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

October 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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MESQUITE, Texas — School officials say one child was killed and three others were injured after their school bus crashed and burned in North Texas. The Mesquite Independent School District says a bus carrying 42 students from Terry Middle School crashed Wednesday afternoon. Aerial video showed the bus lying on its side in a ditch with its rear half showing scorch marks. SENT: 140 words, with photos, video. Will be updated.


HOUSTON — A wealthy Houston House district tests whether women disillusioned with Donald Trump really will embrace the kind of Democratic candidate they’d normally shun. By Will Weissert. UPCOMING: 850 words, with photos, video.


DALLAS — It’s the kind of shooting that spurred national interest before: A police officer shot into a vehicle, leaving a black man dead. The Sept. 1 killing of 24-year-old O’Shae Terry in Arlington brought to mind the shooting of Jordan Edwards elsewhere last year. The 15-year-old Edwards and four other black teenagers were in a car and leaving a house party in Balch Springs when a white officer shot into the moving vehicle, killing the high school freshman. The officer was fired, convicted of murder and sentenced to 15 years in prison. Then attention turned to the Sept. 6 shooting of another black man, killed by a white off-duty officer who lived in the same Dallas apartment complex. By Ryan Tarinelli. SENT: 870 words, with photos.


DALLAS — The Dallas school district has proposed shutting down or consolidating 22 campuses amid declining enrollment. A discussion this week about potentially shuttering Zaragoza Elementary is just one of several tough talks trustees are expected to have soon as the school district tries to balance years of declining student enrollment with efforts to woo families back. Two weeks ago the board got its first look at what a more widespread closing of schools could look like if they were to follow the initial draft of a new long-range facilities plan. UPCOMING: 300 words.


— GAS PRICES — Texas and nationwide retail gasoline prices increased this week.



ARLINGTON, Texas — When the Texas A&M football radio broadcast took the air for the first time in the 2018 season, longtime color analyst and former football player Dave Elmendorf opened the call with an introduction to the new “Voice of the Aggies,” Andrew Monaco. The Eagle reports despite insisting not to make the moment about him, the gesture has stood out amongst a whirlwind first five games of his Aggie tenure. Last Saturday, Monaco traveled with his new family to the big stage, calling his first game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington as the Aggies faced Arkansas in the annual neutral-site trophy game. Texas A&M won the Southwest Classic, 24-17. By Travis L. Brown, The Eagle. SENT: 580 words, pursuing photos. Moving on news & sports lines.


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