Thursday morning briefing

Welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s morning briefing:

Video of the day

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Gobble up a deal

Grab your bird.

It’s the final day for the Curves of Clovis Give a Gobble event.

Curves waives its initial service fee for any new member who brings in either a turkey or a $30 contribution — all to be donated to Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico.

Curves owner Viki Crawford says the goal is to collect 100 turkeys and “I think we can do it.”

Festivities include turkey games and a leftover turkey recipe exchange.

Another Republican in the race

KOB-TV reports a state senator from Albuquerque known for his tough stance against drunk driving has joined the race for the lieutenant governor’s job.

Kent Cravens announced Wednesday he’ll seek the Republican nomination next year.

His sister-in-law and her three daughters were killed by a drunk driver on Christmas Eve 1992.

Choplifting

CNN tells us sirloin steaks rank among the top five items shoplifted in 2009.

Can we call that choplifting?

The latest figures are just in and nationwide, retail crimes, which primarily include shoplifting and employee theft, resulted in a net loss of $42.2 billion.

Here are the top five shoplifted items:

• Meat

• Infant formula

• Alcohol

• Razor blades

• Costmetics

Question of the day

The Associated Press had 11 fact-checkers look through Sarah Palin’s upcoming book.

If a book was written about your life, what true occurrence would give fact-checkers fits?

Dinner and a murder

Tired of simple little games like Monopoly or Uno?

Here’s something — a Murder Mystery Dinner at Texas Tech 7 p.m. Friday.

It’s at the Student Union Ballroom.

Audience members, while eating, are presented clues by the cast and asked to solve the mystery in the end.

One can only guess what’s for dessert.

806/742-4708 for more info.

X-ed off the Xmas list

Batman, Wolverine, and Curious George have been singled out at as some of the most dangerous toys according to one advocacy group.

W.A.T.C.H., World Against Toys Causing Harm, has released their annual list of the most hazardous toys out there this year.

Here’s the link:
http://toysafety.org/worstToyList_index.shtml

Web site of the day

http://twitter.com/ESPNClovis

Tweeter says he brings play by play for Clovis Wildcats sports on the air at 1240AM KCLV, 99.1FM and at www.KCLVSports.com

Flu Vaccine

Starting this week, the New Mexico Department of Health is expaning the H1N1 vaccine priority groups to include adults with a medical condition putting them at greater risk for developing serious complications.

This group had always been included in the list of persons to receive H1N1 vaccine.

But because of limited vaccine supplies, this group had not been prioritized up to now.

Vaccine is arriving in small amounts and is being distributed to providers and public health offices statewide.

Check with your doctor or county health department.

Remembering a local legend

Charlie Phillips, who grew up on a farm near Farwell, wrote a chart-topping song called “Sugartime.” The McGuireSisters’ version was song of the year in 1958 and sold more than a million records.

Phillips claims he wrote the song while driving a tractor.

In historian Don McAlavy’s book, “Those Who Made the Music,” Phillips remembers a night he entered a talent show in Muleshoe and competed against country music legend Waylon Jennings.

“It turned out neither Waylon nor I won,” Phillips said. “Some little girl singing a Gospel song won it.”

— by David Stevens

Weather

Today: Grab a light sweater.

Mostly sunny. Highs in the mid 50s to lower 60s.

Tonight: Bring the dog in.

Lows in the mid 20s to lower 30s.