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BC-TX--Texas News Coverage Advisory 8:30 am, TX

April 5, 2019

Good morning! Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up today in Texas. Questions about today’s coverage plans are welcome, and should be directed to 972-991-2100.

A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org




HOUSTON _ Vice President Mike Pence will visit Texas on Friday. His stops will include a Homeland Security Investigations facility in Houston. In the evening Pence will be in College Station where he’ll join predecessors Dick Cheney and Dan Quayle at an event on the American vice presidency hosted by the George and Barbara Bush Foundation. UPCOMING: 130 words, photos. More on merits.


WASHINGTON _ Abandoning his threat to immediately seal the southern border, President Donald Trump warned instead that he’d slap tariffs on cars coming to the U.S. from Mexico unless the Mexicans do more to stop the flow of migrants and drugs to the U.S. In his latest backtrack in recent days, Trump told reporters Thursday he would try the “less drastic measure” before resorting to his standing border-closure threat. Trump on Friday visits the California border with Mexico. By Jill Colvin. SENT: 1,100 words, with photos, video, audio.


AUSTIN, Texas _ Two major chemical fires erupting within 17 days of each other in the Houston area shut down schools, leaked toxic chemicals into coastal waters and killed one worker. But what the nationally televised mishaps are unlikely to cause in Texas is industry crackdowns in the oil-friendly state capitol. By Paul J. Weber. UPCOMING: 400 words. Pursuing photos.


SAN FRANCISCO _ CBD oil-infused gummy bears, lattes and other food, drinks and dietary supplements are selling quickly even though the U.S. government says they’re illegal and local authorities have forced some retailers to pull products. The confusion has the nation’s two largest states and others moving to legalize the cannabis compound that many see as beneficial to their health. Lawmakers in Texas and California are often in opposition, but they’re both pushing bipartisan legislation to sidestep federal law and allow sales of the compound found in hemp and marijuana. By Paul Elias. SENT: 990 words, with photos.





SAN ANTONIO _ Until her senior year, Melissa Padron, 27, had been using a white cane to navigate through life — tapping it in front of her as she attended classes at Texas A&M in College Station. The San Antonio Express-News reports six years ago, she applied for a dog through Guide Dogs for the Blind, a national nonprofit that breeds guide dogs and pairs them with visually impaired people for free. The San Antonio native was matched with Cameo, a sweet, young Labrador-golden retriever mix, who was been with her ever since. Both recently took part in a fun day in San Antonio. By Silvia Foster-Frau, San Antonio Express-News. SENT: 670 words, pursuing photos.


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