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

December 19, 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.

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WASHINGTON _ President Donald Trump appeared to back off his demand for $5 billion to build a border wall, signaling for the first time that he might be open to a deal that would avoid a partial government shutdown. The White House set the tone Tuesday when press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders indicated that Trump doesn’t want to shut down the government, though just last week he said he’d be “proud” to do so. One option circulating on Capitol Hill would be to approve government funding at existing levels, without a boost for the border, as a stopgap measure. While Trump has not said that he would sign such a measure, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway signaled Wednesday that he may consider it. By Lisa Mascaro, Matthew Daly and Catherine Lucey. SENT: 1,030 words, with photos. Developing.


_ BORDER WALL-EXPLAINER. By Nomaan Merchant and Colleen Long. SENT: 840 words, with photos.


_ FORT WORTH-PURSUIT-DEATH _ Texas police investigating a report of an armed man using social media to threaten to kill himself say he was found dead after an exchange of gunfire, a chase and a wreck.

_ MISSING BOYS-WATER _ Texas regulators have closed a facility operated by a nonprofit group serving homeless and abused children after two boys drowned during a beach outing.

_ SCHOOL STABBING-FORT WORTH _ A former high school student has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for cutting the throat of a classmate at a Fort Worth high school.





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