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

March 5, 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.

A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

CONGRESS-VOTING RIGHTS.

AUSTIN, Texas _ House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday brings Democrats’ message of expanded voting rights to Texas, where tens of thousands of U.S. citizens were recently wrongly identified by state officials as potential illegal voters. By Paul J. Weber. UPCOMING: 500 words. With AP Photos.

ELECTION SECURITY-VOTING MACHINES

ATLANTA _ Time and money are running short for states to replace aging or inadequate voting machines before the 2020 presidential primaries, according to a report Tuesday. State and local election officials in 31 states say they want to replace their voting equipment before the elections, but the vast majority don’t have enough money to do so, according to The Brennan Center for Justice at NYU’s School of Law. Indiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas do not appear to be taking major steps at this point to replace their paperless machines by 2020, the report said. By CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY. SENT: 720 words, with photos.

BORDER PROTECTION

WASHINGTON _ Firearms use by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers and agents is declining, and less-lethal force is also down, according to data obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press. The decrease comes as fewer people are crossing the border illegally and after the agency overhauled how force should be deployed at the border. By Colleen Long. SENT: 610 words, with photos.

CONFEDERATE WAR MEMORIAL-DALLAS

DALLAS _ Dallas’ Confederate War Memorial is one step closer to being relocated after the city’s Landmark Commission voted 10-5 to approve the removal. UPCOMING: 250 words, pursuing photos.

EXXON MOBIL-PERMIAN BASIN

DALLAS _ Exxon Mobil is boosting its projected growth of oil and gas production in the Permian Basin and says the field can be profitable even at lower crude prices. The company said Tuesday that as soon as 2024 it expects to produce the equivalent of more than 1 million barrels of oil per day in the basin, which straddles western Texas and New Mexico, up from a forecast of 600,000 barrels by 2025. SENT: 130 words. Could develop.

IN BRIEF:

Pending.

SPOT MEMBER EXCHANGE:

EXCHANGE-HOUSTON RODEO-VOLUNTEERS

HOUSTON _ Dakota Greer recently escorted a group of steers and heifers through the exhibition hall — partly to be hospitable, but also to prevent the small likelihood that an animal would get loose and wreak havoc on NRG Center. The Houston Chronicle reports just yards away, Cortney Chastain stood watch at the Feed Store, ready to sell hay and grain to competitors. Those volunteers are among more than 34,000 people who help out at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo each year. The annual expo runs through March 17. By Samantha Ketterer, Houston Chronicle. SENT: 860 words, pursuing photos.

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