ALBUQUERQUE (AP) - A lawsuit unsealed this week claims University of New Mexico administrators steered the contract for a $60 million renovation project at The Pit to a company that had close ties with university president David Schmidly.
The two-year project to upgrade New Mexico's 44-year-old college basketball arena went to Tulsa, Okla.-based Flintco, despite Jaynes Corp. of Albuquerque submitting a lower initial bid.
A UNM spokeswoman says the university will issue a response later Thursday.
A Flintco spokesman says the company got the contract because it was the best qualified.
The lawsuit was filed under seal in October on behalf of several trade union groups under the New Mexico Fraud Against Taxpayers Act.
It says Schmidly developed a relationship with Flintco during his earlier tenure as president at Oklahoma State University.
Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
A District Court judge has ordered city leaders respond to a petition filed by an animal activist on the city's trap-neuter-return approach of managing feral cats.
Police responded to dozens of weather-related crashes in only a matter of hours Sunday.
A small plane crashed at about 8 a.m. Sunday morning on the Canyon Rim Trail near N.M. 502 and the entrance of Los Alamos.
Albuquerque's famous Bugg Lights Christmas can now be seen every night until Christmas Eve.
Morning Headlines and Forecast from KRQE New This Morning with Matt Mauro & Meteorologist Kristen Van Dyke.
Sunday night in Albuquerque and around the world people gathered for candlelight vigils to remember the loss of their children.