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

August 1, 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A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

NEWTOWN SHOOTING-INFOWARS

AUSTIN, Texas — Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones on Wednesday was scheduled to appear in a Texas courtroom to argue that defamation suits filed against him for alleging that the Sandy Hook school shooting was a hoax should be dismissed because his claims were protected by the First Amendment. Jones says he now believes the 2012 massacre that killed 26 people did actually occur. But families of some victims say his previous allegations subjected them to harassment and death threats that go beyond Jones’ constitutional protections. By Paul J. Weber. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos

XCEL ENERGY-OIL BOOM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Electricity demand on Xcel Energy’s grid is reaching all-time records thanks to the oil and gas boom in southeastern New Mexico and West Texas. Xcel Energy New Mexico and Texas president David Hudson says oil and gas production in the Permian Basin is driving accelerated load growth on the grid, The Albuquerque Journal reports . SENT: 340 words.

IN BRIEF:

— MINE SAFETY-MEETING — The federal agency that oversees mining safety is holding public stakeholder meetings in six states, including West Virginia and Texas.

SPOT MEMBER EXCHANGE:

EXCHANGE-ODESSA BOXING CLUB

ODESSA, Texas — Ramon Franco has been teaching boys how to box for 13 years at Odessa Boxing Club. The Odessa American reports the big thing he’s learned is that there are no losers in the amateur branch of the sport. By Bob Campbell, the Odessa American. SENT: 1,080 words, pursing photos. Moving on news & sports lines.

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