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9:41 am
Fri August 31, 2012

NM Quickly Reverses Decision to Drop Trail Funding

New Mexico has reversed its decision to pull out of a program that provides money to build, improve and maintain recreational trails.

The New Mexico Department of Transportation had informed the Federal Highway Administration on Wednesday that it was opting out of the Recreational Trails Program.

A day later, Transportation Secretary Alvin Dominguez wrote to the FHA saying he had reconsidered and would accept grant funds this year.

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9:36 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Construction of Casino at NM Fairgrounds Delayed

Soil issues have caused a delay in construction of a new 65,000-square-foot casino for the Downs of Albuquerque.

General manager Darren White says the building now will open about a month later than planned, early in the second quarter next year. He says engineers had found some areas where soil was not compacted deeply enough to meet specifications.

The construction also is expected to impact parking at the upcoming New Mexico State Fair.

Local News
9:33 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Fewer weeks of jobless benefits to be offered

Fewer weeks of unemployment benefits will soon be available to jobless New Mexicans and the Department of Workforce Solutions says it's because of a change in federal law.

A maximum of 54 weeks of unemployment compensation will be offered with claims effective Sept. 2. That's down from 60 weeks currently.

The department says New Mexicans eligible for 60 weeks of benefits before Sept. 2 can continue to receive payments for up to that amount of time during a phase-out period.

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Local News
9:22 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Independent tests confirms drug use in horses

Three trainers whose horses tested positive for an exotic painkilling drug could face suspensions, fines and criminal charges.

New Mexico Racing Commission executive director Vince Mares says independent lab tests have confirmed that nine horses had been drugged with dermorphin.

He tells the Albuquerque Journal that the cases are being forwarded to the state Attorney General's Office for possible criminal prosecution.

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Local News
12:02 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

NM park offers solar eclipse viewing program

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A state park in western New Mexico offers a program for viewing an annular eclipse of the sun later this month.

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Local News
11:04 am
Fri April 20, 2012

Arizona Regulators Approve NM Power Plant Purchase

It's one more step forward for a plan by Arizona's largest utility to restructure ownership of a coal-fired power plant it operates in northwestern New Mexico.

Arizona utility regulators have approved Arizona Public Service Co.'s purchase of Southern California Edison's 48 percent share of two units at the Four Corners Generating Station.

The $294 million deal still needs approval from federal regulators, but the Arizona utility expects to close on the sale later this year.

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9:40 am
Fri April 20, 2012

Inspector Partly Cleared in Starving Horses Probe

A state Livestock Board official says an inspector took appropriate action when he was told about four dying horses at a Las Lunas auction. But the inspector has been reprimanded for how he dealt with animal rescue group members.

Livestock Board Executive Director Myles Culbertson tells the Albuquerque Journal that inspector B.J. Winchester is back on the job.

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Sports
2:21 pm
Fri March 2, 2012

With Playoff Expansion, Baseball Goes Wilder

Manager Fredi Gonzalez was the face of frustration when his Atlanta Braves collapsed last year and missed the playoffs on the last day of the season. If this season's rules had applied, he might've been smiling: The Braves and the Boston Red Sox would've made the postseason.
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Major League Baseball expanded its playoff format to 10 teams Friday, adding a second wild-card in each league.

The decision establishes a new one-game, wild-card round in each league between the teams with the best records who are not division winners, meaning a third-place team could win the World Series.

This is the only change in baseball's playoff structure since the 1995 season, when wild-card teams were first added.

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