Hundreds of people die each day from drug overdoses around the country. 

This Saturday is National Take Back Day, and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency is trying to bring that number down by getting people to turn in their unused medications. 

Close to half of all people who develop drug addictions start by taking medicine from a friend or family member, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 

A bill that will make it easier for New Mexicans to change the gender on their birth certificate now heads to Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham's desk for her signature. 

People would no longer have to prove they had surgery as part of their gender transition. Instead of having to provide a doctor's note proving there was a physical change, the new legislation requires only a signed statement from the individual. 

Are Other States Sending Their Homeless To ABQ?

At least some of the people experiencing homelessness in Albuquerque came by bus from cities in nearby states. It’s unclear to what extent those bus tickets were meant to help reconnect people with family or to simply get them out of town, but the practice is adding to a growing homeless problem in Albuquerque.

Mercy After Dark

No one pays more attention to the streets on a Saturday night than Bishop. He’s looking for people sleeping on sidewalks, standing on corners, trying to stay warm on bus-stop benches. 

No one pays more attention to the streets on a Saturday night than Bishop. He’s looking for people sleeping on sidewalks, standing on corners, trying to stay warm on bus-stop benches. 

“This city is broken, this city is in trouble,” he said. He’s talking about the growing number of homeless persons he feeds every weekend. 

“This city is broken, this city is in trouble,” he said. He’s talking about the growing number of homeless persons he feeds every weekend. 

Students with disabilities who had to leave the state in order to attend high schools that met their needs are now eligible for the New Mexico Lottery Scholarship. Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham signed a bill into law on Monday that changes the scholarship requirements.

Previously, students had to go to high school in New Mexico in order to receive the lottery scholarship. But if their high school couldn’t accommodate their disability, and they went to high school out of state, they were out of luck. 

New Mexico’s land commissioner has cancelled a public auction of about seven acres of land central to a decades old dispute along the U.S.-Mexico border. A mile-long section of the border wall was built by the federal government without permission on the state-owned land.

State Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn said the money from the sale of the land is designated to fund public education in the state.

Lujan Grisham Is New Mexico's Next Governor, Haaland Wins First District Seat

Election night saw gains for New Mexico Democrats. Democrat Michelle Lujan Grisham won the governorship by a healthy margin, outpacing opponent Steve Pearce by almost 14 percentage points. Despite deep ideological divisions between the major political parties, Lujan Grisham talked unity.

“I think to be an effective governor, you’ve got to be clear that a variety of ideas are all valuable and valued. And I think bringing New Mexico together starts with respecting the opinions of all New Mexicans,” Lujan Grisham said.

Lines at the University of New Mexico polling station were growing as the 7:00 p.m. cut off approached. Voters formed a line across the length of the Student Union Building Tuesday afternoon. 

“My vote is my voice, and like, it’s really gonna make an impact,”said Jacob Silva. He’s a student at UNM and a first time voter. He wouldn’t say who he was voting for, but he’s interested in education. 

When is the deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 6, 2018 election?

The deadline to register to vote in New Mexico this year is Oct. 9, 2018. You can register online, in person or by mail.

Who is eligible to vote?

All U.S. citizens who are residents of the state of New Mexico, who will be at least 18 years of age by Election Day, and are not convicted felons who are incarcerated or in the process of completing the terms and conditions of their sentencing are eligible to vote. You must be registered at least 28 days before the election in order to cast a ballot. Convicted felons who have completed their sentence, parole and probation, are eligible to vote, but must re-register

Several severe storms have rattled New Mexico this summer, one of which closed Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument. 

The Bureau of Land Management in Albuquerque made a special trip on Monday to clear debris that had floated over the the access road, into the slot canyon trail and across other areas at the monument, which had been closed since Aug 11. 

The University of New Mexico Board of Regents voted again Friday to cut four sports teams at the university because of lack of funding and a lack of equal opportunity for women athletes.  

More than 50 people gave comments for more than two and a half hours at the UNM regents’ meeting, but the board voted again to cut men’s soccer, men’s and women’s skiing and women’s beach volleyball. 

Santa Fe emergency management officials are bracing for another big thunderstorm Thursday just days after 2 to 3 inches of rain fell in a monster storm on Monday. 

Drainage systems in Santa Fe were built to handle one to two inches of water within 24 hours. After Monday’s storm, city cleanup crews are still removing debris.