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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. 

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. 

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.

Record Number Of Women Are Seeking Election In Midterms

Last year they marched on Washington. Now they are running for office.

After the first female presidential nominee by a major party, Hillary Clinton, lost in 2016 to President Donald Trump, pink-hat-clad women rushed down march routes and through side-streets across the world. One year and two marches later, the riverbed is ready for women to flood into power.

“If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself,” Tabitha Isner told TMN.

Nearly 100 people in 22 states have been confirmed with a strain of E. coli contracted from romaine lettuce that was grown in the Yuma, Arizona farming region, the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a joint briefing on Friday.

At least 98 people across 22 states have contracted the bacteria from romaine lettuce as of Thursday, the agencies said in a teleconference call. Fourteen of those victims and three of those states were added to the tallies since the last update on the outbreak was given on Wednesday.

Some Facebook users are deleting their accounts after it was recently revealed that a British political consulting firm for President Donald Trump, Cambridge Analytica, harvested data from personal accounts in an alleged effort to sway the 2016 presidential election.

Cambridge Analytica pulled Facebook user’s personal information to target ads based on their likes, friends, comments and other data collected by Facebook, the New York Times and the Observer revealed on March 17. Many Facebook users consider the practice an invasion of privacy.

Students March On Capitol With Eyes On Politicians

Hundreds of thousands of people pulsed through the District Saturday morning as part of a student-organized protest on guns, flooding the streets with shouts and signs asking for more gun control and to “protect our people first.”

Virgina Jeppi, 23, of Towson University, said at the march, “It would be devastating [to survive a school shooting]; you’d never be able to go to class and not think about it every day and not be able to look at the door and think that someone could walk in and kill everyone that you know.”

The new Republican-proposed Farm Bill, which was revealed at a Washington Examiner event Thursday morning, could unearth heavy reforms to the nation’s food stamp program.

“I think our message should be fostering the dignity of a job, not dependency upon the federal government,” said Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) Thursday, referring to a policy in the current farm act that she said allows able-bodied adults to reap benefits from the federal program.