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BC-NM--New Mexico News Digest, NM

December 16, 2018

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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

RAPE KIT-BACKLOG

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. _ Albuquerque police have made inroads into clearing the city’s massive rape kit backlog, with forensic investigators this year testing roughly half _ or nearly 2,900 total _ of those held in the city’s crime lab, city officials said Sunday. SENT: 130 words, UPCOMING: 400 words by 2 p.m.

NEXT GENERATION-GPS

DENVER _ After months of delays, the U.S. Air Force is about to launch the first of a new generation of GPS satellites, designed to be more accurate, secure and versatile. But some of their most highly touted features will not be fully available until 2022 or later because of problems in a companion program to develop a new ground control system for the satellites, government auditors said. By Dan Elliott. SENT: 830 words.

EXCHANGE-GHANA-WATER MINISTRY

HOBBS, N.M. _ When Karli McMurray went to the West African country of Ghana for legal studies in 2009, what she saw was so shocking that it put her life on a new course. The Hobbs native visited an area without clean water and promised the villagers she would do everything in her power to change their lives for the better. By Bob Campbell, Odessa American. SENT IN ADVANCE: 560 words.

IN BRIEF:

_MILITARY COLLEGE TUITION: Tuition is going up for international students at a military junior college in Roswell.

_DEADLY HOUSE FIRE-CAUSE: A state investigator is pointing to arson as the cause of a mobile home fire that killed an 8-year-old girl and critically injured two other children in Sunland Park.

SPORTS:

FBC--T25-AP COACH OF THE YEAR

UNDATED _ Finalists for the AP college football coach of the year are revealed. The winner will be announced Monday. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 200 words, with photos.

FBN--TEXANS BOUNCE BACK

HOUSTON __ The Houston Texans moved closer to clinching the AFC South by bouncing back from last week’s loss with a win over the Jets. Now they’ll try to get banged up players DeAndre Hopkins and Lamar Miller well before visiting the Super Bowl champion Eagles next week. By Kristie Rieken. UPCOMING: 600 words.

_BKC--CENTRAL ARKANSAS-NEW MEXICO: Central Arkansas plays New Mexico at Dreamstyle Arena.

_ BKC--RIVERSIDE-UTEP: UC Riverside plays UTEP at Don Haskins Center.

_ BKC--SOUTH DAKOTA-COLORADO STATE: South Dakota plays Colorado State at Moby Arena.

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