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

August 7, 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A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org

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UPCOMING:

BORDER WALL-LAWSUIT

PASADENA, Calif. — A federal appeals court will hear arguments Tuesday by California and advocacy groups who contend the Trump administration overreached by waiving environmental reviews to speed construction of the president’s prized border wall with Mexico. California is appealing a decision by U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel of San Diego, who sided with the administration in February. Trump is seeking $25 billion over 10 years for the border wall and other security technology. The administration received $1.6 billion this year and has requested the same amount in next year’s budget, largely to build in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley. SENT: 430 words, with photos. Will be updated. Hearing starts 11 a.m. CDT.

EXECUTION DRUGS-TEXAS

DALLAS — A federal judge says a hearing on whether Texas officials can import a lethal-injection drug must remain open to the public and press. Several news organizations pushed to keep the hearing open after the Food and Drug Administration in May requested that the proceedings be closed to the public. UPCOMING: 250 words.

CORAL REEF CEMETERY

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. — A year after North Texas siblings Will and Daniel Payne lost their mom, and nearly two decades since their father’s death, it was time to follow their wishes for the afterlife. Will, who recently became a certified scuba diver, checked his oxygen before jumping into the water to secure a concrete marker mixed with his parents’ ashes at a memorial reef about 3 miles off Florida. It took nearly four years for multiple government agencies to sign off on this unusual underwater mausoleum. The Paynes are the first to be memorialized in the reef’s expansion, which opened this summer. By Kelli Kennedy. SENT: 770 words, with photos, video.

CHINA-XI’S ERA-CRACKING DOWN ON CHRISTIANS

NANYANG, China — The 62-year-old Chinese shopkeeper had waited nearly his entire adult life to see his dream of building a church come true. But in March, police and local officials showed up at the church and made the frightened congregants disperse. Shopkeeper Guo and his neighbors in China’s Christian heartland province of Henan found themselves on the front lines of an ambitious new effort by the officially atheist ruling Communist Party to dictate — and in some cases displace — the practice of faith in the country. The wife of one pastor under house arrest left for Midland, Texas about a year ago, after authorities warned their children might have trouble getting an education in China. By Yanan Wang. SENT: 2,390 words, with photos, video.

With:

— CHINA-XI’S ERA-CRACKING DOWN ON CHRISTIANS, abridged version, 1,030 words

IN BRIEF:

— NEVADA EXECUTION — Fifteen states — including Texas, Arkansas and Oklahoma — are siding with Nevada as it fights drug companies battling the use of their products in an inmate’s execution.

— EARNS-DEAN FOODS — Dallas-based Dean Foods Co. on Tuesday reported a second-quarter loss of $40.1 million, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier.

SPOT MEMBER EXCHANGE:

EXCHANGE-HOUSTON ZOO-ELEPHANT

HOUSTON — Tilly reached her wrinkly trunk through the steel cables of the Houston Zoo’s elephant enclosure on a recent morning, wiggling it side-to-side as if waving hello to the gathering crowd of visitors. The Houston Chronicle reports just a few feet and a couple of fences stood between the 6-week-old elephant and a little boy of about seven who, at the sight of her flopping trunk, waved back furiously. Tilly wasn’t actually waving, she just lacks the muscle control to hold her long snout steady. Tilly is the second Asian elephant calf born at the Houston Zoo in as many years — a major feat. By Alex Stuckey, Houston Chronicle. SENT: 1,420 words, pursuing photos.

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