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BC-NM--New Mexico News Digest, NM

December 30, 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

CHILD DEAD-BORDER

In his first public statements on the deaths of two Guatemalan children in U.S. custody, President Donald Trump claimed they were “very sick” before they reached the border and foisted responsibility for their deaths on Democrats, yet both young migrants passed initial health screenings by Border Patrol. By Nomaan Merchant, Zeke Miller and Colleen Long. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

EXCHANGE-CHILD WELFARE

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. _ The Youth Diagnostic and Development Center, a locked and secure facility for incarcerated youths, is one of Monique Jacobson’s favorite places to visit. “This is truly the heart of the deep end of the work that we do,” says the outgoing cabinet secretary for the state Children, Youth and Families Department. In terms of adult intervention in the lives of troubled kids, this is where the rubber meets the road. By Rick Nathanson, Albuquerque Journal. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos.

NEW LAWS-MINIMUM WAGE-GLANCE

The federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour has remained the same since 2009. Since then, 29 states and the District of Columbia have set minimum wages above the federal level. Twenty states have minimum wage increases taking effect around the start of the new year.Here’s a look at states exceeding the federal minimum wage, with their current wage and, where applicable, the new one. SENT: 260 words.

SPORTS:

FBN--CHARGERS-BRONCOS

DENVER _ Philip Rivers and the Los Angeles Chargers (11-4) have a shot at their first AFC West crown since 2009 when they visit Denver on Sunday in what could be second-year coach Vance Joseph’s final game. The Broncos are trying to avoid double digit losses in consecutive seasons for the first time since 1966-67. By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton.

BKC--DENVER-WESTERN ILLINOIS

DENVER _ Philip Rivers and the Los Angeles Chargers (11-4) have a shot at their first AFC West crown since 2009 when they visit Denver on Sunday in what could be second-year coach Vance Joseph’s final game. The Broncos are trying to avoid double digit losses in consecutive seasons for the first time since 1966-67. By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. UPCOMING: 300 words by 4 p.m.

BKC--NEW MEXICO STATE-COLORADO STATE

FORT COLLINS, Col._ New Mexico State plays Colorado State at Moby Arena. UPCOMING: 300 words by 2 p.m.

MMA-UFC-232

INGLEWOOD, Calif — Amanda Nunes pulled off one of the most surprising wins in mixed martial arts history when she left the world’s most feared female fighter face-down on the canvas. Jon Jones merely did exactly what everyone expects him to do whenever he manages to get out of his own way. By Greg Beacham. SENT: 900 words.

BKC--UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO-UNIVERSITY OF THE SOUTHWEST

HOBBS, N.M. — New Mexico plays University of the Southwest at Maddox Student Life Center. Game starts at 11 a.m.

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