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BC-NM--New Mexico Coverage Advisory, NM

December 20, 2018

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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

DRY NEW MEXICO

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. _ The irrigation canals are all but dry as farmers along the Rio Grande set in for winter, holding out hope that El Nino will develop and save them from what would otherwise be another dry start to the next growing season. The irrigation district that serves farmers in southern New Mexico already has issued a warning that next year’s allotment could be as little as a few inches of water. By Susan Montoya Bryan. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Longer version.

BABY SHOT IN FACE

GALLUP, N.M. — The screams of a teen caught the attention of Casey Franchot while eating at a Taco Bell. “My baby’s been shot! My baby’s been shot!” Shayanne Nelson yelled while holding an infant in a blood-soaked blanket. The 43-year-old former U.S. Army medic dropped his food and dashed across a highway to investigate. By Russell Contreras. SENT: 760 words, photos.

CIVIL RIGHTS-NATIVE AMERICANS

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. _ A new report by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights finds the federal government has done little to improve the funding for Native American tribes under treaty obligations. The report released Thursday follows up on a 2003 report that called the funding levels a quiet crisis. By Mary Hudetz. UPCOMING: 130 words, then longer version.

TRUMP’S PROMISE

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump’s loyal supporters cried “Build the wall!” throughout his 2016 presidential campaign. Come 2020, they may well still be chanting for Trump to make good on his signature campaign promise as prospects dim for him to deliver on a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. By Zeke Miller and Jill Colvin. SENT: 1,110 words, photos.

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_ TRUMP-BORDER WALL: House Republicans are struggling to pass legislation that would avoid a partial government shutdown threatened at week’s end, with members of the hard-right House Freedom Caucus urging President Donald Trump to insist on money for the border wall with Mexico. By Lisa Mascaro, Matthew Daly and Catherine Lucey. SENT: 720 words. UPCOMING: Updates.

_ TRUMP-BORDER WALL-BACKLASH: President Trump is facing scathing criticism from conservative supporters after backing away from his threat to shut down the government over border wall funding, with some aggressively lobbying the president against signing a short-term deal with no wall dollars. By Zeke Miller And Jill Colvin. SENT: 1,088 words, photo.

SPORTS:

FBN-LINDSAY’S RISE

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. _ No, Phillip Lindsay never once thought he’d become the first undrafted offensive player to make the Pro Bowl, but he hopes his story inspires underdogs everywhere. By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton.

FBC-SIGNING DAY —Zach Harrison choosing to stay home and play for Ohio State and new coach Ryan Day was maybe the most intriguing development of what can now be considered the new signing day. This is year two of the early signing period in college football and just like last year, most of the scholarships have been scooped up. The traditional signing period in early February will mostly be for finishing touches. Alabama has already wrapped up another recruiting title. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 830 words, photos.

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