Today's News

  • Men's basketball: Johnson's shooting, VCU's balance keys to wins

    DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — The individual best performance in the "First Four" came from a guard who insists he's in a shooting slump.

    Melvin Johnson III scored a career-high 29 points during Texas-San Antonio's 70-61 win over Alabama State. He outscored the Hornets 25-21 in the first half, hitting one open shot after another while wearing bright orange shoes with "SWISH" scribbled on the sides.

  • Top lawmaker protests 'whistle-blower' demotion

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Homeland Security Department demoted a senior career employee who confidentially complained to the inspector general that political appointees were improperly interfering with requests for federal records by journalists and watchdog groups.

  • Japan struggles with power crunch after quake

    TOKYO (AP) — Densely populated Tokyo endured more rolling blackouts Thursday and faces at least six months of power shortages as earthquake damage to nuclear plants idles factories with possible global repercussions.

    The 9.0-magnitude quake and tsunami that obliterated towns in Japan's northeast Friday forced the utility that serves Tokyo, a center for finance and global manufacturers such as Toyota and Sony, to slash power supplies by a quarter.

  • NM lawmakers OK 72% tax hike on businesses as unemployment fix

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Lawmakers are sending Gov. Susana Martinez a proposal to shore up the state's unemployment compensation program by raising taxes on employers and cutting jobless benefits.

    If the governor signs the legislation, taxes on businesses will go up by $128 million next year.

    The Workforce Solutions Department projects the unemployment fund will run out of money by next March without any changes.

  • US authorizes American evacuations out of Japan

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States has authorized the first evacuations of Americans out of Japan, taking a tougher stand on the deepening nuclear crisis and warning U.S. citizens to defer all non-essential travel to any part of the country as unpredictable weather and wind conditions risked spreading radioactive contamination.

  • Wiring glitch yields lunch hour gridlock Wednesday

    Significant traffic backups in the townsite Wednesday were the result of malfunctioning temporary traffic signals being installed as part of road reconstruction work at Diamond Drive and Trinity Drive.

    Installation of the temporary signals began at 9 a.m. and work in the intersection was anticipated to last 30 minutes to an hour.

  • Senate approves state budget that cuts spending

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State spending will be cut 2.7 percent next year under a $5.4 billion budget proposal the New Mexico Senate approved Wednesday.

    Sen. John Arthur Smith, a Deming Democrat and Finance Committee chairman, said the budget was balanced without worker layoffs or furloughs, and without a general tax increase.

  • NM Senate OKs bill to give schools A-to-F grades

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A proposal by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez to assign grades from A to F to rate New Mexico's public schools cleared the Senate on Wednesday.

    Supporters said the grades will provide better information to parents about the quality of their local schools.

  • Nuclear crisis a tangle of ominous, hopeful signs

    FUKUSHIMA, Japan (AP) — Nuclear plant operators trying to avoid complete reactor meltdowns said Thursday that they were close to finishing a new power line that could end Japan's crisis, but several ominous signs have also emerged: a surge in radiation levels, unexplained white smoke and spent fuel rods that U.S. officials said might be on the verge of spewing more radioactive material.

  • Feds deploy more radiation monitors in western US

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — More radiation monitors are being deployed in the western United States and Pacific territories, as officials seek to mollify public concern over exposure from damaged nuclear plants in Japan, federal environmental regulators said.

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency already monitors radiation throughout the area as part of its RadNet system, which measures levels in air, drinking water, milk and rain.