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BC-NM--New Mexico News Digest, NM

January 4, 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

HISPANIC CENTER-UNCERTAINTY

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. _ The National Hispanic Cultural Center of New Mexico is among the state agencies hit with forced resignations as Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham begins her term. By Russell Contreras. SENT: 490 words.

OIL BOOM-NEW MEXICO

SANTA FE, N.M. _ New Mexico oilfield regulators will reconsider a decision to ease restrictions on natural gas well locations for a Texas-based company operating in the northwest corner of the state. The announcement comes as state oversight of wells and energy leases on state trust land shift to Democratic control. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: longer version.

PENTAGON-BORDER

WASHINGTON — The Department of Homeland Security has asked the military to provide more help securing the U.S.-Mexico border, a defense official said Friday amid a political standoff over President Donald Trump’s demand for more money to build a border wall. By Robert Burns. SENT: 250 words.

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-FEDERAL EMPLOYEES

PHILADELPHIA _ As the government’s partial shutdown pushed toward a third week, hundreds of thousands of federal workers are feeling the financial pinch. They’re calling mortgage companies, hoping for a break, and weighing the risks of letting other bills go unpaid. They’re reheating leftovers and turning down the thermostat to save a few bucks. By Claudia Lauer and Michael Kunzelman. SENT: 1,410 words, photos.

With:

_ GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN: Amid signs of Republican unease over the prolonged partial government shutdown, congressional leaders planned to meet Friday with President Donald Trump after House Democrats muscled through legislation to fund the government but not his border wall. SENT: 740 words. UPCOMING: Developing from 11:30 a.m. EST White House meeting, new approach of 900 words by 3 p.m. EST, photos.

ZINKE-LEGACY

BILLINGS, Mont. _ As former U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke exits Washington amid a cloud of unresolved investigations and criticism of his actions favoring industry, he told The Associated Press that he has lived up to the conservation ideals of Teddy Roosevelt and insisted that the myriad allegations against him will be proven untrue. By Matthew Brown. SENT: 970 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ MINIMUM WAGE INCREASE: The minimum wage in New Mexico’ Bernalillo County has increased for workers whose jobs lie beyond limits of a municipality.

_ ENDANGERED WOLVES-GRANTS: PHOENIX _ Arizona ranchers can now apply for grants as part of an effort to research measures that could prevent conflicts between livestock and Mexican gray wolves.

_ CRAZY FRENCH RANCH: Conservation groups have reached a deal to buy and protect a southern Colorado ranch that includes the landmark Fishers Peak near Trinidad.

_ NAVAJO VOTING-UTAH CANDIDATE: A Republican is suing after losing an election to a Navajo candidate in a southern Utah county dogged by allegations of voter discrimination.

SPORTS:

FBN--AFC PLAYOFF PICTURE

For the first time in a decade the AFC’s top seed isn’t led by Tom Brady or Peyton Manning. This time it’s second-year sensation and first-year starter Patrick Mahomes who led the Kansas City Chiefs to the No. 1 seed, their first since 1997. The Patriots have their usual first-round bye and the other four playoff teams are newcomers. By Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 1,490 words, photos.

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