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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A top finance official say New Mexico state government has a bigger financial cushion than anticipated. Finance and Administration Deputy Secretary Stephanie Schardin Clarke told a panel of lawmakers Monday that the state entered the fiscal year on July 1 with reserves equal to 5.3 percent of annual spending obligations, and expects to maintain a 3 percent cushion at the end the current fiscal year in June 2018.

ARTESIA, N.M. (AP) — State officials are urging thousands of residents in one southeastern New Mexico community to boil their water after tests turned up E. coli contamination in their water system. The New Mexico Environment Department says the boil advisory issued over the weekend includes the city of Artesia as well as surrounding homes that rely on the Morningside Water Users Cooperative. The Artesia municipal water system serves about 14,000 people. The Morningside system serves an additional 358 customers. State officials say the presence of E.

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — A pastor and family friend says a boy who was pulled from a pond following a July 4 swimming accident at a Clovis park has died. The Eastern New Mexico News reports (http://bit.ly/2ty3ZXh) Gevion Lewis turned 13 eight days after the accident at Hillcrest Park. He never regained consciousness after being under the water for about 10 minutes. Bonetta Hutson, the worship leader at the church Lewis and his family attended, said she was with the family and prayed with them Friday as they made the decision to remove the boy from life support.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — After more than 50 years of litigation, a federal judge has brought an end to a water-rights lawsuit involving four Native American communities and various residents in northern New Mexico. The lawsuit, known as the Aamodt Case, began in 1966. U.S. District Judge William P. Johnson's decree on Friday puts an end to it, unless someone appeals — again. Johnson affirmed a 2010 settlement calling for a regional water system in the Pojoaque Basin. The settlement also puts rules in place for well owners to either tie into the system or continue using their wells.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is revising guidelines related to the hiring of nurses in hopes of bolstering recruiting in rural and underserved areas of the state. The Health Department made the announcement Monday, saying state agencies will be able to hire recent graduates who are unlicensed but have obtained short-term permits to practice under the supervision of a licensed nurse or nurse practitioner. Gov. Susana Martinez says the changes will help alleviate a critical shortage around the state.

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The military commander of Libya's rebel forces, Gen. Abdel Fattah Younis, was killed Thursday just before arriving for questioning by rebel authorities.

Last night, the House of Representatives postponed a vote on its debt ceiling bill.

In the Texas trial of polygamist leader Warren Jeffs, the suspect fired his lawyer and told the judge in the case that he wants to defend himself. The proceedings went forward Thursday, with plenty of dramatic moments.

We all know congressional negotiators are trying to balance party and ideology, principle and pragmatism. But negotiators are people, too, and psychology has some useful things to say about the ongoing debt-ceiling standoff. Here are some key ideas to keep in mind.

Tundra Fires And Climate Change: More Bad News

Jul 28, 2011

It may be cold up there in the Arctic, but that doesn't mean it doesn't burn. And as the planet gets warmer, tundra fires are not only becoming more common, they may also shift a huge amount of carbon from the soil into the atmosphere, a new study reports.

Back in 2007, lightning struck the remote North Slope of Alaska, igniting the largest fire to hit the region since modern recording began in the 1950s. The fire burned for nearly three months until snowfall finally put it out in October. It left behind a charred scar of 400 square miles — big enough to see from space.

Just as the Washington narrative had started to shift a bit from "House Speaker John Boehner doesn't have the juice to get his conference to support him" to "Boehner is getting his fellow Republicans to rally around him" it shifts back to the former.

That's because he was unable to get enough members of the Republican conference to commit to voting for his debt-ceiling increase.

An image of gout is easy to conjure up: The portly, elder royal resting his foot on a pillow, with a swollen, red and extremely painful big toe. It could be Henry VII, who was afflicted with the "disease of kings."

But today gout seems to be the disease of the average middle-aged American who's pudgy, consuming too much meat, and drinking too much alcohol — not unlike what the royals used to do.

OK, this shouldn't come as much of a surprise. But the abortion-rights group NARAL Pro-Choice America says that none of the declared Republican candidates for president — nor any of those thought to be waiting in the wings — would pass muster with voters who support a woman's right to choose.

Former Yankees Pitcher Hideki Irabu Found Dead

Jul 28, 2011

Hideki Irabu, a Japanese pitcher who debuted for the New York Yankees in 1997, was found dead after an apparent suicide in Los Angeles.

The AP reports:

"The body of Irabu, 42, was found at 4:25 p.m. PDT Wednesday, county sheriff's Sgt. Michael Arriaga said."

"'He was found dead by an apparent suicide,' he said."

"Irabu lived in Rancho Palos Verdes but it was not immediately clear whether it was his home, the sergeant said."

Too much acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol, can damage your liver or worse.

Now to reduce the risk of accidental overdoses, Johnson & Johnson's McNeil division, marketer of the painkilling mainstay, is lowering the maximum dose for Extra Strenth Tylenol to six tablets a day from eight.

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