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  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Oct. 19, 2011

    From The Associated Press

    Earthquake strikes near lab
    SANTA FE — A magnitude 3.8 earthquake has struck around 20 miles from Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    The U.S. Geological Survey says the light temblor hit after 10:30 a.m. on Monday. It was centered nine miles north of Santa Fe and hit around 19 miles southeast of Los Alamos National Laboratory. It also had a depth of around .7 miles.

    There were no immediate reports of damages or injuries.

  • Revenue outlook weakens

    By Barry Massey
    Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico’s financial outlook is weakening and there will be less money available for government programs and services in the upcoming budget year than previously expected, lawmakers were told Tuesday.

    Underscoring the economic uncertainty facing the state and nation, a new revenue forecast outlined to lawmakers lowered projections for tax collections by about $21.5 million in the current budget year and $123 million in the fiscal year that starts next July.

  • Investigation costs city $900,000

    Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — The city of Albuquerque has spent nearly $900,000 on a former police officer since an investigation began into whether he killed his wife.

    Levi Chavez, who is charged with murder, had been an Albuquerque officer for nine months when the Valencia County Sheriff's Office started investigating him a month after Tera Chavez's death on Oct. 21, 2007.

  • In Brief - National News - Oct. 19, 2011

    From The Associated Press

    Obama to sign 3 trade deals

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama plans to sign trade agreements with South Korea, Panama and Colombia on Friday, capping years of negotiations and completing U.S. action on the biggest trade deal since the North American Free Trade Agreement in 1993.

  • Helping out
  • Obama touring South

    By Julie Pace
    Associated Press

    GREENSBORO, N.C.  — For President Barack Obama, the bus is back. That’s the sleek, million-dollar, Secret Service-approved bus that’s been carrying Obama along North Carolina’s winding mountain roads, giving the president a chance to take in the fall foliage and bask in some small-town Southern hospitality.

    “Saw the mountains, saw some lakes, saw all the wonderful people in this part of the country,” Obama said Monday during a speech in rural Millers Creek.

  • Lawyer: Mom has ‘nothing to hide’

    By Maria Sudekum Fisher
    Associated Press

    KANSAS CITY, Mo.  — The mother of a missing Missouri baby may not be casting herself in the best light by telling national media that she drank heavily the night her daughter disappeared and other unflattering details, but her honesty shows that she and her family “have nothing to hide,” her attorney said.

  • Man arrested for robbery

    A 22-year-old New Mexico Highlands University student was arrested Wednesday on two counts of armed robbery for allegedly pointing a gun at two people and demanding money.

    Porter Lee Hill, who lives at Kennedy Hall North Dorms, is also a suspect in several other armed robberies that occurred on Tuesday, though charges do not appear to have been filed in those cases so far.

    Hill denied committing the robberies.

  • Val Kilmer sells ranch for $18.5M

    The Associated Press
    and Optic staff

    Actor Val Kilmer has sold the bulk of his 5,300-acre ranch in northern New Mexico to a Texas oil and gas executive and his wife for $18.5 million.

    The deed transfer filed Sept. 30 with the San Miguel County Clerk’s Office indicates Kilmer sold all but 141 acres to Benjamin A. Strickling III and his wife, Roxann, according to the Santa Fe New Mexican.

  • Walking for a cause