Local News
4:15 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Peanut butter recall expands beyond Trader Joe's

A New Mexico-based company is recalling 76 types of peanut butter and almond butter after one of its products was linked to a salmonella outbreak at Trader Joe's groceries.

Sunland Inc. recalled the products under multiple brand names after the Food and Drug Administration and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention linked 29 salmonella illnesses in 18 states to Trader Joe's Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter. Sunland manufactures and packages the Trader Joe's product.

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Local News
4:13 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Buddhist stupa to be moved from Petroglyph National Monument

A Buddhist stupa has been order removed from New Mexico's Petroglyph National Monument.

The National Park Service said Monday that park service will remove the ten-foot structure containing Buddhist relics  from the park this week after getting an opinion from the Department of Interior's solicitor general. The solicitor general ruled last month that keeping the Buddhist stupa violates the Constitution on established religion.

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Local News
4:09 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Report: Albuquerque police need 'warning' software

A consultant group says Albuquerque police should purchase software to help warn internal affairs about officers who need "early intervention."

The Albuquerque Journal reports that a draft report from the Matrix Consulting Group says city should purchase a $35,000 software system to reduce paperwork in the Internal Affairs Unit. The report says the city's current early intervention system for officers "does not link to the internal affairs records or provide any proactive early warning notifications."

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Local News
4:06 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Deliberations begin in state's pit rule case

After hearing weeks of testimony, New Mexico regulators are grappling with how to best regulate certain wastes produced by oil and natural gas development.

The state Oil Conservation Commission started deliberations Monday on a request by the industry to revamp the so-called pit rule.

The set of regulations govern how oil and gas producers handle drilling wastes in pits, buried tanks, sumps and closed-loop systems.

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Local News
4:05 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Absentee voting starts October 9th

New Mexicans can soon start to vote in the general election.

Absentee voting begins Oct. 9, and people can go to their county clerk's office to cast a ballot in person. Voter registration also ends then, making it possible for New Mexicans to register and vote on that same day.

Early voting starts Oct. 20 at alternate polling locations established by the clerks and continues through Nov. 3.

Election Day is Nov. 6 and that's also the deadline for returning absentee ballots.

Local News
4:03 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Monsoon ends after dismal rain year for New Mexico

New Mexico's summer monsoon season began with a promise but has now ended with disappointing amounts of rainfall across much of the state.

National Weather Service meteorologist Jason Frazier tells The Santa Fe New Mexican that the ingredients needed to bring normal summer rains to the state's mountains and plains just never developed this year. Instead, the main moisture plume stayed to the west in Arizona and California.

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The Two-Way
4:02 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Peace Envoy To Syria: Situation Is 'Extremely Bad ... Getting Worse'

Lakhdar Brahimi, right, joint special representative for Syria, arrives at closed door consultations regarding the situation in Syria at the Security Council at United Nations headquarters on Monday.
David Karp AP

The new international peace envoy to Syria gave a bleak assessment of the situation in the country and the prospects for peace.

The Los Angeles Times reports that in comments to reporter Lakhdar Brahimi, special envoy for the United Nations and the Arab League, said the situation in Syria was "very, very grim."

The Times added:

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Shots - Health Blog
3:55 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

New Virus Related To SARS Detected In The Middle East

Different types of coronaviruses can cause a simple cold or a deadly respiratory illness, such as SARS.
BSIP UIG via Getty Images

Originally published on Fri September 28, 2012 12:52 pm

A mysterious virus has put a Qatari man in critical condition at a U.K. hospital, the World Health Organization said Sunday.

His illness is due to a new type of coronavirus, the family of viruses that causes common colds and severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS.

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Environment
3:35 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

As Arctic Ice Melts, So Does The Snow, And Quickly

Researchers say that springtime snow is melting in the Arctic even faster than Arctic ice. That means less sunlight is reflected off the surface. Bare land absorbs more solar energy, which can contribute to rising temperatures on Earth. Above, a musher races along the Iditarod in the Alaskan tundra in 2007.
Al Grillo AP

Originally published on Tue September 25, 2012 3:11 pm

Arctic sea ice is in sharp decline this year: Last week, scientists announced that it hit the lowest point ever measured, shattering the previous record.

But it turns out that's not the most dramatic change in the Arctic. A study by Canadian researchers finds that springtime snow is melting away even faster than Arctic ice. That also has profound implications for the Earth's climate.

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The Two-Way
3:32 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

New Yorkers Rush By As Embattled Anti-Jihad Ads Hit The Subway

Ads condemning radical Islam went up in the New York City subway system today. The transit authority posted them after losing a legal battle with the ads' sponsor.
Timothy A. Clary AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu October 4, 2012 9:44 am

Starting today, New York commuters are passing controversial new ads equating radical Muslims with "savages."

New York's Metro Transit Authority posted the ads in 10 subway stations today after a losing a legal battle with the pro-Israel group the American Freedom Defense Initiative.

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