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BC-NM--New Mexico News Digest, NM

January 12, 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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. _ An expanded Democratic majority in the New Mexico Legislature is forging plans to dramatically boost spending on public education and satisfy a court order to help vulnerable students. The arrival of a Democratic governor has opened up a floodgate of initiatives on climate change, gun control, marijuana regulation and abortion rights that were off largely limits the past eight years. By Morgan Lee. UPCOMING: 130 words, then longer version.


_ NEW MEXICO LEGISALATURE-GUNS: The New Mexico Legislature is prohibiting people from carrying guns in the House gallery during Tuesday’s opening session Tuesday and any other joint sessions of the two legislative chambers.


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. President Donald Trump is not giving up on his demand for $5.7 billion to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, saying a physical barrier is central to any strategy for addressing the security and humanitarian crisis at the southern border. By Susan Montoya Bryan. SENT: 830 words, photos.


_ BORDER WALL-FUNDRAISER: FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — A Florida man says people who contributed more than $20 million online to help build a wall along the southern U.S. border can get refunds or shift their support to a new nonprofit effort. By Curt Anderson. SENT: 400 words.


FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. _ Fallout from the federal government shutdown is hurting Native Americans as dwindling funds hamper access to health care and other services. The pain is especially deep in tribal communities with high rates of poverty and unemployment, where one person often supports an extended family. By Felicia Fonseca. SENT: 1,180 words, photos.


_ GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN: As the partial government shutdown slipped into the record books Saturday as the longest ever, members of Congress were out of town, no negotiations were scheduled and President Donald Trump tweeted into the void. By Jonathan Lemire, Lisa Mascaro, Jill Colvin and Darelene Superville. SENT: 910 words, photos.

_ SOFTENING THE SHUTDOWN: The government shutdown is wreaking havoc on many Americans: Hundreds of thousands of federal employees don’t know when they’ll see their next paycheck, and low-income people who rely on the federal safety net worry about whether they’ll make ends meet should the stalemate in Washington carry on another month. By Juliet Linderman. SENT: 1,170 words, photos.

_ SHUTDOWN-EXECUTIVE POWER: President Barack Obama stunned Republicans when he bypassed Congress and _ relying on what he called his pen and his phone _ used executive powers to enact his agenda, including protecting millions of young immigrants from deportation. By Congressional Correspondent Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 900 words, photo.

_ GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-AVIATION: The partial government shutdown is starting to strain the national aviation system, with unpaid security screeners staying home, air-traffic controllers suing the government and safety inspectors off the job. Facing staffing problems, Miami International Airport will close one of its concourses most of the weekend. By Airlines Writer David Koenig. SENT: 1,000 words, photo.


CARLSBAD, N.M. _ The oil boom in southeastern New Mexico may be attracting business to some communities but some chains say they are struggling to keep employees thanks to better-paying positions in the oilfield. UPCOMING: 500 words.


SEATTLE _ Riding the momentum from November’s elections, Democratic leaders in some states are wasting no time delivering on their biggest campaign promise _ to expand access to health care and make it more affordable. The first full week of state legislative sessions and swearings-in for governors saw a flurry of proposals. By Sally Ho and Geoff Mulvihill. SENT: 950 words, photos.


_ NATIONAL GUARD ARMORY-COLLEGE: The New Mexico National Guard’s armory in Tucumcari soon will be used by college students, not soldiers.



FORT COLLINS, Colo. _ New Mexico plays Colorado State at Moby Arena.


LAS CRUCES, N.M. _ Cal State Bakersfield plays New Mexico State at Pan American Center.


PHOENIX _ The Western Conference-leading Denver Nuggets face the last-place Phoenix Suns, who could be without Devin Booker for the third straight game. By Bob Baum. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m. MST.


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