The Daily Populous

Saturday March 18th, 2023 day edition

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New Mexico legislators are racing against a deadline to advance proposals to safeguard abortion access, deliver tax relief and reduce gun violence.

Republicans in the legislative minority raised a series of objections during a House floor debate to a bill that aims to protect abortion providers and patients from out-of-state interference, prosecution or extradition attempts.

In a victory for abortion rights advocates in New Mexico and states where the procedure is banned, the House secured final passage of that bill, in a 38-30 vote with Republicans and some Democrats in opposition.

Lujan Grisham on Friday said it was increasingly important for New Mexico to broaden its protections for access to abortion, along with gender-affirming health care, amid litigation backed by Republican-led states that threatens the nationwide availability of a leading abortion medication.

Sponsors include Republican House minority leaders T. Ryan Lane of Aztec and former police captain and Republican state Rep. Bill Rehm of Albuquerque.

Lujan Grisham signed a bill last week that makes it a crime to store firearms in places that children could access.

The Democratic governor helped negotiate provisions of the bill and is expected to sign it into law. »

North Korea claims almost 800,000 have signed up to fight against US

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SEOUL, March 18 (Reuters) - North Korea claims that about 800,000 of its citizens volunteered to join or reenlist in the nation's military to fight against the United States, North Korea's state newspaper reported on Saturday.

The North's claim came after North Korea on Thursday launched its Hwasong-17 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) in response to ongoing U.S-South Korea military drills.

Kim accused the United States and South Korea of increasing tensions with the military drills. »

Walz signs universal school meals bill into Minnesota law

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During the signing ceremony, Walz told Minnesota parents this will ease some of the stress on them.

Students cheer as Gov. Tim Walz finishes signing the free school meals bill, on Friday, which will cost the state of Minnesota close to $400 million in the first two years and grow in price in the future.

There’s also a law in Minnesota requiring schools to provide identical meals to all students, even if their families are experiencing financial difficulties. »

BREAKING: ICC issues arrest warrants for Putin, Russian official tied to kidnapping of Ukrainian children

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The International Criminal Court (ICC) has issued arrest warrants for Russian President Vladimir Putin and Maria Lvova-Belova, the Russian official allegedly overseeing the forced deportations of Ukrainian children to Russia.

In its statement, the ICC writes that it believes Putin “bears individual criminal responsibility” as the leader of Russia for the crimes committed against Ukrainian children.

"I applaud the ICC decision to issue arrest warrants for Vladimir Putin and Maria Lvova-Belova over forcible transfer of Ukrainian children. »