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Panel Recommends FDA Authorize Johnson & Johnson Vaccine For Emergency Use

In a unanimous 22-0, a panel of advisers to the Food and Drug Administration recommended that the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Johnson & Johnson be authorized for emergency use in adults during the pandemic. The vote in favor of the vaccine, which requires only one shot for protection, was taken to answer this question: Do the benefits of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine outweigh its risks for use in people 18 years of age and older. The FDA typically follows the advice of its expert advisers....

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The Las Cruces Public School District mourned the loss of beloved Superintendent Karen Trujillo Friday, hosting a press conference to remember her impact on the lives of educators, students and the entire Las Cruces community.

For over two decades, Trujillo served the state of New Mexico as an educator, administrator and public servant.  As Superintendent of Las Cruces Public Schools, she helped to navigate the district through the COVID pandemic, working to ensure educational opportunities for all.

School Board President Ray Jaramillo spoke about Trujillo’s dedication to the district.

  SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Friday announced 659 additional COVID-19 cases and 14 deaths. As of today, there are 226 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19. This number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico. This number does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been transferred to a hospital out of state.

El Paso Matters

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El Paso Matters CEO Robert Moore

El Paso Matters CEO Bob Moore covers vaccine distribution, Memory Bears made for loved ones of COVID-19 victims and cuts to El Paso's library system.

  As part of the Aggie Uptown Development, the left-turn lane on Telshor Boulevard, onto University Avenue, will be closed while Renegade Construction does improvements to the existing median. The lane closure begins Monday, March 1, 2021 and will last approximately two weeks.

A detour will be in place through Terrace Drive for vehicular traffic that needs to access east University Avenue. The lane closure will be on RoadRUNNER Transit Route 2 but will not affect any bus stop locations.

Access to residences and businesses will be maintained at all times.

Bulletin on the Radio

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Editor Jess Williams previews this week's Las Cruces Bulletin.

Cardiologist Dr. Udit Bhatnagar and Cath Lab Manager Hector Salas discuss heart health on Voice of the Public. 

Office of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Friday signed House Bill 11 into law, delivering $200 million in grants to support New Mexico businesses to ease the hiring or rehiring of employees.  Here is a statement from the Governor's office:

“New Mexico will continue to get meaningful financial assistance out the door to businesses all across the state,” said Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. “Our economy will bounce back. And businesses will get back on their feet.”

“We are grateful to Governor Lujan Grisham for her support on House Bill 11, and for all of her leadership throughout this challenging year,” said Speaker of the House Brian Egolf. “We convened the 2021 session knowing that getting economic relief into local economies was the most critical action that we would take as lawmakers. Now we are continuing our work on subsequent bills. Help is on the way.”

  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Spaceflight company Virgin Galactic has postponed its next mission to space from New Mexico until at least May after a test flight from December was aborted due to computer malfunction. The Albuquerque Journal reported Thursday that an investigation by the company found that electromagnetic interference caused the spaceship’s onboard computer to reboot during the December flight. That triggered a safety mechanism that shut down the engine and forced the VSS Unity’s two pilots to abort the mission and glide back to Earth. CEO Michael Colglazier said the company will test new components to prevent the error before launching its next flight.

House votes to move Gila funds from CAP Entity

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LAS CRUCES - Legislation that would end a debate raging since 2004 over the proposed diversion of the Gila River passed on a 43-24 vote Thursday, Feb. 25, in the New Mexico House of Representatives and now moves to the state Senate.

House Bill 200 would transfer authority over funds remaining from the Arizona Water Settlements Act of 2004 from the New Mexico Central Arizona Project (CAP) Entity to the state Water Trust Board (WTB). The $80 million remaining from the original federal allocation would be used for water projects in Grant, Catron, Hidalgo and Luna counties, but not for water diversion projects.

Small business loan bill goes to governor

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LAS CRUCES - The New Mexico House of Representatives gave final approval Thursday, Feb. 25, to legislation to make low-interest loans available to more small businesses in the state that were harmed by public health restrictions imposed to combat the pandemic.

Senate Bill 3 would make changes to legislation passed during a special session last June. That bill made $450 million available for loans, but only about $40 million of that had been tapped into. The new bill will loosen restrictions, making the loans available to far more businesses.


