Here’s a look at today’s headlines:

Retired Justice of the New Mexico Supreme Court, Judge Patricio Serna, will deliver the keynote speech at the spring commencement ceremony for WNMU next Friday.  Over 200 students will graduate at the Ben Altamirano Field.

The Tour of the Gila continued Thursday with the Stage 2 Inner Loop Road Race. Travis McCabe (Holowesko-Citadel) claimed his first Tour of the Gila stage victory, and German-Canadian cyclist Jasmin Glaesser captured her first UCI road stage victory. The Inner Loop Road Race features some challenging climbs and most technical descents in the USA Pro Road Tour.

Juniors and Seniors at Deming High recently participated in a DWI demonstration presented by Luna County DWI and the Your Prevention and Advocacy Coalition.  The event was based on the statistic that an alcohol-related crash happens somewhere in the United States every fifteen minutes.  Deming Police, Deming Fire, and Luna County Sheriff’s simulated a response to the crash using real equipment, and students known as the “walking dead” symbolized how any of the students could be killed in drunk driving accidents.

Twenty individuals and organizations that made a difference preserving New Mexico history will be recognized with Heritage Preservation Awards on May 13, including the Silver City MainStreet Project.  It is recognized as New Mexico’s oldest MainStreet Program which, for over 30 years, has overseen major infrastructure improvements including sidewalks, streetlights and a visitor center, but is being awarded for the rehabilitation of the Silco Theater.

New Mexico State Auditor Tim Keller announced that the Office of the State Auditor (OSA) is conducting a statewide audit of the inventory of untested sexual assault evidence kits, commonly referred to as “rape kits.” The OSA will survey all law enforcement agencies statewide regarding their practices for handling rape kits and has selected certain law enforcement agencies around the state for a special audit to perform a detailed review of policies and procedures related to the kits. The special audit will outline best practices needed to clear the backlog and prevent it from happening again.  The audit work will take place this summer and the results, including the best practices, will be made available to policymakers and the public.

Hundreds of electronic cigarette brands will have to undergo federal review to stay on the market under new rules that have the potential to upend a multi-billion dollar industry attempting to position itself as an alternative to traditional cigarettes.

Don’t forget the Tour of the Gila takes place this week in and around Silver City.  Some roads may be affected due to the races.  Please plan your travel accordingly during these days.  Information for Road Closures for Saturday and Sunday are currently available on our website.