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  • Looking ahead - News - Dec. 9, 2013

    Candlelight vigil
    The Survivors of Victims of Homicide group will line up for its candlelight vigil, in front of the Las Vegas Peace and Justice building, 719 Sixth St. Participants will meet at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13. The group will walk to the Plaza Park.

  • Weather - Dec. 9, 2013

    A 30 percent chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 20. Wind chill values as low as -3. South wind 5-10 mph. New snow accumulation of 1-2 inches possible. A 10 percent chance of snow at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 3. Wind chill values as low as -8. Northwest wind 5-10 mph.

    Sunny, with a high near 30. West wind 5-10 mph becoming southwest in the morning. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 13.

    Sunny, with a high near 32. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 14.

  • Former HU prez released from jail

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — A former Democratic legislative leader who was convicted of conspiracy and mail fraud for his role in an Albuquerque courthouse fraud scandal was released from federal prison Thursday.

    Manny Aragon, 66, had been serving time in Colorado since June 2009, said federal Bureau of Prisons spokesman Ed Ross.

    Prison officials said Aragon has served enough of his 5-1/2-year sentence to make him eligible for a halfway house. It’s not immediately clear where Aragon would be going.

  • A hero’s welcome
  • Judge rules mental health audit will remain secret

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A judge has ruled that government agencies don’t have to disclose an audit of more than a dozen mental health providers under investigation for possible overbillings and fraud, because the audit contains law enforcement materials that are confidential.

  • Highway officials offer tips on driving on ice

    The Associated Press

    Drivers beware. With bitter cold temperatures settling in over a big chunk of the country, highway officials are warning people to stay off slick roads and, if they must go out, take extra care when getting behind the wheel.
    Sgt. Mike Watson, of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, said drivers should be prepared before leaving their homes.
    Some of his tips:

  • Union chief accused before

    The head of one of the city’s unions who has been charged with battery over an October incident was accused in April of bullying another man and even threatening to have him thrown out of his public housing unit.

    Benito Lujan, 32, who works for the city’s housing department, wasn’t charged or disciplined over the April incident.

  • Student hit while going to school

    A 14-year-old Memorial Middle School student was struck by a white SUV on Tuesday morning at the intersection of Old National and Legion while going to school.

    According to the police accident report, the 41-year-old female driver of the SUV had just dropped off her daughter at the school and did not see the teenage boy crossing the crosswalk due to poor visibility caused by sun glare.

    Las Vegas Police Chief Christian Montaño said EMS responded to the accident, but the juvenile’s injuries appeared to be minor.

  • Last of the Legends - Code Talker to discuss experience

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Cpl. Chester Nez, the last of the original 29 World War II Navajo Code Talkers, will speak at 2 p.m. Saturday at the historic Plaza Hotel.

    The presentation will be in the ballroom.

    Judith Avila, the author of Nez’ memoir, Code Talker, is also part of the presentation. The bestselling Code Talker is the only memoir by one of the original 29 Code Talkers. Nez is the only surviving member.

  • Obama seeks hike in minimum wage

    By Jim Kuhnhenn
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama prodded Congress to raise wages and secure the social safety net as he issued an overarching appeal Wednesday to correct economic inequalities that he said make it harder for a child to escape poverty.

    “That should offend all of us,” he declared. “We are a better country than this.”