5 Facts You Need to Know
- A state lawmaker is pushing for more health clinics in schools across New Mexico. Sen. Gerald Ortiz y Pino’s bill calls for $16 million to add 22 health centers, where students can access birth control, behavioral health counseling and physicals. In the past, parents were not comfortable with the idea of kids getting condoms on campus, but health care workers said more parents are supporting the school clinics.
- A cyberattack affecting Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield has affected 80 million customers. It’s one of the largest hacks on the health care industry, ever. Anthem said hackers likely stole tens of millions of records, including social security numbers and addresses.
- Today will be mostly sunny with highs in the 60s. Tonight is expected to be clear with lows in the 30s. Tomorrow will be sunny with highs in the mid 60s to lower 70s and northwest winds from 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon.
- State lawmakers are considering a bill that would make hurting the homeless a hate crime. It comes after the beating deaths of two homeless men last summer when a trio of teens admitted to police they did it just for fun. Albuquerque Sen. Bill O Neill’s proposal would add homelessness to the state’s hate crime statute. Seven other states have hate crime laws protecting the homeless.
- An Albuquerque woman who had her identity stolen is fighting back. UNM art professor Jesamynn Lovell lost her wallet in a San Francisco art gallery in 2010. Police told her that a woman was using her identity to commit crime. After clearing her name, Lovell trailed the woman, who served time for identity theft, on and off for two years. The resulting photos and video became an art project that is now on display in San Francisco. Lovell said she wanted the identity thief to know exactly how it affected her.
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As the measles virus spreads across the country, the Santa Fe School District plans to step up enforcement of state requirements for student vaccinations. According to the Santa Fe New Mexican, the district will ban students from attending classes if they don’t have up-to-date vaccinations, unless they have a valid wavier for medical or religious reasons. The school district plans to put the policy into effect, later this month.
A deadline imposed by the City of Albuquerque for homeless people to leave “Tent City,” has come and gone, but it’s still standing. On Wednesday, an attorney filed a restraining order against the city to keep it from evicting the campers at First and Iron. The attorney tells KRQE News 13 the judge hasn’t made a decision yet. If the judge agrees with the city, campers would have 30 days to clear out.