Digital Life
10:01 pm
Mon December 12, 2011

Hot This Season: Getting In Touch With A Tablet

Customers look at the iPad 2 displayed at an Apple store. Black Friday sales for the iPad were up 70 percent from last year.
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Tablet computers are on a lot of people's wish lists this year.

A recent Nielsen survey found the Apple iPad is the most wanted gift for kids ages 6 to 12. Some have even taken their appeals to YouTube. But if an iPad isn't in the budget, there are some 30 other tablets out there to choose from.

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Business
10:01 pm
Mon December 12, 2011

Airplane Mechanics: A Farm Team For Everyone Else?

The best airplane mechanics are skilled at everything from metal part fabrication to electronics to lavatory plumbing. Other, better-paying companies soon become interested in their skills.
Courtesy AAR

Originally published on Tue December 13, 2011 6:21 pm

Talk of jobs — or lack of them — dominates the national conversation right now. But there are places in the economy where willing, qualified workers are hard to come by.

One such place is AAR Aircraft Services Corp., an aircraft maintenance facility in Oklahoma City. There, American capitalism is on display with all its strengths and weaknesses. AAR services jet aircraft, including passenger planes from carriers like Alaska Airlines, Mesa Air and Allegiant Air.

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Regional
9:08 pm
Mon December 12, 2011

Texas Redistricting Battle Gets Even More Complicated

Texas – A proposal to split Texas' 2012 primaries into two elections with some races decided in March and others in May would have a devastating effect on minority voter strength, particularly if maps drawn by the Legislature are used, attorneys argued Monday.

Attorney General Greg Abbott has suggested a separate primary be held for legislative and congressional races to allow time for court fights over redistricting to be resolved.

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Regional
9:05 pm
Mon December 12, 2011

Another Winter Storm Pounds New Mexico

New Mexico – The latest winter storm is making its way across New Mexico, bringing rain to Albuquerque and snow to the higher elevations in western and northern portions of the state.

Forecasters are warning that the main part of the storm will hit New Mexico late Tuesday into Wednesday. That will result in colder temperatures and lower snow levels.

Travel along interstates 25 and 40 is not expected to be as widely affected as last week, when much of the state was socked with several inches of snow.

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Regional
9:04 pm
Mon December 12, 2011

Founding Member Of Drug Cartel Captured

Juarez, Mexico – The Mexican navy says it has caught a founding member of the brutal Zetas drug cartel.

It says marines detained Raul Lucio Hernandez Lechuga on Monday in the city of Cordoba. The city is in the state of Veracruz, where the Zetas are battling for control against a gang allied with the Sinaloa drug cartel.

A navy statement says Hernandez has been the Zetas leader for the states of Veracruz, Puebla and Oaxaca.

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Regional
9:03 pm
Mon December 12, 2011

NMSU To Fund One-Time Employee Payments And Other Initiatives

Las Cruces – Prudent financial planning is allowing New Mexico State University to fund a number of campus improvements with one-time funds, including student scholarships, classroom improvements and research support for the Las Cruces campus. In addition, NMSU will give each regular employee a one-time payment of $950 on Dec. 15.

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Regional
6:55 pm
Mon December 12, 2011

Las Cruces Working On Proposed Public Safety Facility

Las Cruces, NM – Public safety has been a strong point of discussion and top for the city council in recent months. The council was recently updated on the status of a proposed public safety facility on the East Mesa. The facility would be the site for fire station and a police command substation as well as the Mesilla Valley Regional Dispatch Authority or MRVDA.

The proposed 350 acre site is currently on Bureau of Land Management property just north of Sonoma Ranch Boulevard.

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Regional
4:43 pm
Mon December 12, 2011

El Paso Brass Concert Wednesday In Las Cruces

The Salt
4:15 pm
Mon December 12, 2011

Oregon Senator Pushes Local Pears For School Lunches

Comice pears are super-yummy, but not approved for schookids.
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Originally published on Mon December 12, 2011 4:18 pm

Mike Naumes thinks Oregon schoolchildren should be eating more Oregon pears. And not just the D'Anjou, Bartlett and Bosc pears approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's School Lunch Program, but the lesser-known Comice pears of southern Oregon's Rogue Valley.

Anyone who's ever tasted a Comice pear would have a hard time arguing with that. They're fat and green, extraordinarily sweet and juicy — a world apart from your typical supermarket pear.

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Regional
4:09 pm
Mon December 12, 2011

BusinessWatch

Las Cruces – Every Monday, Fred Martino speaks with Las Cruces Sun News Business Editor Brook Stockberger.

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