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AP-NM--New Mexico Coverage Advisory, NM

November 29, 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.



EL PASO, Texas — The use of tear gas this past weekend on a crowd of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border has triggered widespread outrage and rekindled complaints that officers are too quick to use force. It also showcases the split-second choice Border Patrol agents must make, oftentimes in the remote desert, by themselves, far from cameras. Government statistics show the use of force by Customs and Border Protection officers and agents has actually declined from a high during the 2013 budget year. By Colleen Long. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — National climate experts are scheduled Thursday to talk about El Nino and how the weather phenomenon is affecting the long-term drought in the American Southwest. Some of the driest conditions have been centered for months over the region where Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah meet. By Susan Montoya Bryan. UPCOMING: 130 words, then longer version.


ALBQUERQUE, N.M. — The New Mexico State University Board of Regents and state agriculture officials are scheduled during a meeting Thursday to discuss a rule that will govern the industrial cultivation of hemp across the state. The effort is part of legislation first signed in 2017. By Susan Montoya Bryan. UPCOMING: 130 words, then longer version.


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — New Mexico prosecutors have obtained documents from the Archdiocese of Santa Fe regarding the service records of two former priests who are accused of child sex abuse. Church officials say they have been cooperating with the state Attorney General’s Office, but prosecutors say it took a search warrant to get the information. Correspondence between attorneys show access to church records has become a sticking point. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Longer version.


MEXICO CITY — The challenges to the modern U.S.-Mexico relationship have perhaps never been as stark and divisive as they are now. With a new president preparing to take power in Mexico City and the Trump administration set to enter its third year, the two neighbors find themselves lurching between crisis and opportunity on each front. While a trade dispute seems set to ease, issues involving migrants, crime and the border wall remain unresolved and potential flashpoints. By Matthew Lee and Mark Stevenson. SENT: 1,030 words, photos.


— BORDER WALL-NEW MEXICO: New Mexico’s top land boss says he is canceling next week’s auction of a parcel of state trust land along the U.S.-Mexico border.

— ALBUQUERQUE-TRANSIT PROJECT: The city of Albuquerque says a fleet of problematic buses that were supposed to serve passengers as part of a long-delayed transit project are being returned to the manufacturer.

— ALBUQUERQUE-MAIL THEFT: An Albuquerque man will be confined to home for the next eight months as part of his sentence for stealing mail.

— NAVAJO NATION COUNCIL: Jimmy Yellowhair will have a few weeks to get accustomed to serving as a Navajo Nation lawmaker.



KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The idea of “Raider Week” used to have a certain feel in Kansas City. It used to represent something akin to pure hatred. But with the Chiefs headed for big things and Oakland rebuilding, the old rivalry doesn’t have the same kind of bite. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m. CST.


Two of the NFL’s most intense rivalries have turned sour. When the Chiefs visit the Raiders in a series that dates back to the AFL and has been as good as any in pro football, the oddsmakers see Oakland getting routed — at home — by Kansas City. Most of America sees it that way, too. A more recent rivalry to savor has been San Francisco vs. Seattle. But with the Seahawks retooling and the 49ers perenially rebuilding, that magic seems gone. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. For Weekend Use: 1,700 words, photos. Will move after Saints-Cowboys game.


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