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New Mexico advances bills to legalize recreational marijuana

SANTA FE, N.M (AP) — Legislators mounted a charge toward legalizing recreational marijuana in New Mexico, as House lawmakers on Wednesday sent an approved framework for pot sales, business licenses and taxation to the state Senate for consideration.

The Senate prepared for a decisive evening vote on a House-approved bill to to legalize recreational cannabis for adults 21 and older, after sidelining a competing Republican proposal.

The House voted 38-32 to approve the measure, with several House Democrats joining Republicans in opposition.

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham called a special session of the Legislature to legalize recreational cannabis after time ran out during a regular annual legislative session.

Read more: https://wacotrib.com/news/national/govt-and-politics/new-mexico-advances-bills-to-legalize-recreational-marijuana/article_c0b9e57c-6fc6-57bd-a341-b2adc6bedc36.html
(Waco Tribune-Herald)

DPS trooper shot in Mexia dies at Waco hospital

Department of Public Safety Trooper Chad Walker, who was shot Friday near Mexia while trying to help a stranded motorist, died Wednesday at a Waco hospital, DPS officials confirmed.

Walker, 38, had been on life-support since his arrival at Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center and remained there until his organs could be harvested for donation to others, a final selfless act that DPS officials said embodies Walker's life and service to others.

“Our DPS family is absolutely heartbroken at the loss of one of our brothers in uniform who was killed in the line of duty,” DPS Director Steven McCraw said in a statement. “Texas Highway Patrol Trooper Chad Walker was committed to protecting the people of Texas. His sacrifice will never be forgotten, and we ask that you keep his family, friends and colleagues in your prayers during the difficult days ahead.”

Walker is survived by his wife and four children. His grandfather, Dennis Walker, served as Limestone County sheriff for 21 years and is a former Groesbeck police chief.

Read more: https://theeagle.com/news/local/dps-trooper-shot-in-mexia-dies-at-waco-hospital/article_8bf967ca-9287-11eb-91f7-17defa8fe6c0.html
(Bryan-College Station Eagle)

'Vermonters first': Out-of-state college students ineligible for vaccine

College students from other states attending school in Vermont are ineligible for a COVID-19 vaccine under Vermont's rules, Gov. Phil Scott announced Tuesday.

"At this point in time, we want to make sure we're taking care of Vermonters first," Scott said at a news conference, responding to a question from a journalist at the Vermont Cynic at the University of Vermont. College students who "maintain their out-of-state status" cannot be vaccinated, he said.

The announcement leaves three-quarters of UVM undergraduate students ineligible for the vaccine.

About 27% of UVM undergraduate students are Vermont residents. The rest of the student body comes from 46 other states and 41 "countries/areas," according to the university website.

Read more: https://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/story/news/local/vermont/2021/03/31/vermont-excludes-out-state-college-students-covid-19-vaccine-rollout/4820305001/

Poor policy at controlling COVID-19 considering college age students are among the most socially active groups.
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