PNS Daily Newscast - March 21, 2018 

Public News Service UPDATE: the Austin bomber blows himself up; also on the rundown a school resource officer credited with saving lives; the North Carolina GOP Silent on an apparent Cambridge Analytica connection; and an Alabama Medicaid Work requirement plan called a Catch-22.

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Public News Service - NM: Women's Issues

New Mexico health officials hope unwanted pregnancies can be reduced by allowing pharmacists to provide birth control prescriptions. (

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Individual training begins next week for New Mexico pharmacists who want to prescribe and provide birth control to women. The New Mexico Board of Pharmacy approved the new rule last year allowing pharmacists who complete nine hours of training to provide the service. Laur

Critics say inappropriate behavior at the Roundhouse has gone unchecked for years because there was no effective procedure to report such conduct. (Progress Now New Mexico)

SANTA FE, N.M. – Training for New Mexico legislators is underway at the State Capitol this week about what constitutes sexual harassment. Women lobbyists and elected officials at the Roundhouse maintain inappropriate behavior has gone unchecked for years because there was no effective proced

New Mexico State University hosts its first conference this week to address sexual violence on campus. (

LAS CRUCES, N.M. -- A New Mexico State University conference this week will help campus leaders be better prepared when victims of sexual assault, domestic violence or other disturbing events seek help. Lauri Millot, executive director of NMSU's campus equity office, said university professionals o

New Mexico will receive $2.5 million in federal grants to help authorities make a dent in the backlog of thousands of untested rape kits. (

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Victims of sexual assaults that occurred in Albuquerque more than 30 years ago may finally get justice now that decades-old rape kits will be tested. Albuquerque has been awarded federal grant money to get through the backlog of 3,800 untested kits. The backlog is usually

President Donald Trump's efforts to dismantle initiatives enacted under the Obama administration now include limiting birth control for women and anti-discrimination protections for LGBT people. (

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – A group in New Mexico that advocates for reproductive justice and health care says the state's rural communities will suffer the most from the Trump administration's decision Friday to limit birth control coverage under the Affordable Care Act. The employer contraceptive

A 2015 report lists New Mexico as third in the nation in cases of men killing women in domestic-violence cases. (Pixabay)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- For the first time, Native Americans living in New Mexico can call a free crisis hotline to report domestic abuse. Compared with other groups in the U.S., Native Americans are twice as likely to experience rape or sexual assault. At the same time, they historically have lacked

The University of New Mexico's

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Universities across the U.S. - including the University of New Mexico - are back in session. That means it's the start of what's known as the "Red Zone," a six-to-nine week time period when students are most at risk for sexual assault. UNM has launched its Reclaim the Red

Women in New Mexico make only 78 cents for each dollar men earn, and Latino women make just 55 cents.(Steve Debenport/iStock)

SANTA FE, N.M. - As millions across the country noted Equal Pay Day this week, women in New Mexico found very little to celebrate. A new report out this week said the pay gap in New Mexico costs the average employed woman almost $10,000 a year, as she makes just 78 cents per dollar paid to a man, ac

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