The Two-Way
12:33 pm
Mon May 14, 2012

Calif. Governor Proposes Closing $16 Billion Deficit With Cuts, Tax Hikes

California is facing a budget shortfall of $15.7 billion. Today, Gov. Jerry Brown released a budget that closes that budget with a combination of tax hikes and deep cuts to health and welfare spending.

The AP reports:

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Shots - Health Blog
12:18 pm
Mon May 14, 2012

Jobs And College Pose Big Challenges For Young People With Autism

Originally published on Tue May 15, 2012 5:50 am

Times are tough for young people. Unemployment is high, and college costs are soaring.

For those who've been diagnosed with autism, the challenges of life after high school are even steeper, according to a study just published in the journal Pediatrics.

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Intelligence Squared U.S.
12:01 pm
Mon May 14, 2012

Debate: Should College Football Be Banned?

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A panel of experts faces off on the motion "Ban College Football" in an Oxford-style debate for Intelligence Squared U.S. on May 8.
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Amid allegations of corruption and misconduct in college football programs, critics have questioned whether the schools are exploiting student-athletes in an attempt to make millions of dollars. And alarms have been raised about the risks of repeated head injuries.

But football supporters say the sport is unifying, it teaches life lessons to players and it offers chances to young men that they may not get elsewhere.

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Randy Harris is the president of the Board of Regents for 2012. He was appointed in December 2008 and served as vice president in 2011. Part of the banking business since 1979, Harris is CEO and president of Bank of Clovis. He has served on the New Mexico Military Base Planning Commission, the New Mexico Finance Authority Commission, the Clovis Chamber of Commerce and the New Mexico Bankers Association. He was honored as the New Mexico Distinguished Citizen in 2007 and Clovis' Citizen of the Year in 2004. Harris is a graduate of Clovis High School and West Texas A&M University. Harris and his wife, Cindy, reside in Clovis. 


Chad Lydick joined the Board of Regents in February 2008 and serves as president. A New Mexico native, he attended schools in Portales and Clovis and earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from New Mexico State University in 1972. He is active in community affairs, having served as a Clovis City Commissioner, past president of the Clovis Chamber of Commerce and current member of the Washington committee for the “Committee of 50” that supports Cannon Air Force Base. He was honored as “Citizen of the Year” in 2005 by both the Clovis Board of Realtors and the Clovis Chamber of Commerce. He is the owner of Lydick Engineers & Surveyors Inc. in Clovis.

Brett Leach, appointed to the ENMU Board of Regents in February 2011, serves at the vice president for 2012. Leach was born in Portales, graduated from Portales High School in 1965, and earned a bachelor's and master's degree in psychology from ENMU in1969 and 1971, respectively. He was the instructor and director of Law Enforcement Education at the ENMU-Clovis campus in the 1970s before starting a long career in the financial sector. Currently, he is a financial consultant for Southwest Securities, Inc. in Roswell. Leach is past president of the Roswell Sunrise Rotary and the Chaves County CASA Program. He and wife, Andrea, reside in Roswell. 

The Two-Way
11:17 am
Mon May 14, 2012

Seizing The American Dream: From Janitor To Ivy-League Graduate

Columbia University janitor Gac Filipaj give a thumbs up during the Columbia University School of General Studies graduation ceremony on Sunday.
Jason DeCrow AP

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It's All Politics
10:52 am
Mon May 14, 2012

Obama Campaign Questions Lessons Of Romney's Business Experience

Originally published on Tue May 15, 2012 8:10 am

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The Two-Way
10:36 am
Mon May 14, 2012

'Gay President,' Breast-Feeding Mom: Suddenly We're Talking About Magazines

Every once in a while, many in the news business seem to rediscover something that's always been rather obvious:

Publishers will put provocative images on their magazines and newspapers — and now their websites — in order to create "buzz" and, they hope, attract readers.

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The Salt
10:29 am
Mon May 14, 2012

California's Genetically Engineered Food Label May Confuse More Than Inform

Protesters demonstrate against the production of genetically modified food in front of a Monsanto facility in Davis, Calif., in March. The local protest was not specifically about labeling.
Randall Benton MCT /Landov

Originally published on Fri May 18, 2012 5:03 pm

When Californians go to the polls in November, they will very likely have the chance to make California the first state in the nation to require labeling of genetically engineered food. That's according to California Right to Know, which filed a petition to force a statewide vote.

And the group is pretty confident it will succeed. "Polls show that nine out of ten California voters agree that they want labeling," Stacy Malkan, spokeswoman for the group, tells The Salt.

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