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

May 14, 2019 GMT

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.

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BAYTOWN, Texas _ A Texas police officer fatally shot a woman moments after she seemed to say “I’m pregnant” in an altercation captured on video. The shooting happened late Monday in Baytown. Police Lt. Steve Dorris said the officer was patrolling an apartment complex and attempted to arrest the 45-year-old woman, whom the officer had previously dealt with, because she had outstanding warrants. Dorris said the officer opened fire after the woman grabbed his Taser and used it against him. Police said they could not immediately confirm whether the woman was pregnant. An autopsy has been ordered. SENT: 250 words.


NEW ORLEANS _ A federal appeals court on Tuesday was set to again take up the issue of whether and how states can cut off federal Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood. A federal district judge blocked Texas’ effort to stop Planned Parenthood funding in 2017. But a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans said the district judge didn’t follow proper legal standards. Now, the full appeals court has agreed to re-hear the case. By Kevin Mcgill. SENT: 130 words, with photo. Will be updated, hearing scheduled to being 9 a.m. CDT.


WASHINGTON _ Homeland Security officials considered arresting thousands of migrant families who had final deportation orders and removing them from the U.S. in a flashy show of force, but the idea was tabled as the Trump administration grappled with straining resources and a growing number of Central Americans crossing the border. Two Homeland Security officials and two other people familiar with the proposal described it to The Associated Press. They were not authorized to speak publicly and requested anonymity. The idea was to arrest parents and children in 10 cities with large populations of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally. By Colleen Long. SENT: 490 words, with photo.



DENTON, Texas _ An attorney for former All-Star and World Series MVP pitcher John Wetteland says he’s innocent of charges in Texas that he sexually abused a child. The former Texas Rangers act made his first court appearance Monday following his indictment in March on three counts of continuous sexual assault of a child. His attorney, Derek Adame, says Wetteland “was completely shocked” by the allegations, the Denton Record-Chronicle reports. UPCOMING: 250 words, photo. Moving on news & sports lines.


_ FORMER FOOTBALL PLAYER-ARREST _ A judge in New Hampshire has set bail at $50,000 for a former New England Patriots player, who lives near Houston, accused of violating a protective order. Greg Spires said he was innocent in a video arraignment from jail in Concord, New Hampshire on Monday. SENT: 130 words, with photo. Moving on news & sports lines.



NACOGDOCHES, Texas _ Downtown walking tours of Nacogdoches boast a unique new component this year. The Daily Sentinel reports one of the stops on the tour, the Milam Masonic Lodge No. 2, recently completed a second-floor museum displaying artifacts such as the sword of Henry C. Hancock, killed at the Battle of Mansfield. The oldest masonic lodge in Texas to meet in the same town, the Milam Lodge’s members included three signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence, Thomas J. Rusk among them. By Nicole Bradford, The Daily Sentinel. SENT: 440 words, pursuing photos.


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