Here’s a look at today’s headlines:
The theme for the Independence Day Parade has been announced. This year’s theme will be “Heroes: Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow,” and will honor our veterans, current servicemen and women, and first responders, and to praise those young men and women who are training to become our heroes tomorrow.
New Mexico State Police are seeking assistance identifying two suspects who, in July of 2015, stole a First Financial Credit Union debit card from Fort Bayard Medical Center and have since been using the card throughout New Mexico, including Silver City, Santa Fe, Clayton, Las Vegas, Truth or Consequences, Deming, Roswell, and Las Cruces. Anyone with information is asked to contact the New Mexico State Police at 582-2500. Photos of the suspects can be viewed here: http://www.grantcountybeat.com/news/news-articles/35464-nm-state-police-seeks-assistance-in-identifying-suspects.
In sports news, Junior Vladimir Gnilozubov was named Lone Star Player of the Week yesterday after helping lead the Mustang men’s tennis team to four wins over the past week. He is 9-3 in doubles and 10-3 in singles this year.
The WNMU women’s tennis team played three matches in Midland this past weekend. They opened Lone Star Conference play against UT Permian Basin, which they lost 6-3, then fell to No. 9 Saint Mary’s, and No. 37 Saint Edward’s.
Sophomore Shelby Turner was able to claim first place on Tuesday at the Embry Riddle Invitational after carding an even par 144. The Lady Mustangs as a team came in second. WNMU is off until April 3rd where they travel to Tucson for the WT Spring Desert Invitational.
In legislative action, House Leadership and Senate Leadership have declared two vetoes by Governor Martinez invalid because they were issued without messages as required by the New Mexico Constitutions. Therefore, House Bill 144, Industrial Hemp Research Rules, and House Bill 126, which passed unanimously through both chambers and improves college affordability and grows the health care workforce, became law without her signature.
Senate Bill 259, a bill to remove firearms from convicted domestic violent offenders, passed the Senate yesterday by a vote of 29-10. The bill now heads to the Governor’s desk.
The House passed Senate Bill 121, a bill to ban “conversion therapy” for individuals under 18 years of age. Conversion Therapy is aimed at changing a person’s sexual orientation and/or gender identity, and has been rejected by the American Psychiatric Association and American Medical Association.
The 60-day legislative session ends at noon tomorrow.
Wishing everyone a safe and happy Saint Patrick’s Day! Please celebrate responsibly.