Lorca motorway accident claims life of lorry driver
Spilt caustic soda causes carriageway closure on the Murcia-bound side of the A-7 A man died on the A-7 motorway on Friday morning when the articulated lorry he was driving skewed into the central..

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Alicante-Murcia train driver dies on duty
The driver halted the train while suffering a heart attack near Crevillente The evening train from Alicante to Murcia was halted by the last actions of its driver near Crevillente on Thursday, as..

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Murcia owners among those arrested for cruelty to 230 trained fighting dogs
The dogs were trained for combat in Madrid, Alicante, Murcia and Tenerife In one of the largest operations ever mounted against cruelty to animals in Spain the Policía Nacional have rescued 230..

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Murcia and Cartagena Town Halls demand resignation of regional president
The future of Pedro Antonio Sanchez is in severe doubt As the pressure mounts on Pedro Antonio Sánchez to resign from the presidency of the regional government in Murcia his situation was made..

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Blanca and Fortuna illustrate the bullfighting debate in Murcia
UK nationals resident in Fortuna can vote in the first bullfight referendum in Murcia The issue of bullfighting is one which sharply divides public opinion all over Spain, and seldom can the opposite..

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Drone technology to the rescue in the Mar Menor
Floating and submarine drones presented in San Pedro del Pinatar The regional government of Murcia is determined to use all of the tools at its disposal in the campaign to clean up and protect..

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100 dead pigs found rotting in the Mazarron countryside
Two pig farmers are charged with potentially harming the environment Two Mazarrón pig farmers have been arrested by the Seprona wildlife protection wing of the Guardia Civil after they were..

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Cartagena welcomes one of the largest yachts in the world
The Sailing Yacht A is worth an estimated 400 million euros Following an unscheduled prolongation of her stay in Gibraltar one of the world’s largest yachts arrived in Cartagena on..

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San Javier airport closure plans delayed by Aena compensation demand
Aena insist on 35 million euros in return for closing the profit-making airport at San Javier Following the claim made by the regional government of Murcia earlier this week that an agreement had..

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Murcia government reports San Javier airport closure deal
Murcia press sceptical over the reported progress towards opening Corvera airport After months of uncertainty the regional government of Murcia confirmed on Wednesday that an agreement had been..

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Madrid doctor stands trial in Murcia stolen baby case
Ines Madrigal was illegally offered for adoption in Murcia in 1969 Eduardo Vela, the former Madrid doctor at the centre of numerous allegations regarding the “stolen babies” in..

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Fake Corvera airport landing attracts thousands on Facebook
But still no date for the first “real” flights at Corvera! The degree of interest in the unopened Region of Murcia International Airport in Corvera was illustrated on Monday by..

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Resignation pressure mounts on Murcia president
Calls for Pedro Antonio Sanchez to resign in the national parliament The calls for Pedro Antonio Sánchez to resign as head of the regional government of Murcia following his being named in two..

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30,000 cubic metres of sand from Marchamalo for the beaches of the Mar Menor
The race is on to restore San Javier and Los Alcázares beaches by Easter All along the coastline of the Region of Murcia work is under way to repair and restore the beaches which were damaged..

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Murcia shoe sector tops 100 million euros in exports
Murcia shoe manufacturers thrive while other Spanish exporters suffer In general terms the Spanish shoe-making industry suffered a poor year in terms of exports in 2016, with the total turnover falling..

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San Javier works to create intelligent beaches
A new pilot scheme will improve services for visitors and support the local business community As all internet users know full well, mobile communications today provide an unbeatable source of..

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Cajamar bank in Los Belones held up with sawn-off shotgun
The robber made-off with 8,000 euros in cash The Guardia Civil is investigating a hold-up which took place in the Cajamar bank in Los Belones on Monday morning. Fortunately nobody was injured..

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Murcia and Spanish news round-up week ending 24th February 2017
The San Javier and Corvera airport debate hogs the headlines as Spain prepares for Carnival weekend All over Spain this weekend there will be outrageous costumes and partying in the streets to..

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Murcia property promoters optimistic over post-Brexit figures
The Costa Calida is less dependent on UK property buyers than other areas Since June last year numerous companies in the Region of Murcia have been attempting to weigh up the probable effects of..

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Murcia president to appear in court on 6th March
Pedro Antonio Sanchez will give evidence related to the Puerto Lumbreras auditorium The High Court of Justice in the Region of Murcia has summoned Pedro Antonio Sánchez, the president of the regional..

