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

February 28, 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.

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HUNTSVILLE, Texas _ A Texas death row inmate once described by a prosecutor as having “a heart full of scorpions” was set to be executed Thursday night for killing his estranged wife’s parents and her brother, who was a police officer. Billie Wayne Coble was condemned for the August 1989 shooting deaths of his in-laws, Robert and Zelda Vicha, and their son, Bobby Vicha, at their homes in Axtell, northeast of Waco. Coble, 70, would be the third inmate put to death this year in the U.S. and the second in Texas. By Juan A. Lozano and Michael Graczyk. SENT: 650 words, with photo. Will be updated.


NEW YORK _ J.C. Penney is closing more stores after a weak holiday sales season. The Plano-based retailer on Thursday reported fourth-quarter income tumbled nearly 70 percent and revenue slid 8 percent. By Anne D’Innocenzio. SENT: 490 words, with photo.


WICHITA, Kan. _ The nation’s farmers are struggling to pay back loans after years of low crop prices and export markets hit by President Donald Trump’s tariffs, with a key government program showing the highest default rate in at least nine years. Many agricultural loans come due around Jan. 1, in part to give producers enough time to sell crops and livestock and to give them more flexibility in timing interest payments for tax filing purposes. By Roxana Hegeman. SENT: 1,000 words, with photo.


_ SULLY THE SERVICE DOG _ Sully, the service dog who symbolized devotion lying by former President George H.W. Bush’s flag-draped casket, has a new mission.

_ CYBERSTALKING _ A Delaware man has been sentenced to nearly four years in prison for cyberstalking a Georgetown Law School interviewer who didn’t recommend him for admission in a case with ties to the University of Texas Law School.



WACO, Texas _ The overdue nature of Baylor University’s efforts to honor Vivienne Malone-Mayes, the school’s first black professor, was not lost on the attendees of a ceremony recognizing her legacy as a scholar, civic leader and civil rights activist. The Waco Tribune-Herald reports an overflow crowd of some 100 people packed the third-floor lobby of the Sid Richardson Building at Baylor on Tuesday as the institution that denied Malone-Mayes admission as a graduate student in 1961 because of her race acknowledged her achievements and unveiled a bust of her. She taught math at Baylor from 1966 to 1994. By Phillip Ericksen, Waco Tribune-Herald. SENT: 710 words, pursuing photos.


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