News Briefs: Crashes snarl traffic on I-40, I-25

Crashes snarl traffic on I-40, I-25

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Albuquerque police officers are responding to a crash on I-40 eastbound near Rio Grande Boulevard. Traffic is backed up and the road is congested.

No major injuries have been reported.

Officials say there are also several accidents on I-25 that is causing major backup.

Drivers are urged to seek alternate routes.


Show turns vacant Santa Fe courthouse into a U.S. Embassy

SANTA FE (KRQE) – A vacant Santa Fe courthouse transformed this week into a U.S. Embassy in the middle east. It’s part of a television show.

The New Mexican reports crews have been filming in downtown for the USA Network pilot, “Stanistan.” The dramedy follows CIA officers, state department employees and journalists working out of an American compound.

An entrance of the former state district court building was guarded by gray walls topped with barbed wire this week.

Kmart the latest company to report compromised system

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Retail giant Kmart announced its payment system has been compromised by malware since early September. A spokesperson said some customers who used credit and debit cards while shopping inside stores were impacted, but wouldn’t say how many customers.

People shopping online were not targeted.

The company says the hackers did not get access to people’s pin numbers.

Police identify body found near Sandia Ski Area

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Bernalillo County Sheriff’s deputies are now investigating a suspcious death as a homicide. The body of 26-year-old Eloi Leyba was found Friday along Crest Road near the Sandia Ski Area. Deputies responded around 8:30 a.m. Friday after someone called saying they were driving and saw the body.

Deputies have not released the exact cause of death.

New wind farm coming to eastern NM

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) – Eastern New Mexico is set to be the home of a new wind farm. The Hobbs News-Sun reports, the Anderson Wind Farm is under construction in Lea County – in the heart of the state’s oil and gas country – and could start generating power by December.

Officials say the facility featuring nearly two dozen 264-foot-tall wind turbines will sit west of Lovington near Maljamar. Chris Copeland, construction manager with BayWa Energy Resources, says the project will use 1.85 and 2 megawatt wind turbines. The power generated by the farm will go directly into the Lea County Electric Cooperative’s system.

Cooperative executive director Gary Hurse says the cooperative will buy power from BayWa so it can step down its dependence on Xcel Energy’s network.

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Information from: Hobbs News-Sun

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