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  • Confederate flag to be removed today

    By Jeffrey Collins
    The Associated Press

    COLUMBIA, S.C. — More than 50 years after South Carolina raised a Confederate flag at its Statehouse to protest the civil rights movement, the rebel banner will be removed Friday in a state where such a reversal seemed unthinkable a month ago.

    The flag will be pulled down from the Capitol’s front lawn and the flagpole it flies on during a ceremony at 10 a.m. Friday, said Chaney Adams, a spokesman for Republican Gov. Nikki Haley. Then, the banner will be shipped to the Confederate Relic Room for display.

  • California Latinos outnumber whites

    The Associated Press

    LOS ANGELES — The long-expected moment when Latinos surpassed whites as California’s largest racial or ethnic group has come and gone.

    Hispanic Californians began to narrowly outnumber white Californians sometime in the first half of 2014, according to U.S. Census Bureau figures released in late June.

  • In Brief - News - July 10, 2015

    The Associated Press
    Police search for suspects
    ALBUQUERQUE — Police are investigating the theft of pieces of Native American jewelry that are turning up in Albuquerque pawn shops.
    KRQE-TV reports 400 pieces of Joan Caballero’s collection, some more than a century old, were taken from a storage locker July 1 while she was out of town.
    Santa Fe Police Lt. Andrea Dobyns said a chain, lock and video surveillance cables were cut before the items were taken. She says Caballero’s unit was the only one broken into.

  • Dumping threatens sites

    By Margaret Wright
    The New Mexican

    SANTA FE — It’s garbage day in a picturesque swath of Northern New Mexico, and plastic trash bins line both sides of the highway that runs along the Rio Chama between Española and Abiquiú. Down a narrow county road that follows the valley’s slope toward the river, the newly emptied bins are stationed at the ends of dusty residential driveways, open lids flapping.

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  • Definitely not a whopper - Larger trout now in lakes

    By Karl Moffatt
    State Game & Fish Department

    Anglers should be catching fatter fish this summer because the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is growing them even bigger than ever.

    “I don’t know what they’re feeding them down at the hatchery, but they need to keep it up,” says Josh Anspach Hanson, 34, of Albuquerque. “It’s sure made my fishing really exciting again.”

  • City solid waste now a department

    The city of Las Vegas has a new department after the Council signed off last month on a reorganization plan proposed by City Manager Elmer Martinez.

    For years, the city’s solid waste program has operated as a division under the municipality’s massive Utilities Department, which also encompasses water, wastewater and gas. That changed last month when the City Council gave the OK to making solid waste its own department.

    The Council also signed off on making solid waste manager Matthew Griego a department director with a salary of $46,000.

  • Reporting of child abuse encouraged

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE  — State and local officials are calling on New Mexicans to contact authorities if they suspect a child is being abused or neglected.

    Gov. Susana Martinez was among those to issue the reminder Monday during a news conference in Albuquerque. She says reports of suspected abuse decline over the summer months when children are not in school.

    Teachers are among those who most often report suspected abuse.

  • Thousands turn out for farewell concert

    Whether it was going to Plaza Park for the entertainment, watching the parade, taking in the 23-minute fireworks display put on by the Las Vegas Fire Department, riding the rides at the carnival or participating in the Fiesta Memorial Run, throngs of people took part in this year’s Fourth of July Fiestas.

    The three-day event was capped by the Al Hurricane and Al Hurricane Jr. Farewell Tour concert, which drew thousands to Plaza Park on Sunday afternoon.

  • Protesting torture