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Smog rules cause concern for Southwest industries

The Obama administration took steps last week to cut levels of smog-forming pollution linked to asthma and other respiratory problems, but meeting the stricter emissions limits is expected to be costly, including for the Southwest states of New Mexico, Arizona and Colorado.

Assembly Republicans to choose new speaker next week

It will be another week before Assembly Republicans choose a new speaker designate following the announcement Sunday by Sparks lawmaker Ira Hansen that he was stepping down from the post because of controversial statements he made while a columnist for the Sparks Daily Tribune.