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BC-NM--New Mexico Coverage Advisory, NM

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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

LEGISLATION-NEW MEXICO

SANTA FE, N.M. _ A bill that reduces penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana and drug paraphernalia has been signed by New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, who on Thursday will decide the fate of scores of other bills, from decreased penalties for marijuana possession to anti-truancy measures, ahead of the Friday noon signing deadline. By Morgan Lee. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Updates.

NEW MEXICO RACINO

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. _ It will be up to a state district judge whether to accept a proposed settlement that will clear the way for regulators to make a decision on New Mexico’s sixth and final license for a horse racetrack and casino. A hearing is scheduled Thursday in Albuquerque. By Susan Montoya Bryan. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Update, then longer version.

BORDER SECURITY-NEW MEXICO

SANTA FE, N.M. _ New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and her Cabinet provide an assessment of security along the state’s border with Mexico and the humanitarian crisis among asylum seekers from Central America. By Morgan Lee. UPCOMING: 130 words, then longer version.

IN BRIEF:

_ MISSING GIRL-BODY FOUND: Authorities say a body tentatively identified as a 4-year-old girl missing since mid-March has found in a creek on the Utah portion of the Navajo Nation.

_ ELECTION 2020-SENATE-NEW MEXICO: U.S. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small of New Mexico says she will not seek the Democratic nomination for an open U.S. Senate seat.

SPORTS:

BKC--NCAA-FINAL FOUR GUIDE

The NCAA Tournament needed a little time to warm up. There were a few upsets, some close games and breakout performances, but not the usual wow factor we expect in the early rounds. Once the bracket hit the Elite Eight, the madness returned to March. And then there were four. SENT: 530 words, photos.

BKN--NBA PLAYOFF PICTURE

Milwaukee is on the brink of clinching the NBA’s best record, and the bottom of the East is a mess. Out in the West, Houston is hard-charging at Denver for the No. 2 seed, Golden State still has some work left to get the No. 1 spot and San Antonio has slipped into eighth going into the final seven days of the regular season. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 890 words, photos.

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