Here’s a look at today’s headlines:
Rudy Marquez III of Bayard has been charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, a felon in possession of a firearm, and tampering with evidence in connection with the March 12th shooting of another man in the leg during an argument. He was arrested on Tuesday without incident.
The New Mexico Department of Health joins the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institute of Health in recognizing World Tuberculosis Day. The commemoration, held March 24th of each year, raises awareness about tuberculosis. Tuberculosis is an airborne disease and is one of the top ten causes of death worldwide. People with TB infection often do not feel sick, do not have any symptoms nor are they contagious. More than 1.4 million people worldwide die every year from this preventable and treatable bacterial infection.
U.S. Senator Tom Udall recently announced that the Village of Santa Clara will receive a team of AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps members to support efforts to restore buildings and historic sites at Fort Bayard, foster community outreach, and provide food security to low-income families and seniors with the Volunteer Center of Grant County. For three months beginning in April, AmeriCorps will construct and improve walkways and trails, secure windows and doors, renovate storage areas, and work to maintain a community garden, among other projects.
The Legislature wrapped up its regular session more than a week ago without passing any measures regarding the Legislative Lottery Scholarship. Tuition and demand for the aid have outpaced revenues from lottery sales since 2009, and some say the scholarships may only pay 70 percent of tuition starting next fall. This would mean students are paying around $1,000 more out-of-pocket in tuition to attend the University of New Mexico.