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

January 11, 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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UPCOMING:

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-EMERGENCY DECLARATION

WASHINGTON _ The Trump administration is considering using billions in unspent disaster relief funds earmarked for areas including hurricane-pounded Puerto Rico and Texas and more than a dozen other states to pay for President Donald Trump’s border wall as he weighs signing a national emergency declaration to get it built without Congress. That’s according to a congressional aide and administration official familiar with the matter who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly. By Jill Colvin, Lisa Mascaro, Colleen Long and Lolita C. Baldor. SENT: 800 words, with photos.

CONFEDERATE MARKERS-TEXAS

AUSTIN, Texas _ A Texas board led by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott could decide Friday to remove a plaque inside the state Capitol honoring the Confederacy and asserting that the Civil War’s underlying cause wasn’t “to sustain slavery.” Democrats in the state Legislature have long clamored for taking it down, and so far the governor has been noncommittal, but the meeting may force his hand one way or the other. By Paul J. Weber. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos. Meeting starts around 10:30 a.m. CST.

WATER PARK FATALITY

KANSAS CITY, Kan. _ The operators of a Kansas water park where a 10-year-old boy was decapitated aren’t saying whether the attraction will open for the upcoming season. Schlitterbahn spokeswoman Winter Prosapio said Friday in an email that the Texas-based company doesn’t have an announcement “at this time” about the park where Caleb Schwab died in 2016 on a 17 story-slide that was billed as the world’s largest. SENT: 120 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.

FEDERAL PLUTONIUM-NEVADA

RENO, Nev. _ A federal court hearing will go forward as scheduled in Reno next week on the state’s attempt to block the Energy Department’s plans to ship plutonium from South Carolina to Nevada despite claims by U.S. lawyers they need more time to prepare due to the partial government shutdown. A judge cited “the urgency of the matter” in denying the agency’s request to postpone the hearing scheduled Thursday. Under current plans, the material will be “temporarily staged” at the Nevada National Security Site and the government’s Pantex Plant in Texas, before eventually being sent to the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico “or another facility” by 2027. By Scott Sonner. SENT: 540 words, with photos.

MEXICO-VIOLENCE

MEXICO CITY _ Mexican authorities say the death toll in a drug cartel shootout in the northern border state of Tamaulipas has risen to 24 with the discovery of the bodies of three more men. Experts originally counted 21 bodies, many found in twisted piles of charred corpses in a field near burned-out vehicles. But a Tamaulipas state official who was not authorized to be quoted by name said Thursday that continued investigations located three more bodies. The killings occurred Wednesday in the township of Miguel Aleman. By Mark Stevenson. SENT: 130 words. Could develop.

IN BRIEF:

_ OIL PIPELINE-SETTLEMENT _ North Dakota regulators have concluded that the Texas-based developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline has complied with a settlement of allegations it violated state rules during construction.

SPOT MEMBER EXCHANGE:

EXCHANGE-POLICE-MENTORING STUDENTS

DALLAS _ David W. Carter High School student Sedric Owens already boasted a strong resume of leadership: percussionist section leader, student council member, cadet in the Junior Reserves Officer Training Corps. But 16-year-old Sedric, whose father died in 2016, wanted a mentor _ someone who could give him advice about colleges and careers. The Dallas Morning News reports after he signed up for a new mentoring program, he found out he’d been paired through his school with Dallas police Officer Victor Guardiola, who had been mentored by a cop when he was teen. By Cassandra Jaramillo, The Dallas Morning News. SENT: 880 words, pursuing photos. Not for online use in the Dallas market.

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