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

September 26, 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

GUNS-STATE LEGISLATURES-NEW MEXICO

SANTA FE, N.M. — Gubernatorial candidates in New Mexico are offering starkly different stances on issues of gun control and school safety in a state where the Democrat-led Legislature has been reticent to expand background checks and other restrictions. The election again puts the state at the forefront of a proxy battle between major national groups on gun issues. By Morgan Lee. UPCOMING: 130 words, longer version.

GUNS-STATE LEGISLATURES

A 50-state AP analysis of all gun legislation passed this year in state legislatures finds the back-to-back shooting tragedies in Las Vegas and Parkland, Fla., were not the legislative turning point gun-control supporters had hoped they would be. By Ryan J. Foley. SENT: 1,930 words, photos. Moved in advance.

With:

— GUNS-STATE LEGISLATURES-BUMP STOCKS: Even President Donald Trump promised to ban bump stock devices after last year’s massacre in Las Vegas, the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. The federal government has failed to do since then, and action by the states has been only sporadic. The devices allow AR-style weapons to mimic fully automatic fire and were little known before being employed by the Las Vegas gunman. By Lisa Marie Pane. SENT: 440 words, photo. Moved in advance.

CHILD CARE LAWSUIT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Single mothers are among those suing New Mexico, claiming the state’s child welfare agency is using vague and illegal regulations to deny child care assistance to thousands of low-income families without due process. The women are part of a class-action lawsuit filed Tuesday in state district court by the nonprofit organization OLE and the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty. By Susan Montoya Bryan. UPCOMING: 130 words, longer version. Developing from 9 a.m. MDT news conference.

BORDER PATROL-CHIEF

WASHINGTON — U.S. Border Patrol Chief Carla Provost says she hopes she can inspire other women to sign up with the agency, which has just one female agent for every 20 men. “If you’re a woman in law enforcement, I don’t care where you’re at, you’re a minority,” Provost told The Associated Press in an interview. By Colleen Long. SENT: 780 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— EL MALPAIS-BAT FUNGUS: Test results indicate the presence of a fungus that has been linked to a disease lethal to bats in cave soil at El Malpais National Monument.

— SPACEPORT-NEW MEXICOL New Mexico’s spaceport for vertical rocket and runway launches is asking for a 72 percent increase in funding from the state’s general fund for the coming fiscal year.

— CLERGY SEX ABUSE-PRAYERS: The Sisters’ Council of the Diocese of Gallup is planning weekly prayer gatherings in response to the ongoing sex abuse scandal within the Catholic Church.

— NAVAJO TECH-JOB TRAINING: More than $1 million is being awarded to Navajo Technical University to build a training center to help displaced workers from the energy sector develop new skills.

MEMBER EXCHANGE:

CARLSBAD, N.M. — Industries came and went. People moved in, moved out. But southern Eddy County, New Mexico always remained, despite the struggles brought on by the region’s fluctuations in weather and development. By Adrian C. Hedden, Carlsbad Current Argus. SENT: 1,420 words.

SPORTS

BBN--PHILLIES-ROCKIES

DENVER — The playoff-chasing Colorado Rockies will send right-hander German Marquez and his blazing fastball to the mound Wednesday night for the third game of a four-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game time is 8:40 p.m. EDT.

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