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  • Report: Tax cheats getting paid by Medicaid

    By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — Thousands of Medicaid health care service providers still got paid by the government even though they owed hundreds of millions of dollars in federal taxes, congressional investigators say. A legal technicality is making it harder for the IRS to collect.

  • In Brief - News - August 3, 2012

    From The Associated Press

    NM offers money to buy clothing

    SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez says the state will provide a $1 million in assistance for low-income families to buy clothing for children returning to school.
    The governor announced Wednesday the clothing allowance will be $50 for each qualifying child between ages 6 and 18.
    The payments go to families enrolled in one of several social services programs, including Temporary Assistance for Needy Families cash assistance.

  • Jail Log - August 3, 2012

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center July 24-30:

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - August 3, 2012

    The Associated Press
     

  • Slaughterhouse gets support

    By Jeri Clausing
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — A group of horse owners and clubs is urging the governor to support a proposed horse slaughterhouse in Roswell, saying the closing of domestic facilities five years ago has caused “needless suffering under the cruelest of conditions.”

    The New Mexico Horse Council, which represents more than 200 horse owners and 30 horse clubs, sent the governor a letter, saying an informal survey of its members showed 94 percent favor humane slaughter.

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  • Poll shows Obama ahead in swing states

    By Brent Kallestad
    The Associated Press

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — President Barack Obama was favored by at least 50 percent of likely voters in the key battleground states of Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania, a poll released Wednesday shows.

  • Romney gaffes contrast with Obama in 2008

    By Robert H. Reid
    The Associated Press

    BERLIN — The British were offended, the Palestinians accused him of racism and even in friendlier Poland, Mitt Romney’s union policies drew criticism from the current leaders of the movement that toppled Communism.

    Romney’s visit to Britain, Israel and Poland was never expected to produce the same media frenzy as then-candidate Barack Obama’s extravagant, eight-country tour of 2008.

  • Economic train wreck may lie ahead

    Editor’s Notes: With 94 days left until Election Day, here are insights into today’s highlights in U.S. politics.

    By Tom Raum
    The Associated Press

    A “fiscal cliff” of steep tax increases and deep spending cuts scheduled to begin next year looms darkly over the presidential race.

    While both parties blame the other, almost nobody thinks President Barack Obama and Congress can resolve the impasse before the Nov. 6 election.

  • Concert to kick-off Heritage Week 2012

    Submitted to the Optic

    The New Mexico Territorial Brass Band is returning to Las Vegas. Starting at 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 3 at Plaza Park. This concert will launch Las Vegas Heritage Week, 2012.

    Listen to the antique and reproduction instruments as the band performs ballads, dance tunes, and patriotic songs of the Union and Confederate Armies regimental bands of the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. Their newly acquired uniforms are from the turn of the century, unlike the earlier Civil War period outfits.