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  • Court urges rewrite of child porn law

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico’s highest court on Monday overturned more than two dozen convictions in separate child pornography cases in a ruling that drew sharp criticism from Republican Gov. Susana Martinez, a former prosecutor.

    The state Supreme Court said the defendants can be charged with only one felony count of possessing child pornography despite having many pornographic images of children.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - April 23, 2014

    The Associated Press

  • Looking Back - April 23, 2014

    In 1964
    Monday, April 20 — Published this month in Psychometrika, the highly respected international journal devoted to quantitative research in psychology, are the results of an intensive study by Highlands University’s graduate student Ralph Swentzell. What is unusual is that the research was done while Swentzell was a junior. Only rarely does the journal accept the work of an undergraduate researcher. Swentzell’s work was supervised by Dr. Alan Roberts of the HU psychology faculty and his name appears as the co-author of the article.

  • Looking Back - April 23, 2014

    In 1964
    Monday, April 20 — Published this month in Psychometrika, the highly respected international journal devoted to quantitative research in psychology, are the results of an intensive study by Highlands University’s graduate student Ralph Swentzell. What is unusual is that the research was done while Swentzell was a junior. Only rarely does the journal accept the work of an undergraduate researcher. Swentzell’s work was supervised by Dr. Alan Roberts of the HU psychology faculty and his name appears as the co-author of the article.

  • Looking Ahead - News - April 23, 2014

    Gallinas River cleanup
    Volunteers are needed for the Gallinas River set for 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 26. Meet at 9 a.m. at the West Las Vegas High School Parking lot. Breakfast snacks, coffee and tools will be provided. Contact jdullien@hermitspeakwatersheds.org for more information.

  • Weather - April 23, 2014

    Wednesday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 71. Windy, with a southwest wind 15-20 mph, increasing to 25-30 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 35. Windy, with a west wind 20-30 mph, becoming north 10-20 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph.

    Thursday
    Partly sunny, with a high near 69. North wind 10-15 mph, becoming southwest 15-20 mph in the afternoon. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 40.

    Friday

  • Fair and equitable pay at work topic of public forum

    Submitted to the Optic

    The issue of fair and equitable pay is in the news every day. Last year New Mexico became one of the first states to pass and sign in to law the Fair Pay Act.

    But will that law really level the paying field? Will it change the way businesses treat their employees? Will it help those who may be victims of pay or work place inequity? Will it reduce or eliminate that 77 cent pay gap between men and women?

  • Maloof property cleared

    After years of the Maloof building being in limbo because of problems with the title, the West Las Vegas School District is finally able to move forward with selling it.

    The building had been donated to the district years ago. Unfortunately, the district didn’t have a clear title for the property.

    But the district was able to untangle those title issues with the help of Associate Superintendent Darice Balizan. Balizan has years of expertise in real estate.

  • The faithful
  • HU may cut credit-hour requirement

    New Mexico Highlands University is moving forward with plans to reduce the number of credit hours that students need to complete in order to graduate with a bachelor’s in hopes that the change will result in more students completing a degree.

    Highlands currently requires 128 credit hours in order for undergraduate students to graduate. President Jim Fries and his administration are recommending that the student credit hour requirement be reduced to 120.

    Regents will be asked to approve the change during a meeting scheduled for 10 a.m. on Wednesday.