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

July 30, 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A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

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

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UPCOMING:

HARVEY-FLOOD INSURANCE

KATY, Texas — Houston suffered the brunt of Hurricane Harvey when it pummeled Texas last August. Harvey dumped nearly 50 inches of rain on parts of the flood-prone city. The storm killed nearly 70 people, damaged more than 300,000 structures and caused an estimated $125 billion in damage. Harris County Judge Ed Emmett, the top elected county official, says more than 100,000 flooded homes in Harris County didn’t have flood insurance. According to FEMA, 80 percent of all households affected by Harvey weren’t covered for floods. An Associated Press analysis found fewer than one in five properties in high-risk flood zones had coverage. By Juan A. Lozano and Meghan Hoyer. SENT: 860 words, with photos.

AP POLL-YOUNG AMERICANS

WASHINGTON — Young people are looking for a change this election season — a generational change. A poll by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and MTV found that most Americans ages 15 to 34 think voting in the midterm elections gives their generation some say about how the government is run, and 79 percent of this group say leaders from their generation would do a better job running the country. By Laurie Kellman and Hannah Fingerhut. SENT: 860 words, with photo.

IMMIGRATION-DEBATING DETENTION

GOSHEN, Indiana — Immigration and Customs Enforcement has long sought to consolidate immigrants held in scattered Midwest jails. Since 2011, contractors have proposed detention centers in seven communities near Chicago, from the exurb of Crete, Illinois, to the steel center of Gary, Indiana. Local governments in Texas and California recently canceled agreements to hold detainees for ICE even as other communities seek the jobs and dollars that doing so can generate. But demand for those facilities is rising. By Adam Geller. SENT: 2,740 words, with photos. NOTE: An abridged, version, 930 words, has also moved.

MICHAEL GRACZYK-RETIREMENT

HOUSTON — Associated Press journalist Michael Graczyk of Houston, who witnessed and chronicled more than 400 executions as a criminal justice reporter in Texas, will retire Tuesday after 45 years. Graczyk, 68, may have observed more executions than any other person in the United States since the Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976. Millions of readers in Texas and beyond relied on his coverage of capital punishment in America’s most active death penalty state. By Nomaan Merchant. UPCOMING: 600 words, with photos.

IN BRIEF:

— DOWNLOADABLE GUNS — Pennsylvania officials say they’ve successfully stopped a Texas company that makes 3D downloadable guns from making them internet-accessible in Pennsylvania and from uploading new files. Also moved on the wire Sunday night.

SPOT MEMBER EXCHANGE:

Pending.

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