New Mexico News

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Early voting is about to begin in New Mexico's hotly contested primary elections for two open congressional seats and the governor's office. The state's primary election takes place on June 5 and early voting begins Tuesday at county clerk's offices across the state and through absentee mail-in ballots. Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce of Hobbs and Democratic Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham are campaigning for governor and leaving their congressional seats wide open. Second-term Republican Gov. Susana Martinez cannot run for re-election this year.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Supreme Court is reconsidering its ban on the use of public funds for textbooks in private schools at the request of the U.S. Supreme Court. New Mexico's highest court began hearing oral arguments Monday for and against the state's long-running practice of paying for textbooks at private parochial and secular schools. The six-year court battle was initiated by two parents who say the practice takes money away from public schools and violates a constitutional prohibition on public funding in support for private schools.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A hearing is set to begin Monday on whether to allow an idle uranium mine in New Mexico to gain active status again. The New Mexico Mining Commission is holding the two-day hearing after environmentalists asked the panel to review a decision by state Mining and Minerals Division Director Fernando Martinez. His decision in late December greenlighted the Mount Taylor mine's to return to "active," or operational, status. The Mount Taylor Mine has been on standby status for more than 20 years.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Southwest CARE Center, a once-tiny New Mexico clinic at the forefront of HIV and AIDS research since its founding in 1996, is seeking to expand its research program. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports the center's director of research Tamara Flys said this week Southwest CARE in Santa Fe is looking for partnerships to delve into geriatric, pediatric, diabetes and primary-care research. The move comes as the center has seen rapid growth over the past five years. In early 2013, Southwest CARE logged 600 patients, all of them HIV-positive.

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Scientists have successfully tested a new nuclear reactor in Nevada that could power future trips to outer space. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports NASA and the Department of Energy on Wednesday announced the Kilopower fission reactor performed better than expected during a 28-hour, full-power test completed last month inside a vacuum chamber at the Nevada National Security Site.

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Jonathan Kaplan describes himself as a "serial entrepreneur." He started his first businesses when he was a kid, with a paper route, snow shoveling, then landscaping. He's had a printing company, and a DJ service, playing Sweet 16 parties and bar mitzvahs — all before Kaplan hit college.

He's picked up speed since then, founding several technology companies, including the one that created the Flip digital camera. He sold that to Cisco for more than $500 million. The company later discontinued the camera.

The military's four-legged warriors now have a more hopeful future in store.

Military working dogs were once euthanized when their service days were over.

But, their fate is changing as military and civilian families pressure the Defense Department to make it easier for handlers to adopt their canine colleagues.

Looking out over Camp Pendleton's K-9 training field in California, Marine Cpl. Daniel Cornier shares stories about Chaak, the dog he deployed with to Afghanistan.

His words are halting and emotional.

When Rosanne Cash was 18, her father (you may have heard of him; some call him the Man in Black) presented her with a gift: a list of 100 essential country songs, chosen to help the budding singer-songwriter connect with and better understand the music that came before her.


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