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

November 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.

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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump and Homeland Security chief Kirstjen Nielsen never quite clicked personally as the president chafed at her explanations of complicated immigration issues and her inability to bring about massive changes at the U.S.-Mexico border. Nielsen’s eventual replacement will find there’s no getting around the immigration laws and court challenges that have thwarted the president’s hard-line agenda at every turn. Trump soured on Nielsen in part over frustrations that she has not been able to do more to address what he has called a “crisis” at the U.S.-Mexico border. By Colleen Long and Jill Colvin. SENT: 850 words, with photo.


TIJUANA, Mexico — The first members of a caravan of Central Americans to reach the U.S. border slept in overcrowded shelters and in tents with a view of armed U.S. Border Patrol agents, with many saying they will wait for other migrants to join them before making their next moves. Hundreds of migrants have arrived by bus in Tijuana since Tuesday, occupying the little space still available in the city’s shelters and spilling onto an oceanfront plaza sandwiched between an old bullring and a border fence topped with recently installed concertina wire. By Elliot Spagat and Maria Verza. SENT: 970 words, with photos, video.


GALVESTON — Environmentalists have announced plans for a 50-acre man-made oyster reef in Galveston Bay in the area that was damaged by hurricanes Ike in 2008 and Harvey last year. The Houston Chronicle reports the oyster reef will be built this winter. UPCOMING: 250 words.


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The “New Mexico True” tourism brand developed by outgoing Republican Gov. Susana Martinez may be expanded under Democratic Gov.-elect Michelle Lujan Grisham. The expansion may come amid pressure for New Mexico to join other western state in creating an Office of Outdoor Recreation. The brand uses images of New Mexico’s popular tourist attractions in billboards and commercials in Texas, Arizona, New York and Illinois. By Russell Contreras. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words, with photos.


PLANO, Texas — Shares of Plano-based retailer J.C. Penney plunged before the opening bell after the company withdrew profit guidance and lowered its sales expectations for the year. Sales at stores open at least a year, a key gauge of a retailer’s health, declined 5.4 percent. Analysts were calling for a 0.5 percent decline, according to FactSet. The department store has been trying to turn things around, bringing back big appliances like washing machines, adding year-round toy shops and improving its e-commerce operations. That has yet to show a substantial effect. SENT: 440 words, with photos.





DALLAS — Three weeks before his team’s fossil finds were to go on display at one of the world’s most famous natural history museums, Louis Jacobs stood in a basement lab at Southern Methodist University sanding the lower jaw of a 72-million-year-old sea monster. The Dallas Morning News reports his colleague Michael Polcyn sat nearby, dabbing sealant on a model of the animal’s upper jaw and skull. White dust hovered in the air. Plaster tailbones, skulls and teeth topped every counter. Jacobs and Polcyn, along with staff, students and volunteers, worked for months getting ready for the biggest show of their careers — at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. By Anna Kuchment, The Dallas Morning News. SENT: 2,060 words, pursuing photos.


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