Here’s a look at today’s headlines:

As part of the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) commitment to strengthening rural economies, Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a new state-by-state “Made in Rural America” report illustrating the impact of USDA investments in rural communities. Each state factsheet highlights specific USDA investments in rural businesses, manufacturing, energy, water and other infrastructure development. They also outline how USDA is helping rural communities attract businesses and families by investing in housing and broadband.

Gila Regional Medical Center is keeping the staff up-to-date with the revised guidelines from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, even though state officials believe we have a low risk of Ebola in the state.  GRMC has implemented training and ongoing education that meet the needs of the nurses, the staff, the providers, the patients, and the community.  According to CEO Brian Cunningham, the hospital is fully ready to deal with an infectious-disease incident if it arises.

Deming residents have recently been received a Telephone Jury Scam call.  Residents are asked to be advised the Sixth Judicial District Court will not telephone jurors, and threaten them to pay money in order to keep them out of jail time if they do not report for jury duty. This is a scam. Callers should immediately report these types of calls to the proper authorities (local police department or sheriff’s office).

Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced nearly $17 million in federal funding to improve three rural water systems in New Mexico. The funding comes in the form of nearly $15 million in grants and $2 million in low cost loans from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development program. The projects will benefit three New Mexico communities: the Cottonwood Rural Water Association in Eddy County, the Lower Rio Grande Public Water Works Authority in Doña Ana County, and the city of Truth or Consequences.