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

December 24, 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A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

CLOSED CHURCH

HOUSTON _ Some parishioners in Houston have won an appeal they had filed with the Vatican’s highest court to reopen their Catholic church after it had been closed down in 2016. Parishioners had hoped to have the church reopened for the Christmas holidays but that won’t happen as the archdiocese in Houston has yet to take action. By Juan A. Lozano. UPCOMING: 700 words. With AP Photos.

WACO-TOURISM-HOTELS

WACO, Texas _ Hundreds of hotel rooms are being built in the Waco area amid the visitors’ boom associated with the popular HGTV show “Fixer Upper” and other Central Texas attractions. The Waco Tribune-Herald reports officials with the Waco Convention Center predict nearly 1,300 rooms could become available in the next three years to host visitors to attractions such as the Cameron Park Zoo, the Dr Pepper Museum and Magnolia Market, another project of Waco-based “Fixer Upper” stars Chip and Joanna Gaines. UPCOMING: 250 words. Moving on news, business & entertainment lines. Pursuing photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ HOUSTON OFFICERS-CRASH _ Authorities say two Houston police officers were injured, one critically, after a driver crashed into their patrol vehicle.

_ BANK ROBBERY _ Two Texas men accused of robbing a North Carolina bank have been arrested in Oklahoma.

SPOT MEMBER EXCHANGE:

EXCHANGE-INMATES-REFURBISHED BICYCLES

DALLAS _ Dallas County inmate Eliza Zabaleta gushes when Roy Love, a detention services officer, places a small pink bicycle over a repair stand. The Dallas Morning News reports the handlebars are faded, and the tires with heart-shaped grooves look more gray than the original white. Zabaleta _ who was jailed in July on an unauthorized use of a motor vehicle charge _ studies the bike and starts her cleanup work. The Dallas County jail is no home for playthings. But in this room, men and women in jumpsuits transform discarded bikes into gifts for needy strangers in the outside world. By Julieta Chiquillo, The Dallas Morning News. SENT: 740 words, pursuing photos. Not for online use in the Dallas area.

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