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  • Government collecting Verizon records

    By Donna Cassata and Matt Apuzzo
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON  — The government is secretly collecting the telephone records of millions of U.S. customers of Verizon under a top-secret court order, according to the chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee. The Obama administration is defending the National Security Agency’s need to collect such records, but critics are calling it a huge over-reach.

  • BREAKING: Police investigating Big R shooting

    Authorities say a customer walked into the Big R store on Mills Avenue and apparently committed suicide this afternoon.

    Las Vegas Police investigators were at the scene trying to piece together the events surrounding the apparent suicide. The man who died has been identified as Michael Parson, who was in his mid-50s.

  • Victim’s grave vandalized

    By Karl Moffatt
    Las Vegas Optic

    The grave of murder victim Angel Arroyo was vandalized over the weekend, and family members are appalled by the lack of respect it shows.

    “This is sacred ground,” Floribal Bachicha, 26, said on Monday while visiting his brother’s grave at St. Anthony’s cemetery on the far end of Eighth Street.

    ”Whatever happened, happened. They should let my brother rest in peace. If not then they should come see me.”

  • Battling the blaze - Tres Lagunas fire at 8,660 acres

    Pecos — Gabe Sena likely won’t forget his last finals week at Pecos Middle School anytime soon.  The eighth grade student and his grandparents were evacuated from their home near El Macho Church, north of Pecos on Thursday. The massive Tres Lagunas blaze, which had consumed 8,660 acres and was 7 percent contained as of Tuesday morning, forced several families to evacuate the area.

  • East eyeing reduction in force

    Officials from both local school districts plan to cut back on their expenses during the coming fiscal year in hopes of getting off emergency supplemental funding.

    In an effort to pull it off, both school districts have not been filling vacant positions, and West has even eliminated some positions.

    At Las Vegas City Schools, the union is recommending a reduction in force for next school year rather than continuation of furloughs, which results in lower pay for staff.

  • Online bookseller must collect taxes

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The New Mexico Supreme Court says a nationally known online bookseller must collect taxes on sales for books, music and movies bought by customers in New Mexico.

    The state high court’s unanimous ruling Monday says barnes&noble.com’s sales are subject to gross receipt taxes even though the online merchant said it had no physical presence in New Mexico.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - June 5, 2013

    The Associated Press

  • Looking Back - June 5, 2013

    In 1963

  • Looking Ahead - News - June 5, 2013

    Montezuma Skating Pond meeting is Thursday

    Community Meeting on the Future of the Montezuma Skating Pond, sponsored by the Skating Pond Task Force, will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. this Thursday at the United World College in Montezuma. The task force wants your opinion on what the Skating Pond should be used for. For more information, call Lea at 425-5514.
     

  • Weather - June 5, 2013

    Wednesday
    A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 77. North wind 10-15 mph, becoming southeast in the afternoon. A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 44. Northeast wind 5-15 mph.

    Thursday
    A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 70. Northeast wind 5-10 mph, becoming southeast in the afternoon. A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 48.

    Friday