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  • $1.4 billion fertilizer plant coming to Illinois

    October 29, 2014 • BusinessComments Off

    FILE – This May 14, 2013 file photo shows train cars on the tracks that run alongside a 250-acre field where Cronus Chemicals plan to build a $1.4 billion fertilizer plant just outside Tuscola , Ill., a town about 20 miles south of Champaign. The Cronus...

  • Flawed casino tower at center of Vegas trial

    October 29, 2014 • BusinessComments Off

    A construction crane helps in the dismantling of the Harmon Hotel tower at CityCenter Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, in Las Vegas. Jury selection is set to begin Tuesday in Nevada state court for a civil trial with millions of dollars at stake for the casino company...

  • Old tree not moving into new home until next week

    October 29, 2014 • BusinessComments Off

    In this photo taken on Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014, Environmental Design vice president Paul Cox, third from left, and other crew members discuss their efforts to move a 250-year-old bur oak tree into its new home in front of the Stephen M. Ross School of Business...

  • Court OKs law for textbooks to private school

    October 29, 2014 • State NewsComments Off

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state Court of Appeals has upheld the constitutionality of a decades-old law that calls for the state to provide textbooks and other instructional material to private and religious schools. The court ruled Monday the law...

  • EPA unveils standards for reservation power plants

    October 29, 2014 • State NewsComments Off

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed emissions standards Tuesday for four power plants on American Indian reservations as part of the Obama administration’s plans to cut down on the gases blamed for global...

  • Las Cruces man gets prison for 2011 shooting death

    October 29, 2014 • State NewsComments Off

    LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A Las Cruces man has been sentenced to 29 ½ years in prison for the 2011 shooting death of a Vietnam veteran. Prosecutors say 20-year-old Johnny Ray Vallejos was sentenced Tuesday for the murder of 57-year-old Julian Pena. They say...

  • Shiprock man gets prison term for sexual assault

    October 29, 2014 • State NewsComments Off

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Shiprock man has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for sexually assaulting a child on the Navajo Nation. Prosecutors say 35-year-old Gerald A. Tso also was sentenced Tuesday to five years of supervised release. He also...

  • Voter ID debate focus of secretary of state race

    October 29, 2014 • State NewsComments Off

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Republican Secretary of State Dianna Duran is fighting to keep her job in a close race that has her pitted against Democratic Bernalillo County Clerk Maggie Toulouse Oliver. A major focus has been voter ID. Duran is seeking to...

  • Las Cruces to let minimum wage increases begin

    October 29, 2014 • State NewsComments Off

    LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — The Las Cruces City Council has decided to implement the first phase of a stepped increase of the minimum wage in the southern New Mexico city, but it may then consider anew whether to have the next two steps take effect. According...

  • Hobbs schools suspend staff master’s requirement

    October 29, 2014 • State NewsComments Off

    HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — Facing an oil boom that is putting a strain on keeping qualified staff from leaving for more lucrative jobs, a school district in southeastern New Mexico has reduced its advanced degree requirements for teachers. The Hobbs Municipal...