• City of Las Cruces won't collect unpaid red-light camera fines

    Updated: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    LAS CRUCES >> The red-light enforcement cameras that many Las Cruces motorists loathed have been gone for more than 15 months. Now, more than $2.9 million in unpaid fines could become a thing of the past, too. City Manager Robert Garza has said Las Cruces is "washing its hands" of the red-light enforcement camera program. City officials agreed, saying attempts by the city to collect outstanding fines have also stopped. During the city's 2015 fiscal year, from July 1, 2014 until June 30, only $36,000 in unpaid red-light camera fines were paid. "Given the small amount recovered, the city is cancelling its involvement in the collection program," City Attorney William "Rusty" Babington Jr. said. "... Whether or not the city will

  • Boulder County to offer discounted solar panels, electric cars

    Updated: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    Boulder County is joining with Adams and Denver counties to offer residents the opportunity to purchase discounted home solar systems and electric vehicles. The Solar Benefits Colorado program, launched this week, offers homeowners an estimated 15 percent discount on solar rooftop systems and roughly $8,300 off the cost of a Nissan Leaf, according to Brad Smith, a sustainability specialist for Boulder County. The initiative grew out of a similar program that Boulder and Denver counties offered their employees in 2013, Smith said. "We wanted to help folks find a more simple, more affordable way of paying for renewable energy," he said.

  • Tyler ISD to build aquatics center

    Updated: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    Tyler ISD to build aquatics center Betty Waters Tyler Morning Telegraph, Texas Tyler ISD trustees have set aside up to $4 million for construction of an aquatic center, which would include an uncovered outdoor, Olympic-size swimming pool that officials envision would serve all students, not just the swimming team. What to do about the existing, rapidly deteriorating, indoor swimming facility near the intersection of New Copeland Road and Shiloh Road has been a simmering issue in the community for many years.

  • Forum discusses new technology

    Updated: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and Federal Reserve Bank, in cooperation with the Alamogordo Small Business Development Center, hosted a forum for Southwest bankers on the topic of financially supporting entrepreneurs in autonomous and unmanned technologies in southeast New Mexico. The event took place on the New Mexico State University-Alamogordo campus Tuesday morning. Julie Gunter, an event organizer, said the forum was intended to foster understanding among local bankers of the potential of unmanned and autonomous, i.e., robotic, technology in southeast New Mexico, as well as the federal programs entrepreneurs in this field can avail themselves to incubate their business.

  • Ashley Madison faked female profiles to lure men in, hacked data suggest

    Published: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    Ashley Madison has long claimed, in triumphant news releases and slick, Web-ready graphics, that it is one of the few dating sites that really clicks with women. According to statistics CEO Noel Biderman has trumpeted in the media, Ashley Madison enjoys an overall 70/30 gender split — with a 1:1 male/female ratio among the under-30 set. But the user records laid bare by hackers last week tell a very different story: Of the more than 35 million records released, only 5 million — a mere 15 percent — actually belonged to women.

  • BRIEF: Eastern Oklahoma County Technology Center plans family night

    Updated: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    CHOCTAW — Eastern Oklahoma County Technology Center will hold a family night Sept. 1. Families will be able to speak with faculty and staff and learn about classes offered at the center, 4601 N Choctaw Road. The event is from 6 to 8 p.m. Refreshments will be provided and served by instructors. A photo booth containing props representing areas of study will be available for families. Representatives from Rose State College also will be on site to provide information and answer questions. ——— ©2015 The Oklahoman Visit The Oklahoman at www.newsok.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

  • New technologies can help short circuit your chronic pain

    Updated: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    (BPT) - More than 100 million people in this country have pain that won’t go away. Many fail to get relief from pills, shots and surgery, while others trade the pain for side effects such as drowsiness or digestive problems. Unfortunately, too many become addicted to medications while trying to relieve their pain. As part of a comprehensive treatment plan, a variety of technologies offer new hope to people living with chronic pain. “Pain is one of the most challenging things to treat because its source can be elusive,” says Richard Rosenquist, M.D., chair of the Committee on Pain Medicine and chairman of the department of pain management at the Anesthesiology Institute at the Cleveland Clinic.

