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BC-NM--New Mexico Coverage Advisory, NM

January 9, 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

NEW MEXICO-WATER POLICY

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — New Mexico lawmakers are expected to consider legislation that would change the way appointments are made to a powerful commission charged with protecting, conserving and developing water resources across the arid state. By Susan Montoya Bryan. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Longer version.

MORMON CHURCH-SEXUAL ABUSE

Another member of the Navajo Nation is suing the Mormon Church, alleging he was abused in a now-defunct program that sent children into foster care. Unlike similar lawsuits, the complaint filed in tribal court doesn’t seek changes to church policy. It seeks unspecified monetary damages for decades of emotional harm. By Felicia Fonseca. UPCOMING: 500 words.

BORDER WALL-EMINENT DOMAIN

To get a glimpse of how a $5 billion wall will affect people on the border, the Rio Grande Valley in Texas has several places where the government has crews out doing land surveying and drilling on residents’ property for wall construction that has already been funded. One vulnerable location is a historic 19th century Catholic church that could be in jeopardy because it’s located where a wall will be built. By Nomaan Merchant. UPCOMING: 800 words, with photos, video.

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-STATES

OKLAHOMA CITY _ The partial government shutdown is forcing some states to delay approving some new road and bridge construction projects, yet another fallout from the stoppage that has dragged on for nearly three weeks. UPCOMING: 700 words, with photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ NAVAJO-MEDICAL EXAMINER: The Navajo Nation is establishing its first medical examiner’s office.

_ DOLORES HUERTA CHARTER SCHOOL: A New Mexico charter school named after civil rights leader Dolores Huerta is facing closure over poor performance.

_ LOS ALAMOS LAB-CONTRACT: The U.S. Energy Department says a contractor responsible for guiding cleanup work at one of the nation’s premier national laboratories has earned more than $2.4 million for its work.

_ OIL ROYALTIES-NEW MEXICO: New Mexico Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard says she is working on a bill with state lawmakers to allow higher royalty rates for oil and natural gas production on state trust land.

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