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AP-NM--New Mexico News Digest, NM

August 17, 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

SCHOOL GRADES-NEW MEXICO

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Top New Mexico education officials are expected Friday to release an annual report card that shows how the state’s public and charter schools are measuring up when it comes to student achievement, growth and access to learning opportunities. School grades are usually released by the New Mexico Public Education Department as students return to class for the fall. By Russell Contreras. UPCOMING: 400 words.

ALSO:

— BORDER WALL-NEW MEXICO: Construction workers have completed more than half of a new barrier along a desolate stretch of the U.S.-Mexico border in southern New Mexico as part of President Donald Trump’s fight against drug trafficking and illegal immigration.

— INVESTMENT FUND: A state economic development fund is providing up to $3 million to help spur growth of New Mexico bioscience startups.

— NAVAJO-BIA DIRECTOR: The tribe says Sharon Pinto has been reassigned to the U.S. Bureau of Indian Education as the deputy director.

SPORTS:

NEW MEXICO ATHLETICS

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Regents at New Mexico’s flagship university are scheduled to consider for a second time a proposal to shore up the finances of its troubled athletics department by eliminating some sports. Their first vote to cut men’s soccer and other programs came under fire for alleged violations of open meeting laws. By Susan Montoya Bryan. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Update developing from 1 p.m. MDT regents meeting at which public comment will be allowed.

BBN--ROCKIES- BRAVES

ATLANTA — Sean Newcomb pitches for Atlanta and Kyle Freeland starts for Colorado as the Braves and Rockies play the second game of a four-game series. Colorado has won five of six to stay one game out of first place in the NL West. The East-leading Braves have won eight of 11. UPCOMING. 750 words, photos. Game starts at 7:35 p.m. EDT.

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