Thursday News Roundup: Albuquerque Tech Center Gets Fed Grant

Nov 28, 2013

Albuquerque Tech Center Gets Fed Grant - Associated Press

The economic development arm of the University of New Mexico has received a $1.5 million federal grant for creating a new high-tech business district in downtown Albuqueruque.

U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich Wednesday announced the Commerce Department funding for the Innovate ABQ initiative.

The grant brings funding for the project to $6.5 million, or close to the appraised value for the seven-acre First Baptist Church site that the project hopes to purchase.

Acquiring the property is the first piece of Innovate ABQ, which aims to help attract more business and create new companies from the research powers of UNM and New Mexico's government, education, and business communities.

Santa Fe Police To Hold 'Black Friday Blitz' - Associated Press

Santa Fe Police are planning an aggressive crackdown on "Black Friday" crime.

City officials say extra officers will be working overtime Friday to patrol malls, popular retail stores and Santa Fe's Historic Plaza.

Authorities say officer will be looking for suspicious activity in an attempt to prevent burglaries and shoplifting.

Police say undercover officers will conduct various operations.

There will also be multiple undisclosed DWI checkpoints and saturation patrols throughout the weekend.