KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Jamaica's energy minister has opened a pilot plant where researchers will test whether rare-earth elements can be commercially extracted from bauxite waste on the Caribbean island.
The small plant was opened Tuesday at a ribbon-cutting ceremony in the capital of Kingston, some eight months after construction started. Full operations are expected to begin before the end of the month.
Jamaica is working with Nippon Light Metal Co. Ltd. of Japan, which holds a patent for a type of technology required for extracting rare-earth elements from red bauxite residue.
Some 30 metric tons (33 tons) of dry red mud from mining areas is expected to be processed in evaluating the potential commercial scope.
Rare-earth elements are key ingredients for high-tech products like smartphones and computers.
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An Albuquerque Police officer involved shooting over the weekend marks the fifth since late October and city officials are taking notice.
A woman was stolen from her daughter's car, a woman who died more than five years ago.
Albuquerque police shot and killed a man Sunday night after responding to an assault call near UNM.
Deputies were led on a chase around 4 p.m. Monday after a person called 911 to report their vehicle had been stolen and was being driven recklessly around Albuquerque.
New Mexico could have hundreds of millions of dollars more to spend as legislators get ready to put together next year's budget in the upcoming legislative session.
Organizers of the Gildan New Mexico Bowl are hoping to shed the disappointing attendance numbers that weighed down the event last year when the Colorado State Rams and the Washington State Cougars face off Dec. 21.