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AP-NM--New Mexico News Digest, NM

July 7, 2018

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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

TOP STORIES:

OBIT-BRADFORD SMITH

NEW YORK — Bradford Smith, a NASA astronomer who interpreted the stunning images beamed back from Voyager missions, has died at his home in New Mexico. Smith headed the NASA team that interpreted pictures taken by Voyager space probes in 1977 as they passed Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune and presented them to the public. By Bernard Condon. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Longer version.

NM-RACINO LICENSE

CLOVIS, N.M. — Supporters of an effort to bring New Mexico’s sixth and final license for a horse racing track and casino to Clovis say such a business venture would bring with it jobs and boost the quality of life in the eastern New Mexico community. There is also interest in taking the license to Tucumcari, Raton, Deming and Las Cruces. UPCOMING: 350 words.

IMMIGRATION-SEPARATING FAMILIES

PHOENIX — The 1-year-old boy in a green button-up shirt drank milk from a bottle, played with a small purple ball that lit up when it hit the ground and occasionally asked for “agua.” Then it was the child’s turn for his court appearance before a Phoenix immigration judge, who could hardly contain his unease with the situation during the portion of the hearing where he asks immigrant defendants whether they understand the proceedings. By Astrid Galvan. SENT: 1,220 words, photos.

With:

— AP EXPLAINS-IMMIGRATION PROTEST: Throughout U.S. history, critics of federal immigration authorities have sought reforms or abolition in response to new laws and changing federal policies some deemed discriminatory. By Russell Contreras. SENT: 1,090 words, photos.

WESTERN WILDFIRES

GOLETA, Calif. — Firefighters battling wildfires throughout the U.S. West that have torched hundreds of homes got some help from the weather Saturday, even as they tallied damage from new fires that erupted amid a Southern California heat wave. SENT: 980 words, video, photos.

ALSO:

— GALLUP-BODIES FOUND: Two dead bodies found inside a Gallup home have been identified as a 38-year-old former newspaper reporter and her 62-year-old husband, who had died in 2016.

SPORTS:

BBO--ROCKIES-MARINERS

SEATTLE — Winners of four straight, the Colorado Rockies continue their interleague series with the Seattle Mariners on Saturday. James Paxton starts for Seattle trying to improve to 9-2 on the season. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 1:10 p.m. PDT

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