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BC-NM--New Mexico Coverage Advisory, NM

February 21, 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

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TOP STORIES:

OILFIELD ENFORCEMENT-NEW MEXICO

SANTA FE, N.M. _ New Mexico oilfield regulators would recover the authority to directly levy civil fines against well operators under proposed legislation backed by the administration of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. Initial committee deliberations were scheduled Thursday. By Morgan Lee. UPCOMING: 130 words, then longer version.

IMMIGRATION-SEPARATING FAMILIES

Months after the Trump administration announced an end to its widescale separation of migrant parents and children, the policy remains a heated issue in the courts and at the border as critics contend the government is still needlessly breaking up immigrant families. By Nomaan Merchant. SENT 829 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ OIL BOOM-LEASE SALE: The State Land Office says this month’s oil and natural gas lease sale has netted more than $35 million.

_ OIL BOOM-PROTESTS: Thousands of protests have been lodged with U.S. land managers in opposition of next month’s oil and natural gas lease sale despite a decision to remove from the offering several parcels near a national park in northwestern New Mexico.

_ RAILWAY INVESTMENT: BNSF Railway plans to invest $80 million in New Mexico this year.

SPORTS:

COLUMN: BBO--TIM DAHLBERG-BASEBALL MONEY

Manny Machado’s new $300 million contract put a stop _ at least temporarily _ to a growing chorus of player complaints that major league teams were conspiring to do deep damage to the free agent market. It did nothing, however, to change the new reality of baseball. And that’s something players should be worrying about between now and 2021, when the current collective bargaining agreement expires and the threat of labor action looms. By Sports Columnist Tim Dahlberg. SENT: 710 words.

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