- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 27, 2014

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 Jeri Clausing at 505-822-9022 or apalbuquerque@ap.org.

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FOREST HEALTH

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Some good news for pine nut lovers. A five-year inventory of New Mexico’s forested lands shows the pests and diseases that have hammered many tree species in the drought-stricken state seem to be loosening their grip on pinon and juniper trees. State and federal researchers have found that net growth is positive among New Mexico’s most important pinon and juniper species. By Susan Montoya Bryan. SENT: 132 words. UPCOMING: 300 words, photos by Noon.

SHERIFF-FEDERAL INVESTIGATION

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- Federal prosecutors want to dismiss charges against the son of an indicted northern New Mexico sheriff who was accused along with his father of roughing up a driver during an off-duty traffic stop. U.S. Attorney Damon Martinez said Wednesday that prosecutors have filed a motion to dismiss charges against Thomas Rodella, Jr. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words by noon.

INFANT MORTALITY

SANTA FE, N.M. - New Mexico health officials say the state’s infant mortality rate has dropped significantly. The state Department of Health said Tuesday the latest figures show a decrease from 6.9 infant deaths per 1,000 live births in 2012 to 5.4 in 2013. Health Secretary Retta Ward says the rate can vary substantially year to year and steep increases or decreases are not uncommon. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words by noon MDT.

ALSO:

-DRUNK DRIVING-KILLING- Federal prosecutors say a Shiprock man has been sentenced to six years in prison for killing a passenger while driving under the influence of alcohol.

-ALBUQUERQUE POLICE SHOOTINGS_Activists say they want a planned police shooting contest in Albuquerque canceled, especially after the city has been under scrutiny for police excess force.

-FATAL TRUCK CRASH_Authorities say part of Interstate 40 in Laguna has been shut down due to a fatal crash involving two semi trucks.

-MASS SHOOTING-THREAT_A Las Cruces man has been arrested for threatening a mass shooting at New Mexico State University in May.

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