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

August 22, 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

BUDGET SURPLUS-NEW MEXICO

SANTA FE, N.M. — New Mexico’s state government income is surging amid an oil boom that may give legislators a lot more money to work with as they craft the next annual budget. State budget analysts warn the state’s riches could quickly dissipate if energy prices crash or under an economic recession. By Morgan Lee. UPCOMING: 130 words, then 450 words.

WESTERN ENERGY MARKET

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — New Mexico’s largest electric utility is asking state regulators for approval to join a wholesale trading market that allows participants in several western states to buy and sell energy when needed, saying joining the group could save customers millions of dollars. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power are among others expected to join by 2020 while large utilities in Arizona, Nevada and Utah already are on board. By Susan Montoya Bryan. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos.

CARLSBAD CAVERNS-THREATENED BATS

CARLSBAD, N.M. — The half-million Mexican free-tailed bats that call Carlsbad Caverns National Park home could face the threat of the deadly white nose syndrome. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Longer version.

MISSING STUDENT-IOWA

MONTEZUMA, Iowa — The disappearance of a well-liked college student from America’s heartland had touched many people since she vanished one month ago while out for a run. But the stunning news that a Mexican man living in the U.S. illegally has allegedly confessed to kidnapping and murdering her thrust the case into the middle of the contentious immigration debate and midterm elections. By Ryan Foley. SENT: 1,220 words, photos, video.

ALSO:

— SAN JUAN COLLEGE-HOUSING: A college in the Four Corners region is finalizing a nearly $25 million partnership to build student housing.

— CHILE BLITZ-INSPECTION: LAS CRUCES, N.M. — New Mexico officials have launched a “chile blitz” aimed at spotting fake New Mexico chile.

— WEAPONS CRIMES-SENTENCING: An Albuquerque man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for possession of firearms in connection with drug trafficking crimes.

EXCHANGE GAS STATION ATTENDANT

LAS VEGAS, N.M. — Drive down almost any street in Las Vegas and it’s easy to see remnants of the past. Stop for gas at either of the town’s two full-service gas stations and you can experience a small piece of that past. By Ryan Lowery, Las Vegas Optic: SENT: 650 words.

SPORTS:

FBC--NEW MEXICO PREVIEW

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — New Mexico went into the 2017 season seemingly having turned the corner on a long reconstruction project. That momentum dissipated in the wake of a 3-9 finish that included losing the final seven games. The offseason brought coach Bob Davie’s monthlong suspension coinciding with all of spring practice for reasons that still remain unclear. UPCOMING: 600 words, photo.

BBN--PADRES-ROCKIES.

DENVER — Padres right-hander Jacob Nix will make his third career start and first against the Rockies on Wednesday. Colorado has won eight straight games with right-hander Jon Gray taking the mound. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game time is 8:40 p.m. EDT.

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