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Murcia government investigates Mazarron bee massacre
Beekeepers suspect the use of pesticides in Cañada de Gallego An investigation is being carried out by the Department of Agriculture and the Environment in the regional government of Murcia into..

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Stray pony killed in motorway access road accident outside Murcia
The animal was hit by a moped and a car near Guadalupe de Maciascoque A pony was killed at around 6.00 on Monday morning when it strayed onto one of the slip roads alongside the A-7 motorway near..

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Murcia motorhome park project changes location
The new site will be in El Puntal in the northern outskirts of Murcia The plans to create a large motorhome park for tourists at the Thader shopping mall in the northern outskirts of Murcia, next..

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Murcia traffic authorities prepare for smart junction signals
Junction warning signs and central rumble strips set to appear on Murcia roads Following the disappointing news that the number of road deaths in Spain increased slightly last year the Minister of..

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16,500 take part in Cabezo de Torres Holi Run
Cabezo de Torres inaugurates the 2017 Holi Run season in Spain One of the main events of the Carnival season in Cabezo de Torres took place on Sunday, when approximately 16,500 people took part..

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Cartagena shooting leaves one dead and one seriously wounded
The killing took place in a Cartagena garage on Sunday afternoon A 40-year-old man was shot dead in the José María de la Puerta district of Cartagena on Sunday afternoon, when the killer also seriously..

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Murcia president pleads for an end to premature “lynching”
Pedro Antonio Sanchez counters aggressive questioning in the Murcia regional parliament Pedro Antonio Sánchez, the president of the regional government of Murcia, has responded to adversity..

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Tell Aena how you rate its service at San Javier airport
‘Smileys’ ask for your feedback using a “HappyOrNot” formula The Aeropuerto de Murcia-San Javier has become the latest airport to incorporate a new interactive..

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Santiago de la Ribera Carnival promoted nationally via the ONCE lottery draw
The Carnival ticket will be on sale for the February 26th draw Murcian residents are being urged to support the ONCE lottery draw for Sunday 26th February, which carries the image of the Carnival..

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94.1% success in cleaning nitrates from agricultural run-off water in Los Alcázares test
This is an important trial which could have long-term effects on the health of the Mar Menor The regional ministry of agriculture, the Confederación Hidrográfica del Segura (CHS) and representatives..

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Ryanair launches Leeds Bradford winter 2017 service to Murcia
All extra routes for Murcia are welcome! Ryanair has launched its biggest-ever Leeds Bradford Airport winter schedule (2017), with 17 routes, one of which is to the Region of Murcia. The new..

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Murcian climber falls 300 metres to his death in the Sierra Nevada
The 63 year old man was an expert climber A 63 year old Murcian man died on Thursday evening after falling 300 metres during a climb in the Sierra Nevada in Granada. The deceased was an expert..

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Murcia vandals attack church of San Francisco Javier
Threats recall the violence against the Murcia clergy during the Civil War A disturbing act of vandalism occurred in the city of Murcia on Monday night or in the early hours of Tuesday morning..

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Museo de la Ciudad in Murcia extends exhibition space
More medieval archaeological digs have given the Murcia museum more to exhibit The Museo de la Ciudad in Murcia has this week extended its exhibition floor space, opening a new area to increase the..

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Murcia to receive 125 million euros of additional EU funds
Murcia receives double what it would if the distribution were decided on population It has been confirmed by Spain’s Ministry of Hacienda that the Region of Murcia is to receive an &..

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Expats welcome at San Javier airport demonstration on 24th February
English speakers are invited to the meeting at the San Javier terminal The platform group which is campaigning to save civilian flights at the airport of San Javier on the coast of the Mar Menor..

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Ecologists and property developers at loggerheads in the Mar Menor
Promoters demand limited development in the Mar Menor rather than a total ban All sectors of society in the Region of Murcia currently recognize the need to protect the environment in and around..

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90 foreign women take part in Roldan Spanish language workshop
The project is designed to help foreigners to integrate into daily life in Torre Pacheco As many as 90 people have taken advantage of scheme set up in Roldán, in the municipality of Torre Pacheco..

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 River Mula conservation area plan approved
The Murcia government intends to approve plans for all Natura 2000 areas by October 2018 It was announced on Wednesday that the regional government of Murcia has given its approval to proposals for..

