The Two-Way
6:20 am
Wed February 22, 2012

Obama Administration To Propose Cut In Corporate Tax Rate

The Obama administration is today going to propose a cut in the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 28 percent, according to multiple reports. NPR's Scott Horsley notes that the president also wants to scale back some deductions that businesses now get. So, the overall effect of any such changes could be "revenue neutral" and keep corporations' share of the nation's tax burden unchanged, Scott says.

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Middle East
6:19 am
Wed February 22, 2012

2 Veteran Journalists Are Killed Reporting On Syria

Activists in the Syrian city of Homs say rockets struck the house where the two journalists were staying. Syrian troops have been shelling the city. French officials identify one journalist as photographer Remi Ochlik. The Sunday Times of London confirms the other was American reporter Marie Colvin.

Presidential Race
5:59 am
Wed February 22, 2012

6 Reasons We're Feeling Debate Fatigue

Depending on how you tally them up, there have been 26 debates so far this GOP primary season. How many is too many?
Brian Snyder Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Wed February 22, 2012 6:03 am

Oh no. Not another debate among those guys who are running for the Republican presidential nomination. By at least one count, Wednesday night's Dustup in the Desert — sponsored by CNN and Arizona's Republican Party — is the 26th such face-off — if you count forums and head-to-head encounters.

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Regional
5:57 am
Wed February 22, 2012

New Mexico Proposes To Overhaul Medicaid Program

NM Department of Health

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) —Gov. Susana Martinez's administration is proposing to overhaul a program that provides health care to a fourth of the state's population, and the changes could require some needy New Mexicans to dig into their pockets to pay a fee if they go to an emergency room for medical care that's not considered an emergency.

One of the goals of the planned revision is to slow the rate of growth in Medicaid, which accounts for 16 percent of this year's state budget and costs New Mexico taxpayers nearly $1 billion.

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Regional
5:55 am
Wed February 22, 2012

El Paso Woman Is First Cross-Border Bullets Victim

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — A woman has become the first victim of bullets flying across the border from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, into El Paso, Texas.

Authorities say the 48-year-old woman was hit on the calf by an assault rifle-type bullet while shopping in a busy street downtown. The wound was not life-threatening.

El Paso's mayor asked Tuesday for residents to be calm as there is "no way to prevent incidents like this from happening." He says the odds of getting hit by a stray bullet are minimal.

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Regional
5:53 am
Wed February 22, 2012

Governor Martinez Plans To Sign Health Care Proposal

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez plans to sign legislation that supporters say can help New Mexicans find hospitals that offer the most up-to-date care for stroke patients.

The legislation calls for the state to certify hospitals as a "stroke center" if they are accredited by an independent, nonprofit group called the Joint Commission, which sets standards for health care programs.

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Regional
5:52 am
Wed February 22, 2012

New Mexico Trustee Settles With Copper Producer

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's natural resources trustee, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Freeport-McMoRan and several subsidiaries have reached a $5.5 million settlement over the release of hazardous substance from mine facilities in southwestern New Mexico.

The settlement includes funds for restoring habitat as well as the transfer to the state of 715 acres of land adjacent to the City of Rocks State Park.

State Parks Director Tommy Mutz says the land transfer include half of Table Mountain and a wetland site that's ecologically significant.

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Regional
5:49 am
Wed February 22, 2012

Senator Bingaman To Host Student Institute At NMSU

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Sen. Jeff Bingaman is set to host his annual Student Leadership Institute at New Mexico State University.

The New Mexico Democrat is scheduled to host his annual event Wednesday.

The institute with New Mexico high school students is designed to encourage their interest in public policy. Bingaman's top policy advisers will engage students in discussions on ways to advance education, economic growth and other issues related to New Mexicans.

The Two-Way
5:45 am
Wed February 22, 2012

Protests Continue In Afghanistan Over Quran Burnings; Some Killed

In Kabul today, demonstrators shouted anti-American slogans.
Shah Marai AFP/Getty Images

"At least four people have been killed and 20 injured in Afghanistan after protests spread over the burning of copies of the Koran at a US airbase," the BBC writes. "One person was killed in Kabul, one in the eastern city of Jalalabad and two in Parwan province."

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The Two-Way
5:15 am
Wed February 22, 2012

Killing Continues In Syria, Two Western Journalists Among Victims

Originally published on Wed February 22, 2012 6:07 am

There's more deadly news today from Syria:

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