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  • The Nation In Brief, Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017

    The Associated Press

    Poll: U.S. going wrong direction

    WASHINGTON — Just 24 percent of Americans believe the country is heading in the right direction after a tumultuous stretch for President Donald Trump that included the threat of war with North Korea, stormy complaints about hurricane relief and Trump’s equivocating about white supremacists.

  • City releases report on employee injury

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    The City of Las Vegas recently released an investigative report regarding a July 21 employee injury, in response to a Las Vegas Optic public information request.

    Margaret Silva, an employee of the Solid Waste department, suffered a fall while attempting to tarp a tractor trailer’s load at the city’s solid waste facility and was taken to a hospital by ambulance.

  • N.M. health clinics fret over funding delays

    By Morgan Lee, The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Operators of community health centers in New Mexico watched warily on Wednesday as congressional committees in Washington wrestled with proposals to extend crucial funding for clinics that are a mainstay of rural health care in the state.

    Federal funding expired at the end of September for federally qualified health centers, along with a popular health insurance program for children from low-income families.

  • Volleyball: Lineup changes don’t slow RHS

    It turns out the Robertson volleyball team doesn’t reserve its focus exclusively for fellow state heavyweights like Sandia Prep, St. Michael’s and Moriarty.

    The Lady Cardinals (11-2, 2-0) can also turn up the heat against lower-tier foes. That they did on Thursday night, sweeping Taos in a District 2-4A contest at Mike Marr Gym.

    “Our focus — each match — is to just take care of business,” said RHS head coach Stacy Fulgenzi. “I tell them we know what we have to do; it doesn’t matter who we are playing.”

  • Editorial cartoon, Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017

     Editorial cartoon, Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017.

  • Does the City of Las Vegas have enough police officers?

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    Years of debate have taken place between the City of Las Vegas and and its police department over what constitutes proper police staffing. The Optic decided to not only include some numbers from departments in similar-sized cities around the region, but also got feedback from police chiefs and other city officials about how they determine the proper amount of police to hire.

  • New Mexico In Brief, Friday, Oct. 6, 2017

    The Associated Press

    Money flowing to Pearce coffers

    SANTA FE — Republican Congressman Steve Pearce says his campaign for governor has raised more than $1 million in less than three months.

    Pearce said in a news release Thursday his campaign has received money from at least 930 contributors ahead of 2018 primary and general elections. The Pearce campaign has not yet made public its list of contributors and other detailed financial information due Monday at the Secretary of State’s Office.

  • The Nation In Brief, Oct. 6, 2017

    The Associated Press

    Dannon cuts ties with Panthers QB

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Dannon, the maker of Oikos yogurt, is cutting ties with spokesman Cam Newton following what the company perceives as “sexist” comments the Carolina quarterback made to a female reporter.

    Company spokesperson Michael Neuwirth released a statement Thursday saying it was “shocked and disheartened” at the former league MVP’s behavior and comments toward Jourdan Rodrigue, a Charlotte Observer reporter.

  • State quiet on origins of proposed school science standards

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The New Mexico Public Education Department won't explain the origin of changes to the state's public school science standards that omit all references to climate change caused by human activity.

  • Auditor’s office to mayor: don’t shred files

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    While it will likely take some time before the New Mexico Office of the State Auditor comes up with reportable findings from the special audit it’s beginning of the City of Las Vegas, the office has already found it necessary to issue a written advisory to city officials.