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    Proposed Utah site for Facebook data center is out
    A potential Facebook data center in West Jordan, Utah, is officially off the table. City officials pulled the plug on the project Tuesday evening, according to a report in the Salt Lake Tribune, and said in a press release that effective immediately all incentives associated with the deal, code-named ?Project Discus,? were rescinded. The project had raised questions and concerns from Utah officials about a reported $200 million-plus in tax breaks, including a local economic development package?


    Energy storage summit brings big hitters to NM
    Some of the biggest players in energy were on hand in Albuquerque on Tuesday to talk about how storage is likely to shift the market, including the future of renewable sources like wind and solar. The main pointed hammered home during the event? Energy storage at scale is not only possible, it?s already on the way. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, who hosted and led the event, pointed to recent successes in the state, including advanced materials research being done by several local universities and?


    Can an eco-friendly home be cost-effective? This Santa Fe firm says so
    Your home consumes energy for nearly every task, from running the air conditioner to turning on the television. Making a home more green, or buying an eco-friendly home, often means it's more expensive in the technology and materials used. A Santa Fe architect is working with a New York-based firm with the goal of building an eco-friendly home in Santa Fe that's also cost-effective. Vahid Mojarrab, principal and co-founder of WAMO Studio based in Santa Fe, is teaming up with homebuilder VOLKsHouse?


    Clinton campaign unveils new small-business proposals, including standard deduction
    Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton unveiled a series of proposals aimed at small businesses, perhaps most prominently a new standard tax deduction. That deduction would echo the one available to individual filers and is aimed at simplifying the tax process for businesses, the Wall Street Journal reported, though it?s not yet clear what, precisely, the new process would entail. The WSJ pointed out that this is a departure from Clinton?s previous policy proposals, which were largely?


    This ABQ brewery discovered a new market in selling gluten-removed beer
    The gluten-free lifestyle may be known as more of a trend rather than an allergy. For people who actually have celiac disease, being gluten-free means not being able to eat some of their favorite foods from pizza to bread, and even beer. Those will celiac disease may opt to drink cider, the popular beverage now found at most breweries that's made of fermented apple juice. But for those who still want to drink beer, the options are limited. That's why Chaya Barham, the operations manager of Red?


    5 things you need to know today, and now you can request an Uber in Spanish
    Three major New Mexico cities got that option on Monday. Here's that and five more things to know for Tuesday. NM pueblo buying riverboat casino The Native American pueblo that owns Route 66 Casino is acquiring a riverboat casino in Louisiana. Laguna Development Corp., a subsidiary of the Pueblo of Laguna, announced Monday that its Kicks Entertainment unit has signed a deal to buy the Isle of Capri Casino Hotel Lake Charles in Westlake, Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana, for $134 million. Read more from?


    Here?s why you keep seeing those ?no chip? signs at local stores
    It?s a note you?ve probably seen attached to card readers when you pay for a purchase with your credit or debit card at local stores and restaurants. Sometimes it says "no chip" or "please swipe," and some retailers even skip that part and simply put tape over the slot for chip cards, which banks and credit card companies rolled out last year but have had a bumpy welcome so far. Why the move to chip cards in the first place? Security ? the chip is difficult to replicate, and it creates and?


    NM pharma firm named a top university company
    Avisa Pharma, a local startup that's commercializing diagnostic breath test technology developed at the University of New Mexico, was named "Best University Startups 2016" by the National Council of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer. Avisa's technology focuses on improving diagnosis and treatment of bacterial lung diseases that impact young, elderly and poor people around the world, said Lisa Kuuttila, CEO of STC.UNM, the university's tech transfer arm, in a press release. About 800 startups are created?


    Santa Fe's Green Chile Cheeseburger Smackdown features old favorites, new restaurants and chefs
    Prepare your tastebuds, because Santa Fe is bringing back the Green Chile Cheeseburger Smackdown featuring a new round of chefs and unique burger creations. Edible, a network of local food publications, is hosting the smackdown, which pits various chefs across the state to come up with the ultimate green chile cheeseburger. An event is held and attendees and judges sample each burger and name one ultimate winner, and one fan favorite. The smackdown's judges include a food blogger, a James Beard?


    Enchanted Hills bringing three big box stores to Rio Rancho
    This holiday season, Rio Rancho shoppers will have more options to buy clothes, cell phones and Fido's favorite treats in their own neighborhood instead of heading down the hill. That's because construction crews are wrapping up storefronts at Plaza @ Enchanted Hills for Burkes Outlet, Ross, Verizon and Petsmart, all which will be open before the holiday shopping season begins. The phase costs between $8 million to $10 million, according to the developer. The four retailers are rounding out Plaza?