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  • Jail Log - August 17, 2012

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Aug. 6 and Aug. 12:

    Charles Higgins, 47, Adult Probation Office bench warrant: Positive UA

    Evelyn Lucero, 60, cruelty to animals

    Linda Porter, 48, aggravated driving while intoxicated, driving on a suspended or revoked driver’s license, careless driving, no insurance, speeding

    Edward Fernandez, 30, aggravated driving while intoxicated

  • Hepatitis C testing urged for Baby Boomers

    By Mike Stobbe
    AP Medical Writer

    ATLANTA — All baby boomers should get a one-time blood test to learn if they have the liver-destroying hepatitis C virus, U.S. health officials said Thursday.

    It can take decades for the blood-borne virus to cause liver damage and symptoms to emerge, so many people don’t know they’re harboring it. Baby boomers account for about two-thirds of the estimated 3.2 million infected Americans.

  • Gov finds new spot to post workers’ salaries

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez has begun posting the names and salaries of classified state employees at a new online location after a judge ruled last month that she remove the names from the online New Mexico Sunshine Portal.

    Martinez added the names of classified workers, their titles and salaries to the Sunshine Portal last year. That added to a previously available list of employees exempt from civil service protection.

  • Suspect’s trial on hold over beard

    By Angela K. Brown
    The Associated Press

    FORT HOOD, Texas  — For the past two months, the military judge presiding over the high-profile case of the Army psychiatrist charged in the deadly 2009 Fort Hood shooting rampage has said he wanted to avoid disruptions in court.

    So after Maj. Nidal Hasan showed up for a June pretrial hearing wearing a beard, a violation of Army regulations, Col. Gregory Gross banned him from the courtroom until he shaves.

  • In Brief - Election 2012 - August 17, 2012

    From The Associated Press

    Ad links Romney to Ryan budget
    WASHINGTON — A new television ad from President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign is linking Republican rival Mitt Romney to the education cuts in a budget plan by GOP running mate Paul Ryan.
    The ad doesn’t name Ryan. But it criticizes Romney for backing plans to cut college aid for nearly 10 million students, which is what the White House says would happen under Ryan’s budget.

  • Romney camp seizes comment

    By Matthew Daly
    The Associated Press

    DANVILLE, Va. — Vice President Joe Biden told voters in southern Virginia on Tuesday that Republican Mitt Romney wanted to put them “back in chains,” sparking outrage from the GOP campaign.

    Addressing a crowd that included hundreds of black people, Biden said Romney wants to get rid of new Wall Street regulations Obama signed into law after the 2008 financial collapse.

    “Unchain Wall Street,” Biden said. “They’re going to put y’all back in chains.”

  • In Ryan, Obama sees twofold target

    By Ben Feller and Ken Thomas
    The Associated Press

    DES MOINES, Iowa  — In his run for a second term, President Barack Obama had an opponent before he had an opponent: House Republicans. They shellacked him in the midterm elections, blocked much of his legislative agenda and pushed economic views that are wildly different from his.

    Mitt Romney put a campaign face on all that for Obama: Paul Ryan.

  • An inevitable catastrophe?

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    A wildfire in the Gallinas Canyon could have catastrophic effects on the Las Vegas water supply, forest, fire and water officials told community leaders during an Aug. 6 tour of the canyon.

  • Temporary home - Shelter offers pets of all kinds

    Cinder, a young bunny, lives in a temporary home at the city of Las Vegas Animal Shelter. Once a roamer, she was caught by animal control, and now awaits a permanent home. The bunny is part of the influx of animals awaiting adoption at the new and improved animal shelter, located near City Hall.

  • City mulling no tolerance on drugs

    Should city of Las Vegas workers who test positive for drugs get a second chance?

    That was one of the question posed to the City Council during last week’s work session — a new monthly meeting that City Manager Timothy Dodge has called in an effort to build consensus among governing board members.

    The second-chance question is one that has divided some city officials.