Latest U.S. Department of Commerce News

Redevelopment of Albuquerque Rail Yards gets $1.2M boost

Dec. 4, 2019 12:12 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Commerce Department is awarding the city of Albuquerque a $1.2 million grant to help with redevelopment of its historic rail yards. Commerce Department officials were joined by Mayor Tim Keller and others in announcing the funding Wednesday. They say the award is expected...

World markets mostly rise on trade optimism

Nov. 27, 2019 7:45 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — World shares mostly rose Wednesday, spurred by optimism over trade talks between the U.S. and China. Investors are meanwhile awaiting new U.S. home sales data, a key measure of inflation, and Washington’s latest quarterly estimate of economic growth. Britain’s FTSE 100 gained...

Probe: Contact between Trump adviser and gerrymandering guru

Nov. 12, 2019 6:11 PM EST

House Democrats investigating the origins of a proposed citizenship question for the 2020 Census said Tuesday they've found previously undisclosed communications between a Trump administration adviser and a redistricting guru who favored excluding noncitizens from population counts to help Republicans. Trump...

GOP mailer to Oregon voters mimics US Census form

Nov. 12, 2019 4:22 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Republican National Committee is sending mailers to some Oregon voters that mimic the look of a U.S. Census form and solicit donations for President Trump's re-election. KGW-TV reported that the mailers are labeled "2019 Congressional District Census" but are not from the U.S....

US watchdog warns of 'improper influence' in tariff process

Oct. 30, 2019 5:53 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal watchdog is criticizing the way the Trump administration handles taxes on imported steel and aluminum, saying a lack of transparency creates the appearance of "improper influence." The Commerce Department's inspector general raised questions about a process that lets steel and...

New Mexico farmer, writer starts a global garlic war

Oct. 27, 2019 12:26 PM EDT

DIXON, N.M. (AP) — Among the residents of Dixon, New Mexico, Stanley Crawford has long been known as a gentleman farmer and a thoughtful man of letters. He's the author of such books as "A Garlic Testament: Seasons on a Small New Mexico Farm" and "Mayordomo: Chronicle of an Acequia in Northern New Mexico,"...

Census Bureau seeks state data, including citizenship info

Oct. 14, 2019 3:17 PM EDT

The U.S. Census Bureau is asking states for drivers' license records that typically include citizenship data and has made a new request for information on recipients of government assistance, alarming some civil rights advocates. The two approaches, documented by The Associated Press, come amid President Donald...