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AP-NM--New Mexico News Digest, NM

September 21, 2018

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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

CLERGY SEX ABUSE

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A fugitive priest suspected of child abuse decades ago in New Mexico has been arrested in New York, according to court documents filed Friday. Arthur J. Perrault, 80, has been charged with criminal aggravated sexual abuse and abusive sexual contact in assaults that federal authorities say happened at Kirtland Air Force Base and Santa Fe National Cemetery, according to an arrest warrant filed in federal court in Albuquerque. He is scheduled for a federal court appearance Friday in Albuquerque.

NUCLEAR REPOSITORY

SANTA FE, N.M. — The public comment period has ended on a proposal to expand the amount of radioactive and hazardous waste allowed at an underground nuclear waste repository in southern New Mexico. Critics, however, are accusing the state Environment Department of rushing the approval process. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.

OIL AND THE ECONOMY

DALLAS — America’s rediscovered prowess in oil production is shaking up old notions about the impact of higher crude prices on the U.S. economy. It has long been conventional wisdom that rising oil prices hurt the economy by forcing consumers to spend more on gasoline and heating their homes, leaving less for other things. By David Koenig. SENT: 880 words.

ALSO:

— UNM ENROLLMENT DROP: The University of New Mexico’s top academic official says “hard decisions” loom due to a steeper-than-expected drop in student enrollment.

— BLOOMFIELD-POLICE OFFICERS: The city of Bloomfield is talking to the local sheriff’s office in its struggles to retain police officers.

SPORTS:

FBC--T25-TEXAS A&M-ALABAMA

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — It has become a regular thing for Alabama coach Nick Saban to stalk the sideline opposite one of his former pupils. Beating them has certainly been routine. Saban and the top-ranked Crimson Tide face another former acolyte Saturday when Jimbo Fisher brings his 22nd-ranked Texas A&M Aggies (2-1, 0-0 Southeastern Conference) into Bryant-Denny Stadium. By John Zenor. SENT: 680 words, with photos.

FBC--T25-TEXAS TECH-OKLAHOMA

Oklahoma State quarterback Taylor Cornelius has made an unexpected impression as a runner. The 6-foot-6, 225-pound senior looks like he’s lumbering his way down the field, but he’s tough and surprisingly agile and fast. Last Saturday, he rushed for 41 yards and two touchdowns to help the Cowboys knock off then-No. 17 Boise State 44-21 . Oklahoma State’s offense ranks sixth nationally as the 15th-ranked Cowboys (3-0) head into their conference opener Saturday against Texas Tech (2-1). By Cliff Brunt. SENT: 700 words, with photos.

FBC--T25-TCU-TEXAS

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas cornerback Kris Boyd said perhaps the last thing Longhorns fans want to hear right now. “I ain’t gonna lie,” Boyd said after Texas crushed then-No. 22 USC last week. “I kinda feel like we proved that we’re back.” It’s time to test that bravado Saturday against No. 17 TCU. By Jim Vertuno. SENT: 720 words, with photos.

BBN--ROCKIES-DIAMONDBACKS

PHOENIX — The Colorado Rockies try to gain ground in the NL West, sending right-hander German Marquez to face right-hander Zack Greinke and the Arizona Diamondbacks. By John Marshall. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.

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