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BC-NM--New Mexico News Coverage Advisory, NM

March 5, 2019

Good morning. 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

GUN CONTROL-NEW MEXICO

SANTA FE, N.M. — Legislators sent a bill to expand background checks on private gun sales in New Mexico to the governor’s desk for certain approval after a bruising series of debates and objections from county sheriffs across much of the state. By Morgan Lee. SENT: 440 words, photos. UPCOMING: Update prospects uncertain.

MARIJUANA-NEW MEXICO

SANTA FE, N.M. _ Efforts to legalizing recreational marijuana for adult use in New Mexico are crossing a new threshold with a scheduled floor vote in the state House. Approval is far from certain in a Democrat-led state with enduring currents of social conservatism. UPCOMING: 130 words, then longer version.

IMMIGRATION-DETENTION CENTERS

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. _ A proposal aims to restrict federal contracts for immigration detention centers in New Mexico. UPCOMING: 350 words.

BORDER PROTECTION

WASHINGTON_ Firearms use by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers and agents is on the decline. According to data obtained by The Associated Press, there were 15 instances in which officers and agents used firearms during the budget year 2018. By Colleen Long. SENT: 610 words, photos, graphic. UPCOMING: Update.

IN BRIEF:

_ CLEAN ENERGY-NEW MEXICO: A bill that aims to boost renewable energy production and phase out a major coal-fired power plant in New Mexico is headed toward a Senate vote.

_ MEDICAID-HOSPITAL FIGHT: Thousands of southeastern New Mexico residents enrolled in Medicaid may soon not be able to access Lea Regional Medical Group and its physicians for non-emergencies.

SPORTS:

BKC--T25-TOP 25 THIS WEEK

The final week of the regular-season will feature some great match-ups, with plenty of conference races left to be decided. By Basketball Writer John Marshall. SENT: 700 words.

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