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BC-NM--New Mexico News Digest, NM

December 24, 2018

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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

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NEW MEXICO YEAR IN REVIEW

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. _ New Mexico Democrats solidified their power over state government during the midterm elections as a long-held GOP congressional seat in a key border district was flipped by a political newcomer and voters sent one of the nation’s first Native American congresswomen to Washington. Politics dominated New Mexico headlines in 2018 along with an economic turn-around fueled by oil and gas and efforts by the Trump administration to address illegal immigration and bolster security along sections of the U.S.-Mexico border. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_RIO RANCHO-CHILD DEATH _ It will be more than a year before a man charged in the killing and raping of a 6-year-old Rio Rancho girl will go to trial.

_ALBUQUERQUE POLICE SHOOTING _ Albuquerque police shot and killed a suspect in a stolen car, making it the sixth fatal officer-involved shooting this year.

SPORTS

FBN--TEXANS CLINCH

HOUSTON _ The Houston Texans clinched a playoff berth with Pittsburgh’s loss to New Orleans on Sunday to put them in the postseason for the fifth time in franchise history. But the already injury-riddled Texans likely lost receiver Demaryius Thomas for the season with an Achilles tendon injury and cornerback Kareem Jackson status for Sunday is unclear after injuring his knee in Sunday’s loss to Philadelphia. By Kristie Rieken. 600 words.

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