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Today's News

  • Weather - Feb. 26, 2014

    Wednesday
    A slight chance of snow and freezing drizzle before 8 a.m. Partly sunny, with a high near 54. South wind 10-20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 27. South wind 10-15 mph.

    Thursday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 62. Breezy, with a west wind 10-15 mph, increasing to 20-25 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 32.

    Friday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 60. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 28.

  • AG: Discriminatory laws don’t need defending

    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric Holder said Monday that state attorneys general who believe that laws in their states banning same-sex marriage are discriminatory are not obligated to defend them. For an example, he cited the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education case that led to public school integration.

    “If I were attorney general in Kansas in 1953, I would not have defended a Kansas statute that put in place separate-but-equal facilities,” Holder said in an interview with The New York Times.

  • Session likely to have no impact on gov race

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The recent New Mexico legislative session likely had little to no effect on this year’s upcoming governor’s race, according to political observers.

  • 4-month-old girl dies; was abused

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    An Albuquerque man accused of beating and raping his girlfriend’s 4-month-old daughter will face more serious charges now that the infant has died, police said Monday.

    The child died Sunday after spending two weeks on life support. Doctors determined she had suffered brain damage. The child was found with bruises and red marks on her face after authorities responded to the family’s home Feb. 7.

  • Donnelly Library offers spring reading group

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The New Mexico Highlands University Donnelly Library presents a free spring 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.

    All of the authors featured in the current Muslim Journeys discussion group have received acclaim and awards for their best-selling books.

  • Que Pasa - Feb. 26, 2014

    TODAY HOY
    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 26 in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “I Want to Help!” by Diane Adams. Free and open to the public.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - Feb. 26, 2014

    The Associated Press

    ‘Entry Pass’ waiting list low
    ALBUQUERQUE — Hundreds of airline passengers are stopping in Albuquerque to pick up pre-approved clearance passes aimed at helping international travelers quickly move through customs.
    KOAT-TV reports that travelers are drawing Albuquerque International Sunport Airport because there isn’t a long waiting list to get a “Global Entry Pass” like at other airports.

  • Officials: Leak no threat

    By Jeri Clausing
    The Associated Press

    CARLSBAD — Officials investigating a leak from the federal government’s only underground nuclear waste dump tried to reassure skeptical southeastern New Mexico residents Monday night that their health is safe.

    More than 250 people attended a two-hour meeting to ask questions about back-to-back accidents at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad and the first-known release of radiation from the repository.

  • Police: Man shot during beating

    The Associated Press

    ALAMOGORDO — A New Mexico man is facing charges after Alamogordo police say he fatally shot another man who was beating his girlfriend.

    Albert Witehead, 21, was charged Monday with an open count of murder in the death of Eric Gillock, 36, of Hurst, Texas, the Alamogordo Daily News reports.

    Authorities say Whitehead saw Gillock beating his girlfriend outside an Alamogordo home late Sunday, grabbed a .22 rifle and ordered Gillock to stop hurting the woman.

  • Protecting children

    We’re baffled by the state Legislature’s failure to enact a law that makes it clear that each and every one of us is responsible for reporting child abuse if we’re aware of it.

    Given the recent high-profile child abuse cases that have dominated television newscasts in recent months, we would have though that closing this legal loophole would have been high up on lawmakers’ list of priorities. Sadly, it took a back seat to other matters, and the most vulnerable children in our state may end up paying the price.