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

December 21, 2018

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 _ Facing a midnight deadline to avoid a partial government shutdown, President Donald Trump said Friday a closure would drag on “for a very long time” and he tried to build the case that congressional Democrats would bear responsibility if there’s no deal over his demand for U.S.-Mexico border wall money. But with the hours dwindling before the midnight deadline, Trump sought to reframe the debate and make Democrats the holdouts to settling an impasse that threatens hundreds of thousands of federal workers on the eve of the end-of-the-year holidays. The House-approved plan is almost certain to be rejected in the Senate. By Lisa Mascaro, Matthew Daly and Catherine Lucey. SENT: 670 words, with photos, audio, video. Will be updated.

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NEW YORK _ Children torn from their parents, refugees turned away, tear gas fired on asylum-seekers, and a president who says he’s making good on promises to protect the nation’s borders. In a breathless 2018, they were just a handful of headlines on immigration. Combined with a relentless stream of administrative memos and changes in regulation and enforcement, it represented a government bombardment on virtually every type of immigration _ a bold follow-up to the opening salvo of President Donald Trump’s first year in office. By Matt Sedensky and Julie Watson. SENT: 1,980 words, with photos.




NEW ORLEANS _ The company that has failed to end a 14-year-old oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico is suing to challenge a Coast Guard official’s order to design and install a new containment system to capture and remove the crude before it forms slicks that often stretch for miles. A federal lawsuit that Taylor Energy Co. filed Thursday in New Orleans asks the court to throw out Coast Guard Capt. Kristi Luttrell’s Oct. 23 administrative order. SENT: 130 words, will be updated.





DALLAS _ In a welcome surprise to researchers fighting to protect the state reptile, signs are good that a number of Texas horned lizard hatchlings released this fall have survived into hibernation. The Dallas Morning News reports the hatchlings were born at the Fort Worth Zoo this summer, part of an ambitious program to bring the lizard back to Texas landscapes. The partnership between Texas zoos, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and Texas Christian University has worked to study and protect the iconic critter, but success has been slow and hard to measure. New tracking technology and a refocused effort to release hatchlings could be the latest, greatest hope to bring the species back from the brink. By Charles Scudder, The Dallas Morning News. SENT: 460 words, pursuing photos. Not for online use in the Dallas area.



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