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

October 2, 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A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

HOUSTON SCHOOLS AFTER HARVEY

HOUSTON — In the chaotic aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, Principal Jonathan Trinh feared the worst for his Houston high school. He took in 100 new pupils displaced by the 2017 storm, his students’ overwhelmingly low-income families were struggling with lost jobs and other distractions, and Trinh worried this would be the year that test scores sank enough to make his Wisdom High School a target for state intervention. But when the scores came out recently, there was only celebration. Wisdom and other Houston schools with some of the largest populations of at-risk students defied expectations and showed improvement in state scores. By Sally Ho. SENT: 920 words, with photos, video.

SELLING SCHOOL SECURITY

Security companies spent years pushing schools to buy more products — from “ballistic attack-resistant” doors to smoke cannons that spew haze from ceilings to confuse a shooter. But sales were slow, and industry’s campaign to free up taxpayer money for upgrades had stalled. That changed last February, when a former student shot and killed 17 people at a Florida high school. Publicly, the rampage reignited the U.S. gun-control debate. Privately, it propelled industry efforts to sell school fortification as the answer to the mass killing of American kids. SENT: 3,700 words, with photos. By Reese Dunklin and Justin Prictchard.

Also:

— SELLING SCHOOL-SECURITY-ABRIDGED, 1,000 words, with photos.

TROPICAL WEATHER

PHOENIX — After soaking northwestern Mexico with heavy rains as it neared the Baja California Peninsula, reportedly claiming at least one victim, Tropical Storm Rosa is expected to drench the U.S. Southwest. From Arizona to Utah, some residents filled sandbags in anticipation of heavy rainfall forecasts and potential flooding. The center of Rosa, which was a hurricane until late Sunday, was expected to hit Baja California and Sonora by Tuesday. By Terry Tang and Peter Orsi. SENT: 580 words, with photos. Will be updated.

TEXAS ARREST-TASER DEATH

FORT WORTH, Texas — The U.S. Supreme Court will allow a 2013 wrongful death and police brutality case from Texas to go to trial. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports the case involves the death of 34-year-old Jermaine Darden, who authorities say was shocked with a stun gun during a drug raid. UPCOMING: 250 words.

IN BRIEF:

— MALL-PARKING LOT SHOOTING — Police in Houston say a man is dead and his girlfriend is in custody following a fatal shooting as the pair argued in a mall parking lot.

— PROJECT MANAGER-CONTRACT — Some leaders are questioning a contract for a Texas firm to manage construction projects at Zoo Atlanta and the Atlanta Hawks’ arena.

— ALASKA AIRLINES-FLIGHTS — Alaska Airlines is pulling two non-stop flights for Albuquerque International Sunport while adding two non-stop flights to El Paso, Texas.

SPOT MEMBER EXCHANGE:

EXCHANGE-WWII-LIVING HISTORY

GREENVILLE, Texas — The annual “WWII Living History Day,” hosted by the Audie Murphy and American Cotton Museum in Greenville, gave people a chance to walk through history. The Greenville Herald-Banner reports members of the Able Company camped out in front of the museum in full gear from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday. The crew stayed at their camp until Sunday morning, when their gear had dried off from the muggy weather. By Hojun Choi, Greenville Herald-Banner. SENT: 460 words, pursuing photos.

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