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BC-NM--New Mexico News Digest retransmission, NM

April 5, 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

NEW LAWS-NEW MEXICO

SANTA FE, N.M. _ New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham approves a raft of legislation on gun control, infrastructure spending and education reforms as a deadline runs out Friday at noon to sign or veto legislation. A glance at the most significant reforms and what was passed over. By Morgan Lee.

ELECTION 2020-HOUSE-NEW MEXICO

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. _ Valerie Plame, a former spy whose identity was leaked to the press by the President George W. Bush Administration, is considering a run for an open U.S. Congressional seat in New Mexico. The former CIA operative said she is meeting with New Mexico residents and will make a decision soon. By Russell Contreras. SENT: 420 words.

HOT PRISON VAN-VERDICT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. _ A former New Mexico inmate’s attorney says he has won a $2 million verdict in a lawsuit accusing two officers of leaving him and others in a prisoner transport van to suffer on a hot summer day in 2013. The decision comes more than three years after Isaha Casias sued the New Mexico Department of Corrections and the officers. By Mary Hudetz. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words.

FEDERAL PLUTONIUM-NEVADA

RENO, NEV. _ Nevada’s demand for the U.S. government to remove weapons-grade plutonium that was secretly trucked to a site north of Las Vegas last year contradicts its claim that moving radioactive material is dangerous, according to lawyers for South Carolina, where the shipment originated. By Scott Sonner. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 560 words.

BORDER SECURITY-WALL

CALEXICO, Calif. _ The White House has touted a two-mile stretch of fencing President Donald Trump is visiting Friday as the first section of his proposed border wall to be built. In reality, the newly fortified structure commemorated with a plaque bearing his name and those of top immigration and homeland security officials was a long-planned replacement for an old barrier. SENT: 650 words, photos.

TRUMP-IMMIGRATION

WASHINGTON _ Abandoning his threat to immediately seal the southern border, President Donald Trump warned instead that he’d slap tariffs on cars coming to the U.S. from Mexico unless the Mexicans do more to stop the flow of migrants and drugs to the U.S. By Jill Colvin. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_CONTINENTAL DIVIDE TRAIL-PERMITS: The state land commissioner has given a coalition the OK to issue hiking and horseback riding permits to access the Continental Divide Trail when it crosses state land.

_SACRED SITES: Members of Congress are gathering in Santa Fe this month to hold a hearing on the impact of oil and gas development on sites that tribes consider sacred.

_BORDER VANDALISM-WARRANTS: Police in West Texas have identified 16 people they say vandalized a museum that celebrates the work of U.S. Border Patrol agents.

_DOG FIGHTING RING-CONVICTIONS: A New Mexico man convicted in New Jersey for his role in a multistate dog fighting operation has been sentenced to four years in prison.

SPORTS:

RAC--SANTA ANITA

ARCADIA, Calif. _ Santa Anita is preparing for its biggest day of racing so far this year Saturday amid continued criticism and calls for the track to be shut down after the deaths of 23 horses in three months. By Racing Writer Beth Harris. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 7 p.m. EDT.

BBN--DODGERS-ROCKIES

DENVER _ After a 3-4 start on the road, the Colorado Rockies play their first game at Coors Field on Friday against the Los Angeles Dodgers. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time is 4:10 p.m. ET.

BKN--BLAZERS-NUGGETS

DENVER _ The Portland Trail Blazers visit the Denver Nuggets. AP photos planned.

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