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Good evening. 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

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. —The U.S. Department of Energy is planning a town hall Thursday to release more information on its efforts to recover from a radiation leak at the nation's only underground nuclear waste dump. Questions about what caused the leak at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, the extent of the contamination and the future of the federal government's national nuclear cleanup efforts have been swirling for weeks now. Some of the uncertainty was quelled late Wednesday when officials announced that the level of particles being captured by monitoring stations in the Carlsbad area had decreased significantly and were close to normal. By Susan Montoya Bryan. SENT: 455 words. UPCOMING: 500 words, after 7:30 p.m. news conference in Carlsbad.


ALAMOGORDO, N.M. — A 17-year-old girl who admitted killing her foster mother in her southern New Mexico home now faces about 10 years in prison. A judge on Wednesday sentenced Alexis Shields to 30 years in prison but suspended 17 years of the sentence. SENT: 130 word. UPCOMING: 300 words, 2 p.m.


A much-needed El Nino should start brewing later this year, NOAA predicts Thursday morning. It should mean more rain next winter for parched California, the southwest and Texas; less cold for the northern tier next winter, fewer hurricanes for the Atlantic. Australia, South Africa will be more dry. Its been a while since El Nino — the warming of the central Pacific that changes weather worldwide. SENT: 510 words.


— EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION-CAMPAIGN — An advocacy group has launched a campaign against New Mexico lawmakers they say blocked efforts to pass a new early childhood education proposal.

— BOY'S DEATH-GUILTY PLEA — A 25-year-old Santa Fe County woman faces up to nine years in prison after pleading guilty to charges stemming from her 3-year-old son's death in 2011.

— WANTED WOMAN-RAMMING — Albuquerque police say a woman sought on warrants for various crimes allegedly rammed a police car and then fled before officers were able to take her into custody.

— ALBUQUERQUE COUPLE-SHOOTING — Albuquerque police say a woman and possibly a man were shot and wounded during what is described as a domestic dispute at a residence.



ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — In his first season as an NCAA head basketball coach, New Mexico's Craig Neal has already faced situations that even veteran coaches would find challenging. Yet through the extremely short learning curve that he was allowed, Neal has thrived to the point where he has the No. 21 Lobos one win from a third straight Mountain West championship. But that win won't be an easy one as New Mexico travels to No. 10 San Diego State on Saturday. UPCOMING: 650 words, photo by 5 p.m. MST.


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