Here’s a look at today’s headlines:
Newly released data from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement shows that more immigrant families have been apprehended near New Mexico’s border with Mexico compared to data that was compiled this time last year.
In sports action, the Lady Mustangs on Tuesday night gave No. 24 Eastern New Mexico University a scare as they fought a tough game despite coming away with a 71-76 loss against in-state rivals in Lone Star Conference play on Tuesday. WNMU will play at home on Saturday against Texas Woman’s starting at 2 pm.
The men’s basketball team also lost a close game to Eastern New Mexico University despite a half-time lead. The Greyhounds took the 83-77 win over the Mustangs Tuesday night. WNMU will play again on the road February 16th at Cameron at 7:30 Central Time.
The Western New Mexico University softball team lost two games against Hawaii-Hilo on Tuesday with scores of 10-5 and 8-5. WNMU will be in Utah to compete in the Dixie State Tournament today through Saturday.
The women’s tennis team started off the season strong and posted a pair of wins after defeating Eastern Arizona 8-1 Wednesday afternoon. WNMU will play again on February 15th at Division 1 Grand Canyon.
In legislative action, House Bill 211, requiring the Public Education Department to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards for New Mexico Schools, passed the House Education Committee yesterday. HB 211 takes into account the need for New Mexico’s students to be competitive with their national peers by becoming proficient in the skills, technologies and critical thinking skills required for jobs as scientists, engineers, technologists and technicians.
US Senator Tom Udall joined 26 of his colleagues in reintroducing the Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act. The FAMILY Act creates a self-sustaining family insurance program for all workers regardless of the size of their employer. The legislation is modeled after successful state programs and would provide up to 66 percent wage-replacement for 12 weeks in the event of a serious personal or family medical emergency.
Extensive revisions to New Mexico’s medical marijuana program that would automatically allow all military veterans to qualify as patients are advancing in the state Legislature. The Senate Judiciary Committee endorsed the proposed legislation on Wednesday despite objections from members to the veterans’ eligibility provisions. The bill’s next stop is the full Senate.