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Today's News

  • Unemployment aid applications near a 4-year low

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking unemployment aid neared a four-year low last week, a positive sign that strong hiring could continue in the coming months.

    The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly applications for unemployment benefits fell 15,000 to a seasonally adjusted 358,000. That's the second-lowest level since April 2008.

    The four-week average, a less volatile measure, fell to 366,250, the lowest since late April 2008.

  • Official: 10 states get ed waiver

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Thursday will free 10 states from the strict and sweeping requirements of the No Child Left Behind law, giving leeway to states that promise to improve how they prepare and evaluate students, The Associated Press has learned.

    The first 10 states to receive the waivers are Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, Oklahoma and Tennessee. The only state that applied for the flexibility and did not get it, New Mexico, is working with the administration to get approval, a White House official told the AP.

  • Ga Girl Fights Off Kidnapper at Walmart

    A 7-year-old girl remembered her stranger danger training and was able to get away from a man who tried to abduct her Wednesday at a Walmart store, police said.

  • 13,000 Is Next Dow Milestone, Record in Sight

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average is within reach of the rarefied 13,000 mark, a level it hasn't seen since May 2008, four months before the financial system almost came apart. There's evidence that the rally has room to run.

  • Roll Call: NM House vote on alien driver's license bill

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The 45-25 vote by the House on Wednesday approving a measure to stop New Mexico from granting driver's licenses to illegal aliens. Voting yes, in favor of the bill, were 33 Republicans, 11 Democrats and one independent. Voting against the measure were 25 Democrats.

    REPUBLICANS VOTING YES

    Thomas Anderson (Albuquerque).

    Alonzo Baldonado (Los Lunas).

    Paul Bandy (Aztec).

    Donald Bratton (Hobbs).

    Cathrynn Brown (Carlsbad).

    David C. Chavez (Los Lunas).

    Zachary Cook (Ruidoso).

    Anna Crook (Clovis).

    David Doyle (Albuquerque).

    Nora Espinoza (Roswell).

    Candy Spence Ezzell (Roswell).

  • Androgynous Model Walks Runway As Man and Woman

    Model Andrej Pejic is causing quite a stir in the fashion world. The androgynous Australian is in demand for photo shoots, magazine covers and runway shows. AP's Bonny Ghosh reports.

  • State House passes budget

    The House of Representatives has passed a budget for the next spending year that begins July 2012.  HB2 would provide $5.642 billion in state spending, an increase of $215 million (nearly 4 percent) over this year’s budget.  The spending plan leaves $41.8 million to allow for flexibility in hammering out a final budget (such as tax reductions, pension solvency, infrastructure funding, or as a hedge against weak natural gas prices).
     

  • Update 02-08-12

    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.

    Council meeting

    There will be a council meeting at 7 p.m. Feb. 14 at the White Rock Fire Station #3.

    Iwo Jima talk

    World War II Marine Corps veteran Bill Hudson will show a DVD about the battle of Iwo Jima at 7 p.m. Feb. 14 at the Mesa Public Library. After the viewing, Hudson will give a brief talk.

    Ashley Pond

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

    ESB meeting

  • Supreme Court hears redistricting appeal

    SANTA FE (AP) — The New Mexico Supreme Court on Tuesday waded into a political dispute over legislative redistricting that could influence elections for the coming decade and may help determine whether Republicans can win a majority in the state House of Representatives for the first time in a half century.
    After hearing arguments from lawyers for about two hours, the court took the case under consideration and said it will issue an order “expeditiously.” The court didn’t announce a deadline for its decision, however.
    House candidates typically file for office next month but the redistricting appeal has cast doubts over that schedule.

  • NNSA tackles safety concerns at PF-4

    Last week, the National Nuclear Security Administration sent a letter to the Defense Nuclear Safety Board concerning the safety of the Plutonium Facility (PF-4) at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    The DNFSB asked NNSA and lab officials numerous questions about the safety of the facility at a hearing in Santa Fe late last year.

    In the letter, Donald Cook, the deputy administrator for weapons programs wrote, “Our evaluation of the existing PF-4 facility in 2008 established a Documented Safety Analysis (DSA) for the facility that was compliant with the Department’s Nuclear Safety Rule.