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

March 26, 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:

PETROCHEMICAL FIRE-TEXAS

HOUSTON _ Pending.

TRUMP-HEALTH CARE ACT

WASHINGTON _ The Trump administration says it wants the entire Affordable Care Act, known as “Obamacare,” struck down. In a filing Monday with a federal appeals court in New Orleans, the administration said the entire law should be struck as unconstitutional. It’s rare for the Justice Department to decline to defend a federal law. The Justice Department is expected to elaborate on its position in a brief. In a letter, it said the appeals court should affirm a December decision by a federal judge in Texas. The judge ruled that Congress’ elimination of penalties for not buying health insurance rendered the law unconstitutional. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.

DEMOCRATS-HEALTH CARE

WASHINGTON _ Leading House Democrats, backed by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, are unveiling broad legislation to shore up the Affordable Care Act. It’s an attempt to deliver on campaign promises about health care and to — just maybe— change the conversation. According to Pelosi’s office, the bill being unveiled Tuesday would make more middle-class people eligible for subsidized health insurance through former President Barack Obama’s health law, often called “Obamacare,” while increasing aid for those with lower incomes who already qualify. And it would fix a longstanding affordability problem for some consumers, known as the “family glitch.” By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar. SENT: 560 words, with photos. Will be updated.

TRUMP-BORDER SECURITY

WASHINGTON _ President Donald Trump is nearing a victory over Democrats as the House tries overriding his first veto , a vote that seems certain to fail and would let stand his declaration of a national emergency at the Mexican border. Tuesday’s vote would keep the border emergency intact, which for now would let him shift an additional $3.6 billion from military construction projects to work on a barrier along the southwest boundary. Building the wall was one of his most oft-repeated campaign promises, though he claimed the money would come from Mexico, not taxpayers. By Alan Fram. SENT: 560 words, with photos. Will be updated.

IN BRIEF:

_ FAMILY-DEATHS _ A Delaware woman who killed her toddler and herself rather than surrender custody left a note to judges, lawyers and her family accusing the system of failing to protect them from domestic abuse in a case with ties to Texas.

SPOT MEMBER EXCHANGE:

EXCHANGE-TEEN-LAW SCHOOL

DALLAS _ A 16-year-old Dallas-area girl recently shared her journey from home school to law school on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” The Dallas Morning News reports Haley Taylor Schlitz, who graduated from high school at 13, is preparing to attend Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law this fall, one of nine schools that accepted her, according to the American Bar Association. Haley, who’s from Keller, was home-schooled after her parents withdrew her from public school in the fifth grade because they didn’t like the way she was being taught. By Sarah Sarder, The Dallas Morning News. SENT: 770 words, pursuing photos.

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