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BC-NM--New Mexico News Digest, NM

March 13, 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

TOP STORIES:

ICYMI: STATE TAXES-NEW MEXICO

SANTA FE, N.M. — A House-approved proposal to raise New Mexico’s personal income tax rates was challenged Tuesday by a Democratic senator, raising doubts about the Legislature’s appetite for tax increases amid a budget windfall from oil and natural gas production. SENT: 390 words.

INDIAN CHILD WELFARE ACT

NEW ORLEANS — A federal appeals court in New Orleans is hearing arguments Wednesday on a 1978 law giving preference to Native American families in foster care and adoption proceedings involving Native American children. By Kevin McGill. SENT: 630 words. UPCOMING: Update from hearing expected to start at 11 a.m. CST, photos.

WESTERN WINTER WEATHER

DENVER _ A powerful storm that dumped more snow on California has prompted a blizzard warning in the Rocky Mountains. Colorado’s mountains have been under continuing threat of avalanches this winter, and more snow was expected Wednesday — including a possible blizzard in Denver that could bring up to 8 inches of snow and 60 mph wind gusts.

TRUMP-BORDER SECURITY

WASHINGTON _ The White House and Republican senators sought compromise on limiting presidents’ powers to unilaterally declare national emergencies, as chances improved that President Donald Trump might avoid a long-expected rejection by Congress of his effort to divert billions more for building barriers along the Mexican border. By Alan Fram and Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 840 words. UPCOMING: Development likely, 890 words by 5 p.m. EST, photos.

EXCHANGE-ON THE BORDER

SUNLAND PARK, N.M. _ Border Patrol Agent Joe Romero looks across into Anapra, Mexico, his gaze fixed on a woman and two children walking with determination past Monument One, an official border marker for the spot where New Mexico, Texas and Chihuahua converge. “If you don’t mind turning yourself in, this is a great place to do it and easy way to do it,” Romero tells the Albuquerque Journal of the stretch at Sunland Park that has become a busy crossing point for Central American families. By Angela Kocherga, Albuquerque Journal. UPCOMING: 1,950 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ LEGISLATURE-NEW MEXICO: The New Mexico Legislature is sending a bill to the governor that would ban contests to see who can shoot and kill the most coyotes.

_ POPULAR VOTE-NEW MEXICO: The state Senate has voted for New Mexico to join a growing list of states pushing to elect the president of the United States according to the national popular vote.

_ GUN CONTROL-NEW MEXICO: A New Mexico measure to keep people from possessing a firearm if they are under permanent protective orders for domestic violence is headed to the House floor.

_ FILM INCENTIVES-NEW MEXICO: The state Senate has endorsed a bill that would more than double New Mexico’s annual payout to the film industry through tax rebates and address a backlog in payments.

_ ALBUQUERQUE-TRIBES: Albuquerque officials say a new ordinance will require a city board to consult with tribes on any matters that might affect them.

_ BABY SHOT IN FACE: A man facing child abuse charges after a 3-year-old boy allegedly shot his 8-month-old sister in a New Mexico motel has been arrested again.

SPORTS:

FBN--FREE AGENCY

While the free agency spending frenzy runs wild, the Giants and Browns found a way to overshadow it: a trade of Odell Beckham Jr. Not to be outdone, however, the Jets got the guy at the top of their free agency list, agreeing with former Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell on a deal early Wednesday morning. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

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