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  • Auto insurer to market Blue Cross health coverage Tuesday, 23 Sep 2014 | 1:14 PM ET

    Blue Cross and Blue Shield health plans and State Farm announced Tuesday they're joining forces for the second year of expanded coverage under President Barack Obama's health care law.

  • Essence founder to visit New Mexico alma mater Tuesday, 23 Sep 2014 | 5:02 AM ET

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— The founder of Essence and Latina magazines is scheduled to attend homecoming events at the University of New Mexico— his alma mater. The Albuquerque Journal reports that Ed Lewis is slated to speak Wednesday at The Pit, and sign copies of his book, "The Man from Essence."

  • Government hackers try to crack HealthCare.gov Tuesday, 23 Sep 2014 | 1:33 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The government's own watchdogs tried to hack into HealthCare.gov earlier this year and found what they termed a critical vulnerability— but also came away with respect for some of the health insurance site's security features.

  • Washington state poverty numbers increase Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 12:02 AM ET

    Nearly 970,000 Washington residents, or 14.1 percent, were in poverty in 2013, compared to about 915,000, or 13.5 percent, in 2012, according to the American Community Survey that surveyed people between January and December 2013.

  • Montana poverty rate and median income up Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 12:02 AM ET

    HELENA, Mont.— Montana's poverty rate increased last year, while median income also rose, according to annual poverty figures released Thursday by the Census Bureau. That growth put the state among the top five— with Alaska, Kentucky, Utah and Wyoming— for the biggest median household income increases between 2012 and 2013..

  • Census data shows poverty rate rises in New Mexico Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 12:02 AM ET

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— New Mexico saw a spike in the number of people living in poverty last year and maintained the nation's second-highest percentage, according to U.S. Census Bureau numbers released Thursday. Only Mississippi had a poverty rate higher than New Mexico in 2013 with 24 percent of that state's residents living in poverty.

  • Taxi group seeks to stop Uber, Lyft in New Mexico Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 4:56 PM ET

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— A group of taxi and limousine operators has filed a lawsuit seeking to stop ride-sharing services from operating in New Mexico. The Public Regulation Commission which regulates taxis and limos previously ruled that Lyft and Uber were in violation of state law.

  • Group levels abuse allegations against NM dairy Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 1:54 AM ET

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— The New Mexico Livestock Board has launched an investigation into a southern New Mexico dairy after an activist working with an animal welfare group recorded secret video showing workers whipping cows with chains and wire cables, kicking and punching the animals, and shocking them with electric prods.

  • Calpers exit could heap pressure on hedge fund fees Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 5:07 PM ET

    BOSTON, Sept 16- The California Public Employees Retirement System handed fellow U.S. pension funds a hefty club to beat down hedge fund fees and demand better returns this week when it voted to pull out of hedge funds entirely, investors said.

  • DENVER, Sept 15- The deep injection of wastewater underground by energy companies during methane gas extraction has caused a dramatic rise in the number of earthquakes in Colorado and New Mexico since 2001, U.S. government scientists said in a study released on Monday.

  • Companies tied to Spaceport up for space contract Saturday, 13 Sep 2014 | 2:44 PM ET

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— Two of the three companies competing for more than $3 billion to launch "space-taxi" flights have ties to southern New Mexico's Spaceport America, the Albuquerque Journal reported Saturday.

  • Chemical reform bill faces uphill battle in Senate Saturday, 13 Sep 2014 | 8:39 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Efforts to come up with a new chemical regulation bill face an uphill battle in the Senate.

  • Tesla Q&A: Tesla's Nevada 'gigafactory' FAQs Friday, 12 Sep 2014 | 7:19 PM ET

    SPARKS, Nev.— Now that Gov.

  • US rig count up 6 to 1,931 Friday, 12 Sep 2014 | 1:36 PM ET

    HOUSTON— Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by six this week to 1,931.. Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Alaska gained three rigs; Kansas, New Mexico and North Dakota each increased by two; and Colorado, Ohio and Pennsylvania were up one apiece.

  • Museum to put 3 O'Keeffe paintings up for auction Friday, 12 Sep 2014 | 1:10 PM ET

    ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico— The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum in New Mexico said Friday it will sell three works by the American modernist painter to benefit its acquisitions fund.

  • INFLUENCE GAME: Chemical trade tries to shape regs Friday, 12 Sep 2014 | 12:11 PM ET

    "Rather than be picked apart on a state-by-state basis, with different regulations, we needed to have a coherent and cohesive federal system," said Anne Kolton, spokeswoman for the American Chemistry Council.

  • US Senate rivals become reality show survivors Friday, 12 Sep 2014 | 6:58 AM ET

    New Mexico Democrat Martin Heinrich and Arizona Republican Jeff Flake said they hope their adventure, scheduled to air Oct. 29 on Discovery Channel, inspires their colleagues in Washington to work together. Discovery says the show was filmed on the island of Eru in the Marshall Islands while Congress was on its August break.

  • Nevada governor enacts Tesla tax break package Friday, 12 Sep 2014 | 5:27 AM ET

    CARSON CITY, Nev.— Calling it one of the most important pieces of legislation in Nevada history, Gov. One lawmaker said it was the most important development in Nevada since the construction of the Hoover Dam southeast of Las Vegas during the Great Depression.

  • Nevada governor enacts Tesla tax break package Friday, 12 Sep 2014 | 12:18 AM ET

    CARSON CITY, Nev.— Calling it one of the most important pieces of legislation in Nevada history, Gov. One lawmaker said it was the most important development in Nevada since the construction of the Hoover Dam southeast of Las Vegas during the Great Depression.

  • CARSON CITY, Nevada, Sept 11- Nevada lawmakers on Thursday moved forward a package of bills to provide $1.3 billion in tax breaks and other incentives to Tesla Motors, taking crucial steps toward clinching a deal for the electric car company to build a massive factory in the state.