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

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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

RIO GRANDE-NATIVE FISH

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. _ With conditions along the Rio Grande improving this spring, students are preparing Thursday to release more native fish into the river as part of ongoing conservation efforts. This follows a year in which the endangered silvery minnow population tanked and the river nearly went dry through Albuquerque. By Susan Montoya Bryan. UPCOMING: 130 words, then longer version.

ONLY ON AP: CAR-SHARING REGULATION

PHOENIX _ Car-sharing apps that let people rent out their vehicles to strangers are growing in popularity in the U.S. But the people who rent cars through apps like Turo and GetAround don’t pay the taxes and surcharges that local governments and airports tack onto traditional rental cars. That’s made them a target for rental car companies, airport authorities and others who say the upstart apps should face the same taxes and fees that come with rental cars. By Jonathan J. Cooper. SENT: 1,230 words, photos, video.

IN BRIEF:

_ XCEL ENERGY-ROSWELL GRID: A utility that serves customers across eastern New Mexico is close to completing a multiyear project aimed at improving the reliability and capacity of Roswell’s power grid.

_ GILA FOREST-VANDALISM: Officials with the Gila National Forest are investigating vandalism at prehistoric rock art sites within the boundaries of the southern New Mexico forest.

_ UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO-UNION: Professors at New Mexico’s largest university will head to the polls next fall to vote on whether to form a faculty union.

SPORTS

BBN--ROCKIES-BREWERS

MILWAUKEE _ The Colorado Rockies go for a series split against the Milwaukee Brewers. The Rockies ended a three-game losing streak with their 11-4 win Wednesday. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 1:10 p.m. EDT.

RETAIL-SPORTSBOOKS

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. _ With so much of the nascent U.S. sports betting market being done online or via smartphones, it would seem that investing millions of dollars in elaborate sportsbooks located inside casinos or racetracks might be money better spent elsewhere. But gambling companies are opening or expanding physical sportsbooks in the eight states where sports betting is newly legal, saying these facilities help generate crossover spending at slot machines, table games, food and beverage and even hotel stays, not to mention creating new jobs. By Wayne Parry. UPCOMING: 130 words, then longer version.

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