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

October 2, 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

SPACEPORT-NEW MEXICO

SANTA FE, N.M. — The CEO of New Mexico’s spacecraft launch facility expects tenant Virgin Galactic could begin carrying tourists into the low reaches of space as soon as early next year. Dan Hicks is seeking another boost in state taxpayer support for the launch pad and runway in southern New Mexico. By Morgan Lee. UPCOMING: 130 words, then longer version.

CLERGY SEX ABUSE

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A lawyer for a former New Mexico priest who fled the U.S. decades ago amid allegations of child sex abuse wants his client out of federal prison and sent to a halfway house under strict guidelines pending his trial. By Russell Contreras. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 350 words, photo.

NEW MEXICO-HR CUTS

SANTA FE, N.M. — The state of New Mexico plans to cut full-time jobs in human resources across state government by more than 30 percent. UPCOMING: 300 words.

CONSERVATION FUND

WASHINGTON — A popular program that supports conservation and outdoor recreation projects across the country expired after Congress could not agree on language to extend it. By Matthew Daly. SENT: 630 words, photos. UPCOMING: Updates developing from morning hearing.

IN BRIEF:

— SANTA FE-ENROLLMENT: Santa Fe Community College is reporting a more than 5 percent drop in enrollment. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that decrease means the school lost nearly 300 students this semester.

— NEW MEXICO SUPREME COURT: State judicial branch officials are seeking applications to the state’s highest court ahead of January. Sergio Pareja, the chair of the Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission, issued a call in a statement Monday.

SPORTS

BBN--NL WILD CARD

CHICAGO — Manager Joe Maddon and the Chicago Cubs insist they still have plenty left to make another deep run in the postseason. What they don’t have is room for error. The Cubs will host the Colorado Rockies in the wild-card game on Tuesday after both teams lost tiebreaker games for their division championships. By Andrew Seligman. SENT: 725 words, photos. Game starts 8:09 p.m. EDT.

BBN--THE COORS EFFECT

DENVER — The Colorado Rockies wouldn’t mind a little altitude adjustment when it comes to conventional thinking at Coors Field. As it stands, sometimes they feel like hitters get penalized for hitting at higher elevation half the time and the pitchers don’t get rewarded highly enough. That could explain why they’re thin on MVP winners in their history and light on Cy Young candidates. By Pat Graham. SENT: 810 words, photos.

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