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

September 28, 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A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

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HOUSTON — Anita Hill, who once accused now-Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment, speaks about the #Metoo movement during an appearance Friday in Houston. By Nomaan Merchant. UPCOMING: 400 words.


AUSTIN, Texas — The lackluster Texas governor’s race, which has played out in near obscurity, gets a rare spotlight Friday night in the first and only debate between Republican Gov. Greg Abbott and Democratic challenger Lupe Valdez. The forum will be in Austin. By Paul J. Weber. UPCOMING: 550 words, with photos.


AUSTIN, Texas — Election officials say the Texas voter rolls have grown to a record 15.6 million people, and a jump of 1.6 million since the last time Texas held a midterm election in 2014. Details come from Texas Secretary of State Rolando Pablos. UPCOMING: 250 words.


MIAMI — The National Hurricane Center says Tropical Storm Kirk is likely to dissipate after dropping heavy rain and causing flooding in the eastern Caribbean. Forecasters say the storm will likely lose its organization and be downgraded to a tropical depression by early Saturday. The remnants will move across the eastern and central Caribbean through the weekend. Officials in the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe closed schools, and thunderstorms hit Barbados. SENT: 120 words. Will be updated.


— FOOTBALL GAME SHOOTING — Police in Carrollton say a 31-year-old man is hospitalized in critical condition after being shot during a junior varsity football game. Moving on news & sports lines

— VAL KILMER-TUMBLEWEED SCULPTURES — A Texas artist is suing Val Kilmer, saying the actor co-opted his work.



PORT ARANSAS, Texas — The iconic Tarpon statue cast a watchful eye over the Marine Science Institute on a recent Tuesday, standing guard just as it did in August 2017 when Hurricane Harvey steamrolled the 72-acre Port Aransas campus. The Houston Chronicle reports looking at that statue, seemingly untouched by time or weather, it might be easy to think the University of Texas at Austin institute fared well during Harvey. But a sign taped to the door of the building behind it reads: “Sorry. Temporarily closed.” The closure, however, has been anything but. By Alex Stuckey. SENT: 950 words, pursuing photos.


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