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AP-NM--New Mexico News Digest, NM

July 21, 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



SANTA FE, N.M. — A state judge has ruled that New Mexico is violating the rights of at-risk students by failing to provide adequate funding for public schools. District Judge Sarah Singleton’s ruling Friday says insufficient funding leaves students “in an inadequate system” and means they’ll stay there unless better programs are instituted. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words.


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A $2 billion power line project that will funnel wind and solar energy from rural spots in New Mexico and Arizona to larger markets in the American Southwest has become a lightning rod for wildlife groups who fear the line’s proposed river crossing could be a death trap for migratory birds. UPCOMING: 130 words, then longer version.


CAVE CITY, Ky. — Mammoth Cave National Park has upgraded a trail as part of a coordinated effort by the National Park Service to increase accessibility to disabled visitors. The Echo River Spring Trail reopened earlier this year after a $1.1 million transformation from a rutted gravel footpath to an 8-foot-wide concrete path. National Park Service accessibility chief Jeremy Buzzell says nine parks across the U.S. have received more than $10 million in federal funding to design and build accessibility projects. By Rebecca Reynolds Yonker. SENT: 760 words, photos.


— SYNTHETIC DRUGS-SENTENCING: A 51-year-old Albuquerque man has been sentenced to 11 years in prison on convictions of trafficking in synthetic drugs.



PHOENIX — The Diamondbacks and the Rockies continue their series after Colorado wins Friday night’s opener thanks to a grand slam. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos.


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