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AP-NM--New Mexico News Digest, NM

November 24, 2018

Good afternoon. Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up today in New Mexico. Questions about today’s coverage plans are welcome, and should be directed to 505-822-9022 or apalbuquerque@ap.org

This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories, digests and digest advisories will keep you up to date. All times are Mountain.

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

TOP STORIES:

TV PRODUCTION RANCH

SANTA FE, N.M. — A northern New Mexico ranch once owned by radio talk show host Don Imus will be used by Rural Media Group as a television production base for The Cowboy Channel and RFD-TV. The New Mexico Film Office made the announcement this week, saying there could be additional exposure for the state as the company’s programming is distributed to more than 92 million homes around the world. SENT: 420 words.

ARIZONA-NAVAJO VOTES

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — The Navajo Nation is seeking a court order to allow 100 tribal members to fix deficiencies in early ballots so their votes in the Nov. 6 general election can be counted. The request has the potential to delay the state’s certification of ballots, scheduled for Dec. 3. By Felicia Fonseca. SENT: 680 words.

LAKE POWELL-MINING STUDY

SALT LAKE CITY — — Utah and U.S. government officials will launch a study this month to determine the extent of mining pollution in Lake Powell on the Utah-Arizona border. SENT: 310 words.

IMMIGRATION-YOUTH DETENTION

HOUSTON — Records obtained by The Associated Press highlight some of the problems that plague government facilities for immigrant youth. They include a 6-year-old boy who was improperly restrained by staff after trying to climb a playground fence and run away. By Nomaan Merchant. SENT: 1,180 words, photos.

GOVERNORS-NATURAL DISASTERS

Governors have a wide range of priorities they want to tackle in the coming year, from tax reform to education. Yet it’s a topic that receives less attention on the campaign trail and in their speeches that could determine their success — natural disasters. In the last two years alone, storms and natural disasters have killed scores of people, damaged or destroyed tens of thousands of homes and cost tens of billions of dollars. By Geoff Mulvhill. SENT: 1,230 words, photos.

GRAND CANYON-LIZARD TRACK

LAS VEGAS — A geology professor from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, said he recently identified fossilized tracks from a reptile along a popular trail in Grand Canyon National Park, a newspaper reported. SENT: 270 words.

VETERANS COMBATING WILDFIRES

SALEM, Ore. — After surviving firefights in Afghanistan and Iraq, members of a new elite crew are tasked with fighting fires in rugged country back in the United States. The hotshot crew is made up of military veterans. By Andrew Selsky. SENT: 550 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— REINCARCERATION COSTS: A Legislative Finance Committee report says New Mexico spends $40 million a year to lock up prisoners who use drugs or violate other parole conditions but that there’s no evidence that it actually helps public safety or addresses the root causes of crime.

— DRY NEW MEXICO: Drought conditions have eased up in parts of New Mexico.

SPORTS:

FBC--WYOMNG-NEW MEXICO

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Wyoming plays New Mexico at Dreamstyle Stadium.

FBC--NEW MEXICO STATE-LIBERTY

LYNCHBURG, Va. — New Mexico State plays Liberty at Williams Stadium.

BKC--UTEP-NEW MEXICO

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — UTEP plays New Mexico at Dreamstyle Arena.

BKN--NUGGETS-THUNDER

OKLAHOMA CITY — Two of the top teams in the West meet when the Thunder host the Denver Nuggets. By Cliff Brunt. UPCOMING: 650 words, with photos. Story by 7 p.m. CST.

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