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N.M. Preps System For Jobless Claims

Jobless New Mexicans will be able to apply online for unemployment benefits under a new state system to be launched in early January.

The Workforce Solutions Department said the computer system also will help employers by allowing them to electronically submit required wage reports as well as pay taxes and track their accounts.

The system will be launched Jan. 6, and is intended to eliminate the use of mail for much of the business involving unemployment compensation.

People seeking or receiving unemployment benefits can go online rather than using a toll-free number to speak to one of the department’s customer service agents.

State officials say the online system should reduce fraud, including helping to catch people receiving jobless benefits while still working.


AAA To Offer Free Passport Photos

If one of your New Year’s goals is to travel for pleasure or business, now is your chance to get passport photos for free or at a reduced price.

AAA New Mexico through Nov. 30 will offer members a set of two passport photos free of charge. Non-members can receive a set of two passport photos for $5, which is a 50 percent savings from the regular $10 cost.

The photos will be available at any AAA New Mexico branch office during regular business hours of Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

The passport photos also can be used for an international driving permit.



Intel’s CEO Plans To Retire in May

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Intel’s CEO, Paul Otellini, plans to retire in May after nearly 40 years with the company.

Intel Corp. said Monday that its board will look at company executives as well as external candidates to replace Otellini. He has been head of Intel for eight years.

Intel is the world’s largest maker of microprocessors, the “brains” of computers. The company is dealing with consumers’ shift away from PCs and toward tablet computers – a threat to Intel because most tablets don’t use its processors. Instead, they use cheaper chips similar to the ones found in smartphones.

Also on Monday, Intel announced that it has promoted three executives to executive vice president: Renee James, head of Intel’s software business; Brian Krzanich, chief operating officer and head of worldwide manufacturing; and Stacy Smith, chief financial officer and director of corporate strategy.

Otellini, 62, joined Intel in 1974. In 2002, he was named president and chief operating officer and became CEO three years later.


Ariz. Plants Targets Of EPA Haze Rules

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has imposed new haze-reduction pollution limits on three coal-fired Arizona power plants.

The EPA set limits for the Cholla, Coronado and Apache generating stations that will require technology upgrades to keep 22,700 tons of nitrogen oxide out of the air each year.

State officials quickly denounced the decision, saying it was needlessly harsh, would require a $500 million investment by utilities and will make electricity more expensive for consumers.

“We are disappointed that EPA would choose to unilaterally decide what’s best for Arizona rather than” partner with the state Department of Environmental Quality on a proposal, said department Director Henry Darwin.
— This article appeared on page B1 of the Albuquerque Journal

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