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Lewis ruled ineligible to run for state Senate

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- New Jersey's top election official ruled Tuesday that nine-time Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis is ineligible to run for state Senate because he failed to meet the four-year state residency requirement for candidates seeking elected office.

Secretary of State Kim Guadagno ordered Lewis' name to be stricken from the June Democratic primary ballot.

"I find that respondent was not a resident of New Jersey for the constitutionally required four years prior to the date of the election for the office he now seeks," Guadagno, a Republican, said.

The decision can be appealed.

Guadagno, who is also New Jersey's lieutenant governor under Gov. Chris Christie, noted that Lewis said he filed taxes in California, was registered to vote there and has business offices there. He owns a home in Pacific Palisades, Calif.

Lewis, 49, grew up in New Jersey and has owned homes in the state since 2005.

He has been a volunteer track coach at the public high school in his hometown of Willingboro since 2007. He has a New Jersey driver's license.

Republicans challenged Lewis' run, saying he hadn't met the residency rule.

The former track star told the Philadelphia Inquirer the governor tried to talk him out of running.

The Christie administration said Lewis misunderstood the talk.



Four pit bulls kill woman out for walk

TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES, N.M. (AP) -- A woman from Truth or Consequences has died after being attacked by four pit bull dogs while taking a walk Easter Sunday, New Mexico authorities said.

Officer James Harrington said he found the dogs mauling Margaret Salcedo, 48, when he arrived in response to a 911 call.

Police said his attempt to drive the animals off was unsuccessful, and he fired several shots at one of the dogs when it threatened him. That animal fled, and Harrington was able to scatter the remaining dogs.

Harrington and emergency technicians gave first aid to Salcedo, but she died later at Sierra Vista Hospital in the central New Mexico community.

Three of the dogs were located a short time later and taken to the Hot Springs Animal Shelter, where they are quarantined. The fourth dog, shot by Harrington, was later found dead under a house.

The dogs' owners were not home when the attack occurred. The investigation is continuing.



Lehrer tells PBS, NPR to spend more on news

WASHINGTON (AP) -- PBS anchor Jim Lehrer told public broadcasters Tuesday that they must continue to defend their federal funding and raise more money to meet an increasing need for serious journalism as commercial newspapers and broadcasters see declines.

The heads of PBS, NPR, Minnesota-based American Public Media and others gathered in Washington to discuss serious threats in Congress to their federal funding.

Lehrer said public media needs to produce more local news and serious journalism because other channels are not.

"I have a good source on why this is a problem. The source is Thomas Jefferson," Lehrer said. "Thomas Jefferson told the folks back when this country was founded that the only way this democratic society we just created is going to work is if there is an informed electorate."

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