Originally published on Fri March 8, 2013 10:47 am
We don't know too much about a Nepalese man who's in medical isolation in Texas while being treated for extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis, or XDR-TB, the most difficult-to-treat kind. Health authorities are keen to protect his privacy.
But we do know that he traveled through 13 countries — from South Asia to somewhere in the Persian Gulf to Latin America — before he entered the U.S. illegally from Mexico in late November. He traveled by plane, bus, boat, car and on foot.
Originally published on Fri March 8, 2013 10:22 am
North Korea responded to new U.N. sanctions aimed at starving its nuclear program by vowing to cut a Cold War-style hotline and scrap a nonaggression pact with the South.
State-run media said North Korea "abrogates all agreements on nonaggression reached between the North and the South ... and also notifies the South side that it will immediately cut off the North-South hotline."
The New Mexico Senate has voted to cut taxes on microbreweries.
The bill is sponsored by Sandia Park Republican Sen. Sue Wilson Beffort, who says it is designed to not only expand the microbrewery business in New Mexico but help rural downtown areas like Moriarty that have breweries that draw tourists. The bill would eliminate a tax increase on businesses that produce more than 5,000 gallons.
The Senate has approved a proposal to revamp benefits and eligibility of a pension system for more than 86,000 state and local government workers and retirees.
Supporters said Thursday the changes are necessary to improve the long-term solvency of the Public Employees Retirement Association, which has a $6 billion gap between its assets and the cost of future retirement benefits.
A top official in U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce's office says the Republican congressman believes the federal government's nuclear waste repository in New Mexico can handle shipments of radioactive waste from the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington state.
Federal officials have proposed shipping as many as 3 million gallons of waste from underground tanks at Hanford to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad, N.M. The proposal would need state approval.