  • Eastern Oklahoma County Technology Center plans family night

    Updated: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    CHOCTAW — Eastern Oklahoma County Technology Center will hold a family night Sept. 1. Families will be able to speak with faculty and staff and learn about classes offered at the center, 4601 N Choctaw Road. The event is from 6 to 8 p.m. Refreshments will be provided and served by instructors. A photo booth containing props representing areas of study will be available for families. Representatives from Rose State College also will be on site to provide information and answer questions.

  • BRIEF: CU-Boulder receives $3M grant to develop power plant cooling technology

    Updated: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded the University of Colorado a $3 million grant to develop a cooling technology for power plants, the university announced today. The three-year grant came from the department's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy. CU's design could create a low-cost way for thermoelectric power plant operators to supplement cooling without using as much water. About 60 percent of energy created by these power plants is heat that needs to be carried away, often by using fresh water. ——— ©2015 the Daily Camera (Boulder, Colo.) Visit the Daily Camera (Boulder, Colo.) at www.dailycamera.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

  • Oil, gas speakers: Industry downturn will only be solved by innovation, efficiencies and time

    Updated: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    DENVER — The key to surviving an environment in which crude and natural gas prices remain near decade lows is to look internally, innovate, and simply wait it out, industry executives said Tuesday. But a healthy recovery won’t happen any time soon, they told a small crowd of industry professionals at the Colorado Oil and Gas Association’s annual Rocky Mountain Energy Summit at the Colorado Convention Center. Low crude and natural gas prices are good for the consumer. They translate to low gas prices (when refineries aren’t experiencing outages or shut down for maintenance) and they keep home heating costs low. But for producers and their subsidiaries, which employ roughly 20,000 people in Weld County, that’s a

  • Engineers inspecting North Loop 289 overpass bridge

    Updated: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    An engineer with the Texas Department of Transportation who specializes in bridges was in Lubbock Tuesday afternoon to take a preliminary look at the damaged North Loop 289 and Ash Avenue overpass bridge. The engineer will determine if it can be repaired with simple patchwork or if the damaged bridge’s beam needs to be replaced, said Dianah Ascencio, a spokeswoman for TxDOT. The bridge is closed indefinitely after it was damaged when a tractor-trailer hauling a pump jack collided with the structure Monday evening. Lubbock police also released an accident report, offering a few details about truck and other vehicles damaged during the incident.

  • Music is the best medicine- INTEGRIS Generations Music & Memory Program found successful

    Updated: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    MIAMI— A music and memory program used at INTEGRIS Generations Outpatient Services in Miami has helped benefit patients who are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, schizophrenia, anxiety and numerous other disorders. Generations provides behavioral health services to seniors 55 years and older. The Music and Memory Program has been proven successful in stimulating different parts of the patient’s brain and recreating memories. A study of the program, which is in hundreds of nursing homes across the U.S. and Canada, is being led by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and is the largest yet on its impact according to program founder Dan Cohen. “We found this program out of Milwaukee, Wis.

  • Pauls Valley cancer patient participates in NASA study in zero-gravity environment

    Updated: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    PAULS VALLEY — The implant in Cherri Pepper-Holman’s head isn’t much bigger than a quarter — small enough that you’d never notice it if you didn’t know it was there. The implant is what doctors use to inject the drugs that have beaten Pepper-Holman’s cancer into remission. Now, a group of scientists working with NASA hope the medical device could help them understand a medical problem that affects astronauts in long-duration space flight. Pepper-Holman, 35, is one of a group of recovering cancer patients participating in a study this week that scientists hope will shed light on how astronauts’ time in space affects their eyesight.

  • NCTC regents approve budget

    Updated: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    The 2015-2016 operating budget of $55.6 million for North Central Texas College was unanimously approved by the NCTC board of Regents, during the Aug. 17 meeting. Regents also approved the hire of 14 new employees. The budget presented for approval contained $55,673,335 in balanced revenues and expenditures. Regents approved 6-0 to set two public hearings for consideration of a tax rate that would exceed the effective rate. NCTC president Dr. Brent Wallace told Regents that the effective tax rate for 2015 -- calculated by the Cooke County Appraisal District -- would total $0.1156 per $100 property valuation. Wallace said based on the CCAD’s calculations, the rollback rate of $0.

