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

May 15, 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A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates. All times are Central.




HOUSTON — The lure of drugs and sex was too enticing to ignore for a San Antonio rapper with a reputation for carrying a lot of cash and wearing flashy jewelry. What 19-year-old Tommy Garcia Jr. didn’t know was the proposition from a woman he knew was a setup for an ambush robbery plot that crumbled when he refused to surrender any money and was shot seven times by a man identified as the woman’s boyfriend. Juan Edward Castillo, convicted of killing Garcia, is set for execution Wednesday for the slaying more than 14 years ago. By Michael Graczyk. UPCOMING: 600 words.


— BACK PAGE-PROSTITUTION — A January 2020 trial has been set for the founders of the classified advertising site Backpage.com, with operations in Dallas, and five of the site’s employees in what federal authorities have described as a scheme to knowingly publish ads for sexual services and launder money earned for the ads.

— BANK MERGER — Cadence Bank and State Bank Financial Corp. are announcing a merger in a deal that will mean about 100 branches serving Texas, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee and Mississippi.



REFUGIO, Texas — Joe Braman’s life changed forever last February as he stood in front of a large, gray and magnificent creature in South Africa. The Victoria Advocate reports the rhinoceros no longer had its trademark horns and was left barely breathing. Braman, a Refugio rancher and businessman, has partnered with a South African conservation alliance to help stop rhino poaching and bring back an animal population from the brink of extinction. Though he’s trained coonhounds to hunt animals such as bobcats, mountain lions and coyotes, Braman, with the help of retired K-9 handler and trainer Esequiel “Zeke” Ortiz, has trained 50 dogs to help hunt poachers. By Amber Aldaco, Victoria Advocate. SENT: 960 words, pursuing photos.


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