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BC-NM--New Mexico News Digest, NM

March 2, 2019

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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

LEGISLATURE-NEW MEXICO

SANTA FE, N.M. _ A sweeping tax overhaul has won the approval of the New Mexico House of Representatives, but not without stirring up a lengthy debate about how to jump start a state that has long struggled with poverty, educational outcomes and economic development. The House passed the measure late Friday on a 40-25 vote. Democrats say the measure will help lessen the state’s reliance on the oil and gas sector, but Republicans say it will have negative effects for all New Mexico taxpayers. By Morgan Lee and Susan Montoya Bryan. UPCOMING: 680 words.

With:

_ DEATH AND DISAPPEARANCE-LEGISLATION: The New Mexico Senate has voted unanimously in support of creating a task force to study how the state should address the deaths and disappearances of Native American women.

RIGHT TO DIE-NEW MEXICO

SANTA FE, N.M. _ Civil rights leader Dolores Huerta is joining a push in New Mexico, Nevada, New Jersey and New York to legalize medically assisted suicide for terminally ill patients. By Russell Contreras. SENT: 360 words, photos.

SPORTS BETTING-ON THE SIDELINES

By year’s end, it’s possible that roughly 20 states will have taken advantage of a recent Supreme Court ruling and legalized sports betting. The nation’s three most populous states are not likely to be among them. By Geoff Mulvihill. SENT: 1,210 words, photos.

SANCTUARY CITIES-GRANTS

MONTPELIER, Vt. — About 18 months after the Trump administration threatened to withhold law enforcement grants from nearly 30 places around the country it felt weren’t doing enough to work with federal immigration agents, all but one have received or been cleared to get the money, the Justice Department said. By Wilson Ring. SENT: 1,030 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ WEATHER RADAR-ALBUQUERQUE: The National Weather Service’s Albuquerque weather radar will be shut down for up to three weeks starting Monday while technicians make hardware upgrades and perform other work that include replacing its pedestal.

_ BORDER ACTIVISTS: Volunteers for a humanitarian group that works in the Arizona border area have been fined $250 each and received 15 months of unsupervised probation.

SPORTS:

BKC--COLORADO STATE-NEW MEXICO

ALBQUERQUE, N.M. _ Colorado State plays New Mexico at Dreamstyle Arena.

BKC--NEW MEXICO STATE-CHICAGO STATE

CHICAGO _ New Mexico State plays Chicago State at Jones Convocation Center.

BKN--PELICANS-NUGGETS

DENVER _ The Denver Nuggets try to rebound from a rare home loss when they host New Orleans on Saturday night. The Pelicans will be playing the second leg of a back-to-back after beating Phoenix. By Michael Kelly. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game time is 9 p.m. ET.

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