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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 Susan Montoya Bryan at 505-822-9022 or apalbuquerque@ap.org.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

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TOP STORIES:

MARTINEZ-DIVERSE CANDIDATES

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is set to unveil a plan aimed at electing "75 diverse candidates" and 150 women to office as Republicans. The Republican State Leadership Committee says the nation's only Latina governor and former Puerto Rico Gov. Luis Fortuno are scheduled to announce details Wednesday on recruiting black, Latino and female GOP candidates for state-level offices. Martinez, a moderate Republican seen as a rising star in the party, has been leading an effort to diversify the GOP. She and Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval worked on minority outreach before the 2012 presidential election. By Russell Contreras. AP Photos. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words, 2 p.m.

ALBUQUERQUE POLICE SHOOTING

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Newly released lapel video shows an Albuquerque officer shooting at suspected carjacker eight times as the armed suspect was running from police. The video released Monday by Albuquerque police also shows that four shots came after 34-year-old Joaquin Ortega had tossed his gun during the October chase. The video contradicts an original criminal complaint that says witnesses told police that Ortega threatened the officer with a handgun and was shot as he turned back toward the officer. Police say the shots came from officer Brian Pitzer. It was his third shooting in six and a-half years with the department. By Russell Contreras. AP Photo. AP Video. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words, 2 p.m.

JAGUAR-SOUTHWEST HABITAT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Federal wildlife officials are setting aside nearly 1,200 square miles in the American Southwest as critical habitat for the jaguar. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's decision is in response to a series of lawsuits filed by environmentalists who sought to protect the rare cat in New Mexico and Arizona. Despite a handful of sightings, federal biologists are aware of only one male jaguar that frequents southern Arizona. There hasn't been a sighting in New Mexico in eight years. By Susan Montoya Bryan. UPCOMING: 350 words, photos by 2 p.m. MST.

ALSO:

—MARTINEZ-BILLS — New Mexico public school students will be taught about sexual abuse prevention under legislation that Gov. Susana Martinez plans to sign into law.

— TOE BITING-SENTENCE — A 28-year-old Santa Fe man who pleaded guilty in toe-biting assaults on a former girlfriend is headed to prison.

— COPS SHOW-ALBUQUERQUE — The Albuquerque City Council is on record as opposing the planned filming of the reality show "COPS" around the city.

— SCHOOL-FAKE BOMB — A southern New Mexico school district says it'll be taking disciplinary action against an employee who took a fake bomb to an elementary school for training purposes.

— FIANCE RUN OVER — A 39-year-old Las Cruces woman has been sentenced to the maximum of 3.5 years in prison for fatally running over her fiance with her pickup truck.

— REVENUE OUTLOOK A legislative panel reports New Mexico's revenue collections are stronger than expected during the first half of the fiscal year.

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