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BC-NM--New Mexico Coverage Advisory, NM

December 28, 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

NEW MEXICO RACINO LICENSE

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. _ New Mexico regulators are scheduled again to take up the matter of the state’s sixth and final license for a horse racetrack and casino. It will mark the third time this month that the Racing Commission has been on the verge of making a decision about awarding the license. By Susan Montoya Bryan. UPCOMING: 130 words, then longer version.

GUATEMALA-CHILD DEATH-BORDER

GUATEMALA CITY _ The stepsister of an 8-year-old Guatemalan boy who died in U.S. custody says the boy’s father took his son to the border after hearing rumors that parents and their children would be allowed to migrate to the United States and escape the poverty in their homeland. Also, New Mexico authorities said an autopsy determined that the boy had the flu. By Sonia Perez D. SENT: 650 words with photos.

With:

_ IMMIGRATION-EL PASO-MIGRANTS: A shelter director in the Texas border city of El Paso says his agency has served 1,300 people in the last five days after they were released by U.S. immigration authorities. SENT: 130 words, video.

_ DEMOCRATS-CHILD DEAD-BORDER: Top House Democrats, preparing to take control of key committees early next year, have called for the preservation of all evidence related to the two child deaths in Customs and Border Protection custody. SENT: 130 words.

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN

WASHINGTON — The partial government shutdown will almost certainly be handed off to a divided government to solve in the new year — the first big confrontation between President Donald Trump and newly empowered Democrats — as agreement eludes Washington in the waning days of the Republican monopoly on power. By Juliet Linderman and Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 1,120 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Updates.

IN BRIEF:

_ NEW MEXICO WEATHER: The National Weather Service on Friday issued a blizzard warning for Albuquerque where snow caused “treacherous travel conditions” on roadways and interfered with air travel as some flights were delayed or canceled at the city’s airport.

_ MARIJUANA-COMMUNICATION COURSE: The University of New Mexico is offering a new course that is generating a lot of buzz on campus.

_ MINIMUM WAGE-LAS CRUCES: The minimum wage is going up in Las Cruces. Workers in the city will make $10.10 an hour starting Jan. 1, up from an hourly rate of $9.20.

_ PARENTAL LEAVE-ALBUQUERQUE: City employees in Albuquerque are being granted paid parental leave under a measure signed by the mayor.

SPORTS:

BKC --MID-MAJOR SCHEDULING SHAKEUP

Conference USA has radically altered its league basketball schedule in an effort to get more teams into the NCAA Tournament and get better seeds. The revolutionary schedule features four games that won’t be set until February, when the conference standings will determine the matchups. It’s one of a handful of mid-major leagues rethinking league schedules in hopes of having more success on Selection Sunday. By David Brants. UPCOMING: 850 words, photos by noon EST.

BKN--SPURS-NUGGETS

DENVER _ The San Antonio Spurs visit the Denver Nuggets.

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