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

November 16, 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A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

ELECTION 2018-TEXAS CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT

AUSTIN, Texas — Democrat Gina Ortiz Jones is in Washington attending orientation for new members of Congress despite Republican incumbent Rep. Will Hurd continuing to hold a lead of more than 1,000 votes in their contested race to represent a sprawling West Texas district. By Will Weissert. UPCOMING: 300 words, with photo.

ELECTION 2020-CASTRO

SAN ANTONIO — Democrat Julian Castro discusses Latino civil rights as the South Texas congressman gears up for a likely 2020 presidential run. The former housing secretary under President Barack Obama speaks Friday in San Antonio. By Paul J. Weber. UPCOMING: 450 words, with photos.

HOSPITAL CORPORATION-INDICTMENT

FORT WORTH, Texas — A corporation that runs behavioral health hospitals in Texas has been indicted on nine criminal counts accusing it of detaining patients against their will without a court order. UPCOMING: 300 words.

OIL PIPELINE-SECURITY

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota regulators are seeking up to $2 million in fines from a North Carolina company that handled security for the developer of the heavily protested Dakota Access oil pipeline, operated by a Dallas-based company. The figure is in a new complaint that the state Private Investigative and Security Board has filed against TigerSwan. By Blake Nicholson. UPCOMING: 350 words.

OIL BOOM-NEW MEXICO

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — New Mexico oil and gas regulators are being pressured to delay a decision on an application by a Texas-based company that seeks to ease restrictions on well locations in one of the nation’s oldest producing basins. U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, who begins her first term as New Mexico governor in January, is the latest to ask for a delay in the proceedings. The request from the Democrat came Thursday on congressional letterhead. By Susan Montoya Bryan. SENT: 130 words, will be updated.

IN BRIEF:

Pending.

SPOT MEMBER EXCHANGE:

EXCHANGE-HOSPITAL CLOWN

BEAUMONT, Texas — Every week, Larry Thompson dons a crisp, white doctor’s coat and sets off from his home in Port Neches to make rounds at Baptist Hospital in Beaumont. The Beaumont Enterprise reports he’s always got a smile on his face. It’s painted on, actually, a broad, colorful complement to his rainbow-colored cap, bright green wig and matching green nose. With an oversized stethoscope that hangs round his neck, Thompson — aka, Dr. U. Getwell — walks the hallways carrying not a clipboard but a leash for his invisible dog named Spot. Thompson is a clown. By Kim Brent, Beaumont Enterprise. SENT: 490 words, pursuing photos.

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