Business feature: Regulators investigating cell phone providers, manufacturers

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CNJ photo illustration: Tony Bullocks Smaller service providers are concerned that exclusive contracts between manufacturers and bigger-name companies are hurting their business. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico Federal regulators are beginning to take a look at business relationships between cellular phone providers and manufacturers. And regional providers like Plateau Wireless in Clovis say they […]

Thievery occurs in agriculture too

By Glenda Price Manufacturers build big warehouses for storage of their products so they won’t be stolen. Agriculturists can’t do that. Crops in the field can’t be locked up. Neither can cattle or sheep — or horses. Since prevention is difficult, punishment after the fact was considered the next best option, the sooner the better, […]

Life of a bill

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How a bill is created, and the process it undertakes to become law (Freedom Newspapers Illustration: Ryn Gargulinski) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Eleven days remained Thursday until the onset of the 48th legislative session. The sun had set, night was near; but calm eluded Rep. Anna Crook. “My stomach is churning,” said Crook, […]

Drug lobby, White House resist TRICARE rebates

By Tom Philpott: Military Update As the Justice Department prepares to battle drug manufacturers in court to win what U.S. lawyers say are long overdue price rebates for the TRICARE retail pharmacy network, the White House quietly is pressuring Congress not to pass legislation that would support the cause. Bush administration politicos, in effect, have […]

Vote defines line between frivolity, responsibility

Freedom Newspapers The U.S. Senate has taken a step that no body of elected officials should ever have to take. Senators voted 65 to 31 earlier this month to shield firearms manufacturers from lawsuits that attempt to hold them responsible for the unlawful actions of criminals who use guns to commit crimes. The move was […]

Meth program gets state attention

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer While prosecuting a methamphetamine manufacturer in 2002, District Attorney Matthew Chandler heard the words that inspired him to attack the drug head-on. After the Albuquerque man was convicted for manufacturing methamphetamine in a Clovis hotel, the judge asked him why he’d set up shop in Clovis. His response, according […]

Congress’ miracles tend to hurt industry

In Marcus Cook Connelly’s spiritual play, “Green Pastures,” God lamented to the Angel Gabriel, “Every time Ah passes a miracle, Ah has to pass fo’ or five mo’ to ketch up wid it,” and adding, “Even bein God ain’t no bed of roses.” That’s something our congressmen should think about when they set out to […]