Governing
10:01 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

Government Backs Up On Rearview Car Cameras

A camera is used instead of a rearview mirror on the Toyota NS4 plug-in hybrid concept car at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Jan. 10.
Mike Cassese Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Tue March 6, 2012 4:47 pm

The statistics are pretty grim — on average 300 people a year die after being hit by cars backing up, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. Half of them are children younger than 5.

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Regional
5:05 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

Local Non-Profit Helping Political Asylum Seekers

The Alliance for Political Asylum Seekers is kicking off its official status with an event next weekend designed to inform the community about the process of seeking political asylum in the U.S as well as to recruit interested community members in the organization.

The event is a screening of the film “A better Life” which depicts the daily struggle of an immigrant father and his son.

The event will also have a panel discussion featuring Las Cruces City Councilor Olga Pedroza and Carlos Marentes from the Border Agricultural Workers Project.

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Regional
5:02 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

I-40 In Eastern New Mexico Reopens After Fire

SANTA ROSA, N.M. (AP) — Traffic is flowing again along Interstate 40 in eastern New Mexico after a wind-whipped fire forced the closure of the roadway for about two hours.

New Mexico State Forestry spokesman Dan Ware says the Cuervo Fire started at 1 p.m. Thursday along the interstate about 20 miles east of Santa Rosa.

Winds gusting between 30 and 40 mph fanned the flames. About 5 acres were charred and four outbuildings were destroyed.

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Regional
5:01 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

Six Charged In Las Cruces Phony Check Operation

 

Las Cruces Police have charged four women and two men for their involvement in creating and cashing counterfeit checks that appeared to be from several local businesses.

Aubrey Faith Savage, 32, Glenda Marie Young, 47, Theresa R. Yanez, 38, John Anthony Brinsfield, 37, and 25-year-olds Barbara J. Kyle and Matthew Enriquez have all been arrested in the past several weeks.

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Regional
4:31 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

Bingaman Pushes For National Clean Energy Standard

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The chairman of the U.S. Senate's energy committee is pushing for a national standard aimed at bolstering clean energy and encouraging more industrial efficiency.

Sen. Jeff Bingaman, a New Mexico Democrat, says his legislation would not put a limit on overall emissions. Rather, it's designed to encourage the use of cleaner sources of electricity generation over time through a credit system.

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Regional
4:29 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

Court Approves New Mexico House Districts

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state Supreme Court has cleared the way for elections in newly redrawn districts for the 70-member House of Representatives.

Candidates for House seats will file for office on March 20.

The court on Thursday lifted a previous order that temporarily blocked elections for House seats pending the outcome of redistricting.

The court's action allows the governor to issue an updated election proclamation in the next several days to add House races to this year's ballot line-up.

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Regional
4:28 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

Court Clears Way For Texas Primary

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The federal court in San Antonio has ordered Texas to hold its primary elections on May 29, resolving for now one of the biggest issues in the state's redistricting battles.

 

The three-judge panel issued the election schedule two days after releasing political maps for Texas to use in the 2012 election. Legal disputes over the maps for congressional and House districts have kept Texas from holding elections.

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The Two-Way
4:23 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

Judge Who Emailed Racist Obama Joke Calls For Investigation On Himself

Originally published on Thu March 1, 2012 4:32 pm

U.S. District Judge Richard Cebull says he will apologize to President Obama and ask for a panel of judges to investigate his conduct after a Montana newspaper reported he had sent a racially inflammatory message using his courthouse email account last month.

The Great Falls Tribune reported the judge had forwarded the following message to six of his friends February 20:

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News
4:07 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

Nation's Toughest Immigration Law Stays Put For Now

A line of people wait outside the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which heard arguments over tough new laws targeting illegal immigration in Alabama and Georgia on Thursday.
John Amis AP

Originally published on Fri March 9, 2012 2:38 pm

Portions of Alabama's strict immigration law will remain in force until the U.S. Supreme Court rules on its predecessor, the Arizona statue that ignited a national firestorm in the debate over illegal immigration.

A panel of three judges from an Atlanta federal appeals court decided Thursday to put off action on lawsuits against measures in Alabama and Georgia. Oral arguments are set for April 25 before the Supreme Court over the constitutionality of Arizona's enforcement policy.

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Europe
4:03 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

Will The New AK-47 Be As Popular As The Original?

A Colombian police officer stands guard next to seized Chinese-made AK-47 replicas on Nov. 18, 2009. The guns have become so ubiquitous around the world that Russia's planned redesign may not do much to booster sales.
Luis Robayo Getty Images

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 8:59 am

The Kalashnikov assault rifle, or AK-47, is one of the most dangerous and widely used weapons in the world. For more than 60 years, nations, rebels, gangsters and child soldiers have wielded the gun.

And now, Russian officials say it's outdated. As part of a $700 billion army modernization program, the country has announced a redesign of the rifle.

New York Times foreign correspondent C.J. Chivers — author of The Gun, a book about the Kalashnikov — tells NPR's Audie Cornish that the updates are mostly cosmetic.

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