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BC-NM--New Mexico News Digest, NM

September 6, 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

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TOP STORIES:

RIO GRANDE TRAIL

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Hikers are embarking on a 500-mile expedition that will traverse New Mexico from end to end to chart out the best route and identify what challenges might lay ahead as the state moves closer to establishing the Rio Grande Trail. Following in the footsteps of other western states, New Mexico is looking to capitalize on its vistas and mild weather with the creation of a long-distance trail that runs along one of North America’s longest rivers. By Susan Montoya. UPCOMING: 450 words.

CARTEL KILLING-FUGITIVE

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — An alleged assassin of the Juarez Cartel has been extradited from Mexico to Albuquerque in connection with a 2008 brutal slaying of a 53-year-old man. The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office announced Wednesday that Jaime Veleta Jr. recently was extradited to New Mexico for his role in the death of Danny Baca. By Russell Contreras. UPCOMING: 250 words.

CLERGY ABUSE-NEW MEXICO

LAS CRUCES, N.M. — The New Mexico attorney general’s office wants Roman Catholic church officials around the state to allow it to review personnel records for any material that might be related to past or present allegations of sexual abuse. The Diocese of Las Cruces said Wednesday it had received a letter from the office requesting the review and will cooperate. Letters were also sent to the Santa Fe Archdiocese and the diocese in Gallup. SENT: 450 words.

IN BRIEF:

—GOVERNOR’S RACE-NEW MEXICO-NAVAJO: Navajo candidates endorse Lujan Grisham for New Mexico governor

—GOVERNOR’S RACE-NEW MEXICO: Conservation group take aim at GOP candidate for governor

—DAY CARE BURGLARY-GOLDFISH KILLING: Police say three boys broke into New Mexico day care, killed goldfish

—HOPI CHAIRMAN-ELIGIBILITY: Judge dismisses second case challenging Hopi chairman’s post

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