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SPACEPORT LIABILITY LEGISLATION
ALBUQUERQUE — Spaceport America is tying its future in New Mexico to passage of legislation that would exempt its suppliers from lawsuits by commercial space flight passengers. But legal experts say there is no way to know if the laws -- being pushed by states trying to compete in the commercial arena -- will really offer any protection against liability. By Jeri Clausing.
ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico State Police will release records of work and vacation schedules of officers who accompanied Gov. Susana Martinez's husband on an out-of-state trip.
WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration on Friday proposed the most sweeping food safety rules in decades, requiring farmers and food companies to be more vigilant in the wake of deadly outbreaks in peanuts, cantaloupe and leafy greens. The long-overdue regulations are aimed at reducing the estimated 3,000 deaths a year from foodborne illness. In a peanut butter outbreak this year linked to 42 salmonella illnesses, inspectors found samples of salmonella throughout Sunland Inc.'s peanut processing plant in New Mexico and multiple obvious safety problems, such as birds flying over uncovered trailers of peanuts and employees not washing their hands. By Mary Clare Jalonick.
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AP MEMBER EXCHANGE: POLICEMAN TURNED PHOTOGRAPHER
CARLSBAD — He owned his first camera when he was 18 — a simple little Miranda film camera. And after trying his hand with a 35mm SLR camera used by his stepfather, the youth was hooked. By Martha Mauritson, Carlsbad Current-Argus.
—NKOREA-GOOGLE — Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson says the State Department should not be nervous about a visit he's making to North Korea with Google's executive chairman, Eric Schmidt. The State Department has advised against his making the trip.
—YATES PETROLEUM-SETTLEMENT — Prosecutors say Yates Petroleum Corp. has agreed to pay $416,000 to settle allegations that it may have underreported the royalties it owed for natural gas recovered from federal leases in Wyoming.
—GUN SALES — A Democratic legislator from Albuquerque proposes to require background checks on people who buy firearms from private gun owners, including at gun shows.
—CANDIDATE-STALKING — A Texas man says a former New Mexico congressional candidate accused stalking and slashing the tires on an opponent's vehicles also slashed his tires when he was his El Paso neighbor.
—ABUSE DEATH — A 21-year-old Albuquerque woman has been arrested in the death last month of her infant daughter who was determined to have suffered multiple blows to the head over a period of time.
—SMOKEY BEAR-McCONNELL — A well-known hot air balloon of a New Mexico-born fire prevention icon is now at a center of a tug-of-war over federal spending.
— DOCTOR-MARIJUANA — An Albuquerque doctor is asking a New Mexico court to prevent the state medical board from taking administrative discipline action against him for allegedly prescribing medical marijuana when not warranted.
— CANCELED PROMOTION— A promoter is canceling a winter promotion intended to boost Santa Fe's economy by attracting offseason tourists with beer tastings and discounted skiing.
— BLOOMFIELD MVD CLOSURE — Bloomfield closed its motor vehicle department after officials in the northern New Mexico city were told money is missing due to suspected embezzlement.
— ICE FISHING — The state Game and Fish Department says Eagle Nest Lake in northern New Mexico is open for ice fishing.
— PEOPLE-R KELLY — Apparently, there's nothing wrong with a little run and grind in Gallup.
— NAVAJO-AUTO SALES — Navajos who feel they've been the victim of predatory auto sales can share their experiences with the tribe's Human Rights Commission.
— STOLEN GUNS-BUYBACK — In an ongoing effort to recover six guns stolen in a Christmas day burglary, the Los Lunas police department is offering to buy back the weapons taken from a local Wal-Mart.