New Mexico News Digest

Good afternoon. Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up today in New Mexico.

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TOP STORIES:

ENDANGERED WOLVES-INVESTIGATION

TUCSON, Ariz. — An environmental group is raising questions about investigations into livestock kills by Mexican gray wolves in the southwestern U.S. The Western Watersheds Project has documented oddities, errors or conflicting details in more than two-thirds of the 117 investigations it reviewed from 2019. The investigations are used to compensate ranchers for cattle that are killed in Arizona and New Mexico. SENT: 930 words, AP Photos.

EXCHANGE-ANCIENT REPTILE-NEVADA

RENO, Nev. — A longtime paleontologist from Germany who has spent summers in northern Nevada the last two decades has published a new paper on the discovery of a fossilized ichthyosaur that was pregnant when the large, prehistoric, swimming reptile died in the inland sea that covered a remote mountain range 150 miles east of Reno 246 million years ago. By Benjamin Spillman of the Reno Gazette Journal. UPCOMING: 1,300 words, photos.

ALSO NOTE:

— ACTIVE SHOOTER-APARTMENT COMPLEX: Police in Albuquerque say they are dealing with an active shooter situation at an apartment complex.

SPORTS:

HKN--VIRUS OUTBREAK-NHL TESTING

The first major North American professional sports league to announce a format for its potential return to competition also has a comprehensive COVID-19 testing strategy. There are screening protocols in place for voluntary workouts and training camp in the hands of individual teams. Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly also said the NHL plans to test all players every day when games start happening. SENT: 1,000 words.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-STADIUMS

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The coronavirus pandemic is slowly releasing its grip on the sports world. Fans already are thinking about returning to stadiums and arenas. But what awaits them could be unlike anything they have ever seen. Empty rows and sections could be the norm for a while. So could temperature screenings and medical checks. Many teams and leagues are exploring new technology that could help with crowd control and promote social distancing. All of it comes at a cost, both to the venues making the changes and the fans who wonder if their enjoyment of the game will change. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 1,450 words, photos. With abridged version of 760 words.

FBC--PROTESTS-COLLEGE HALL

ATLANTA — The College Football Hall of Fame is boarded up and assessing damage from a destructive night of protests in downtown Atlanta, but none of the facility’s valuable trophies or exhibits was harmed. Officials have moved their most prized possessions to a secure facility in case additional trouble breaks out. By Paul Newberry. SENT: 600 words, photo.

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