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

January 17, 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.

A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

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EAST LANSING, Mich. _ Michigan State University’s Board of Trustees said Thursday that interim president John Engler’s resignation is effective immediately. The board acted a day after Engler said he’d step down next week amid fallout from remarks he made about some victims of former sports doctor and convicted sexual abuser Larry Nassar, who treated Olympic athletes _ including some training in Texas. Engler is a former Michigan governor. He told The Detroit News last week that Nassar’s victims had been in the “spotlight” and were “still enjoying that moment at times, you know, the awards and recognition.” Engler resignation letter came as he was in Texas for a service for his late father-in-law. By David Eggert and Corey Williams. SENT: 950 words, with photos. Developing. Moving on news & sports lines.


_ GYM--DOCTOR-SEXUAL ASSAULT-FALLOUT. SENT: 1,190 words, with photos.


_ CHILD SHOT _ Police say a 9-year-old child was fatally shot by a 9-year-old cousin while playing with a gun they found in a northwest Houston apartment.

_ TEXAS CHURCH SERVICE_ The murder trial has begun for a man charged in a fatal stabbing during a church service at a private home in Corpus Christi.



STAMFORD, Texas _ The balcony is finally open in the West Texas town of Stamford. The Abilene Reporter-News reports the Grand Theatre is living up to its name. The 1930s-era movie palace, shuttered since 2011, is once again showing films. Like the Tower Drive-In in nearby Rule, the Grand had to close its doors because of changes in the motion picture industry. The conversion to digital rippled the landscape for small-town theaters across the nation. Stamford has a population of nearly 3,000. By Ronald W. Erdrich, Abilene Reporter-News. SENT: 580 words, pursuing photos.


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