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BC-NM--New Mexico News Digest , NM

March 9, 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

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TOP STORIES:

ICYMI: GUN CONTROL -NEW MEXICO

SANTA FE, N.M. _ Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed a bill to drastically expand mandatory background checks on firearms sales in New Mexico, as she shot down opposition against the measure and other proposed gun reforms as being part of a national “misinformation campaign.” SENT: 480 words.

FORMER LAWMAKERS-LOBBYISTS

SANTA FE, N.M. _ Some former New Mexico lawmakers and public officials are lobbying the New Mexico Legislature this session even though they’ve been out of office less than a few months. SENT: 610 words, photos.

ICYMI: MINMUM WAGE-NEW MEXICO

SANTA FE, N.M. — The state Senate endorsed Friday an increase to the statewide minimum wage from $7.50 an hour to $11 over the next three years without additional raises. By Morgan Lee. SENT: 360 words.

WILD HORSE PASTURES

CHEYENNE, Wyo. _ The U.S. government is seeking more pastures for thousands of wild horses that have overpopulated Western ranges. Landowners interested in hosting large numbers of rounded-up wild horses on their property can now apply with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. By Mead Gruver. SENT: 840 words, photos.

SEPARATING FAMILIES

SAN DIEGO — A federal judge who ordered that more than 2,700 children be reunited with their parents on Friday expanded his authority to potentially thousands more children who were separated at the border earlier during the Trump administration. By Elliot Spagat. SENT: 760 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ NEW MEXICO-DISCLOSURE: The New Mexico Supreme Court has turned away Republican legislators’ lawsuit challenging Democratic Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver’s move to require more disclosure of contributors to so-called dark money organizations that spend on political campaigns.

_ ALBUQUERQUE-AUSTIN FLIGHTS: Southwest Airlines is expanding service between New Mexico’s largest city and Austin, Texas.

_ ENDANGERED WOLVES-EXHIBIT: The Mexican gray wolf is the focus of a new exhibition at the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology at the University of New Mexico

SPORTS:

BKC--NEW MEXICO-WYOMING

LARAMIE, Wyo. _ New Mexico plays Wyoming at Arena-Auditorium.

BKC--CALIFORNIA BAPTIST-NEW MEXICO STATE

LAS CRUCES, N.M. _

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