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AP-TX--Texas News Digest 12 am, TX

October 9, 2018

Good morning! Here’s a look at AP’s general news coverage in Texas at this hour. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the Dallas AP at 972-991-2100, or, in Texas, 800-442-7189. Email: aptexas@ap.org. Ken Miller is at the desk.

Reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 and digests will keep you up to date. All times are Central.

For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

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TOP STORIES:

WEST TEXAS FLOODING

DALLAS — Emergency crews are searching for four men whose recreational vehicle was among those swept away as floodwaters in an RV park in a small West Texas city, prompting dramatic rescues by helicopters and boats. Heavy rains fell in Junction, about 140 miles west of Austin. Kimble County Sheriff Hilario Cantu said no fatalities have been confirmed but that “all the RVs, everything, got swept away.” Texas Game Warden Rachel Kellner said the four missing men worked together and were swept away before daybreak by the South Llano River. By Ryan Tarinelli and Jamie Stengle. SENT: 670 words, photos, video.

With:

— WEST TEXAS FLOODING-THE LATEST

— DEADLY TOWN HOUSE COLLAPSE — A construction worker is dead and five co-workers are hospitalized with injuries after a three-story town house they were building in Dallas collapsed during a thunderstorm. SENT: 130 words, photos.

TEXAS GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:

TEXAS-ETHANOL

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is moving to allow year-round sales of gasoline with higher blends of ethanol, a boon for Iowa and other farm states that have pushed for greater sales of the corn-based fuel. President Donald Trump is expected to announce he is lifting a federal ban on summer sales of high-ethanol blends during a trip to Iowa on Tuesday. The long-expected announcement is something of a reward to Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, who as Senate Judiciary Committee chairman led a contentious but successful fight to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. The veteran Republican lawmaker is the Senate’s leading ethanol proponent and sharply criticized the Trump administration’s proposed rollback in ethanol volumes earlier this year. A bipartisan group of lawmakers, many from oil-producing states, including Texas, sent Trump a letter last week opposing expanded sales of high-ethanol gas. The lawmakers called the approach “misguided” and said it would do nothing to protect refinery jobs and “could hurt millions of consumers whose vehicles and equipment are not compatible with higher-ethanol blended gasoline.” By Matthew Daly. SENT: 620 words, photos.

SEX OFFENDERS-CHANGING LAWS

AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Supreme Court has been asked to consider a challenge to the state’s retroactive sex offender laws that some say unfairly stack new punishments on those convicted in plea deals. More than 2,800 sex offenders remain on the Texas registry despite being no longer required to register under terms of their probation, according to an Austin-American Statesman analysis of the list. SENT: 420 words.

Also:

— ELECTION 2018-PENCE-TEXAS — Vice President Mike Pence headlined two Dallas rallies in the same hotel for Republican congressional incumbents facing stiff Democratic challenges. SENT: 130 words, photos.

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