AP-NM--New Mexico News Digest Update, NM
Feb. 25, 2015
Good evening. 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 Susan Montoya Bryan at 505-822-9022 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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BEYOND BREAKING BAD
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Two years after the last "Breaking Bad" episode aired, film and television production in New Mexico is showing no signs of slowing down. AMC's "Better Call Saul," a Breaking Bad prequel, just wrapped up and NBC's "The Night Shift" is filming for its second season in Albuquerque. A new Adam Sandler western production is set to begin and the state film office is set to announce a major movie production. By Russell Contreras. AP Photos. UPCOMING: 450 words. 2 p.m.
SANTA FE, N.M. — A New Mexico House committee is set to discuss a measure aimed at regulating ride-booking companies like Uber and Lyft. The House Transportation and Public Works Committee is scheduled Thursday to discuss a proposal that would require such services to provide insurance and conduct rigorous background checks on drivers. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words after 8:30 a.m. meeting.
SANTA FE, N.M. — A New Mexico House panel is scheduled to debate a proposal that would ban the use of solitary confinement on juveniles and inmates suffering from mental illness. The House Safety and Civil Affairs Committee is set Thursday to discuss a measure that would also limit solitary confinement to no more than consecutive 15 days and no more than 60 days a year. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.
XGR-RIGHT TO WORK
SANTA FE, N.M. — The New Mexico House of Representatives is scheduled to consider a revamped right-to-work bill that tacks on an increase in the minimum wage from $7.50 to $8 an hour. The Republican-sponsored bill prohibits requiring workers to join a union or to pay dues as a condition of employment and applies to both public and private sectors. By Vik Jolly. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words after floor vote.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. —After a heated meeting and charges of holding an illegal hearing, New Mexico regulators tabled a decision Wednesday to allow ride-booking service Lyft to operate in the state while lawmakers debate the future of such companies. The Public Regulation Commission voted not to issue a ruling on San Francisco-based Lyft's request to function in the New Mexico — at least until new legislation is passed — amid confusion over current state laws. By Russell Contreras. SENT: 400 words.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A New Mexico man allegedly kept in filthy solitary confinement conditions and reportedly denied proper health care while in jail has settled his federal lawsuit for $2.9 million, according to court documents. Matthew Coyte, the attorney for Gonzales, said his client suffered from mental illness and was not given proper treatment while in an Otero County isolated cell. Gonzales also was forced to use the restroom in a small drainage space in front of guards who watched him, Coyte said. By Russell Contreras. SENT: 400 words.
XGR-CHILD PROTECTION BILLS
SANTA FE, N.M. — The hot-button issues of abortion, right-to-work and driver's licenses for people suspected of being in the country illegally have led to a string of largely party-line votes during the first half of what has been a rancorous legislative session. But Republicans and Democrats in New Mexico have been able to find common ground on at least one key issue: keeping children safe and cracking down on those who hurt them. By Vik Jolly. SENT: 600 words.
EAGLE DEATH-NEVADA WIND FARM
RENO, Nev. —The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has confirmed another golden eagle has been killed at a Nevada wind farm near the Utah line, and conservationists are demanding federal regulators do something about it. Fish and Wildlife Service spokesman Dan Balduini said Wednesday he couldn't speculate about how the agency might respond after the second golden eagle in three years was found dead Feb. 9 at Spring Valley Wind Energy. By Scott Sonner. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words.
WASHINGTON — Spending for the Homeland Security Department expires Friday at midnight if Congress doesn't act before then. With lawmakers at loggerheads over immigration provisions in the agency's annual funding bill, it's not certain how the Capitol Hill stalemate will end. By Erica Werner. SENT: 900 words.
SAN JOSE, Calif. — The Obama administration announced a visa rule revision that will let spouses of some highly skilled immigrants apply to work in the United States starting this year. Leon Rodriguez, director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, said the change will encourage more highly skilled workers to come to the United States on H-1B visas and apply for green cards to stay here. He said attracting those workers — and their spouses — will give a boost to America's economy. By Martha Mendoza and Amy Taxin.
HEALTH OVERHAUL-RISKY POLITICS
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court case over the federal subsidies that help millions of Americans afford health coverage under Obama's health care law poses risks to both political parties. By Alan Fram. SENT: 840 words, photo.
MEXICO CITY — President Enrique Pena Nieto on Tuesday proposed a reform that would allow some foreign agents to carry arms inside Mexico, a significant change in a country that has historically said the practice would violate its sovereignty. The bill, sent to Mexico's Senate, would allow foreign customs and migration agents to carry guns in previously established zones. The main beneficiary would be the United States, which shares a long border with Mexico. SENT: 250 words.
— CONTRACTOR-PLEA — A Valencia County contractor faces up to nine years in prison when he is sentenced on guilty pleas to criminal charges in a real estate scheme.
— WINTER WEATHER — Parts of New Mexico are expected to get two more rounds of snow during the rest of the week, with heavy snowfall expected across much of the state.
— COACH'S WIFE-SETTLEMENT — A settlement has ended a civil trial in a former high school assistant principal's lawsuit against Janet Neal, wife of University of New Mexico basketball coach Craig Neal.
— ROCKET-PINK CLOUD — Early risers across much of Arizona were treated to a colorful sight — a pink cloud resulting from a NASA rocket launch from an Army installation in southern New Mexico.
— DRUG TRAFFICKING-PLEA — Authorities say the former leader of an Albuquerque-based drug trafficking organization has pleaded guilty to a cocaine charge and money laundering.
— MARIJUANA-FOUR CORNERS— New statistics show that a Four Corners regional narcotics taskforce has seized around six times as much marijuana in 2014 than the previous year.
— FUGITIVE ROUNDUP — Law enforcement authorities in New Mexico say they arrested dozens of violent fugitives in the latest phase of a statewide operation.
— WOMAN KILLED-ARREST — A 50-year-old drifter sought in the killing of a Taos County woman last summer has been arrested at a homeless shelter in Santa Fe.
BBO--MLBPA-CLARK SPRING TOUR
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Union head Tony Clark begins his spring training tour of Cactus League teams in Arizona with a stop at the defending World Series champion San Francisco Giants. UPCOMING: 500 words by 3 p.m. PST, photos planned. By Janie McCauley.
BKC--THE VANISHING LONG 2?
AMES, Iowa — The mid-range jumper used to be a staple of any college basketball team's playbook. The so-called "long 2" isn't as important as it used to be. Teams such as No. 12 Iowa State, Indiana, Notre Dame and Xavier are increasingly passing up jumpers in favor of shots either closer to the rim or beyond the 3-point line. By Luke Meredith. UPCOMING. 800 words, photos by 3 p.m. MT.
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