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BC-NM--New Mexico News Digest, NM

December 22, 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

NEW MEXICO POPULATION

SANTA FE, N.M. _ New estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau show New Mexico’s headcount remains largely flat while some other states in the western region have among the fastest growing populations in the nation. UPCOMING: 350 words.

TRUMP-BORDER WALL

WASHINGTON — Christmas-season gridlock descended on the nation’s capital Saturday like an unwelcomed present just before the holiday as America’s elected leaders partially closed down the government over their inability to compromise on money for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. By Lisa Mascaro, Mathew Daly and Zeke Miller. SENT: 940 words, photos. UPCOMING: Updates.

With:

_ BC-US SHUTDOWN GLANCE.

_ US-SHUTDOWN IMPACT: The huddled masses are still able to visit the Statue of Liberty. The Grand Canyon is open for business. But, while the star-spangled banner yet waves at Fort McHenry in Baltimore, the gates at the War of 1812 landmark are locked. Tourists trekking to parks and historic sites across the U.S. on Saturday are seeing a mix of impacts from the federal government’s second shutdown in less than a year. By Michael R. Sisak. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos.

_ BC-AZ--SHUTDOWN-SOUTHWEST PARKS: Several national parks that are big tourist draws in the US Southwest remained open Saturday during the federal government shutdown while other parks and monuments locked their gates and doors. SENT: 160 words. UPCOMING: Expanded version.

IN BRIEF:

_ FATAL MOBILE HOME FIRE-ARREST: Sunland Park police have arrested a 30-year-old woman on multiple charges stemming from a mobile home fire in which an 8-year-old girl was killed.

_ WINTER WEATHER-NEW MEXICO: New Mexico is in line for snow, wind and much colder temperatures over the Christmas holiday.

_ NEW MEXICO UNEMPLOYMENT: New Mexico’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate held steady at 4.6 percent in November, unchanged from the previous month but an improvement from 6 percent a year ago.

_ CHEVAL SHEPHERD-THE VOICE: A celebration in Farmington is set for Saturday to welcome the winner of NBC’s “The Voice” back to her hometown.

_ NAVAJO NATION-MEDICAL EXAMINER: Legislation approved by the Navajo Nation Council would create a medical examiner’s department within the tribe’s Division of Public Safety.

SPORTS:

BKN--NUGGETS-CLIPPERS

LOS ANGELES _ The Denver Nuggets visit the Los Angeles Clippers. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Begins 5 p.m. EST.

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