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

January 23, 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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McALLEN, Texas _ Maria Orbelina Cortez says she fled El Salvador for the U.S. after her husband attacked her and knocked a pan of scalding oil onto her youngest son’s head. After quietly planning for months, she took the 3-year-old boy and his two brothers and headed north without telling her husband. As she spoke in the yard of a Catholic Charities shelter in South Texas, the boy played nearby. He had a hairless scar on top of his head in the shape of a jagged, capital “T.” President Donald Trump’s push for a $5.7 billion wall _ a demand that triggered the longest government shutdown in history _ is unlikely on its own to stop families with stories like Orbelina’s, who are crossing the U.S.-Mexico border by the thousands each month. By Nomaan Merchant. SENT: 970 words, with photos, video.


WASHINGTON _ When home sales weaken, prices typically do, too, and buyers benefit. Not quite this time. Home purchases in many areas of the country have dipped, and price gains have slowed. In the past year, the availability of homes that a middle-class family could buy has declined in 86 percent of the largest metro areas, according to an analysis of 49 cities being released Wednesday by the real estate brokerage Redfin and provided in advance to The Associated Press. In the Dallas area, just 55 percent of the listings are affordable for median-income families with 10 percent down payments. That’s a decline from 59 percent in 2017. By Josh Boak. SENT: 810 words, with photos.


_ ODD--TEXAS-RUNAWAY EMUS _ Police Galveston have captured a pair of runaway emus that had been on the lam for a day after escaping their owner’s backyard. Pursuing photos.



COLLAGE STATION, Texas _ T-Rex has worked as a Houston police K-9 since 2015, and it’s been a career full of accomplishment and excitement. The Eagle reports he’s helped catch more than 100 criminal suspects and done explosives detection work at major events such as the 2017 Super Bowl and World Series baseball games. But after his handler noticed he was moving a little slower, doctors found bone cancer. Then, on his last patrol call last month, he injured himself cornering a suspected burglar during a foot chase. It hasn’t been an easy road lately for T-Rex, but Friday he underwent surgery at the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, where he lost a leg but gets an extension on life. By Rebecca Fiedler, The Eagle. SENT: 720 words, with photos. Moving on news & sports lines.


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