Here’s a look at today’s headlines:

NM 11 south of Deming was closed due to a multiple vehicle accident this morning.  The road at mile post 33-34 between Pear and Dona Ana was closed with State Police and emergency personnel on the scene.

According to Brian Torres, Project Manager for the NM Department of Transportation, the Highway 90 Bridge is scheduled to open in early December. “We’ll still have some other work to do, but traffic will be flowing back over the bridge in the early part of December. We’re within our 210-day time-frame.  There have been no delays due to weather, Torres stated.

The Gila National Forest will host several Community Conversations about the Assessment Phase of the Forest Plan Revision Aug. 3 – Aug. 6, 2015. During the Assessment Phase of the revision, the public is invited to help identify ecological, social, and economic conditions and trends related to the Gila National Forest. This information will aid in the development of the revised plan. The purpose of the meetings is to create common understanding of the Forest Plan, provide opportunities to share knowledge, plans and data for the Assessment, identify values, uses and concerns related to the Gila National Forest and continue the dialogue between the forest and nearby residents, users, and interested individuals.

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced today that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will host a series of listening sessions on the federal coal program.  The discussions will seek information from the public about how the BLM can best carry out its responsibility to ensure that American taxpayers receive a fair return on the coal resources managed by the federal government on their behalf.

Shannon Rivera, Executive Director of Early Childhood Programs at Western New Mexico University, was recently appointed by New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez to the State Early Learning Advisory Council.  Rivera overseas the nationally recognized Early Childhood program which consists of five programs including the Child Development Center, a lab site on the main campus. Other programs include the Family Council Center, providing comprehensive family support; and La Familia Resource Center, a training and technical assistance program serving eight counties.

Today, the House passed H.R. 5, the Student Success Act. This legislation dismantles No Child Left Behind and the Common Core, and replaces these ineffective policies with new priorities designed to put parents and local school boards back in charge. Congressman Pearce issued the following statement in response to the bill’s passage today by a final vote of 218-213:  “America’s education system is broken,” said Pearce. “The United States has fallen in global educational rankings. Today’s bill returns authority over education back to where it belongs: the States. Currently, your child’s elementary, junior, and high schools are governed by No Child Left Behind, a bill that enforced a failed top-down system of education that put the federal government into the classroom.