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BC-NM--New Mexico Coverage Advisory, NM

March 15, 2019

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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

LEGISLATURE-NEW MEXICO

SANTA FE, N.M. _ The consequences of sweeping Democratic midterm election victories in New Mexico are coming into focus in the final hours of the annual legislative session as lawmakers hammer out agreements to increase annual spending on public school education by a half-billion dollars after consummating New Mexico’s version of a “Green New Deal” that aims for carbon-free electricity production within a generation. By Morgan Lee. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 130 words, then longer version, photos.

With:

_ VOTER REGISTRATION-NEW MEXICO: A bill that would allow same-day voter registration in New Mexico has been passed by the Legislature and is on its way to the governor.

_ GUN CONTROL-NEW MEXICO: The Legislature has passed a gun control bill aimed at ensuring that people under protective orders for domestic violence relinquish their firearms.

_ MINIMUM WAGE-NEW MEXICO-THE LATEST: The Latest on negotiations to raise New Mexico’s minimum wage (all times local): 10:00 p.m.

_ ICYMI ABORTION-NEW MEXICO: The New Mexico state Senate voted Thursday to uphold the state’s dormant criminal ban on abortion. By Morgan Lee. SENT: 270 words.

STOLEN PAINTING-UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA

PHOENIX _ A painting by Willem de Kooning will be shown at the Arizona museum where it was taken by thieves more than three decades ago. By Terry Tang. UPCOMING: 130 words, then longer version, photo.

TRUMP-BORDER SECURITY

WASHINGTON — In a stunning rebuke, a dozen defecting Republicans joined Senate Democrats to block the national emergency that President Donald Trump declared so he could build his border wall with Mexico. The rejection capped a week of confrontation with the White House as both parties in Congress strained to exert their power in new ways. By Lisa Mascaro, Alan Fram and Catherine Lucey. SENT: 1,220 words, photos, video.

ICYMI: SAGE GROUSE-ENERGY LEASES

BILLINGS, Mont. — The Trump administration is finalizing plans to ease restrictions on oil and gas drilling and other industries that were meant to protect an imperiled bird species that ranges across the American West, federal officials said Thursday. By Matthew Brown. SENT: 600 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

SPORTS:

BKC--BUBBLE WATCH

It’s the time of Championship Week when programs on the NCAA Tournament bubble start to worry about automatic bid thieves. The Mid-American, Pac-12 and Mountain West are all places were an upset or two could send an unexpected team to the Big Dance. That would be bad news for several bubble teams trying to fight their way into the 68-team field. By David Brandt. SENT: 650 words, photos.

HKN--GROWING DIVERSITY

PHILADELPHIA _Hockey was a tough sell for April Johnson. Football is the sport of choice in her North Philadelphia neighborhood and she didn’t want to switch her two boys to another sport, even when she found out it could be free. Now she’s a hockey evangelist, though she still runs into plenty of reluctance from fellow African-American friends and families.. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos, video.

COLLEGE ADMISSIONS-BRIBERY-SPORTS

Not always, but most of the time they compete in nearly empty venues where only friends and family show up to support them. A lot of times no ticket is required and parking is a breeze. The experiences of these tennis players, soccer players, rowers and other athletes in the so-called non-revenue sports are vastly different from those we typically envision when we think of big-time sports. By Eric Olson. UPCOMING: 800 words.

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