The Two-Way
6:56 am
Thu April 4, 2013

Book News: Hillary Clinton's New Memoir To Cover Arab Spring, Killing Of Bin Laden

Former U.S. Secretary of State — and much-speculated about 2016 presidential candidate? — Hillary Clinton.
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The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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The Two-Way
6:46 am
Thu April 4, 2013

Jobless Claims Rise; Employment Report Likely To Show Slow Job Growth

Will there be more signs like this? An automotive service shop in El Cerrito, Calif., was looking for workers last month.
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Originally published on Thu April 4, 2013 8:24 am

There were 385,000 first-time claims for unemployment insurance last week, up by 28,000 from the week before, the Employment and Training Administration says.

The news follows Wednesday's report of slower-than-expected job growth in the private sector: The ADP National Employment Report estimated that businesses added just 158,000 jobs last month.

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Local News
6:27 am
Thu April 4, 2013

Free Speech Suit Filed Against Police Commission

The American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico has filed a freedom-of-speech lawsuit against the Albuquerque Police Oversight Commission.

The ACLU contends that the civilian board limited the public comment period during a meeting in mid-December. The board reviews allegations of police misconduct and excessive force.

The police department has been plagued by a number of high-profile cases alleging excessive force. Since 2010, the city also has had a string of officer-involved shootings.

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Local News
6:26 am
Thu April 4, 2013

Water Managers Warn Of Low Flow In Rio Grande

Officials with the Middle Rio Grande Irrigation District say the river is running considerably lower than normal for this time of year.

The district is warning farmers in central New Mexico that diversions have already started along the river but there's barely enough water to meet current irrigation demands.

The district is responsible for delivering water to about 70,000 acres of cropland in the Middle Rio Grande Valley.

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Local News
6:24 am
Thu April 4, 2013

Governor To Sign Bill Lowering NM Corporate Taxes

Gov. Susana Martinez plans to sign a measure into law to lower taxes on corporations as an economic development incentive.

The governor's office said Martinez will sign the legislation on Thursday.

Key provisions will reduce the state's corporate income tax rate from 7.6 percent to 5.9 percent over five years, and provide a tax break to manufacturers that sell most of their goods and services outside of New Mexico.

Supporters say the tax changes can help New Mexico in recruiting businesses or encouraging them to expand, potentially bringing more jobs to the state.

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Local News
6:23 am
Thu April 4, 2013

NM Governor Signs Sex Offender Registration Bill

Gov. Susana Martinez has signed legislation that will require convicted sex offenders who move to New Mexico to register with authorities for the crimes they committed in other states.

The governor said Wednesday the new law closes a loophole that had allowed some out-of-state sex offenders to avoid registration in New Mexico. The measure also will require offenders to supply authorities with more information, including their email addresses and monikers used on social networking site.

The new law takes effect in July.

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The Two-Way
6:18 am
Thu April 4, 2013

Top Stories: Conn. Gun Law; North Korea's Threats; Rutgers Firing

Originally published on Thu April 4, 2013 8:20 am

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Local News
6:17 am
Thu April 4, 2013

Agency Expects State Aid Increase For NM Schools

The Public Education Department says state aid to school districts is increasing by the largest amount in five years.

Public Education Secretary Hanna Skandera said Wednesday the "unit value" next year for New Mexico's school funding formula will increase by 3.9 percent to $3,817 — up $144.

The higher amount should mean most districts receive additional state money in the 2013-14 school year, although the impact will vary for each district.

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Local News
6:16 am
Thu April 4, 2013

Bingaman Heads To Stanford For Energy Fellowship

Jeff Bingaman, the former head of the U.S. Senate energy committee, is headed to back to Stanford Law School.

The New Mexico Democrat and Stanford alumnus will be joining the Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance as a distinguished fellow. The fellowship will last a year.

The law school says Bingaman will be reviewing the status of renewable energy standards in dozens of states to determine what policies can be adopted to improve the programs.

Bingaman says part of the mission is to find cost-effective solutions for advancing clean energy.

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Local News
6:15 am
Thu April 4, 2013

Prosecutors Clear Police Officer In 2011 Shooting

 Bernalillo County authorities say they won't seek charges against an Albuquerque police officer who was involved in a fatal shooting.

County District Attorney Kari Brandenburg and Chief Deputy District Attorney Deborah DePalo sent a letter of findings to Albuquerque Police Chief Ray Schultz on Wednesday.

The prosecutors say they found no probable cause to believe that officer Byron "Trey" Economidy acted unlawfully when he shot Jacob Mitschelen in February 2011. They determined the shooting was justified.

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