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7:58 am
Thu March 17, 2011

Loans, Grants Available In NM Fire-Damaged Areas

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (krwg) Low- and moderate-income families affected by a recent wildfire in southwestern New Mexico could quality for financial help to refurbish, rebuild or buy a home.

Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner says he wants people affected by the fire to be aware of Rural Development programs.

The agency has a direct home loan program that helps low-income residents qualify for a loan.

It also administers the Guaranteed Rural Housing loan program to help moderate-income families buy a home.

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7:57 am
Thu March 17, 2011

Lawmakers Give Final OK To Unemployment Fix

KRWG News – SANTA FE, N.M. (krwg) Lawmakers are sending Gov. Susana Martinez a proposal to shore up the state's unemployment compensation program by raising taxes on employers and cutting jobless benefits.

If the governor signs the legislation, taxes on businesses will go up by $128 million next year.

The Workforce Solutions Department projects the unemployment fund will run out of money by next March without any changes.

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7:55 am
Thu March 17, 2011

Teacher Loan Repayment Program Gets Legislative OK

KRWG News – SANTA FE, N.M. (krwg) Legislation is heading to Gov. Susana Martinez that will allow the state to repay federal educational loans of teachers who agree to work in struggling schools in high poverty areas of New Mexico.

The measure won final approval when it unanimously passed the Senate on Wednesday. The House previously approved the bill.

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7:54 am
Thu March 17, 2011

NMSU Extension Service Offers E-book Publications

KRWG News – LAS CRUCES, N.M. (krwg) New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service is going mobile.

The service is now offering its publications for e-readers and other mobile devices.

Nearly two dozen publications are online now and can be downloaded. The plan is to convert the last two years of the organization's publications into HTML, PDF and e-book formats while producing future publications the same way.

Current e-book topics include food and nutrition, horticulture and health, agronomy, livestock and family resource management.

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Regional
9:49 pm
Wed March 16, 2011

Las Cruces Armed Robbery

Las Cruces – Las Cruces Police are investigating an armed robbery that occurred after a fender bender in the parking lot of a local credit union.

At around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 16, Las Cruces Police were called to a report of an armed robbery in the parking lot of the First Light Federal Credit Union at 3791 E. Lohman Ave.

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12:35 pm
Wed March 16, 2011

Udall Introduces Football Helmet Safety Bill

New Mexico – U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) and U.S. Representative Bill Pascrell (D-NJ-8) today marked Brain Injury Awareness Day by introducing bipartisan legislation aimed at protecting youth athletes from the dangers of sports-related traumatic brain injuries.

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Regional
8:01 am
Wed March 16, 2011

Senate Approves $50M Cap On NM Film Subsidies

KRWG News – SANTA FE, N.M. (krwg) The Senate has approved a proposed $50 million cap on subsidies for film production.

By limiting film tax credits, the legislation frees up $23 million next year that lawmakers plan to use in the budget for public education, health care and public safety programs.

Lawmakers developed the cap as an alternative to a proposal by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez.

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7:57 am
Wed March 16, 2011

Senate Approves State Budget That Cuts Nearly 3%

KRWG News – SANTA FE, N.M. (KRWG) The Senate has approved a more than $5 billion budget proposal that will cut state spending by nearly 3 percent next year.

Senators worked past midnight to debate the budget and several other bills needed to balance the spending plan.

The budget will allocate $5.4 billion for education and general government programs in the fiscal year that starts in July. That's a reduction of about $152 million or 2.7 percent from spending in the current fiscal year.

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7:56 am
Wed March 16, 2011

Senate Approves Pension Changes To Help Budget

KRWG News – SANTA FE, N.M. (krwg)
The legislation trims government contributions to pensions to help balance the budget.

Supporters said the proposal will prevent worker furloughs or layoffs. Opponents said it's unfair to balance the budget on the backs of public employees.

The bill passed the Senate 29-12 late Tuesday and goes back to the House.

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7:54 am
Wed March 16, 2011

Albuquerque Airport To Get More Solar Panels

KRWG News – ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRWG) Albuquerque's international airport will be getting $2 million to install more solar panels on its parking structure.

The federal government has already contributed at least $2.4 million toward outfitting the parking structure with solar panels.

U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman announced the latest round of funding Tuesday.

The New Mexico Democrat says the panels help the airport generate its own electricity and reduce its operating costs.

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