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BC-NM--New Mexico News Digest, NM

January 26, 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

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

TOP STORIES:

RAILROAD SURGE-OIL BOOM

CARLSBAD, N.M. _ The railroad industry in southeast New Mexico is seeing a surge in traffic thanks to the oil boom in New Mexico and West Texas. SENT: 430 words.

GOVERNMENT REOPENS-BACK TO WORK

National park rangers were once again greeting visitors at many parks across the United States and flight operations at major airports were returning to normal one day after a record 35-day government shutdown came to an end. While there were signs Saturday that some government machinery was grinding back to life, many workers approached the end of the shutdown with cautiousness, saying they would continue to restrict spending amid fears that another shutdown could happen in weeks. By Amy Forliti. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 4 p.m. EST.

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_ GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-ECONOMIC IMPACT: The government shutdown left an especially painful toll for African-Americans who make up nearly 20 percent of the federal workforce and historically have been on the low end of the government pay scale. The U.S. Office of Personnel Management says African-Americans make up about 18 percent of the federal workforce of approximately 2.1 million employees. By Corey Williams. SENT: 990 words, photos.

STATE LEGISLATURES-WOMEN

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. _ After a record-setting election, women have made only modest gains among the top leadership positions in state legislatures. An Associated Press review has found that women will hold at least 34 of the 195 top spots in House and Senate chambers across the country. That’s up slightly from 30 leadership positions last year. Women’s advocates say it could take some time for female lawmakers to rise to leadership positions. By David A. Lieb. SENT: 960 words, photos, graphic.

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_ BC-US--State Legislatures-Women-Glance.

TEACHER STRIKES

Los Angeles teachers who declared a victory after a six-day strike have added momentum to a successful wave of activism by educators framing their cause as a push to improve public education, not just get pay raises. By Carolyn Thompson. SENT: 830 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ SALESMAN-SEXUAL ASSAULT: A salesman who sexually assaulted a Clovis woman who allowed him into her home to demonstrate a vacuum cleaner has been sentenced to three years in prison, a sentence that the judge called inadequate for the crime.

SPORTS:

BKC--UTAH STATE-NEW MEXICO

ALBUERQUE, N.M. _ Utah State plays New Mexico at Dreamstyle Arena.

BKC--NEW MEXIXO-TEXAS RIO GRANDE

EDINBURG, Texas _ New Mexico State plays Texas Rio Grande Valley at UTRGV Fieldhouse.

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