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

August 3, 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

MINE WASTE SPILL-DAMAGES

DENVER — A year after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency promised to reconsider its decision not to reimburse hundreds of millions of dollars in damage claims from a mine spill that the agency caused, nobody has been paid. The EPA said this week it’s still reviewing the claims, but there’s no word on when they’ll finish. By Dan Elliott. UPCOMING: 130 words, then longer version.

BORDER ACTIVISTS

PHOENIX — Arizona clergy are calling activists to gather this weekend at the state’s border with Mexico and leave large bottles of water on remote trails for Central American migrants who continue to cross the desert during the dangerously hot summer. The Sunday gathering organized by faith leaders and local activist groups such as No More Deaths comes just a week after the U.S. Border Patrol detained a group of 95 Central Americans, including at least one infant, in the same general area near the border. By Anita Snow. UPCOMING: 550 words.

ICYMI: IMMIGRATION-SEX ABUSE CHARGES

PHOENIX — Federal authorities allege that a former youth care worker at a Phoenix-area facility for immigrant youths sexually abused eight teenage boys, one of several cases brought to light in recent weeks as thousands of immigrant children remain detained around the country. By Astrid Galvan. SENT: 450 words.

IMMIGRATION-SEPARATED FAMILIES

SAN DIEGO — A federal judge holds a conference call with representatives of the Trump administration and American Civil Liberties Union on how to reunite still-separated families who were split apart at the U.S.-Mexico border, including hundreds of children whose parents were deported. UPCOMING: 130 words, then longer version. Developing from 1 p.m. PDT conference call.

ALSO:

— GAMBLING REVENUES: New Mexico Lottery ticket sales jumped nearly 6 percent in the 2018 fiscal year as the lottery bounced back from its worst year since 2001.

— SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-NEW MEXICO: A New Mexico state lawmaker who recently lost in the Democratic primary amid a sexual harassment investigation says he won’t resign. And State Rep. Carl Trujillo says he may even run for office again.

— SUNSHINE GROUP-DIRECTOR: A public relations specialist who used to work as a journalist has been selected as the next executive director of the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government.

SPORTS:

BBO--NOW PITCHING

DENVER — Third baseman Pablo Sandoval made his debut on the mound this season. So have infielders Jose Reyes and Anthony Rizzo. The use of position players has become an increasing trend in baseball this season, especially in blowouts to save wear and tear on the bullpen. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by 6 p.m. EDT.

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