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NM Health Officials Order Screening For Pregnant Women, NM Rethinks Sex Offender Registry

Jan 11, 2020

Health Officials Order Screening Pregnant Women For Syphilis- Associated Press

New Mexico health officials are ordering physicians and other medical professionals to step up screening of pregnant women for syphilis.

The state Department of Health says an order issued Friday is intended to prevent congenital syphilis. That's a disease that occurs when a mother with sexually transmitted syphilis passes the infection onto her baby during pregnancy. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found that congenital syphilis has increased annually in the US since 2012. Under the order, medical professionals must test all pregnant women in their first and third trimesters and again at delivery. 

New Mexico Rethinks Sex-Offender Registry Eluded By Epstein- Associated Press

Legislators will consider changes to the state's sex offender registration policies in response to revelations that deceased financier Jeffrey Epstein was allowed to avoid registering locally as a sex offender following a guilty plea a decade ago in Florida. Epstein was accused of abusing young women at his New Mexico ranch before his death last year. A Democratic state representative says he has filed a bill that would require people who are registered as sex offenders in another state or U.S. territory to also register in New Mexico if they spend 20 days in the state during a calendar year. 

Administration Touts 100th Mile Of Border Wall Under Trump- Associated Press

Trump administration officials on Friday touted the 100th mile of border wall since the president took office. The Yuma, Arizona, area has seen drastic highs and lows in migration over the last two years. Like the rest of the border it has seen fewer migrants in recent months. Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf responded to critics who say the new construction is only replacing old fencing. Wolf said the administration will build or start to build 400 to 450 miles by the end of the year.