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

September 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.

A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories, digests and digest advisories will keep you up to date.

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates. All times are Central.

For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org

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UPCOMING:

ELECTION 2018-SENATE-TEXAS

DALLAS — Democrat Congressman Beto O’Rourke and GOP Sen. Ted Cruz debate Friday night as Cruz seeks to retain his seat in Washington, D.C. Starting in Dallas with the first of three televised debates in Texas, Cruz will likely try to show voters a version of O’Rourke beyond the third-term congressman who has rejected outside money, has no campaign pollster and visited all 254 Texas counties, many of which Democrats wrote off long ago. By Will Weissert. UPCOMING: 700 words, with photos.

IN BRIEF:

— BEAUMONT-DEADLY WRECK — Investigators say a woman and her three children have been killed in a fiery eight-vehicle accident on westbound Interstate 10 in Southeast Texas.

— WACO-DRUG RING — Investigators say 19 suspects have been arrested on federal drug trafficking charges in an alleged Central Texas methamphetamine ring based in the Waco area.

— POT POSSESSION-LINCOLN — Authorities say two men — from Georgia and Houston — found with hundreds of pounds of marijuana in their rental truck have been charged in Nebraska.

SPOT MEMBER EXCHANGE:

EXCHANGE-DEFENSE CONTRACTOR-BEES

AUSTIN, Texas — In a dense bit of East Austin forest, beneath a long abandoned helicopter-blade test pad and a pair of cottonwood trees, hundreds of honeybees are going about their honey-making business. The Austin American-Statesman reports the land belongs to military contractor BAE Systems — part of the 140 acres on which the company builds components for missiles and other military hardware — and the bees belong to the nonprofit American Honey Bee Protection Agency , which aims to integrate bees into cities and educate the public about their importance as pollinators. The unusual partnership is an effort by United Kingdom-based BAE to burnish its image as it attracts and retains young talent, according to corporate officials. By Asher Price, Austin American-Statesman. SENT: 910 words, pursuing photos. Moving on news & business lines.

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