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BC-NM--New Mexico Coverage Advisory, NM

January 4, 2019

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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

HISPANIC CENTER-UNCERTAINTY

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. _ The National Hispanic Cultural Center of New Mexico is clouded in uncertainty after incoming Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham asked its popular executive director to resign. By Russell Contreras. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Longer version, photos.

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-NATIONAL PARKS

SALT LAKE CITY _ Nonprofits, businesses and state governments are paying bills and putting in volunteer hours to try and keep iconic national parks in the Western United States open, safe and clean for visitors as the U.S. government shutdown lingers. But it is a makeshift arrangement that hasn’t prevented some parks from closing and others from becoming overrun with trash, and the money and resources will soon run out if the shutdown caused by President Donald Trump’s demand for money to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border continues much longer. By Brady McCombs and John Flesher. UPCOMING: 130 words, then 800 words, photos.

With:

_ GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN: Amid signs of Republican unease over the prolonged partial government shutdown, congressional leaders planned to meet Friday with President Donald Trump after House Democrats muscled through legislation to fund the government but not his border wall. SENT: 740 words. UPCOMING: Developing from 11:30 a.m. EST White House meeting, new approach of 900 words by 3 p.m. EST, photos.

ZINKE-LEGACY

BILLINGS, Mont. _ As former U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke exits Washington amid a cloud of unresolved investigations and criticism of his actions favoring industry, he told The Associated Press that he has lived up to the conservation ideals of Teddy Roosevelt and insisted that the myriad allegations against him will be proven untrue. By Matthew Brown. SENT: 970 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ MINIMUM WAGE INCREASE: The minimum wage in New Mexico’ Bernalillo County has increased for workers whose jobs lie beyond limits of a municipality.

_ ENDANGERED WOLVES-GRANTS: PHOENIX _ Arizona ranchers can now apply for grants as part of an effort to research measures that could prevent conflicts between livestock and Mexican gray wolves.

SPORTS:

FBN--AFC PLAYOFF PICTURE

For the first time in a decade the AFC’s top seed isn’t led by Tom Brady or Peyton Manning. This time it’s second-year sensation and first-year starter Patrick Mahomes who led the Kansas City Chiefs to the No. 1 seed, their first since 1997. The Patriots have their usual first-round bye and the other four playoff teams are newcomers. By Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 1,490 words, photos.

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