4:59 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

El Paso School Officials Reassigned Amid Federal Probe


EL PASO, Texas (AP) — A high school principal and administrator in a West Texas district have been reassigned amid a federal probe into allegations that students were improperly placed in grades to improve ratings.

El Paso Independent School District officials said Tuesday that documents show educators were instructed to put students transferring from foreign countries in ninth grade regardless of credits obtained in their homeland. El Paso sits across the border from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.

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T. Susan Chang regularly writes about food and reviews cookbooks for The Boston Globe, and the cookbook-indexing website Eat Your Books. She's the author of A Spoonful of Promises: Recipes and Stories From a Well-Tempered Table (Lyons Press, 2011).

4:58 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

Status Of New Sunland Park Mayor Challenged

Courtesy: Facebook


LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — The status of newly appointed Sunland Park Mayor Javier Perea has been called into question because of a possible violation of the state's open meetings act.

Perea was appointed by the city council last Wednesday during a meeting at the senior center.

But police reportedly blocked some people from entering the meeting because the building's occupancy had been reached.

The Las Cruces Sun-News ( says city officials didn't set up a sound system outside for people wanting to listen to the meeting.

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4:56 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

Irrigation District Warns Of Water Shortage


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An irrigation district that delivers water to some 70,000 acres of cropland in the Middle Rio Grande Valley is warning farmers of a possible water shortage.

The Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District says spring runoff has been less than expected this year due a weak snowpack in the northern mountains, a lack of rain and earlier than normal irrigation by upstream users.

The district also says almost one third of this year's flow in the Rio Grande has been lost to evaporation.

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4:53 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

Heinrich Bill Expanding Cibola National Forest Passes House

Rep. Martin Heinrich (D-NM)

WASHINGTON, D.C. --Legislation sponsored by U.S. Representative Martin Heinrich (NM-1) to expand the Cibola National Forest passed the House of Representatives Tuesday by a unanimous vote.  The bill, H.R. 491, would improve recreational access for local residents while ensuring that the land, located just east of the village of Placitas, is not subject to future mining and development.

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4:47 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

Controversial Arizona Law Reaches Supreme Court

Maricopa County sheriff's deputies check the shoes of a suspect arrested during a crime suppression sweep in Phoenix in 2010. Sheriff Joe Arpaio's immigration and crime sweep came after hundreds of immigrant-rights supporters delayed the effort with a rally at a downtown jail, in opposition to Arizona's immigration law SB 1070.
Ross D. Franklin AP

Originally published on Wed April 25, 2012 6:10 am

The U.S. Supreme Court takes up yet another incendiary election issue Wednesday when it hears arguments on a controversial Arizona law that targets illegal immigrants.

As with last month's test of the Obama health care overhaul, the case pits the federal government's assertion of power against some states, and with some exceptions, it pits Democrats against Republicans.

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Kitchen Window
4:44 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

Overnight Breakfast: A Feast For Reluctant Risers

T. Susan Chang for NPR

Originally published on Wed April 25, 2012 5:23 am

I've never been much good at mornings. For most of my life, I prided myself on being a night owl, the type of gal who could always handle one more thing after midnight — another phone call, a few more pages of a novel, a last turn on the dance floor. For years, I even showered at night. And if, in the morning, I couldn't produce a civil word before my first sip of coffee, well, that was a small price to pay.

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The Two-Way
4:30 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

Syria Envoy Kofi Annan Says Situation In Syria 'Bleak'

International envoy to Syria Kofi Annan told the U.N. Security Council that the situation in the country is "bleak." That's according to the AP, which obtained a copy of the closed briefing.

"He echoed Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in calling the current situation 'unacceptable' and called on the Syrian government to immediately implement his six-point peace-plan," the AP added.

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The Two-Way
3:23 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

VIDEO: Northern Lights Seen In Minnesota

The Northern Lights in Minnesota.

Originally published on Wed April 25, 2012 5:02 am

Last night was pretty spectacular in some parts of Minnesota.

Fergus Falls, for example, got a rare showing of the Aurora Borealis, or northern lights. Douglas Kiesling, of Storm Chasing Video, posted this video of them on YouTube:

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It's All Politics
3:20 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

As The Campaign Hits Cruising Altitude, Critics Again Target Presidential Travel

President Obama boards Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland, en route to Florida, on April 10. Whenever a president runs for re-election, his travel tends to become a political issue.
Cliff Owen AP

Originally published on Tue April 24, 2012 3:37 pm

The White House has been fielding questions lately about President Obama's travel — what's official, what's political and whether taxpayers are getting stuck with the bill. It's the same issue that rolls around every time a president runs for re-election.

Take President Obama's trip to Florida earlier this month. It featured an official presidential speech on the economy at Florida Atlantic University. On the same trip, the president hit two fundraisers.

How do you sort that out?

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