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  • Jazz group’s concert to honor Duke Ellington

    Submitted to the Optic
    Jazzology, the local jazz vocal group, will perform a birthday salute to Duke Ellington on April 26. The concert is in observance of Ellington’s 115th birthday, on April 29, and in remembrance of the Duke’s appearance at Highlands in 1967.
    The concert will be at 2 p.m. at the First United Presbyterian Church, 1000 Douglas Ave.  
    Suggested donation $5. Students are invited to attend without donating.

  • Court: Michigan ban is OK

    By Mark Sherman
    The Associated Press
    WASHINGTON — A state’s voters are free to outlaw the use of race as a factor in college admissions, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in a blow to affirmative action that also laid bare tensions among the justices about a continuing need for programs that address racial inequality in America.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - April 25, 2014

    The Associated Press

  • Audit dings city over IT issues

    The independent auditing firm hired to comb through the city of Las Vegas’ books and processes gave the city unmodified or clean opinions on its financial statements and federal programs, but the firm raised serious concerns about information technology deficiencies it identified.

    The audit, conducted by Albuquerque-based Moss Adams LLP Certified Public Accountants, covers the fiscal year that ended on June 30, 2013. It was submitted to the state Auditor’s Office on time but was only recently released to the Public.

  • Another four years
  • Legacy Day event honors Sanchez

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The New Mexico Highlands University Foundation is honoring Leveo Sánchez, distinguished alumnus and chairman of the Board of Regents, at 2 p.m. Saturday for Legacy Day.

    The event will be in the Student Union Building at the northwest corner of National Avenue and Eighth Street.

  • Pills can be dropped off on Saturday

    The Las Vegas Police Department will be taking part in a national effort to get unused prescription drugs off the streets.

    City police will have a collection station for the unused prescriptions from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday outside Community 1st Bank at Sixth and Douglas. Anyone with prescription drugs that are no longer needed can drop them off at the collection site. The service is free and anonymous. No questions will be asked.

    Only pills or patches will be accepted. The police department cannot accept liquids or needles.

  • 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.