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BC-NM--New Mexico News Digest, NM

February 9, 2019

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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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



Since last year’s mass shooting at a Florida high school, states have seen a surge of interest in laws intended to make it easier to disarm people who show signs of being violent or suicidal. Nine states have passed laws over the past year allowing police or family members to seek court orders requiring people who are deemed threatening to surrender their guns, bringing the total to 14 states nationwide. Several more are likely to follow in the months ahead. By Ryan J. Foley. SENT: 1,060 words, photos graphic.


SANTA FE, N.M. _ Snow this winter is helping the peaks above Santa Fe and those dollars are trickling down to town, shop owners say. SENT: 360 words.


WASHINGTON _ Congressional bargainers are working toward a border security deal amid indications that the White House is preparing to accept a bipartisan agreement that would give President Donald Trump a fraction of the money he’s demanded for his proposed southern border wall. By Alan Fram and Andrew Taylor. SENT: 730 words, photos, video.


_ BORDER ARRESTS-NEW MEXICO: U.S. Border Patrol agents have arrested 290 Central Americans who entered the country illegally near a port of entry in a remote area of southwestern New Mexico. SENT: 130 words.

_ BORDER SECURITY-TOWERS: Executives with a Texas company that already uses high-tech towers to monitor 200 miles of unpopulated border in Arizona crossings say they’re eager to expand the technology to Texas, New Mexico and California. Since 2015, Elbit Systems of America has built and operated 55 border towers under a $145 million contract with the federal government. UPCOMING: 300 words. Moving with news and business coding.


_ STATE POLICE OFFICER-FAKE TICKETS: A New Mexico State Police officer assigned to the Alamogordo area is accused of claiming hours he didn’t work and claiming to have written hundreds of fake traffic citations that didn’t exist.

_ TEACHER SHORTAGE: An eastern New Mexico school district continues to be hit with a teacher shortage.

_ BORDER PORT SHOOTING: Authorities say a 21-year-old U.S. citizen shot and wounded by a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer at a port of entry is in critical condition in an Arizona hospital.



RENO, Calif. _ No. 6 Nevada hosts New Mexico, the only team to defeat the Wolfpack this season. . UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 6 p.m. EST.


PHOENIX _ New Mexico State plays Grand Canyon at Grand Canyon University Arena.


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