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Aguilas street lighting bill to be cut by two thirds
8,000 LED lamps will bring annual savings of 660,000 euros in Aguilas The Instituto de Fomento has recently completed its energy efficiency audit of the street lighting in the municipality of..

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Eel ladder installed under Murcia bridge
Artificial grass enables eels to slither upstream in the River Segura The campaign to favour the recovery of wildlife in the River Segura received another boost last Friday with the installation..

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Half-price offers for groups at concerts and other events in Aguilas
The 50 per cent discounts are available at the auditorium and Casa de Cultura of Aguilas The Town Hall of Águilas has officially presented its cultural agenda for the months of February, March and..

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Murcia president answers Corvera airport contract doubters
The Corvera contract will be awarded to the best bidder according to Pedro Antonio Sanchez Last week the Murcia business association Croem warned of the possible dangers involved if the new management..

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Happy Valentines from the San Javier-based Patrulla Aguila
A giant heart in the sky for star-crossed lovers in Murcia The Patrulla Águila, the Spanish Air Force’s aerobatics display team based in San Javier, celebrated Valentine’s Day..

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Murcia economy expected to shrink by 0.6 per cent due to Brexit
Murcia is among the regions most severely affected by the UK leaving the EU The BBVA bank warned on Tuesday that the full effect of Brexit on the Spanish economy could begin to be felt during 2017..

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Largest solar power plant in Europe closer to being built in Mula
The plant will be large enough to supply clean electricity to a city the size of Murcia Spain’s National Markets and Competition Committee (CNMC) has given the green light to a project..

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Murcia crime rate falls by 3.9 per cent
Crime figures dropped in Cartagena and Lorca but rose in Molina de Segura The Ministry of the Interior presented its annual crime report on Tuesday of this week, outlining a drop of 3.3% in the number..

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Murcia leads the way in fixed rate mortgages
Almost half the new mortgages in Murcia used fixed interest rates in the last quarter of 2016 The current record low level of the Euro Interbank Offered Rate, or Euribor, on which most Spanish mortgage..

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Cieza man arrested over dog death in metal noose
The man is believed to have been trying to protect his chickens A man has been arrested in the Cieza countryside as a result of the investigation by the Seprona wildlife protection wing of the Guardia..

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San Javier studies Estacio sluice gate plan to protect the Mar Menor
The salt content of the Mar Menor has fallen since 1973 As momentum gathers in the campaign to protect and recover the marine environment of the Mar Menor, the saltwater lagoon in the south-east..

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Murcia government presents Mar Menor protection measures to farmers
Hedgerows will prevent runoff into the Mar Menor in Los Belones and Los Nietos The department of Water, Agriculture and the Environment in the regional government of Murcia has this week presented..

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Mar Menor water quality could start to recover in 8 to 12 months
The heavy December rainfall in Murcia has distorted data over recent months Scientists at the Instituto Español de Oceanografía (the Spanish Oceanographic Society) believe that there will most..

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San Javier airport passenger numbers doubled in January
The figures suggest that seats are not hard to sell on flights to the Costa Calida While the future of San Javier airport remains in doubt, with the regional government planning to bring an end..

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Lorca man dies in tractor accident
The victim alerted the emergency services but died before they arrived A man in his forties who was working land in La Alquería, in the Jarales area of Lorca, died on Monday morning when his tractor..

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Alguazas water treatment plant to maximize biogas production
Waste water will be converted into biogas and fertilizer in Alguazas The waste water treatment plant in Alguazas, in the centre of the Region of Murcia, is to be equipped with an innovative technique..

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Eagle and kestrel among birds released on the shore of the Mar Menor
The birds have undergone treatment at the EL Valle wildlife recovery centre This Sunday the environmental department of the regional government celebrated the release of four birds into the wild..

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Murcia president named in Punica corruption case
The instructing judge sees indications that higher courts should investigate Pedro Antonio Sanchez February is becoming a difficult month for Pedro Antonio Sánchez, the president of the regional..

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Cartagena changes 15 Francoist street names
The Plaza de Bastarreche in Cartagena becomes the Plaza de las Puertas de San José It is over nine years since the controversial Historical Memory Law was passed in Spain, and more and more..

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San Pedro del Pinatar running school offers courses and workshops
The new cross country running track aims to promote a healthy lifestyle in San Pedro del Pinatar The Municipal Sports Center of San Pedro del Pinatar has recently inaugurated new facilities to promote..

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