Originally published on Mon August 27, 2012 6:59 am
When Ashley Beecher had her first daughter, nursing was a struggle, and she sometimes had to supplement her baby's diet with formula. But when she had her second daughter in January, it was a very different story.
"Very early on I noticed [that] I've got so much more milk than what this child is drinking," said Beecher, a 29-year-old Houston mom, who started expressing her milk and storing it in plastic bags in her freezer. "There's probably, I would say, estimated around 50 bags containing six ounces of milk in each one and that's just what I have right now."
Federal officials have started a training program to help the law enforcement community investigate and prosecute sexual assault cases on tribal land.
Representatives from nearly two dozen American Indian tribes turned out this week for the first training seminar at the National Advocacy Center in South Carolina.
Leslie Hagen is the U.S. Justice Department's Indian Country training coordinator. She says it's going to take federal and tribal commitment and a coordinated response to address the high rates of sexual violence in tribal communities.
The producer of "Dances with Wolves," ''The Bodyguard" and "Wyatt Earp" will be in New Mexico this fall to work on a new independent feature film.
Jim Wilson will be producing and directing "50 to 1," the story of New Mexico's long-shot Kentucky Derby winner Mine that Bird. The gelding won the Derby in 2009 and went on to finish second in the Preakness and third in the Belmont that year.
Production will start in early September and run through October.
The state Supreme Court has ruled a uranium company's insurance policies may cover costs of cleaning up contamination at a former mine in northwestern New Mexico.
The ruling on Thursday sends the dispute back to a district court to determine what insurers must pay for, if anything, involving a cleanup by United Nuclear Corp. at the Northeast Church Rock mine near Gallup. The site is adjacent to the Navajo Nation.
Legislative auditors say New Mexico fails to properly evaluate its economic development efforts to determine whether the state's tax breaks and other financial incentives for businesses are justified.
A report released Thursday by the Legislative Finance Committee estimates it's costing New Mexico $31,000 to attract a job with a $43,000 average salary. However, the head of the Economic Development Department called that figure "wildly inaccurate."
Republican Mitt Romney says his pledge to make the U.S. energy independent by 2020 is not "some pie in the sky" idea.
The GOP presidential candidate says his plans for reaching that goal include increased offshore oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico and off the coast of Virginia and North Carolina. He also wants to give states the power to start energy production on federal lands.
Boosting U.S. energy production is a key aspect of Romney's economic proposals. He says his energy plans would create more than 3 million Americans jobs.