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

April 15, 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:

SEVERE WEATHER

TRENTON, N.J. _ Tens of thousands of utility customers are without power as powerful storms roar through the mid-Atlantic region. The storms caused the roof to collapse Monday morning at a New Jersey apartment complex, though no injuries were reported. The weather also disrupted rail service in the region and caused some delays at airports. Two children were killed on a back road in East Texas when a pine tree fell onto a car they were riding in a severe thunderstorm Saturday near Pollok, about 150 miles southeast of Dallas. SENT: 130 words, with photos, video. Developing.

TRANSGENDER WOMAN BEATEN-DALLAS

DALLAS _ Police in Dallas have arrested a 29-year-old man in the brutal beating of a transgender woman in an attack that was caught on cellphone video. Dallas police say Edward Thomas was arrested at about 9:30 p.m. Sunday “for his role” in the attack. He was jailed on suspicion of aggravated assault, and records don’t list an attorney who could speak on his behalf. Police did not say whether anyone else would be arrested in the beating, which happened Friday in broad daylight in front of a crowd of people, but said the case is being investigated as a hate crime. The woman told police she was attacked after a minor traffic accident. SENT: 350 words, pursuing photo.

IN BRIEF:

_ WASTE MANAGEMENT-ADVANCED DISPOSAL-ACQUISITION _ Houston-based Waste Management is pushing into the eastern U.S. by paying $3 billion for its smaller rival, Advanced Disposal Services.

SPOT MEMBER EXCHANGE:

TEXAS CITY-EXPLOSION-ANNIVERSARY

TEXAS CITY, Texas _ This week marks 72 years since thousands of lives were changed forever in the United States’ deadliest industrial accident, that day still seems fresh — remembered in vivid and awful detail — by those who lived through it. “I was walking to school that day — we lived at the corner of Dock Road and Third Street,” said Ernestine Garza Moreno, who was 17. “When I felt the first blast, by the grace of God, I cried out ‘save me’ and threw a coat over me. When I finally got up, everyone around was dead except for me.” The Galveston County Daily News reports Moreno was one of about 100 survivors of the 1947 Texas City disaster who gathered Saturday to remember. By Matt DeGrood, The Galveston County Daily News. SENT: 600 words, pursuing photos.

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