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  • Weather - Dec. 7, 2011

    Wednesday
    Sunny, with a high near 41. Northwest wind 5-10 mph becoming south. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 14. West wind 5-10 mph.

    Thursday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 39. West wind around 5 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 16.

    Friday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 37. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 18.

    Saturday
    Sunny, with a high near 43. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 19.

  • Trial starts in redistricting case

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The political tilt of New Mexico’s three congressional districts will be influenced for the rest of the decade by the outcome of a trial that started Monday.

    It will be up to state District Judge James Hall to decide how to revise congressional district boundaries.

    Democrats currently hold two of the state’s congressional seats.

    Groups of Republicans, Democrats and minority voters are recommending options to the judge to consider in drawing new district boundaries.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Dec. 7, 2011

    From The Associated Press

    FBI opens new lab at UNM
    ALBUQUERQUE — The FBI in Albuquerque has opened a new crime lab at the University of New Mexico campus.

    FBI officials say the New Mexico Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory unveiled Tuesday will give law enforcement agencies in the state “highest quality digital forensics services” aimed at fighting terrorism and violent crimes. The lab will also help authorities with internet crimes, child pornography and intellectual property crimes.

  • Extra revenue projected for budget

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez and the Democratic-controlled Legislature will have about $250 million available for budget increases and to potentially allow for tax cuts in the upcoming fiscal year, according to an updated revenue forecast issued Monday.

    Despite a sluggish economic recovery, the Legislature will start work in January for the first time since 2008 without a looming budget shortfall or the need to slash spending to avoid a deficit.

  • Que Pasa - Dec. 7, 2011

    TODAY HOY
    • First planning meeting for the 9th Annual SynergyFest, 5:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 7 at the NMHU Donnelly Library, Room 325. For more information, call Cheryl Zebrowski at 718-6932.

  • Ready for Takeoff
  • Noticias - Dec. 7, 2011

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.
    com

    • Las Vegas Cub Scouts Pack 60 has begun its annual popcorn sales. Cub Scouts is a nonprofit organization that uses the proceeds as a fundraiser. Cub Scouting promotes a boy’s character, citizenship and fitness in a positive and educational manner. To purchase popcorn or for more information, call Ida Sue at 617-0849.

  • Redistricting alternatives

    The goal of redistricting is to adjust boundaries to the population changes over the past decade so that they are approximately equal. It seems simple enough, until all the political interests get involved. Then it must go to trial.

    That’s what is occurring in New Mexico right now. District Judge James Hall is presiding over a trial this week in which Republicans, Democrats and minority groups are arguing for their own particular tilt in realigning the congressional district boundaries. Soon to follow will be other state redistricting issues.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Dec. 7, 2011
  • Work of Art: Don’t know much about ...

    A new movie — one I haven’t yet seen, but plan to — is titled “Anonymous.” The subject is about doubts that the works of William Shakespeare — the 37 plays, many sonnets and poems — were written by someone else.

    Purposely, I haven’t delved into the reviews to avoid forming a strong premature opinion, but I will posit that those who say the man from Stratford-Upon-Avon was a fake, an imposter, generally aren’t literary types.