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BC-NM--New Mexico Coverage Advisory, NM

January 11, 2019

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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

NEW MEXICO GOVERNOR-BORDER VISIT

SANTA THERESA, N.M. _ New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is scheduled to make her first trip to the border as the state’s top elected leader. Briefings with U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials and the New Mexico National Guard will be part of the trip. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Updates developing from 2 p.m. MST availability following tours.

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is edging closer to declaring a national emergency to fund his long-promised border wall, as pressure mounts to find an escape hatch from the three-week impasse that has closed parts of the government, leaving hundreds of thousands of workers without pay. By Catherine Lucey, Lisa Mascaro and Zeke Miller. SENT: 850 words, photos, video.

With:

_ GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-NEW MEXICO UTILITY: New Mexico’s largest electric utility says it will not disconnect the power of federal employees who are behind on their bills.

_ GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-EMERGENCY DECLARATION — The Trump administration is considering using billions in unspent disaster relief funds earmarked for areas including hurricane-pounded Puerto Rico and Texas and more than a dozen other states to pay for President Donald Trump’s border wall as he weighs signing a national emergency declaration to get it built without Congress. SENT: 830 words.

_ GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-PAYDAY: Rachael Weatherly is a senior adviser for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, but she’s considering trying to get a job at a grocery store. Weatherly is among the 800,000 federal employees who aren’t getting paychecks for the first time Friday because of the lingering government shutdown. SENT: 830 words.

FEDERAL PLUTONIUM-NEVADA

RENO, Nev. _ A hearing will go forward as scheduled in federal court in Reno next week on the state’s attempt to block shipments of plutonium from South Carolina to the Nevada Test Site despite U.S. Energy Department’s argument it needs more time to prepare due to the partial government shutdown. By Scott Sonner. SENT: 560 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ O’KEEFFE MUSEUM-DIRECTOR: Georgia O’Keeffe Museum’s director is stepping down at the end of January.

_ NEW MEXICO TRAFFIC DEATHS: Less than 30 percent of the deaths on New Mexico’s roadways in 2018 involved alcohol-related crashes, marking a significant decline from the previous two years.

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