  • BRIEF: EP start-up applies for patent to treat dwarfism

    Updated: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    El Paso start-up Premier Biomedical has applied for a patent on a treatment for Cockayne Syndrome, which causes dwarfism, premature aging, and other problems. The treatment for the disease was developed by Dr. Mitchell Felder, a neurologist at William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, and co-founder of Premier. The Share and Care Cockayne Syndrome Network contacted Felder about whether Premier had any technology that might work to cure the disease, said William Hartman, Premier CEO. The patent "opens the door" for possible financial help from the group, he said. The potential cure for the disease involves gene-transfer technology that may also work to treat Alzheimer's disease, he said.

  • Operating with surgical precision

    Updated: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    A state-of-the-art surgical tool is helping surgeons at St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center bring precision and better visualization to the operating room. St. Mary-Corwin recently purchased a Stryker NAV3i surgical navigation system, bringing cutting-edge technology to the operating room for delicate neurological, spinal, and ear, nose and throat surgeries. Hospital o› cials unveiled the Stryker system during a demonstration Monday morning in the OR. “This newer piece of technology for our operating room gives us 3-D, GPS capabilities that allows us to know precisely where we are in a surgery,” said Eric Pelletier, an operating room charge nurse. “This gives us a high degree of accuracy but with a minimum amount of

  • The suite life: tour the most-exclusive ways to travel

    Updated: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — For those with unlimited bank accounts, travel has never been so glamorous. Hotels, airlines and cruise ships are catering to a new group of super-rich travelers who seek privacy and one-of-a-kind amenities most can only dream of — and don't think twice about spending $20,000 a day or more to get them. We're talking private elevators, personal shopping assistants, helipads and even their own postal codes. After paring their vacations along with everyone else during the Great Recession, the wealthiest 20 percent of Americans have increased spending on hotels by 7.1 percent since 2009, according to inflation-adjusted data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The middle 20 percent? Just 1.8 percent.

  • Digital surveillance 'worse than Orwell', says new UN privacy chief

    Published: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    The first UN privacy chief has said the world needs a Geneva convention style law for the internet to safeguard data and combat the threat of massive clandestine digital surveillance. Speaking to the Guardian weeks after his appointment as the UN special rapporteur on privacy, Joseph Cannataci described British surveillance oversight as being “a joke”, and said the situation is worse than anything George Orwell could have foreseen. He added that he doesn’t use Facebook or Twitter, and said it was regrettable that vast numbers of people sign away their digital rights without thinking about it.

  • Texas Tech football notebook: Brown, Murphy may flipflop positions for season opener

    Updated: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    It’s looked since the end of last season as if Baylen Brown and Justin Murphy would comprise the right side of the Texas Tech offensive line this year. That’s still likely, though they might switch positions. Line coach Lee Hays said Monday he could wind up with Murphy at right guard and Brown at right tackle — a flipflop — for the Sept. 5 season opener against Sam Houston State. “Baylen’s more of a natural tackle,” Hays said. “Murph might be a little bit more of a natural guard. He doesn’t have to be as technical.” Brown played right tackle in a pinch in last year’s game at TCU and has continued to play it some in practice in case he’s needed. He’s a junior, and the team’s returning st

  • Researcher hopes computer tool will make patient care more efficient

    Updated: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    A computer program that pops up notification guidelines may be the answer to managing hospital-acquired infections and it may make patient care more efficient, according to Charles Seifert. Seifert is a professor of pharmacy practice and regional dean for the Lubbock Programs through the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center School of Pharmacy. He started the direct prescribing project in 2011, he said. “That’s where we try to identify an issue or a problem with therapeutic management of certain diseases and then try to alter prescribing habits such that we improve outcomes in patients,” Seifert said. The direct prescribing project works through a notification pop-up within an electronic patient chart during hospital