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BC-NM--New Mexico News Digest, NM

December 15, 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

TOP STORIES:

NUKE REPOSITORY-RESEARCH

CARLSBAD, N.M. _ The unique geology at the U.S. government’s only underground nuclear waste repository recently drew a researcher from across the Atlantic Ocean. Italian scientist Maurizo Tomasi traveled to southern New Mexico last week to visit the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant. The aim was to conduct research on low levels of background radiation within the salt formation that makes up the facility. UPCOMING: 130 words, then longer version.

TRUMP-INTERIOR SECRETARY

WASHINGTON — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, facing federal investigations into his travel, political activity and potential conflicts of interest, will be leaving the administration at year’s end, Trump said Saturday. In his resignation letter, obtained by The Associated Press, Zinke said “vicious and politically motivated attacks” against him had “created an unfortunate distraction” in fulfilling the agency’s mission. By Ellen Knickmeyer and Jonathan Lemire. SENT: 1,440 words, photos. UPCOMING: Updates.

ICYMI: TRUMP-BORDER WALL

WASHINGTON — Congress is racing to avoid a partial government shutdown next Friday over President Donald Trump’s border wall. But you wouldn’t know it by the schedule, as lawmakers left town waiting for the White House’s next move. By Lisa Mascaro, Matthew Daly and Catherine Lucey. SENT: 920 words.

IDAHO TEST REACTOR

IDAHO NATIONAL LABORATORY, Idaho — A nuclear test reactor that can melt uranium fuel rods in seconds is running again after a nearly quarter-century shutdown as U.S. officials try to revamp a fading nuclear power industry with safer fuel designs and a new generation of power plants. By Keith Ridler. SENT: 930 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ LOS ALAMOS-JURY AWARD: A former Los Alamos National Laboratory official pushed out of his job amid controversy over his service on an electric co-op’s board has won a jury verdict against the lab’s former management company.

_ MISSILE PARTS-AUDIT: A Department of Defense audit found that $53 million of ballistic missile motors stored at Hill Air Force Base in northern Utah were inaccurately designated as not working.

_ HUMAN TRAFFICKING-NEW MEXICO: The New Mexico attorney general’s office says a man accused of human trafficking, kidnapping and other sex crimes will remain in custody pending trial on numerous charges.

SPORTS:

FBC--NEW MEXICO BOWL

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. _ North Texas takes on the coach-in-transition Utah State in the New Mexico Bowl in Albuquerque in what is expected to be a high-flying offensive shootout. By Russell Contreras. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos.

FBN--BROWNS-BRONCOS

DENVER _ The Cleveland Browns and Denver Broncos meet up Saturday night in a game pitting two of the top-5 picks in this year’s draft, Baker Mayfield and Bradley Chubb, with the winner clinging to its longshot AFC wild-card hopes. By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton.

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