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

October 11, 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

DRUG DIVERSION PROGRAM-NEW MEXICO

SANTA FE, N.M. — Some promising results emerge from a pioneering program that allows local police to divert nonviolent drug suspects to addiction treatment and social services rather than arrest and prosecution. Similar diversion programs now are underway 18 communities nationwide, but data on effectiveness still are limited. By Morgan Lee. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Longer version.

NEW MEXICO-RIO GRANDE

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Environmentalists are challenging a court ruling over whether water from the Rio Grande is being used in the most beneficial way as it flows through New Mexico’s most populated region. They say the state’s top water manager needs to do more to reduce use by farmers in the Middle Rio Grande Valley, but irrigation officials say they’re already doing the best they can as years of drought and meager snowpack have strained resources. By Susan Montoya Bryan. UPCOMING: 130 words, then longer version.

BORDER-ABANDONED MIGRANT FAMILIES

PHOENIX — Smugglers in recent weeks have been abandoning large groups of Guatemalan and other Central American migrants in the harsh cactus-studded Sonoran Desert near Arizona’s boundary with Mexico, alarming Border Patrol officials who say the trend is putting hundreds of children and adults at risk. Collectively, more than 1,400 migrants have been found left by smugglers in the broiling desert — or in one case in a drenching thunderstorm — in remote areas of the Arizona-Mexico border since Aug. 20. By Anita Snow. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Longer version, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— ELECTION 2018-GOP GOVERNORS” Republican New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is campaigning for Nevada’s GOP candidate for governor.

—PAGEANT DIRECTOR-RAID: Court documents show the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office has raided the home of the New Mexico beauty pageant’s former executive director.

SPORTS

NLCS PREVIEW

MILWAUKEE — Build an early lead. Get five good innings, maybe, out of the starter. Turn it over to the ’pen. The Milwaukee Brewers used that formula to cruise into the NLCS on an 11-game winning streak. The Dodgers and their strong starting rotation will try to put that to an end. By Genaro C. Armas. Upcoming: 750 words, photos by 6 p.m. CTD.

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