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

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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

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

TOP STORIES:

ELECTION 2020-SENATE-NEW MEXICO

SANTA FE, N.M. _ The announcement of an open Senate seat in the 2020 election is sure to touch off political jockeying among emboldened Democrats and a Republican Party that is looking for a new beginning in a firmly blue state. Sen. Tom Udall is not running for re-election. By Morgan Lee. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Longer version.

WHITE SANDS-NATIONAL PARK

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. _ One U.S. senator is not giving up on a proposal that would elevate a vast expanse of shifting white sand dunes in southern New Mexico from a national monument to a national park. By Susan Montoya Bryan. UPCOMING: 130 words, then longer version.

TRUMP-BORDER SECURITY

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is nearing a victory over Democrats as the House tries overriding his first veto, a vote that seems certain to fail and would let stand his declaration of a national emergency at the Mexican border. By Alan Fram. SENT: 560 words. UPCOMING: Update. Vote expected midafternoon EDT.

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_ BORDER SECURITY-PENTAGON: Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has authorized the Army Corps of Engineers to begin planning and building 57 miles of 18-foot-high fencing in Yuma, Arizona, and El Paso, Texas, along the U.S. border with Mexico. SENT: 130 words.

_ MILITARY CONSTRUCTION CUT: Top defense leaders are expected to get a barrage of questions when they face worried lawmakers on Capitol Hill for the first time since the Pentagon spelled out the military construction projects that could lose funding this year to pay for President Donald Trump’s border wall. By Lolita C. Baldor. SENT: 720 words. UPCOMING: Hearing scheduled for 10 a.m. EDT.

MARIJUANA-LEGALIZATION LANDSCAPE

To anyone who figured the path of legalizing recreational marijuana use ran along blue state-red state lines, a sudden setback for pot advocates in New Jersey may show the issue isn’t so black-and-white. By Jennifer Peltz. SENT: 1,200 words, photos, graphic.

IN BRIEF:

_ DYING TREES: A new report says near-record heat and persistent drought in New Mexico wiped out more than 120,000 acres of ponderosa pine, spruce, pinon and other trees last year.

_ NAVAJO NATION JAIL: Navajo Nation officials are in search of funding to replace two deteriorating tribal jails. U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan toured one in Shiprock, New Mexico, last week that has asbestos, lead and mold.

SPORTS:

BBN--ROCKIES-HOMETOWN HURLER

DENVER _ Left-hander Kyle Freeland takes great pride in the success of the Colorado Rockies. That only figures since he grew up in Denver and was a big fan of the team as a kid. He will be the Opening Day starter in Miami on Thursday as he tries to get the Rockies started on the right foot. They are coming off a season in which they made the postseason for a second straight year. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 3 p.m. EDT.

NCAA TOURNAMENT MONEY

An NCAA Tournament upset or at-large bid is like winning the lottery for the smaller conferences in college basketball. They often use it to fund conference-wide initiatives to improve the quality of basketball, giving their teams a better chance to be the next Cinderella team of March Madness. But an exclusive AP analysis of more than $3 billion paid out over more than 20 years shows those windfalls are becoming harder to come by as power conferences hoard tournament revenue. By College Sports Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 1,600 words, photos.

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