August 16, 2016

Officials: El Paso man contracts Zika virusLas Cruces Sun News

An El Paso man has tested positive for the Zika virus, which he contracted while traveling in Florida. According to the Texas Department of Health, it's the first case of the mosquito-borne virus in the area, city public health officials said at a news conference Monday at City Hall. City Public Health Director Robert Resendes said that the man was believed to have become infected in Miami, which is the only location in the continental U.S. where there has been locally-acquired cases of the virus. - - 8/16/2016

 

Social Security turns 81 in AugustLas Cruces Sun News

Look who’s over the hill! In August, we will be celebrating the 81st anniversary of the Social Security Act. Although Social Security’s overall structure remains the same, it’s impossible to overlook the changes in the economy and advancements in technology that made it necessary to transform our programs into what they are today. In 1935, President Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act, which gave birth to Social Security, (almost) as we know it today. The program was created primarily as a response to the growing rate of poverty within the elderly population. - - 8/16/2016