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BC-NM--New Mexico News Digest, NM

April 6, 2019

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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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SANTA FE, N.M. _ New Mexico’s attorney general says law enforcement agencies must enforce a new law expanding background checks to nearly all private gun sales and that they could be liable for damage claims if they don’t. Attorney General Hector Balderas issued the warning in a letter sent Thursday to police chiefs and county sheriffs regarding the legislation, which will take effect July 1. SENT: 450 words.


HOBBS, N.M. _ The heart of New Mexico’s booming oil country is seeing more real estate agents than homes to sell amid a housing shortage for needed workers. SENT: 380 words.


SPOKANE, Wash. _ The slow pace of cleaning up the nation’s largest cache of radioactive waste left over from the production of nuclear weapons is frustrating Washington state officials, who blame the Trump administration for not doing more. The U.S. Department of Energy recently proposed hundreds of millions of dollars in budget cuts for cleaning up the vast Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeastern Washington, at a time when the estimated cost of the cleanup has at least tripled. By Nicholas K. Geranios. SENT: 700 words, photos.


SAN DIEGO _ The Trump administration wants up to two years to find potentially thousands of children who were separated from their parents at the border before a judge halted the practice last year. By Elliot Spagat. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Longer version.


WASHINTON _ Tensions are rising, fingers are pointing and the search for solutions is becoming increasingly fraught. Overwhelmed by an influx of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border that is taxing the immigration system, President Donald Trump is grasping for something — anything — to stem the tide. By Jill Colvin and Colleen Long. SENT: 970 words, photos, video.


_ NMHU-TUITION INCREASE: New Mexico Highlands University has increased tuition by 3% for the upcoming school year.

_ ALBUQUERQUE POLICE SHOOTING: The Albuquerque Police Department says an officer shot a stolen car suspect after a car crash and short foot chase in the southeast part of the city.



DENVER _ Dodgers righty Walker Buehler looks to bounce back Saturday against Colorado after a rough opening outing. Jon Gray goes for the Rockies. He’s 3-4 with a 4.70 ERA in 11 starts against the Dodgers. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game time is 8:10 p.m. EDT.


DENVER _ Former Air Force receiver Jalen Robinette is close to fulfilling his two-year active-duty commitment and is trying to catch on with an NFL team. Robinette was a projected draft pick in 2017 before the U.S. Department of Defense reversed is pro sports policy. Instead of going straight into the NFL, Robinette had to serve as an officer at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada. By Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 900 words, photos.


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