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

March 21, 2019

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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UPCOMING:

PETROCHEMICAL FIRE-TEXAS

HOUSTON _ National Guard troops have been called in and residents were told to stay inside after elevated levels of benzene were detected early Thursday near a Houston-area petrochemicals storage facility that caught fire this week. Harris County officials said the Guard and hazardous materials teams have established perimeters around the Intercontinental Terminals Company in Deer Park. The fire was extinguished Wednesday but experts continue to monitor the site amid health and safety concerns. SENT: 410 words, pursuing photos, video. Will be updated, scheduled 10 a.m. CDT news conference.

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_ PETROCHEMICAL FIRE-TEXAS-THE LATEST

MIGRANT SURGE

McALLEN, Texas _ Waves of desperate families are trying to cross the U.S. border with Mexico almost hourly and entering an overtaxed government detention system. The Border Patrol says about 66,000 people crossed the border illegally in February, including 36,000 parents and children. That’s an all-time monthly high. Feeding and caring for the migrants has fallen almost entirely on the Border Patrol, a single law enforcement agency. The agency announced this week that it would start releasing some families in far South Texas with notices to appear in immigration court due to overcrowding in its facilities. By Nomaan Merchant. UPCOMING: 1,200 words, with photos.

REDRAWING AMERICA-IMBALANCE OF POWER

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. _ Democrats won more votes, regained control of the U.S. House and flipped hundreds of seats in state legislatures during the 2018 elections. It was, by most accounts, a good year for the party. Yet it wasn’t as bad as it could have been for Republicans. That’s because they may have benefited from a built-in advantage in some states, based on how political districts were drawn, that prevented deeper losses or helped them hold on to power, according to a mathematical analysis by The Associated Press. States that had consistently sizable Republican advantages in both congressional elections included Ohio, Indiana, Wisconsin, Alabama and Texas. By David Lieb. SENT: 1,380 words, with photos.

GERMANY-US-NATO

BERLIN _ More than 300 U.S. soldiers arrived Thursday in Germany from their base in West Texas in the first test of a new American strategy to rapidly deploy U.S.-based troops to Europe to bolster the NATO deterrent against possible Russian aggression. The soldiers, from the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team of the 1st Armored Division, based in Fort Bliss, were part of a group of 1,500 to arrive this week in Berlin via charter aircraft, and are on their way to Poland for maneuvers with local forces. The Abrams tanks, Bradley Fighting Vehicles and other equipment they will be using are being brought in from a pre-positioned location in the Netherlands. By David Rising. SENT: 620 words, with photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ DROWNED BOY-SENTENCE _ A man who drowned his 6-year-old nephew north of Seattle has been sentenced to more than 18 years in prison for the death of the child who was visiting from Kerrville, Texas.

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