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Luján Introduces Legislation To Improve Deployment Of High Speed Internet In New Mexico And Rural Areas

on November 12, 2017 - 8:12am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL  News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) has introduced the Broadband Infrastructure Finance Innovation Act (BFIA), a bill that leverages public-private partnerships and uses a fresh approach to spur deployment of high-speed internet in New Mexico and other parts of the country.
 
Lujan’s bill is especially important for rural communities where broadband infrastructure often lags behind urban areas.
 
Luján’s bill will beef up low interest financing opportunities for public-private partnerships, as well as state and local

NNSA Awards $27.5 Million In Research Grants To Cornell And Notre Dame

on November 12, 2017 - 6:30am
NNSA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) has named Cornell University and the University of Notre Dame as two of the Stewardship Science Academic Alliances (SSAA) Centers of Excellence program funding recipients for their work in High Energy Density Physics and Radiochemistry. 
 
“These grants insure a pipeline of the next generation of scientists in areas of relevance to the stockpile stewardship mission,” said Dr.

Udall, Heinrich Urge USDA To Use Clear, Consumer-Friendly On-Package GMO Labeling

on November 12, 2017 - 6:15am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich have pressed the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to clearly label genetically engineered food to ensure all New Mexicans have the right to know what is in their food.
 
In a letter, the senators urged USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue to prioritize clear, consumer-friendly on-package text labels and discouraged the use of electronic codes and labeling that would require access to a smartphone or broadband internet and would not help the thousands of New Mexicans living in rural communities. 
 
“All

African Library Project Fundraiser Dec. 2

on November 12, 2017 - 6:13am

UT Regents Postpone Vote On LANL Contract Proposal

on November 11, 2017 - 4:56pm

University of Texas News:

University of Texas System Board of Regents has postponed until Nov. 27 a vote on whether to submit a proposal to the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) to manage and operate Los Alamos National Laboratory.

In September the Board voted to spend $4.5 million to pursue the contract and when the final request for proposals was published Oct. 26, Deputy Chancellor David E. Daniel issued a statement that the UT team was “deeply engaged in developing the most responsive thoughtful plan possible” for future management of the Lab.

UT representatives have

Luján: Thank Them For All They Do

on November 11, 2017 - 4:30pm

By U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján:

Today, we honor the brave men and women who have served in our armed forces, who stood guard for our nation at home and abroad, and who fought to protect our freedom and uphold our democracy. 

On Veterans Day, we thank them. We show gratitude to those who put the good of others ahead of their own. They risked life and limb to protect our country, and for that, we are eternally grateful.

Our freedoms should never be taken for granted and they all rest upon one fundamental truth: the ultimate price was paid innumerable times for our benefit. 

We, as a nation, are

New Report Gives First Ever Statewide Look At Methane Waste Problem In New Mexico

on November 11, 2017 - 7:41am
Courtesy/NASA
 
EDF News:
 
Environmental Defense Fund released a new report giving the first complete picture of the methane waste problem from oil and gas development in New Mexico.
 
Drawing upon peer-reviewed scientific analysis and industry-reported inventories the report estimates the overall venting, leaking, and flaring of natural gas in New Mexico results in a loss of $182-$244 million worth of natural gas each year. That results in taxpayers and the state budget losing up to $27 million in taxes and royalty revenues per year.
 
This waste includes intentional emissions

Reporters Without Borders: After Lack Of Medical Care In Prison, Chinese Blogger Dies

on November 11, 2017 - 7:40am
RSF News:
 
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is saddened to learn that the dissident Chinese writer and blogger Yang Tongyan died this week as a result of inadequate medical care while imprisoned for nearly 12 years by the Chinese state, suffering the same fate as Nobel peace laureate Liu Xiaobo.
 
Aged 56, Yang Tongyan died Nov. 7 after being “released on medical grounds” in August from Nanjing prison in the southeastern province of Jiangsu and undergoing an operation to remove a brain tumour.
 
A well-know member of the pro-democracy opposition who wrote under the pen name of Yang

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