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Today's News

  • Report shows decline in state graduation rates

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — The number of high schools with chronically low graduation rates has fallen in Arizona and New Mexico, according to a study released Monday by a group of education organizations.
    The two states have also increased the percentage of fourth- and eighth-grade students who can read proficiently. And more students in both states are taking advanced placement tests than several years ago.
    However, the report shows Arizona, New Mexico and other western states are lagging behind when it comes to improving their graduation rates. In fact, the report puts Arizona and New Mexico in a group of 10 states that had lower rates in 2009 than they did seven years earlier.

  • LA man sees ongoing problem in Ukraine

    Finding a toilet may be taken for granted stateside, but a young man from Los Alamos is making building a septic tank-based bathroom for a school in Ukraine his goal.
    Jeffery Ball, 22, has been with the Peace Corps in Ukraine since last spring and now he’s seeking funding to help build a much-needed septic tank for a bathroom at a school there.
    The school is split into two, located on a large parcel of land; one for younger children and the other for older ones.
    Ball has been teaching English, HIV education and youth development classes at the school located in Vilkovo and decided to undertake the project to replace the existing pit toilet – essentially an outhouse with a hole in the ground — with one connected to a septic system.

  • Empty Bowls fill Self Help's coffers

    The 18th annual Empty Bowl Fundraiser drew nearly 700 people to the Betty Ehart Senior Center and raised approximately $13,000 for Self Help, Inc., a nonprofit providing consultation and advocacy, emergency financial assistance and seed money grants to residents of Los Alamos, northern Santa Fe, Rio Arriba and Taos counties.
    From start to finish, the fundraiser was a community event. Volunteers organized the event. Community groups gathered to paint bowls and local musicians provided free entertainment.

  • Redistricting stretches lawmakers

    Redistricting is over. A tense special legislative session, followed by lawsuits, followed by disagreement between the Supreme Court and the judge appointed to sort it all out confirms that nobody will be entirely happy with the new districts.
    As Sen. Bill Payne said at one point, “Every plan we get down here, we’ll think somebody’s thumb was on the scale.”
    The 2000 redistricting was also far from perfect. Then Senate President Pro Tem Richard Romero, a Democrat, cut a deal with Republicans to protect incumbents, said Sen. Dede Feldman, D-Albuquerque. So the 2000 redistricting didn’t adequately reflect growth and change in the state.

  • ´Topper boys, girls win big Saturday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls track and field teams earned healthy wins at Saturday’s Bernalillo Invitational.
    The Hilltopper boys scored 155.5 team points, nearly three times the total of their nearest competitor, Santa Fe, to win Saturday’s team competition, while the Hilltopper girls scored 145.75 points with only Hope Christian finishing within 100 points of their total.
    For Los Alamos’ girls, Chase Ealey got back to form with a win and a state qualifying time in the 100 meters. Ealey won three events for the Hilltoppers.
    Also earning qualifying marks were Amy Neal, who made the cut in both the 100 meters and 400 meters, while Teresa Sandoval qualified in the 3,200 meters and Laura Wendelberger in the 300 hurdles.

  • Manning, Broncos reach a big deal

    DENVER (AP) — The big deal is done. Peyton Manning is a Denver Bronco.
    A person familiar with negotiations says that Manning and the Broncos completed his five-year contract worth about $96 million on Tuesday morning.
    The person spoke on condition of anonymity because Manning is to be introduced at a news conference at Broncos headquarters later.
    The agreement ends a wild chase for perhaps the most valued free agent in the history of the NFL, a quarterback who has won an unprecedented four league MVP awards and took the Indianapolis Colts to a Super Bowl victory in 2007.

  • Flooding feared after storms sock south-central US

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Residents and businesses from southeast Texas north through western Missouri braced for flooding Tuesday after a violent band of storms brought heavy rain, hail and at least one tornado, with more of the same forecast for the next several days.

    The National Weather Service said a tornado touched down Monday evening about 25 miles southwest of San Antonio. The twister damaged several homes, trapping some people inside their mobile homes, but no fatalities were reported, according to The San Antonio Express-News.

  • Attacks in 8 Iraq cities kill 46 ahead of summit

    BAGHDAD (AP) — A torrent of bombings and shootings ripped across eight Iraqi cities on Tuesday, targeting police and Shiite pilgrims and killing 46 people. The deadly wave undermined the government's hopes for stability ahead of next week's meeting of the Arab world's top leaders.

    The Iraqi wing of al-Qaida said it was behind at least one of the attacks near Baghdad's heavily guarded Green Zone. A statement on a militant website said the group targeted the office that will oversee security for the upcoming Arab League summit — the first time the meeting is set to be held in Baghdad for more than a generation.

  • House GOP unveils budget blueprint

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Conservative Republicans controlling the House unveiled a budget blueprint Tuesday that combines slashing cuts to safety net programs for the poor with sharply lower tax rates in an election-year manifesto painting clear campaign differences with President Barack Obama.

    The GOP plan released by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan would, if enacted into law, wrestle the deficit to a manageable size in short order, but only by cutting Medicaid, food stamps, Pell Grants and a host of other programs that Obama has promised to protect.

  • VIDEO: Broncos Fans Welcome Manning, Wonder About Tebow

    Broncos fans were excited by the news that free agent quarterback Peyton Manning was reportedly negotiating a contract with the team. The AP caught up with fans who were wondering what adding Manning will do to current quarterback Tim Tebow.