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Today's News

  • NM governor chooses Santa Fe consultant for PRC

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez on Monday picked Santa Fe consultant Doug Howe to fill the position left vacant by the resignation of embattled former Public Regulation Commissioner Jerome Block Jr.

    Martinez described Howe as being well-versed in energy, environmental and regulatory issues.

    "Northern and Central New Mexicans deserve a commissioner who is competent, trustworthy and focused on the numerous issues in front of the PRC," the governor said in a statement. "... I am confident that he is the right pick to serve on the PRC and will approach his position thoughtfully and professionally."

  • Jackson doctor convicted in star's 2009 drug death--video extra

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A jury has convicted Michael Jackson's doctor of involuntary manslaughter in the singer's 2009 drug death.

    The jury reached its verdict Monday after deliberating less than nine hours. Prosecutors depicted Dr. Conrad Murray as a reckless physician who abandoned Jackson while he was under the effects of the powerful anesthetic propofol.

    Attorneys for the Houston-based cardiologist countered that Jackson was addicted to the drug and self-administered the fatal dose when Murray left his bedroom.

    Murray agreed to become Jackson's personal physician as the singer prepared for a series of comeback concerts in 2009.

  • Poverty rate hits new all-time high

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The ranks of America's poor are greater than previously known, reaching a new level of 49.1 million — or 16 percent — due to rising medical costs and other expenses that make it harder for people to stay afloat, according to new census estimates.

    The numbers released Monday are part of a first-ever supplemental poverty measure aimed at providing a fuller picture of poverty. It is considered experimental and does not replace the Census Bureau's official poverty formula, which continues to determine eligibility and distribution of billions of dollars in federal aid for the poor.

  • Pakistan trains 8,000 to protect nuclear arsenal

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan is training 8,000 additional people to protect the country's nuclear arsenal, which the U.S. fears could be vulnerable to penetration by Islamist militants at war with the West, the Pakistani military said.

    Those fears were heightened by a recent U.S. magazine article that quoted unnamed Pakistani and American officials as saying Pakistan transports nuclear weapons components around the country in delivery vans with little security to avoid detection — a claim denied by Islamabad.

  • Winter Weather Advisory in effect through Tuesday afternoon

    The National Weather Service has issued the following severe weather alert:

    A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM MST THIS EVENING.

    * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS... AN INCH OR TWO EXPECTED BELOW 7500 FEET WITH 2 TO 3 INCHES AND LOCALLY UP TO 4 INCHES ABOVE 7500 FEET FAVORING THE WEST SLOPES THE JEMEZ/LOWER SAN JUANS AND SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS.

    * TIMING... SNOW WILL DIMINISH LATE THIS MORNING OR EARLY THIS AFTERNOON.

    * WINDS... NORTHWEST 10 TO 20 MPH. SOME HIGHER GUSTS LIKELY ON THE HIGHER PEAKS AND RIDGES.

    * SNOW LEVELS... TEMPERATURES WILL BE COLD ENOUGH FOR SNOW AT ALL LEVELS AT LEAST THROUGH THE MORNING.

  • College FB roundup: scores from around the nation--video extra

     

    EAST

    Brown 34, Yale 28

    Bryant 31, Albany (NY) 17

    CCSU 31, Robert Morris 24

    Cincinnati 26, Pittsburgh 23

    Dartmouth 33, Cornell 24

    Georgetown 30, Fordham 13

    Harvard 35, Columbia 21

    Lafayette 37, Colgate 24, OT

    Lehigh 14, Holy Cross 7

    Louisville 38, West Virginia 35

    Marist 30, Valparaiso 7

    Monmouth (NJ) 48, St. Francis (Pa.) 45

    Navy 42, Troy 14

    New Hampshire 28, James Madison 10

    Penn 37, Princeton 9

    Rhode Island 24, William & Mary 21

    Rutgers 20, South Florida 17, OT

  • Big quake follows increase in Oklahoma rumblings--video extra

    SPARKS, Okla. (AP) — Clouds of dust belched from the corners of almost every room in Joe Reneau's house as the biggest earthquake in Oklahoma history rocked the two-story building.

    A roar that sounded like a jumbo jet filled the air, and Reneau's red-brick chimney collapsed and fell into the roof above the living room. By the time the shaking stopped, a pantry worth of food had been strewn across the kitchen and shards of glass and pottery covered the floor.

    "It was like WHAM!" said Reneau, 75, gesturing with swipes of his arms. "I thought in my mind the house would stand, but then again, maybe not."

  • Forecast has glimmer

    The New Mexico economy is not “rocketing” to recovery, claims by headlines in Albuquerque notwithstanding. Nor is any explosive takeoff expected.
    Growing some is what the state is doing. That is expected to continue, though getting back to 2 percent annual job growth isn’t even in the intermediate-term cards, much less being a near-term prospect.
    This modest assessment of the state comes from the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, the Department of Workforce Solutions and from the state’s consensus revenue estimate, released Oct. 19 by the Legislative Finance Committee.
    Mark Snead, Denver-based vice president and branch executive for the Kansas City Fed, has the happy situation of not being bound by other guys’ numbers.

  • County slates meeting on golf course upgrades

    Proposed improvements to the Los Alamos County Golf Course will be the topic of a public meeting set for from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 16 in the training room, at the Community Building.

    The county council funded a Phase 1 “study” for these improvements last spring as part of the county’s Capital Improvement Program (CIP).

    The project team will present optional improvements to the following course concerns: the current irrigation system, water storage facility, the possibility to expand the practice facility to mitigate safety concerns, the re-routing of holes, cart path replacement and potential renovations of fairways, bunkers, greens and tees.

  • Wedding: Johnson-Edlin

    Hannah Johnson, daughter of Kenneth Johnson and Claudia Krause-Johnson of Los Alamos and David Edlin, son of Kent and Michelle Edlin of Pueblo, Colo., exchanged wedding vows on June 21, 2011 at the Hudson Gardens in Littleton, Colo.
    Hannah graduated from the University of California, in Santa Barbara and David graduate from Baylor University in Waco, Texas.  Currently, Hannah is a graduate student at the University of Colorado, School of Medicine in Aurora, Colo.  David is presently a graduate student at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colo.