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AP-NM--New Mexico News Digest, NM

July 28, 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

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TOP STORIES

SINGING COPS

ESPANOLA, N.M. — New Mexico police officers are joining a lip-sync challenge aimed at boosting the profiles of their agencies to recruit new officers and to showcase their musical talents. UPCOMING: 130 words, then longer version.

OKLAHOMA-INDIAN COUNTRY

OKLAHOMA CITY — Legal experts say a federal appeals court ruling that overturned a condemned Native American man’s murder conviction in Oklahoma could radically change how tribal members are prosecuted in a huge swath of the state, including most of Tulsa. State and federal officials warn that if the U.S. Supreme Court upholds last year’s ruling overturning Patrick Murphy’s murder conviction, it will lead to a flood of appeals and could affect other things such as property rights and tax collection. By Sean Murphy. SENT: 800 words, photos.

IMMIGRATION-THE LEGAL OPTION

LOS ANGELES — President Donald Trump has called for immigrants to come to the country legally instead of trying to illegally cross the southwest border. But it’s not easy to find a legal avenue to come to the United States. Getting a visitor’s visa requires proving a certain amount of wealth that most in countries like El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras don’t have. And getting a visa to live here often requires having an American relative and waiting years, or decades, due to a complex system. By Amy Taxin. SENT: 1,190 words, photos.

WITH:

— IMMIGRATION-CHILDREN’S RESOURCE: A high school student has designed an online resource to help immigrant children and teenagers learn how to prepare for the possible deportations of parents or guardians. By Susan Haigh. SENT: 520 words, photos.

CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES-URBAN DESTRUCTION

REDDING, Calif. — A fire that started in a rural community in Northern California underscored a new reality in the state when days later it suddenly roared through neighborhoods on the edge of the city of Redding: Urban areas are increasingly vulnerable to wildfires. In the last year, neighborhoods in the Northern California wine country city of Santa Rosa and the Southern California beach city of Ventura have been devastated. By Sudhin Thanawala and Jonathan J. Cooper. SENT: 690 words, photos.

ALSO:

— BERNALILLO COUNTY-GRAND JURIES: Court officials for New Mexico’s populous county plan to drastically reduce use of closed-door grand juries to charge criminal defendants, instead having judges hold more preliminary hearings in open court to hear testimony.

— GALLUP: DROUGHT-WATER: City officials say the groundwater in one of the largest cities near the Navajo Nation is being mined at a faster rate than it can recharge thanks to drought conditions.

— FATAL STABBING-CONVICTION: A Michigan man whose case figured in a New Mexico ruling on pretrial detention of murder defendants has been convicted in a 2017 fatal stabbing in Albuquerque.

— POTENTIAL TRUSTEE-TAMPERING: An applicant for a northern New Mexico community college board of trustee once pleaded guilty to jury tampering.

SPORTS:

FBN--BRONCOS-QB CERTAINTY

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — For the first time since Peyton Manning embarked on his farewell season three summers ago, the Denver Broncos opened training camp void of any quarterback controversy or conundrums. Free agent acquisition Case Keenum is the starter. By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. UPCOMING: 600 words.

BBO--HALL OF FAME AWARDS

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. — Broadcaster Bob Costas and writer Sheldon Ocker are honored by the Baseball Hall of Fame for their contributions to the game. UPCOMING: 300 words, photos.

BBO--ATHLETICS-ROCKIES

DENVER — The Rockies host the Athletics in the second game of an interleague series. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos.

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