- Associated Press - Thursday, March 13, 2014

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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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


-BC-US—Nuke Repository-Town Hall, update

-BC-NM—Right to Die Challenge, new

-BC-NM—Green Chile Recall, new

-BC-NM—Chickenpox Cases, new

-BC-NM—Space Consortium-Storage, new

TOP STORIES:

NUKE REPOSITORY-TOWN HALL

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The president of southeastern New Mexico’s troubled nuclear waste dump has been demoted as investigations into a truck fire and radiation release that contaminated 17 workers near completion. Farok Sharif has been replaced by Bob McQuinn as president and project manager of the Nuclear Waste Partnership, said URS Corp., the contractor that runs the underground dump for the U.S. Department of Energy. By Jeri Clausing. SENT: 456 words. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos following town hall.

MARTINEZ-DWI DEATHS

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Alcohol-related traffic deaths in New Mexico have reached a record low after falling sharply over 10 years, Gov. Susana Martinez announced Thursday. Martinez said preliminary numbers show the state saw 133 fatal alcohol-related crashes last year, a nearly 14 percent drop from 2012. That’s the lowest number of annual alcohol-related traffic deaths recorded in the state and marked a 38 percent decline from a decade ago, the governor said. By Russell Contreras. SENT: 350 words, photos.

HIGH-RISK RATE HIKE

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