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

December 4, 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 — The nation’s capital embraced George H.W. Bush in death with solemn ceremony and high tributes to his service and decency, as the remains of the 41st president took their place in the Capitol Rotunda for three days of mourning and praise by the political elite and everyday citizens alike. Members of the public lined up before sunrise to pay their respects as an honor guard stood watch beside Bush’s casket in the cavernous Rotunda, open until Wednesday’s funeral. Bush died Friday at his home in Houston. He was 94. Meanwhile, Prince Charles plans to attend the state funeral in Washington, representing his mother, Queen Elizabeth II. By Calvin Woodward, Laurie Kellman and Ashraf Khalil. SENT: 1,130 words, with photos, audio, video. Will be updated.




Former President George H.W. Bush’s state funeral encompasses four days of events, from his arrival in Washington to his burial in Texas on Thursday. The guidelines for state funerals date back to the mid-1800s and have been shaped over time. Seating arrangements, for example, are detailed with precision, with the presidential party followed by chiefs of state, arranged alphabetically by the English spelling of their countries. SENT: 550 words, with photo.


HUNTSVILLE, Texas — Attorneys for a death row inmate who is scheduled to die Tuesday say he should be spared because he wasn’t the one who killed a suburban Dallas police officer during a Christmas Eve robbery 18 years ago, it was other escaped inmates he was with. Joseph Garcia, 47, is slated to die by lethal injection after 6 p.m. at state penitentiary in Huntsville. He was among the notorious “Texas 7” gang of inmates who escaped from a South Texas prison in December 2000 and then committed numerous robberies, including the one in which they shot 29-year-old Irving police Officer Aubrey Hawkins 11 times, killing him. By Juan A. Lozano and Michael Graczyk. SENT: 470 words, with photo. Will be updated.


A rally in oil prices after a two-month slide indicates traders are betting that OPEC and its allies including Russia will agree to produce less crude. Representatives of oil-producing nations will hold a highly anticipated meeting Thursday in Vienna, with analysts predicting that they will agree on a cut of at least 1 million barrels a day in an effort to bolster prices. By David Koenig. SENT: 720 words, with photo.


SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras — In the past four years alone, almost 4,000 migrants have died or gone missing along the route through Mexico to the U.S., The Associated Press has found. That’s 1,573 more than the previously known number, calculated by the United Nations, and even the AP’s estimate is likely low. These migrants are among about 56,800 worldwide who died or disappeared over the same period, the AP found. By Maria Verza. SENT: 2,480 words, with photos.


— HONDURAS-US-A MOTHER’S WAIT-ABRIDGED version, 1,040 words.


— COUNTY PAYMENT SCAM — An outside review has determined no individual employee is to blame for a Texas county’s loss of more than $525,000 through an electronic payment scam.




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