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AP-NM--New Mexico Coverage Advisory, NM

December 4, 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

BORDER-IMMIGRANT SHELTERS

LAS CRUCES — Volunteer shelters along the U.S.-Mexico border say they are preparing for an expected surged of new immigrants seeking asylum in the U.S. who will need temporary housing. By Russell Contreras. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.

With:

— HONDURAS-US-A MOTHER’S WAIT: Eight years ago, Wilmer Gerardo Nunez left Honduras for the United States, only to disappear in Mexico, leaving his anguished mother in limbo. Almost 4,000 migrants have died or gone missing along that route in the past four years alone, the Associated Press has found in an exclusive tally. Their plight is part of the hidden toll of migration worldwide. By Maria Verza. SENT: 2,530 words, photos, video.

CLERGY ABUSE-NEW MEXICO

ALBQUERQUE — The largest Catholic diocese in New Mexico has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, saying it had reached a tipping point after spending some $52 million of church funds and insurance money to settle hundreds of clergy sex abuse claims. Archbishop John Wester acknowledged there will likely be more claims filed and the church was at risk of not being able to compensate victims. UPCOMING: 130 words, then longer version.

IN BRIEF:

— DEFAMATION LAWSUIT-NEW MEXICO: New Mexico Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn has reached a settlement agreement with Garrett VeneKlasen in a defamation lawsuit over 2017 political attack ads.

— ELECTION 2018-NEW MEXICO: A Republican who lost a closely watched U.S. House race in southern New Mexico has begun inspecting absentee ballots from a key county.

SPORTS:

BKC--NEW MEXICO-NEW MEXICO STATE

LAS CRUCES, N.M. — New Mexico plays New Mexico State at Pan American Center.

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