Here’s a look at today’s headlines:
The Copper Cowbelles recently selected three students for their annual scholarship. Recipients must be a sophomore, junior, senior, or graduate student in a college level school, a graduate from a Grant County high school, and pursuing an agriculturally related field of study. This year’s recipients include Ryan McCauley, a senior majoring in Animal Science at NMSU; Sabrina Thurauf, a sophomore at NMSU who hopes to become a veterinarian; and Tanah Lowe, a sophomore at NMSU who is pursuing a degree in Animal Science with an emphasis in Equine and a Minor in Creative Writing. Congratulations to the Copper Cowbelles scholarship recipients.
A recently presented review study on the relationship between news coverage and mass shootings in America has garnered international attention to a Western New Mexico University professor and graduate student. The review sampled research from five fields of study: criminology, psychology, sociology, communications, and public health. They arrived at the conclusion that there is a probable connection between the rise of mass shootings and the media coverage of those events.
The New Mexico Department of Health is encouraging New Mexicans to begin getting vaccinated against flu. The vaccine is recommended each season for everyone 6 months and older. Last flu season, there were 219 pneumonia and influenza-related deaths in New Mexico. Last season, individuals 65 years and older and children 0-4 years of age were twice as likely to be hospitalized. High risk groups include: pregnant women, children under 5 and especially younger than 2, people age 65 and older, people of any age with certain chronic medical conditions, people who live in long-term care facilities, American Indians and Alaskan Natives, people who are morbidly obese, and people who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from the flu.
The New Mexico Department of Health announced on Thursday data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show the state’s adult obesity rate increased minimally in 2015. The rate of adults in New Mexico identifying themselves as obese in 2015 was 28.8 percent, up from 28.4 percent in 2014, making New Mexico among 23 states and territories reporting a prevalence of obesity between 25 and 30 percent. The Department of Health’s Healthy Kids Healthy Communities program and its partners, on the other hand, have reported a 20 percent decrease in childhood obesity among New Mexico third graders since 2010.
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