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BC-NM--New Mexico News Digest, NM

March 23, 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

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TOP STORIES:

NUKE REPOSITORY-ANNIVERSARY

CARLSBAD, N.M. _ In a remote stretch of desert in southeastern New Mexico, the U.S. government set in motion an experiment that would evolve into the United States’ only underground nuclear waste repository. Twenty years and more than 12,330 shipments later, tons of Cold War-era radioactive waste from decades of bomb-making and research have been stashed in the salt caverns that make up the underground facility _ and not without issues. A 2014 radiation leak forced an expensive, nearly three-year closure, and with some areas permanently sealed off, more mining will have to be done to expand capacity. And now, pressure is mounting for it to be a dumping ground for weapons-grade plutonium and other high-level waste. By Susan Montoya Bryan. SENT: 1,130 words, photos.

With:

_ NUKE REPOSITORY-ANNIVERSARY-Q&A. It wasn’t long after the atomic bomb was dropped on Japan and World War II ended that the United States began to realize it had to do something with the waste that was being generated by defense-related nuclear research and bomb-making that would continue through the Cold War — and indefinitely. By Susan Montoya Bryan. SENT: 840 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ ALBUQUERQUE AIRPORT-OUTAGE: Power has been restored at the Albuquerque airport following a lengthy outage Saturday morning that delayed flights and created long wait times for passengers.

_ NEW MEXICO UNEMPLOYMENT: New Mexico’s unemployment rate held steady in February.

_ ENDANGERED WOLVES-DEATHS: Arizona wildlife officials say three endangered Mexican gray wolves, including two in New Mexico, died last month.

_ INDIAN HEALTH SERVICE-FUNDING: The agency responsible for providing federal health services to American Indians has received funding to continue planning for and building facilities in New Mexico and Arizona.

SPORTS:

BKW-NCAA-NEW MEXICO STATE-IOWA STATE

AMES, Iowa _ Third-seeded Iowa State hopes to start a long NCAA Tournament when it hosts the New Mexico State Aggies on Saturday. By Luke Meredith. UPCOMING: Game starts at 5 p.m. CDT.

BKC--NCAA-TOP TALENT

The NCAA Tournament’s 64-team bracket has been cut in half, and from Zion Williamson to Ja Morant to RJ Barrett, no fewer than a dozen potential lottery picks are still in the tournament, only one win away from the Sweet 16. If even half of them make it, they’ll way outshine some classes from recent years. By National Writer Eddie Pells. SENT: 820 words, photos.

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