Here’s a look at today’s headlines:
New Mexico MainStreet Announces the communities of Eagle Nest, Mountainair, Santa Clara, Santa Rosa, Springer, Tularosa, and Villanueva have been selected for this year’s Frontier Communities Initiative. The Frontier Communities Initiative was established by the New Mexico Legislature and signed into law by Governor Martinez in 2013 for communities under 7,500 in population. The Frontier Communities initiative is a community economic development partnership for qualifying communities within a traditional or historic commercial district.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack delivered keynote remarks today at the Center for American Progress encouraging Congress to act quickly to reauthorize a strong Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act and support the ongoing success of the healthier meals now being served in schools across the country. Thanks to the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act and other strategies, the national childhood obesity trend is slowly reversing, and our children have more energy to learn and grow, greater opportunity to thrive, and better overall health.
KOAT Action 7 News is reporting that it’s been several days since Secretary of State Dianna Duran was accused of the crimes, which include money laundering. Duran is accused of violating campaign finance rules, something the governor takes very seriously. Duran is believed to have moved hundreds of thousands of dollars from her campaign to personal accounts. She’s also accused of withdrawing nearly half a million dollars from a number of casinos.
New Mexico’s highest court is poised to consider the legality of assisted suicide. The state Supreme Court has scheduled oral arguments for Oct. 26 in a so-called “aid-in-dying” case recently decided by the state Court of Appeals.
For the fourth year in a row, Governor Susana Martinez announced the success of New Mexico’s annual child support bench warrant round up. This year’s program collected more than $150,000 in unpaid child support.
Today, Governor Susana Martinez announced that McKenna Davis, a fourth-grade student at North Star Elementary in Albuquerque, is the winner of this year’s top prize for the New Mexico True Summer Reading Challenge. McKenna won an all-expenses-paid family vacation to Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Orlando, Florida. Yesterday, the Governor announced 17 grand-prize winners.