Regional
10:41 am
Mon April 26, 2010

New Mexico MVD Offices To Close Earlier

New Mexico – State Motor Vehicle Division offices will be closing earlier because of budget cuts.

MVD Director Michael Sandoval says the agency's offices will close at 3:30 p.m. instead of 4 p.m. starting July 6. He estimates it will save about $105,000 a year.

Sandoval announced several cost-cutting moves on Friday. Those include closing a branch office at Albuquerque's Cottonwood Mall and shifting its workers to other MVD offices in the city.

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Regional
10:40 am
Mon April 26, 2010

New Lights Save Energy

New Mexico – New Mexico has finished switching traffic lights in 33 communities to energy-saving LEDs.

Officials say the change will save about 4 million kilowatt-hours of energy over a year, or enough electricity for more than 500 average homes for a year.

They say the thousands of new LED traffic signal lamps installed at 330 intersections throughout New Mexico will save up to 80 percent of the energy used by conventional incandescent lights that operate all the time.

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Regional
10:39 am
Mon April 26, 2010

New NM Plates

New Mexico – New Mexico has three new license plates honoring New Mexico Highlands University, adoption and the 100th anniversary of the Boy Scouts.

Motor Vehicle Division Director Michael Sanchez says the Highlands University plate is the sixth collegiate license plate available to New Mexico residents.

He says such collegiate plates have proved popular with students and alumni.

The Highlands license plate will cost $37, with $25 going to the Las Vegas school.

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Regional
10:37 am
Mon April 26, 2010

Conference Cancelled Due To Budget

Las Cruces – The New Mexico Department of Transportation has canceled its annual engineering conference, citing money concerns.

The conference had been scheduled for Las Cruces later this month.

The Department of Transportation says it's been dealing with declining state road fund revenues for the past three years.

Transportation Secretary Gary Giron says canceling the conference will free the money for more critical transportation needs.

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Regional
9:32 pm
Sun April 25, 2010

Texas Tries To Ease Food Stamp Backlog

Texas – Officials say the Texas food stamp program is digging out of trouble after it was swamped by hurricanes, a failed privatization effort and a cuts to the work force that handles claims.

The most recent federal figures show that Texas processed 69 percent of applications within the required 30 days in the year ending Sept. 30. That's 15 percent below the national average.

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Regional
9:31 pm
Sun April 25, 2010

Las Cruces Continues Battle Over Red Light Cameras

Las Cruces – Las Cruces is still operating two red-light cameras at intersections under state control, despite last month's vote by the state Transportation Commission to prohibit such cameras on state or federal roads over which it has jurisdiction.

The commission's March 18 vote gave cities 60 days to remove any red-light cameras operating on roads under New Mexico's jurisdiction.

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Regional
9:30 pm
Sun April 25, 2010

Push To Name Building For Stewart Udall

New Mexico – Members of New Mexico's congressional delegation and some of their colleagues from the West want to name the U.S. Department of Interior building in Washington after Stewart Udall, a former Interior secretary.

Udall, who was Interior secretary under Presidents Kennedy and Johnson, died last month at age 90.

He is the father of New Mexico Democratic U.S. Sen. Tom Udall and uncle of Colorado Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Udall.

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Regional
11:22 am
Sat April 24, 2010

Homans Leads Spaceport Authority

Las Cruces – New Mexico Taxation & Revenue Secretary Rick Homans is returning to his former role as chairman of the Spaceport Authority.

Homans, who served as the first spaceport chairman from 2005-07, will continue overseeing the Taxation & Revenue Department. Gov. Bill Richardson said Friday that Homans helped recruit Virgin Galactic as the spaceport's anchor tenant.

Steve Landeene quit as spaceport executive director last week. His resignation takes effect May 15.

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Regional
11:20 am
Sat April 24, 2010

UT System Recalls Students/Staff From Mexico

El Paso – The University of Texas System is recalling all students, faculty and staff in seven northern Mexico states.

UT System officials said escalating violence in Mexico made necessary the recall from Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo Leon, Sonora, Tamaulipas, Baja California and Durango.

Less than 40 people are impacted, officials said.

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Regional
11:18 am
Sat April 24, 2010

Perry Courts The Right

Texas – With his Republican primary victory safely behind him, Texas Gov. Rick Perry is still working hard to court conservative voters.

Perry, who is running for a third full term in office, is scheduled to speak Saturday night at conservative radio and television talk show host Glenn Beck's "Taking Back America" town hall event in Tyler.

Although he has denied it, speculation is swirling that Perry may consider a run for president in 2012 and experts say appearing with Beck keeps him in the minds of conservative voters.

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