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  • Witnesses discuss senator’s dual role in land deal

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New eyewitness accounts of former New Mexico Sen. Phil Griego’s intricate involvement in the sale of a state-owned building emerged in a third day of hearings to determine if he should stand trial on allegations of using his standing as senator to earn a private sales commission.

  • In Brief - News - July 10, 2016

    Optic Staff and
    The Associated Press

    2 seriously hurt  in I-25 crash

    Two people sustained serious injuries on Tuesday, when the Hyundai they were traveling in rolled over on Interstate 25 near Watrous.

    The passenger, Lizette Rodriquez, 23, from Sunland Park, was ejected in the rollover, with the car coming to rest on top of her.

    The driver was Marco Antonio Montero, 20, from El Paso. The crash occurred around 6 a.m., near mile marker  378.

  • Trump trips on Saddam’s record

    Editor’s note: A look at the veracity of claims by public officials.

    By Calvin Woodward
    and Robert Burns
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — Donald Trump gives credit where credit isn’t due when he brands Saddam Hussein a potent foil of terrorists.

  • Clinton email claims collapse under FBI probe

    Editor’s note: A look at the veracity of claims by public officials.

    By Stephen Braun and Jack Gillum
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — Key assertions by Hillary Clinton in defense of her email practices have collapsed under FBI scrutiny.

  • Police shootings of black men stir fears, anger among blacks

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE— One black man is shot dead by police while selling CDs outside of a convenience store in Louisiana. A day later, another is fatally shot by an officer in Minnesota during a traffic stop over a tail light. The two killings captured on video and broadcast across the world have left many African-Americans seething and disconsolate, and wondering if they ever will see an end to the drumbeat of minority death at the hand of law enforcement in the United States.

  • Editorial: A sad day for our country

    What the heck is happening to our country? That’s a question many of us are asking ourselves following the fatal shootings last week of two black men by police officers in Louisiana and Minnesota and the subsequent ambush-style killings of five police officers in Dallas.

    The horrific events that unfolded last week are vivid reminders of just how fractured race relations have become in this country. It’s as if the progress made during the civil rights movement is being washed away.

  • Students leave mark with mural

    By Kaitlin Cordes
    Effingham Daily News

    EFFINGHAM, Ill.  — For most students, summer marks a three-month-long detachment from school and from learning.
    However, 14-year-olds Janette Bovard, Josie Forbes, Dylan Ritz and Aiden Beck are not most students.

    On May 25, the four former Effingham Junior High School classmates began painting a mural in the junior high’s cafeteria to leave their legacy at the school.

  • BREAKING: Four officers killed, seven injured at Dallas protest

    By Terry Wallace

    The Associated Press

    DALLAS — At least two snipers opened fire on police officers in Dallas on Thursday night, killing four officers and injuring seven others during protests over two recent fatal police shootings of black men, police said.

    Dallas Police Chief David Brown told reporters the snipers fired "ambush style" upon the officers. Mayor Mike Rawlings said one member of the public was wounded in the gunfire.

  • Watrous fire house may close

    By Gwen Albers
    For the Optic

    Thirty years ago, Watrous volunteer firefighter Max Gallegos dashed out the door for middle-of-the-night emergency calls.

    At age 75, with a bad back and asthma, it now takes more like a half-hour.

  • Vegas man charged with rape

    A 22-year-old Las Vegas man was arrested last Friday on a warrant charging him with criminal sexual penetration of a minor, a second-degree felony.

    Francisco Richardo Maestas, who resides on the 1100 block of Railroad Avenue, was booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center and spent the weekend in jail. Online court records state that a release order and bond were filed Tuesday.