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

April 16, 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A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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WASHINGTON _ Top administration officials have been discussing ways to increase pressure on countries with high numbers of citizens who overstay short-term visas, as part of President Donald Trump’s growing focus on immigration heading into his re-election campaign. The administration could introduce new travel restrictions on nationals from those countries, according to two people familiar with the plans who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to disclose private conversations. By Jill Colvin and Colleen Long. SENT: 850 words, with photos.


NEW YORK _ Big Bird, Elmo and stars of “Sesame Street” are leaving their quiet neighborhood and embarking on a road trip. The nonprofit Sesame Workshop said Tuesday a selection of Muppets will take part in a 10-city trip to celebrate the show’s 50th anniversary campaign with free park festivals, live performances and kid-friendly activities. The tour starts June 1 in New York and then has Saturday celebrations across the country, including Dallas on July 6. SENT: 300 words, with photo.


_ OBIT-OWEN GARRIOTT _ Former NASA astronaut Owen Garriott has died at his home in Huntsville, Alabama. He was 88 and a former director of Science and Applications at Johnson Space Center in Houston. With photo.



LINDALE, Texas _ Ruthie and Jo Bartle of Garden Valley said they haven’t had a date night in two years. The Tyler Morning Telegraph reports that changed on a recent Saturday when the Bartles were able to drop their children off with family and go down the road to their neighborhood ax throwing spot. East Texas Axe Throwing provided the opportunity. The business, which opened in mid-March, is the creation of co-owners Nathan Das and Abram Lindvall. By LouAnna Campbell, Tyler Morning Telegraph. SENT: 520 words, pursuing photos.


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