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BC-NM--New Mexico Coverage Advisory, NM

December 18, 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

TOP STORIES:

HOMELESSNESS-NEW MEXICO

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. _ New Mexico has seen an uptick in homelessness and is at the top when it comes to the percentage of people in the United States who are experiencing chronic homelessness. The statistics are part of an annual assessment prepared by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Longer version.

GUATEMALA-CHILD DEAD-BORDER PATROL

LORDSBURG, N.M. _ Members of the U.S. Congressional Hispanic Caucus are scheduled to visit U.S. Border Patrol station linked to the death of a 7-year-old Guatemala migrant girl. UPCOMING: 130 words, then longer version.

TRUMP-BORDER WALL

WASHINGTON _ The fight over $5 billion for President Donald Trump’s wall at the U.S.-Mexico border is deepening. And more than 800,000 government workers are preparing for the uncertainty ahead - a possible partial shutdown at midnight Friday. Discussions on Monday brought few signs of progress. And many Republicans say it’s up to Trump and Democrats to cut a deal. By Lisa Mascaro, Matthew Daly and Catherine Lucey. SENT: 890 words, photos.

IMMIGRATION ZERO TOLERANCE

SAN DIEGO _ Federal judges in California are putting the brakes on some of the administration’s efforts to curb immigration. Their decision in September to no longer accept pleas at initial appearances led to the dismissal of many cases. That’s because the government deported defendants before they could return to court. By Elliot Spagat. SENT: 900 words, photos.

MIGRANT CARAVAN

TIJUANA, Mexico — Several asylum seekers, joined by two members of the U.S. Congress, waited on a small patch of U.S. soil for hours demanding that their claims be processed immediately, challenging a U.S. policy to make people wait in Mexico if there are capacity constraints. By Moises Castillo. SENT: 520 words

IN BRIEF:

_ ELECTION 2018-HOUSE-NEW MEXICO: A Republican who lost a closely watched U.S. House race in southern New Mexico says her campaign hasn’t ruled out “further legal action” to contest the results.

_ TEACHER LICENSING PROGRAM: New Mexico Highlands University will soon be offering a new online teacher licensure program aimed at getting professionals with bachelor’s degrees or higher into education careers faster.

_ TRIBAL OFFICER ASSAULTED-SENTENCING: A Tonalea man has been sentenced to more than two years in federal prison for assaulting a Navajo Nation police officer.

EXCHANGE-WILBUR-WEDGEL

DEVINE, Texas — Wilbur the hedgehog leads a charmed life: A popular video on the animal lovers’ website, The Dodo. Custom-made crocheted little hats that rack up the likes on Instagram. Only the best in Target fruit strips for nibbles. By Rene A. Guzman, San Antonio Express-News. SENT: 1,370 words.

SPORTS:

BKC--NORTH TEXAS-NEW MEXICO

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. _ North Texas plays New Mexico at Dreamstyle Arena.

FBN--BEHIND THE CALL

DENVER _ His logic was actually sound. But with his job on the line and Denver’s season on the brink, Broncos coach Vance Joseph, who publicly needled his quarterback for not being aggressive enough with the football, backed down. By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton.

BKN--MAVERICKS-NUGGETS

DENVER _ The Western Conference-leading Denver Nuggets have won 10 of their last 12 heading into Tuesday’s contest against the Dallas Mavericks. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time is 9 p.m. EST.

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