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The U.S. has carried out an airstrike in Syria against an Iranian-backed militia target. The move appears to be in response to a series of rocket attacks against U.S. targets in Iraq.

Before Jan. 6, 18-year-old Bruno Cua was best known in his small town of Milton, Ga., as a great builder of treehouses. These were big, elaborate creations with ladders and trapdoors and framed-out windows. They were so impressive, neighbors paid Cua to build them for their kids.

More than 500,000 people have died in the U.S. from COVID-19 since the pandemic hit this country and the world just over a year ago. NPR is remembering some of those who lost their lives by listening to the music they loved and hearing their stories. We're calling our tribute Songs Of Remembrance.

In a unanimous 22-0, a panel of advisers to the Food and Drug Administration recommended that the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Johnson & Johnson be authorized for emergency use in adults during the pandemic.

The vote in favor of the vaccine, which requires only one shot for protection, was taken to answer this question: Do the benefits of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine outweigh its risks for use in people 18 years of age and older.

Updated at 5:42 p.m. ET

Some Democratic lawmakers on Friday sought justification from the Biden administration for Thursday's airstrikes in Syria, marking the first significant test of President Biden's military approach.

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  Commentary: Karen Trujillo was known as a brilliant researcher and passionate advocate for New Mexico students and educators.

A proud Aggie, she earned all three degrees – bachelor’s, graduate and Ph.D. – from New Mexico State University in secondary education, mathematics, and curriculum and instruction. She was also a huge Aggie sports fan, cheering proudly at men’s and women’s basketball games, among other sporting events.

But outside of her family, what was closest to her heart was education. Trujillo became superintendent of Las Cruces Public Schools in 2019, but maintained her deep connection to NMSU.

Republicans Blast Reproductive Rights Measure

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Senator Crystal Diamond

  Commentary: Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham today signed legislation to repeal New Mexico’s abortion law. Senate Bill 10, sponsored by Democratic Senator Linda Lopez (District 11-Bernalillo) and others, repealed an entire section of law that among other things protected medical professionals from being forced to participate in abortions and required that abortions be performed by licensed physicians.


Senate Republicans responded to the Governor’s action with the following statements:


“Though the Governor and pro-abortion activists will claim this as a victory for women, the only victor in this bill is the multi-million dollar abortion industry,” said Senator Crystal Diamond (District 35-Dona Ana, Hidalgo, Luna, and Sierra). “With the stroke of her pen, the Governor has weakened standards of care for women, stripped conscience protections for medical professionals, and given the abortion industry unchecked power to operate under the radar in our state. New Mexico women and children deserve better.”

Gov. Lujan Grisham signs Senate Bill 10, a victory for reproductive rights

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Office of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham

Commentary: Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Friday signed Senate Bill 10 into law, repealing a 1969 state statute that criminalized abortion.

“A woman has the right to make decisions about her own body,” said Gov. Lujan Grisham. “Anyone who seeks to violate bodily integrity, or to criminalize womanhood, is in the business of dehumanization. New Mexico is not in that business – not any more. Our state statutes now reflect this inviolable recognition of humanity and dignity. I am incredibly grateful to the tireless advocates and legislators who fought through relentless misinformation and fear-mongering to make this day a reality. Equality for all, equal justice and equal treatment – that’s the standard. And I’m proud to lead a state that today moved one step closer to that standard.


Commentary: New Mexico House and Senate Republican leadership today called for the immediate removal of the fence blockade around the New Mexico State Capitol Complex. The letter requests that the Legislative Council consider readdressing security concerns that do not impose an image of antagonism against the New Mexico public. The current public health order already prevents the public from entering the Capitol building and the fence blockade only perpetuates the impression that public involvement in the legislative process is not welcome.

Planning During The Pandemic

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Commentary: As a labor of love, I am the chairman of a non-profit that raises money to support educational programs for schoolchildren in the border region. We recently had a board meeting to approve our 2021 budget. This meeting reinforced how difficult planning is during the COVID pandemic. Many of our activities are contingent on the timing of the vaccine rollout. Venues for fundraising events have to be booked ahead of time and deposits made. We had deep discussions as to the odds of our world returning to a somewhat normal condition where more certain planning could be made.

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