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Today's News

  • Revenue outlook weakens

    By Barry Massey
    Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico’s financial outlook is weakening and there will be less money available for government programs and services in the upcoming budget year than previously expected, lawmakers were told Tuesday.

    Underscoring the economic uncertainty facing the state and nation, a new revenue forecast outlined to lawmakers lowered projections for tax collections by about $21.5 million in the current budget year and $123 million in the fiscal year that starts next July.

  • Investigation costs city $900,000

    Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — The city of Albuquerque has spent nearly $900,000 on a former police officer since an investigation began into whether he killed his wife.

    Levi Chavez, who is charged with murder, had been an Albuquerque officer for nine months when the Valencia County Sheriff's Office started investigating him a month after Tera Chavez's death on Oct. 21, 2007.

  • In Brief - National News - Oct. 19, 2011

    From The Associated Press

    Obama to sign 3 trade deals

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama plans to sign trade agreements with South Korea, Panama and Colombia on Friday, capping years of negotiations and completing U.S. action on the biggest trade deal since the North American Free Trade Agreement in 1993.

  • Helping out
  • Obama touring South

    By Julie Pace
    Associated Press

    GREENSBORO, N.C.  — For President Barack Obama, the bus is back. That’s the sleek, million-dollar, Secret Service-approved bus that’s been carrying Obama along North Carolina’s winding mountain roads, giving the president a chance to take in the fall foliage and bask in some small-town Southern hospitality.

    “Saw the mountains, saw some lakes, saw all the wonderful people in this part of the country,” Obama said Monday during a speech in rural Millers Creek.

  • Lawyer: Mom has ‘nothing to hide’

    By Maria Sudekum Fisher
    Associated Press

    KANSAS CITY, Mo.  — The mother of a missing Missouri baby may not be casting herself in the best light by telling national media that she drank heavily the night her daughter disappeared and other unflattering details, but her honesty shows that she and her family “have nothing to hide,” her attorney said.

  • Centrist candidates

    While many on the left and the right will disagree, we submit that more than anything else, America needs a centrist leader. And while it might seem that the battlelines are being drawn elsewhere, the 2012 presidential election will likely be a contest between a centrist left incumbent and a centrist right challenger.

    And if we were going to put our money on any of the Republican Party candidates, we’d wager that Mitt Romney will be the challenger facing President Obama.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Oct. 19, 2011
  • Work of Art: They gave it to she and I

    Martha Johnsen often poses questions on tricky grammar issues.

    Monday, on her morning radio program, she asked which of the two is correct: “He and his wife” or “Him and his wife”?

  • Vegas Bowl Jr. is Thursday

    For the second consecutive season, the Meadow City’s two middle school football teams carry undefeated records into their head-to-head meeting on the gridiron.

    Memorial Middle School is 6-0 and West Las Vegas Middle School is 5-0 as they prepare for Thursday’s Vegas Bowl Junior under the lights at Perkins Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. — moved back from the original 4 p.m. — and gates open at 5:30. Tickets are $3 adults and $1 students.