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Today's News

  • Jury selection wraps up in murder case

     By Susan Montoya Bryan
    Associated Press
    ALBUQUERQUE — After nearly three weeks of questioning dozens of potential jurors, prosecutors and defense attorneys on Thursday chose nine women and three men to hear the case of an Arizona inmate who escaped from prison and is accused of killing a retired couple who was traveling through New Mexico.
    John McCluskey is the last defendant to face federal carjacking and murder charges in the 2010 deaths of Gary and Linda Haas of Tecumseh, Okla.

  • Senators pushing for food funding

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press
    ALBUQUERQUE — The number of New Mexican families worried about where their next meal will come from is growing as the economy sputters along and food banks try to cobble together what donations they can.
    But keeping shelves stocked may be more difficult this year as federal support for The Emergency Food Assistance Program is expected to be slashed by more than half.

  • Gonzales takes judge post

    The Associated Press
    ALBUQUERQUE — Ken Gonzales on Friday became New Mexico’s newest federal judge, ending a 14-year career as a federal prosecutor that included the creation of several programs aimed at fighting high rates of crime and violence in Indian Country.

  • On to his MBA
  • Non-profits urged to apply for PNM grants

    Submitted to the Optic
    Up to $250,000 is available to qualifying nonprofits between now and Sept. 9 through PNM’s Reduce Your Use Grants. Nonprofit organizations who are also PNM customers can apply online for a Reduce Your Use Grant of up to $5,000 to bring life to their energy-saving projects.

  • Que Pasa - Aug. 12, 2013

    TODAY HOY
    • The Las Vegas Area Association of Educational Retirees meeting, 11:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 12 at K-Bob’s Restaurant. The agenda includes naming delegates to the 2013 NMAER State Convention in Artesia. For more information, contact Tomás at 575-421-2455.

  • Highlands to host reading and discussion group

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University
    The New Mexico Highlands University Donnelly Library presents a free reading and discussion group titled “Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys.”
    The books are available at Donnelly Library, thanks to a National Endowment for the Humanities grant awarded to the library for the Muslim Journeys collection.

  • Another Perspective — State abandons common sense

    Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration faced a dilemma at the beginning of this year: A new computer program designed to detect Medicaid fraud had sounded alarms at more than a dozen of the state’s behavioral health care providers, including some of the biggest and most reputable names in mental health care in New Mexico.

    What administration officials did next is both telling and troubling.

  • Emergency projects

    With all the rain we’ve received over the last two months, it would be natural for the city to shelve its emergency water projects. But that would be the wrong move, given the limited storage we have and our city’s vulnerability to drought.

    Just look at the town of Magdalena where thousands of gallons of water had to be trucked in last month because its only operating well failed.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Aug. 12, 2013