SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — An internationally recognized astrophysicist with ties to New Mexico has been tapped to serve as the next director of the National Science Foundation.
The nomination of France Cordova was approved by the U.S. Senate this week.
Cordova, a Santa Fe resident, is a former president of Purdue University. She's also on the governing board of the Smithsonian Institution and she worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory between 1979 and 1989.
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall says he looks forward to working with Cordova.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez says a legislative special session to help the state win a Tesla Motors facility is a possibility.
New Mexico is one of four states that Tesla's Fremont, Calif., assembly plant has identified as finalists for a battery factory. Others are Arizona, Nevada and Texas.
According to the Albuquerque Journal, Martinez says her office is evaluating whether a special session is necessary to complete a package of economic incentives being crafted to help make New Mexico more appealing to Tesla.
GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — Researchers report finding twice as many bats hibernating in a cave at a national monument in in northwestern New Mexico and they say that may be the result of fewer human visitors.
The Gallup Independent reports that researchers found 180 bats hibernating in Junction Cave at El Malpais National Monument near Grants during a winter count.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A school bus driver in Albuquerque is accused of unsafe driving.
Bernalillo County sheriff's Sgt. Aaron Williamson says callers reported that the bus had cut off a motorist and applied its brakes without regard for the safety of kids on the bus or of other motorists.
Williamson says there weren't any kids on the bus when it was pulled over in southwest Albuquerque Monday afternoon. He says they'd already been dropped off.
He says 51-year-old Linda Barreto was arrested on suspicion of child abuse and possession of dangerous drugs.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Immigrant advocates are preparing for another string of demonstrations targeting the lone Republican of New Mexico's congressional delegation.
The group Somos Un Pueblo Unido announced this week that activists will hold at least three protests in the district of Congressman Steve Pearce. He represents the state's border region and its most Hispanic congressional district.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The University of New Mexico's School of Medicine and College of Nursing are being recognized among "America's Best Graduate Schools."
UNM says that its School of Medicine's rural medicine program is ranked second in the nation in the upcoming issue of U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Graduate Schools" for 2015. The College of Nursing's midwife program is fifth.
The magazine also ranks the School of Medicine's Family Medicine curriculum 9th and Primary Care curriculum 40th.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Congressman Steve Pearce says a Massachusetts Institute of Technology study on the potential impacts of the SunZia transmission line on White Sands Missile Range validates concerns over the project.
The Hobbs Republican told reporters Tuesday on a conference call the study proves key U.S. Department of Defense concerns that the proposed 500-mile transmission project could interfere with missile tests. He says a proposed transmission line would be harmful to White Sands Missile Range and Holloman Air Force Base.
CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Energy says new air testing in the nation's only underground nuclear repository shows no detectable radioactive contamination from a leak last month.
Officials at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad said Sunday that instruments used to measure air quality and radioactivity were sent underground Friday and Saturday in the first step to resuming operations at the plant.
They say initial results indicate no contamination in the air or on the measuring equipment.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico will no longer tax parts and labor for maintaining aircraft under a new law taking effect in July.
Gov. Susana Martinez signed the tax break into law on Thursday along with a measure to establish a one-stop online portal in state government that will allow businesses to pay fees and file forms, such as licensing applications to operate in New Mexico.
The website portal is to be operating by July 2017. Currently, a business might have to deal with several agencies, potentially going to their physical offices or their individual websites.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico has filed a lawsuit against the state Corrections Department and a former probation officer accused of sexually assaulting a woman.
Gordon Chavez was sentenced this week to 18 months in prison after pleading guilty in September to a civil rights violation.
The ACLU's suit filed on behalf of a parolee who alleges that Chavez violated her constitutional rights.