Top News & Analysis New Mexico

  • WASHINGTON-- A New Mexico food company that produced the peanut butter linked to an outbreak of salmonella poisoning has expanded an ongoing recall of its products to include raw and roasted peanuts.

  • SANTA FE, N.M., Oct 12- New Mexico's policy of granting driver's licenses to illegal immigrants will violate a federal law taking effect in January, meaning residents won't be able to use their licenses as ID to board airplanes, the state's governor says.

  • Texas- based oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. reported Friday that 1,411 rigs were exploring for oil and 422 were searching for gas. Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas gained four rigs while Alaska, New Mexico and Oklahoma gained one apiece. Arkansas, Colorado, North Dakota and Wyoming lost one rig apiece.

  • SANTA FE, N.M.-- The state's top securities regulator says a fake audit at the New Mexico Finance Authority went undetected for months and was distributed to investors because of a complete breakdown of the agency's management and oversight.

  • CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas-- Convenience store chain Susser Holdings Corp. anticipates that a key revenue trend rose more slowly in its recently ended third quarter. Susser, which runs about 550 Stripes shops in Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma, has opened 15 stores this year, expect to open 11 in the last three months of the year and has plans for 28 to 35 next year.

  • Velvet Ice Cream said Thursday that some of the peanut products bought from Sunland Inc. for use in the ice cream flavors could be contaminated. The recalled Velvet products are sold mainly at convenience stores, ice cream parlors and small, independent retailers in Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.

  • BOSTON, Oct 10- New Mexico's public pension fund, a big investor with hedge funds, asked Eton Park Capital Management and Marathon Asset Management to return its money as the fund overhauled its portfolio, the fund's chief investment officer said on Wednesday.

  • WASHINGTON-- A Federal Reserve survey released Wednesday found that the economy grew modestly in the late summer, bolstered by solid gains in housing. The report is based on anecdotal information from the regional districts and covers the period from mid-August to Sept. 28. The region's economy expanded modestly.

  • Oct 9- An Austrian adventurer will have to wait at least until Sunday to skydive from a balloon flying 23 miles above New Mexico in an attempt to break a long-standing freefall record and the sound barrier. Felix Baumgartner, 43, had hoped to make the jump on Thursday following two delays this week because of high winds in Roswell, New Mexico.

  • The pints involved have the UPC symbol 8 94509 00231 9 and expiration dates ranging from February 2013 to August 2014. The peanut butter in the ice cream came from Sunland, Inc., a New Mexico peanut butter manufacturing plant. Clemmy's is located in Rancho Mirage, southeast of Palm Springs, and makes sugar, lactose and gluten-free ice cream.

  • KANSAS CITY, Mo.-- Belfonte Ice Cream is recalling two types of ice cream that contain peanut butter because of the potential of salmonella contamination. The ice cream was sold between April 2010 and October 2012 in retail and convenience stores in Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma and Arkansas.

  • COLUMBUS, Ind.-- Indiana- based engine maker Cummins Inc. plans to cut as many as 1,500 jobs by the end of the year. The Columbus- based company has factories in Indiana, Minnesota, New Mexico and North Carolina, and several overseas.

  • CHEYENNE, Wyo.-- A New Mexico man pleaded not guilty Tuesday to federal charges in a 2010 fire that destroyed a landmark Wyoming hotel. District Judge Nancy Freudenthal in Cheyenne. The establishment had been a favorite lodge and watering hole for Wyoming lawmakers for decades.

  • ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.-- Stories like Jim Stanek's are common and quickly multiplying: An Iraqi war veteran with posttraumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury, he says his life was saved by a dog that gave him the confidence to do seemingly simple things, like go out to dinner and look his wife in the eye rather than watch his own back.

  • Oct 9- An Austrian daredevil called off his death-defying skydive from a balloon 23 miles over the New Mexico desert on Tuesday because of winds at the launch site. Felix Baumgartner, a 43- year-old helicopter pilot, hot-air balloonist and professional skydiver, had been preparing to break a longstanding altitude record.

  • Oct 9- An Austrian daredevil called off his death-defying skydive from a balloon 23 miles over the New Mexico desert on Tuesday because of winds at the launch site. Felix Baumgartner, a 43- year-old helicopter pilot, hot-air balloonist and professional skydiver, had been preparing to break a longstanding altitude record.

  • Oct 9- An Austrian daredevil called off his death-defying skydive from a balloon 23 miles over the New Mexico desert on Tuesday due to winds at the launch site. Felix Baumgartner, a 43- year-old helicopter pilot, hot-air balloonist and professional skydiver, had been preparing to break a longstanding altitude record.

  • LAS CRUCES, N.M.-- The American Society of Civil Engineers has given New Mexico's infrastructure a grade of "C." The group, led by NM ASCE President and NMSU College of Engineering Associate Dean of Academics Sonya Cooper, recently released the state's grade in a new report.

  • PETOSKEY, Mich.-- A Michigan candy company is recalling some of its sugar-free peanut butter fudge because an ingredient used to make it is associated with a recall linked to 35 salmonella illnesses in 19 states.

  • *Launch now targeted for 1:30 p.m. EDT ( 1730 GMT. Oct 9- Plans for an Austrian daredevil to skydive from a balloon 23 miles over the New Mexico desert were on hold on Tuesday due to winds, but his team said the death-defying stunt could still happen later in the day.