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

January 9, 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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WASHINGTON _ President Donald Trump urged congressional Democrats to fund his long-promised border wall in a somber televised address that was heavy with dark immigration rhetoric but offered little in the way of concessions or new ideas to break the standoff that has left large swaths of the government shuttered for 19 days. Speaking to the nation from the Oval Office for the first time, Trump argued Tuesday night that the wall was needed to resolve a security and humanitarian “crisis,” blaming illegal immigration. Democrats in response accused Trump appealing to “fear, not facts.” Trump plans a visit to the border on Thursday. By Catherine Lucey, Jill Colvin & Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 990 words, with photos, audio, video.





AUSTIN, Texas _ Three top Texas Republicans, Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and new state House Speaker Dennis Bonnen speak to reporters after President Donald Trump’s address to the nation explaining why a “crisis” on the U.S.-Mexico border justifies continuing the government shutdown until funding for a wall is approved. Texas has more miles of border with Mexico than any other state. By Paul J. Weber. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos.


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. _ New Mexico lawmakers are expected to consider legislation that would change the way appointments are made to a powerful commission charged with protecting, conserving and developing water resources across the arid state. fforts to overhaul the Interstate Stream Commission are not new, but the latest attempt comes as a new governor takes office amid a persistent drought and a high-stakes battle with Texas over management of the Rio Grande. Senate Majority Leader Peter Wirth of Santa Fe says the idea is to remove politics from the process and raise the bar for a more diverse and experienced commission. By Susan Montoya Brown. SENT: 130 words, will be updated.


NEW ORLEANS _ BP has approved a $1.3 billion expansion at one of its oil projects in the Gulf of Mexico and discovered an additional 1.4 billion barrels at two of them. “BP’s Gulf of Mexico business is key to our strategy of growing production of advantaged high-margin oil. We are building on our world-class position, upgrading the resources at our fields through technology, productivity and exploration success,” Bernard Looney, BP’s Upstream chief executive, said in a news release Tuesday. SENT: 420 words.


_ SCHOOL SHOOTING-TEXAS-VENUE _ A change of venue is being sought for an 18-year-old charged with capital murder in last May’s fatal shooting of 10 people at Santa Fe High School.

_ 2017 SLAYING-ARREST _ Authorities say suspect in the New Year’s Eve 2017 shooting death of a woman in Texas has been captured in northwestern Indiana.

_ TRANSCANADA-NAME CHANGE _ TransCanada Corp., the company behind the contentious Keystone XL oil pipeline, is changing its name to TC Energy.

_ OIL ROYALTIES-NEW MEXICO _ New Mexico Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard says she is working on a bill with state lawmakers to allow higher royalty rates for oil and natural gas production on state trust land. With photos.



ROCKDALE, Texas _ Sometimes when David Pruett turns on the taps, the water runs a dark caramel. “I don’t wash the dishes when it comes out coffee-colored on me,” said Pruett, 27. The Austin American-Statesman reports state regulators and officials in Rockdale, about an hour’s drive northeast of Austin in Milam County, say the water, which residents have complained about for decades, is safe to drink. This month, the Rockdale City Council could vote to raise water rates to replace miles of corroded pipes. By Asher Price, Austin American-Statesman. SENT: 1,320 words, pursuing photos. Moving on news & business lines.


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