Here’s a look at today’s headlines:
A recent report shows that Nearly 50 percent of workers in New Mexico do not receive paid sick leave benefits at their jobs. This means that these workers cannot stay home or see a doctor when they or a family member are ill without losing wages. This is just one of the many reasons that poverty is so persistent in New Mexico. That’s among the conclusions of the report “Valuing Families at Work: The Case for Paid Sick Leave” being released today by New Mexico Voices for Children.
In sports news: WNMU head men’s basketball coach Jeff Law announced his resignation in a team meeting on Saturday morning. The resignation as basketball coach is effective immediately. Athletic Director Mark Coleman said a search for a new coach will begin immediately. He will also be conducting a search for a new women’s basketball coach after Rusty Kennedy left to take an athletic director’s position in November.
Western New Mexico University Men’s basketball lost their final game against in-state rival New Mexico Highlands University 91-71 in the final game of Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Action. Next year, the Mustangs will be playing in the Lone Star Conference.
The Lady ‘Stangs earned a victory of the New Mexico Highlands University cowgirls in their final game in the RMAC, 58-48. The Lady ‘Stangs finish 10-18 for the season and 7-15 for conference play.
The No. 28 Western New Mexico University men’s tennis team posted the first big win of the spring season taking down No. 27 Point Loma, 5-4. The women’s tennis team came close in a few of the matches before falling to the No. 31 Sea Lions, 8-1. WNMU will face two more ranked teams Saturday in Azusa Pacific. The men will also face Sonoma State.
The WNMU softball team had a sweep on Saturday over Adams State University. The Lady Mustangs took the games by scores of 5-2 and 6-2. The softball team as of Saturday was 9-12 for the season and 5-1 in RMAC play, with another pair of games to be played Sunday.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has granted New Mexico an immediate extension of REAL ID compliance deadlines to allow the state to implement a law passed last week by the legislature. In a letter sent last week, the lawmakers urged DHS to grant the extension to ensure New Mexicans can continue to access federal facilities and airports.