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

October 10, 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Reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 STORY:

WEST TEXAS FLOODING

DALLAS — The search resumes for four people missing since a West Texas recreational vehicle park was overrun by raging floodwaters that prompted dramatic air and water rescues in a small West Texas city. Heavy rains Sunday night caused the South Llano River to rise and submerge parts of Junction, about 140 miles (225 kilometers) west of Austin. Emergency crews looked for the four Monday, but abandoned the search as darkness fell and more rain set in. By Ryan Tarinelli and Jamie Stengle. SENT: 520 words, photos.

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— WEST TEXAS FLOODING-THE LATEST

— SEVERE WEATHER — Severe thunderstorms have overturned cars in the Oklahoma City area, while several Texas and Kansas communities are bracing for more flooding amid heavy rains. SENT: 130 words, photos, video. Moved on national general news services.

TEXAS GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:

BORDER WALL-TEXAS

HOUSTON — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security says it’s waiving environmental laws so it can build gates between sections of border barriers in South Texas’ Rio Grande Valley. The waiver posted online lists 11 locations where the government plans to install gates. By Nomaan Merchant. SENT: 450 words, photos.

CONGRESS-DOXING

WASHINGTON — A federal judge has rejected any sort of pre-trial release for a former congressional staffer accused of posting online the home addresses of Republican senators backing Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court. Most recently, Jackson Cosko worked as an unpaid intern in the office of Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas. By Ashraf Khalil. SENT: 200 words. Moved on national general and political news services.

CONFEDERATE SPECIALTY PLATE-TEXAS

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller is backing a Confederate group’s latest attempt to sell specialty license plates. The Dallas Morning News reports that the Texas chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans has proposed a license plate that features a rebel soldier carrying a Texas regiment’s special flag at a Civil War battle. The tag won’t include the Confederate battle flag. SENT: 300 words.

Also:

— ELECTION 2018-TEXAS AD — Filmmaker Richard Linklater is the latest celebrity wading into the tight U.S. Senate race in Texas with a social media ad attacking Republican Sen. Ted Cruz. SENT: 130 words, photos.

AROUND THE STATE & NATION:

MEXICO-LION ATTACK

MEXICO CITY — A female lion attacked a man who apparently kept her along with another lion and a tiger as pets at his home in the northern Mexico border city of Ciudad Juarez, authorities said. By Mark Stevenson. SENT: 200 words.

LAW REVIEW LAWSUITS

BOSTON — A group in Texas says legal journals at Harvard University and New York University illegally give preference to racial minorities and women when selecting editors and articles. The group, called Faculty, Alumni and Students Opposed to Racial Preferences, filed a federal lawsuit against The Harvard Law Review on Saturday and a separate suit against The NYU Law Review on Sunday. By Collin Binkley. SENT: 440 words.

COAL COMPANY BANKRUPTCY

HELENA, Mont. — One of the oldest coal companies in the U.S. has filed for bankruptcy to deal with steep debt amid declining world demand. Englewood, Colorado-based Westmoreland Coal Co. has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Houston. Company officials say in a statement the filing is part of a restructuring agreement with an unnamed group of lenders. By Matt Volz. SENT: 630 words. Moved on general and financial news services.

KIMBERLY-CLARK-WISCONSIN

MADISON, Wis. — A new Kimberly-Clark lobbyist and his wife gave Republican legislators and their supporters more than $4,000 in late August, a little more than a month before GOP leaders decided to reconvene to consider tax incentives for the Texas-based papermaker, campaign finance reports show. By Todd Richmond. SENT: 380 words. Moved on national financial and political news services.

IN BRIEF:

— AMERICAN AIRLINES-HURRICANE FLORENCE — Shares of American Airlines are sinking to their lowest level in more than two years as the carrier warns about rising fuel prices and lost revenue from Hurricane Florence. SENT: 130 words.

— OFFICER POINTS GUN-KIDS — Four parents have filed civil rights lawsuits against police in El Paso, Texas, after an officer was caught on video pointing a gun at a group of children. SENT: 120 words.

— DEPUTY SHOT-HOSTAGES — A Texas sheriff’s deputy responding to a domestic disturbance has been shot and law enforcement personnel have swarmed a home in which a woman and child were temporarily held hostage. SENT: 130 words.

— SCHOOL DISTRICT-FINANCIAL CRISIS — A Houston-area school district has declared that it’s facing an official financial emergency, becoming the 16th district since 2012 to inform the state it’s facing such a crisis. SENT: 130 words.

— COLLEGE SYSTEM-CHANCELLOR SEARCH — The Nebraska State College System has entered a contract with the next system chancellor. SENT: 130 words.

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