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BC-NM--New Mexico News Digest, NM

December 25, 2018

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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

CHILD DEAD-BORDER

HOUSTON _ An 8-year-old boy from Guatemala died in government custody early Tuesday, U.S. immigration authorities said, marking the second death of an immigrant child in detention this month. U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a news release that the boy died shortly after midnight Tuesday. By Nomaan Merchant. DEVELOPING. SENT: 400 words.

BILIINGUAL CHILDREN’S BOOK-NEW MEXICO

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. _ Celebrated New Mexico author Rudolfo Anaya has teamed up with the street-savvy muralist known as El Moises to craft a bilingual children’s book about the harrowing adventure of a little owl who skipped school. Anaya achieved lasting literary fame with the novel “Bless Me, Ultima” in 1972. The new children’s book is chocked full of Hispanic idiom and imagery from northern New Mexico. By Morgan Lee. SENT: 600 words with photos.

FOREST-DEAD TREES

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. _ Aerial surveys of national forests in Arizona and New Mexico show large swaths of dead trees following an unusually dry winter that aided pests such as bark beetles. Arizona saw its largest uptick in tree mortality since the early 2000s when about 1.7 million acres were affected. New Mexico saw a similar pattern, though surveys done earlier this year don’t account for an expected loss of pinon trees. By Felicia Fonseca. SENT: 650 words with photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ EPA PERMIT-FOUR CORNERS POWER PLANT: EPA pulls permit for Four Corners plant to study concerns

_ NEW MEXICO HEMP PRODUCTION: New Mexico cannabis company expands to include hemp

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