Regional
7:58 am
Mon January 30, 2012

Former Otero County Sheriff John Lee Dies

Alamogordo, New Mexico – ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (KRWG) Former Otero County Sheriff John "Johnny" Lee has died at his home in a small community east of Alamogordo.

Lee's brother says he was found by his wife when she returned home from work early Saturday. He was 58.

Alamogordo Municipal Court Judge Steven O. Lee tells the Alamogordo Daily News (http://bit.ly/xVeReQ ) that his brother apparently died of natural causes.

John Lee grew up in Alamogordo and served as a U.S. Marine in Vietnam after high school.

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Regional
7:56 am
Mon January 30, 2012

NM Counties Get $11 Million In School Payments

New Mexico – ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRWG) Nearly two dozen New Mexico counties will share more than $11 million in federal rural schools payments.

The funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will help pay for schools, roads, forest restoration projects and other programs in 22 counties.

U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman says the payments are designed to help rural counties that rely economically on national forest lands.

He says the payments have been particularly important during the national economic downturn.

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Regional
7:55 am
Mon January 30, 2012

House Panel Ready To Act On $5B Budget

Santa Fe, New Mexico – SANTA FE, N.M. (KRWG) New Mexico's state budget moves to the top of the agenda in the Legislature this week as a House panel prepares to wrap up work on a more than $5 billion plan for financing public education and general government programs.

The House Appropriations and Finance Committee is expected to vote Monday on a budget plan it's been assembling. The full House likely will consider the measure later in the week.

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Regional
7:54 am
Mon January 30, 2012

Chicano Movement Icon To Speak At NM Capitol

Santa Fe, New Mexico – SANTA FE, N.M. (KRWG) Reies Lopez Tijerina, an icon of the Chicano Movement, is slated to make a rare appearance.

The 85-year-old ailing land grant activist is scheduled Thursday to speak at the New Mexico Capitol Rotunda at an event honoring the anniversary of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo signing.

Tijerina was the leader of a land grant rights group and said the U.S. government stole millions of acres from Latinos after the Mexican-American War in violation of the treaty.

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The Two-Way
7:23 am
Mon January 30, 2012

'Like The End Of The World': Brush Fire Blamed For Car Pileup That Killed 10

Firemen rest after fighting fires that resulted from a pileup that killed at least 10 people on Interstate 75 near Gainesville, Fla.
Phil Sandlin AP

Police say the combination of smoke from a brush fire and fog created a deadly environment with near-zero visibility early Saturday morning that caused a huge pileup that left at least 10 dead and 21 hospitalized on Florida's Interstate 75 near Gainesville.

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The Two-Way
6:44 am
Mon January 30, 2012

In December, Personal Income Saw Biggest Gain In 9 Months

Originally published on Mon January 30, 2012 6:45 am

In December, personal income climbed 0.5 percent, while disposable income rose 0.4 percent. New figures released today from the Commerce Department also show that consumer spending was flat, increasing 0.1 percent from the month before.

While the AP reports that rise in income was the most in nine months, the news is a mixed bag.

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The Two-Way
6:24 am
Mon January 30, 2012

Syrian Government Deploys Troops To Quell Rebel Army

An image grab taken from a video uploaded on YouTube on Sunday shows armed men who are said to be members of the Free Syrian Army.
AFP/Getty Images

Fighting between government forces and army defectors has intensified in the outskirts of Damascus. The Syrian government sent a major deployment of troops to several suburbs and the defectors, who call themselves the Free Syrian Army, retreated.

The BBC reports:

"At least 26 people were reportedly killed this weekend in what activists say is the fiercest fighting around the capital during the 10 month-uprising.

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The Two-Way
5:23 am
Mon January 30, 2012

As Oakland Picks Up The Pieces, Washington To Evict Occupy Protesters

A defaced bust of former city councilmember Frank Ogawa sits outside Oakland, Calif., City Hall on Sunday.
Noah Berger AP

After a short respite, the Occupy movement had a resurgence this weekend. There was a mass protest in Oakland that extended through Saturday and Sunday and ended with the arrest of more than 400. In New York City, Occupy Wall Street protesters took to the streets last night in solidarity. Twelve were arrested

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It's All Politics
5:08 am
Mon January 30, 2012

GOP Presidential Contest: Is It Over or Just Getting Started?

Over the weekend, we heard Newt Gingrich assuring Floridians that his campaign was going all the way to the GOP's August convention.

Once the delegates got to Tampa, he said, all those who opposed former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney would unite to deny him the nomination.

"My job is to convert that [anti-Romney majority] into a pro-Gingrich majority," the former House speaker said Sunday.

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