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Study ranks NM among highest sales tax rates

New data released by the Tax Foundation reveals that New Mexico's combined state and local sales tax rate is among the highest in the country.

According to the Albuquerque Business First, New Mexico's combined average totals 7.26 percent, which is the 16th highest in the nation.

Tennessee had the highest combined rate at nearly 9.5 percent. Alaska had the lowest at less than 2 percent.

The Tax Foundation's report also found that differences in sales tax rates caused some consumers to shop across borders or buy products online.

New Apocalyptic drama to film in Albuquerque

ALBUQUERQUE (AP) - Another television series has set its sights on Albuquerque.
The New Mexico Film Office reports that CBS Television Studios is producing the television pilot The Messengers in Albuquerque for The CW.
The show starts with a mysterious object crashing down to earth. A group of seemingly unconnected strangers die from the energy pulse, but then awaken to learn that they have been deemed responsible for preventing the impending Apocalypse
Principal photography will begin mid-March. The production will be employing approximately 150 New Mexico crew members as well as over 100 resident actors and background talent.
The show is the latest among a half dozen television shows that have been filming or have announced plans to film in Albuquerque.

Downtown grocery store facing dirty setbacks

Residents of Downtown Albuquerque may have to wait a little longer for their long-awaited grocery store – and the reason for the expected delay is downright dirty.

It was supposed to be a grocery store/apartment complex combo project occupying the old parking lot on Silver between 2nd and 3rd streets. Downtown residents and visitors have been longing for something like this for years – decades, even – always clinging to hope.

"I'm pretty sure we'll get one," said Marisol Rivas Garcia, a resident out for a walk with her dog. "It's downtown, so of course, well, I hope so. I hope so."

"Isn't there like a 7-11?" wondered Joseph Montiel on Central Avenue. "The thing is, this is why we're so car-dependent."

HealthCare.gov onto third delay

HealthCare.gov onto third delay

The Obama administration had announced that small business will have to wait a year until they are able to enroll for health insurance through HealthCare.gov.

With online enrollment initially set to begin on October 1st, this announcement comes as the most disappointing for small businesses.

As the third delay for the Small Business Health Options Program, resources to help small businesses will now have to wait another year to get better deals for health insurance. However, small business are still able to file paper applications for coverage because the delay only applies to online enrollment.

"Many of them already are served using agents and brokers, so the particular mechanism we've outlined today is in many cases very familiar to the small business community, and is something that will work for them," said CMS spokeswoman Julie Bataille.

NM jobless claims center closed for holiday

NM jobless claims center closed for holiday



The New Mexico unemployment office will continue to be closed today in observance of Thanksgiving..

Labor officials say the state's unemployment insurance operations center will be closed so employees can have some time off. The say that the online system and automated toll-free phone options will still be available.

Individuals can apply for unemployment insurance, certify for their weekly claim and check their claim status by logging in on the website Sunday through Friday from 4 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The Operations Center will open again for normal hours on Monday, December 2, and individuals can contact a Customer Service Agent in the NMDWS UI Operations Center at 1-877-664-6984 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

Step foot on Main Street this Saturday

Step foot on Main Street this Saturday


Holiday Jubilee: A celebration of local food

Holiday Jubilee: A celebration of local food

The Holiday Jubilee and Open House takes place Friday, December 6th.

This is a local food celebration hosted by Delicious New Mexico along with Edible Santa Fe, and the SVEDC.

The Jubilee is a spectacular showcase of local artisan foods. Guests can sample Delicious products, enjoy local beer from Marble Brewery and spirits from Santa Fe Spirits, and get unique gifts for the holidays.

Edible Santa Fe will award the winners of the second annual Local Hero Awards.

Get a chance to Win our first Taste Buds Experience Package - Villa Myriam Coffee Club: Coffee for one year! + Roasting & Tasting Experience.

The fun will be held at the South Valley Economic Development Center, located at 318 Isleta Boulevard Southwest. It will run from 5:00pm until 8:00pm, and it is free to get in.