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BC-NM--New Mexico Coverage Advisory, NM

December 31, 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

GOVERNOR INAUGURATION-NEW MEXICO

SANTA FE, N.M. _ New Mexico is celebrating the transition to a newly elected governor with New Year’s Eve galas in the state’s capital city. Democratic New Mexico Gov.-elect Michelle Lujan Grisham is scheduled to attend ballroom celebrations Monday at a luxury hotel and the Santa Fe Convention Center. By Morgan Lee. SENT: 150 words. UPCOMING: Developing. AP photos planned.

NEW MEXICO GOVERNOR-CABINET

SANTA FE, N.M. _ Gov.-elect Michelle Lujan. Grisham is expected to announce a final round of cabinet appointments as she prepares to take over New Mexico’s top executive post. Still pending are decisions about key agencies that oversee public education, public safety and the environment. By Morgan Lee. UPCOMING: 450 words, photos.

STATE LEGISLATURES-2019

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Big-dollar decisions about health care and education will top the agenda in many state capitols as lawmakers convene for their 2019 sessions with a closer balance between Republicans and Democrats. Governors and lawmakers in Colorado, Kansas and New Mexico are among others considering a funding boost for schools. By David A. Lieb. SENT: 1,500 words, photos.

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-TRUMP DEMOCRATS

WASHINGTON — Nancy Pelosi often quotes Abraham Lincoln saying public sentiment is everything. It’s a theory that will be put to the test when the new House Democratic majority gavels in this week and votes to end the government shutdown without money for President Donald Trump’s border wall with Mexico. By Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 1,110 words, photos.

CHILD DEAD-BORDER

YALAMBOJOCH, Guatemala — White flowers and flickering candles sat atop a low table inside the simple wooden home in remote, rural Guatemala. Nearby was a small pair of rubber boots, sized to fit an 8-year-old. Taped to the wall were three photos, a simple epitaph for the boy whose memory the makeshift altar honored: “Felipe Gomez Alonzo. Died Dec. 24 2018 in New Mexico, United States.” By Sonia Perez D. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_FLU-NEW MEXICO: The latest figures from New Mexico health officials show the death of an 8-year-old Guatemalan boy while in U.S. custody followed a spike in overall flu numbers in the state.

_NUKE REPOSITORY: New Mexico environmental regulators have approved a permit change that could ultimately allow for more waste to be placed at the U.S. government’s only underground nuclear waste repository.

SPORTS:

FBN--DENVER’S DROUGHT

DENVER — The Denver Broncos were saddled by bad play-calling and riddled with injuries in 2018. The result was a third straight season without a playoff berth. The primary culprit was a feeble offense that averaged 20 points a game, 10 fewer than Broncos star cornerback Chris Harris Jr. predicated back in August. By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. UPCOMING: 860 words, photos.

FBC--SUN BOWL PREVIEW — Stanford (8-4) vs. Pittsburgh (7-6) in El Paso, Texas. SENT: 740 words, photos. With capsule.

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