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BC-NM--New Mexico News Coverage Advisory, NM

May 1, 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

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REFERENDUM PETITIONS-NEW MEXICO

SANTA FE, N.M. _ Self-proclaimed patriot groups have initiated long-shot efforts at overturning progressive new state laws by referendum, to reinstate Columbus Day as a state holiday, rescind wildlife protections and abandon labor-union protections. Permission from election regulators and more than 70,000 verified signatures are needed first. By Morgan Lee. UPCOMING: 130 words, then longer version.

TRIBES-FEDERAL INFRASTRUCTURE

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. _ A group of U.S. lawmakers are calling attention to a government watchdog report that says numerous federal agencies need to consult more with tribes before undertaking or approving major infrastructure projects. The Government Accountability Office began its review of federal agencies following concern three years ago over the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ decision to approve the Dakota Access Pipeline despite the objections of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. By Mary Hudetz. UPCOMING: 400 words. Developing from afternoon news conference.

IN BRIEF:

_ POLICE SHOOTING-VALENCIA COUNTY: The New Mexico State Police is investigating a fatal shooting involving Valencia County sheriff’s deputies.

_ HIGHLANDS UNIVERSITY-PROTEST: A group of students is showing its anger over recent changes to work-study pay at Highlands University.

_ SHOOTING OVER BANANA TOSS: A 15-year-old New Mexico boy is recovering from gunshot wounds after police say a 17-year-old boy shot at his car in retaliation for a banana being thrown.

_ SANTA FE-AIRBNB: New Mexico’s picturesque capital will keep a voluntary collection agreement with short-term lodging rental company Airbnb despite pressure.

_ POLICE OVERTIME-ALBUQUERQUE: Albuquerque’s police chief says the city’s officer overtime system is outdated and “full of loopholes” that many officers used.

_ ALAMOGORDO BURGLARIES-SENTENCE: A man convicted of eight felony charges for his involvement in two criminal cases in Alamogordo has been sentenced to 16 years in prison.

SPORTS

BKN--ROCKIES-BREWERS

MILWAUKEE _ Colorado plays Milwaukee at Miller Park. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.

RAC--SPORTS BETTING RESPONSE

LOUISVILLE, Ky. _ After holding a monopoly on gambling in most of the U.S. for so long, horse racing is now grappling with the challenge of legalized sports betting. Moving to a fixed odds system and making horse’s past performances free to the public are two of the ways the industry could respond and adapt to the changing betting landscape that threatens to further cut into the sport’s popularity. By Stephen Whyno. SENT: 750 words, photos.

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