therepublic.com -The American Postal Workers Union says seven New Mexico mail processing facilities have been approved for consolidation. The union announced Thursday that facilities in Alamogordo, Clovis, Farmington, Roswell, Socorro, Truth or Consequences and Tucumcari are part of the U.S. Postal Service's national consolidation plan. No timetable has been set for the cuts, which were announced Thursday in places around the country. The agency says cuts are needed to meet budget demands exacerbated by a 25 percent decline in mail volume since 2006. Congress has several months to intervene with legislation that would alter cost-cutting plans. The USPS said the closures nationwide will reduce operating costs by $20 billion by 2015.
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KOB - New Mexico's Education Secretary forges full speed ahead with plans for a new statewide teacher evaluation system, even though there's no approval from the state legislature. On Wednesday, Governor Susana Martinez said she would side-step the legislature and use executive powers to establish the evaluations for teachers and principals, and it is already in the planning stages. "Now is the time," said Education Secretary-designate Hanna Skandera right before briefing the board of the Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce. "I would say as we look back at the legislative session we may be disappointed in some of our legislators in holding out for the status quo, but we are not deterred." Read full story here: News New Mexico