is pushing that idea. He increasingly portrays himself as a get-things-done, work-with-everybody pragmatist, in hopes of convincing independent voters that he can overcome Washington's bitter partisanship. The AP-GfK poll shows the race in a virtual dead heat, with Romney at 47 percent to Obama's 45 percent, a difference within the margin of sampling error.

  • Raw: N.J. Gov. Meets With Sandy Victims
  • Update 10-31-12

    Library board

    The Library Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 5 at the White Rock Branch Library.

    Parks and Rec

    The Parks and Recreation Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Larry Walkup Aquatic Center.

    Chamber breakfast

    The topic will be LANL’s Recently Implemented Cost-Model pricing system that could impact its subcontractors. LANL officials will deliver presentations about these changes and answer questions. The event will be from 7:30-9 a.m. Thursday at UNM-LA Lecture Hall, Bldg. 2.

    Teen Center update

    An update about the Teen Center will be at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in council chambers.

    Meet Me at Mesa

    Meet Me at the Mesa begins at 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Mesa Library. The program makes the arts accessible to people with dementia.

  • Oversight committee to steer Creative District

    The Los Alamos Creative District is one step closer to becoming a functional reality. Council gave unanimous approval to both the charter and the membership of a new Creative District Advisory Committee during its meeting Tuesday.

    The major point of contention during discussions was the make-up and size of the committee.

    The charter proposed by staff called for a 12-member board comprised of one person each representing arts, culture, history, science/technology, hospitality, the Art in Public Places Advisory Board, the Fuller Lodge Historic District Advisory Board, the Lodgers’ Tax Advisory Board, the Library Board and three members representing the public-at-large.

    Thirteen members of the public had applied for the new board.

    Councilors had several objections to requiring representation from the boards.

    Councilor David Izraelevitz was concerned that board members would be unable to serve the two years specified in the charter due to expiring terms on their boards.

    Councilor Mike Wismer pointed out that the charter called for the boards to nominate those members. Although members of the APPAB and FLHDAB had submitted applications, no recommendations had been submitted by the boards.