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AP-TX--Texas News Digest 1 pm, TX

October 7, 2018

Good afternoon! 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. Jamie Stengle 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Reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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AROUND THE STATE & NATION:

TEXAS EXECUTION

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas’ highest criminal appeals court has put on hold an execution that was scheduled for this week. Juan Segundo was set to be executed Wednesday for the rape and slaying of 11-year-old Vanessa Villa. He was arrested nearly 19 years after the 1986 crime when a DNA match tied him to the cold case slaying in Fort Worth. SENT: 130 words.

EXCHANGE-AMMONIA PLANT

SAN LEON, Texas — Roy Lee Cannon stands on the deck of his shrimp boat docked at Eagle Point Fishing Camp during the golden hour of a summer evening. He looks out on Galveston Bay, his office for the last 44 years. The Houston Chronicle reports it’s the end of a long work day for Cannon, a shift that began before sunrise. The early-morning hours are harder for Cannon, who has a titanium plate in his arm from an accident and a pig valve in his chest. When Cannon heard an $800 million anhydrous ammonia plant was in the works for the shores of Texas City, he decided that another potential bay polluter should not proceed without protest. By Nick Powell, Houston Chronicle. SENT IN ADVANCE: 2,300 words, with photos.

EXCHANGE-A&M MASCOT-REVEILLE

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — For the first time, the “First Lady of Aggieland” is being cared for by a woman. The Eagle reports sophomore Mia Miller is the first woman mascot corporal, whose role is to take care of Reveille, Texas A&M University’s beloved collie. Last year Miller was among the first women to join Company E-2, the Corps of Cadets’ mascot company, upon its gender integration. By Caitlin Clark, The Eagle. SENT IN ADVANCE: 890 words, with photos. Moving to news & sports lines.

IN BRIEF:

— BALENCIAGA EXHIBIT — More than 100 items including dresses, gowns, suits, jackets and accessories — all in black — designed by famed Spanish designer Cristobal Balenciaga will be showcased in an exhibit at a Texas museum. With photo.

— GAS PRICES — The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline has spiked 7 cents a gallon over the past two weeks, costing $2.97. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg of the Lundberg Survey says that’s 41 cents a gallon higher than at this time last year.

SPORTS REFER:

T25-COLLEGE FOOTBALL POLL

Notre Dame moved into the top five, Texas and UCF reached the top 10 and the Southeastern Conference placed a season-high eight teams in the latest Associated Press college football poll. After three teams in the top eight and eight ranked teams overall lost on Saturday, there was significant movement throughout the AP Top 25 , except in the first four spots. By Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 570 words, photos.

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