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  • Mo. teen gets life with possible parole in killing

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A central Missouri teenager who confessed to strangling, cutting and stabbing a 9-year-old girl because she wanted to know how it felt to kill someone was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison with the possibility of parole.

    Alyssa Bustamante, 18, pleaded guilty in January to second-degree murder and armed criminal action in the October 2009 slaying of Elizabeth Olten in St. Martins, a small rural town west of Jefferson City.

    The judge also ordered the teen to serve a consecutive 30-year term in the armed criminal action charge.

  • Congress tries to give president line-item veto

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-led House is trying Wednesday to give President Barack Obama the line-item veto, a constitutionally questionable power over the purse that has been sought by both Republican and Democratic presidents.

    The legislation, expected to pass, allows the president to pick out specific items in spending bills for elimination. Currently, the president must sign or veto spending bills in their entirety.

    The president's choices for removal would then have to be approved by Congress.

  • Council approves N.M. 502/Trinity Drive design

    In a 6-1 vote, the Los Alamos County Council approved motion option 1 out of five possible options for a redesign of N.M. 502/Trinity Drive between Knecht and Airport Road.

    Councilor Vincent Chiravalle voted against the motion in support of option 4, a four-lane design with a stop light at the Central/4th Street intersection, similar to a 2007 New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) proposal.

    More than 30 of the 48 residents who spoke during public comment were clearly in support of the motion, which was also the option supported by the Transportation Board.

    Motion option 1 in its entirety reads:

  • Triple Win: Santorum Takes MN, MO, CO

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Rick Santorum is looking to capitalize on a string of stunning victories that snapped his four-state losing streak and raised new questions about front-runner Mitt Romney's clout with conservatives.

    Romney shrugged off his poor showing, but his losses Tuesday in Missouri, Minnesota and Colorado laid bare his stubborn weakness just when it looked as if his party was beginning to embrace him. Bringing up the rear of the Santorum surge: Newt Gingrich, the former House speaker who mostly skipped the contests and finished at or near the back of the pack in all three states.

  • Wake Up and Smell the Caffeine?

    A Harvard scientist has created a new product that allows you to breath in your daily dose of caffeine. The small canisters carry 4-6 puffs of caffeinated powder, giving you about as much caffeine as a cup of coffee.

  • Update 02-07-12

    BPU meeting

    The Board of Public Utilities will meet at 5:30 p.m.
    Feb. 15, at the DPU Conference Room, 170 Central Park Square.

    Dinner series

    The Los Alamos Cooperative Market will host the second of its seven-session Dinner and Discussion series titled,  “Menu for the Future,” from 6:30-7:30 p.m. today.

    Council meeting

    The County Council will meet at 7 p.m. today in Council Chambers.

    Ashley Pond

    A public meeting regarding Ashley Pond will be at 6:30 p.m Thursday in the Community Building Council Chambers.

    Poetry gathering

  • WR Visitor Center starts to take shape

    Construction continues at the White Rock Visitor Center.

  • House panel OKs budget leaving room for tax rollbacks


    SANTA FE (AP) — A more than $5 billion state budget proposal is back on track in the House and the spending blueprint leaves nearly $42 million available for possible tax cuts advocated by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez and legislators.
    The budget was unanimously approved Monday by the House Appropriations and Finance Committee and sent to the 70-member House for debate and a vote, which likely will happen later this week.
    The measure allocates about $5.6 billion for public education and government programs, including courts and prisons, in the budget year starting July 1. That provides for a spending increase of nearly 4 percent, or $215 million.

  • Muni Complex Construction on Track

    Construction on the Municipal Complex is on schedule and going well, according to Capital Projects and Facilities Director Anne Laurent. For residents in the surrounding neighborhoods, progress cannot come too soon.

    Last month, resident Helen Deaven approached council with concerns that vibrations from the soil compaction could be damaging area homes. Deaven had not consulted with county staff before approaching council. Council Chair Sharon Stover directed staff to work with Deaven to mitigate the problem.

    Since then, the design/building contractor, Jaynes Corporation, has changed the setting on its soil compression equipment from high to low and installed vibration monitors on surrounding streets to ensure that vibrations are kept below industry standards.

  • Romney looks to squelch Santorum in 2 states

    GOLDEN, Colo. (AP) — Republican presidential challenger Rick Santorum is hoping that his weeks of criticism of GOP front-runner Mitt Romney will pay off Tuesday when Colorado and Minnesota hold nominating caucuses. Romney, in turn, is looking to continue his winning streak after back-to-back victories in Florida and Nevada last week.