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

December 14, 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 _ An autopsy will determine the cause of death of a 7-year-old migrant girl who began suffering seizures in immigration custody along the U.S.-Mexico border and spiked a high fever, officials said. The girl was found Dec. 6 near Lordsburg, New Mexico, by U.S. Border Patrol agents. She was in custody for about eight hours before having seizures. Emergency medical technicians discovered the girl’s fever was 105.7 degrees and she was airlifted to an El Paso, Texas, hospital, where she later died. Officials say the girl appeared to be dehydrated and suffering from shock and apparently had not had anything to eat or drink in days. By Colleen Long and Astrid Galvan. SENT: 660 words, with photo.


HOUSTON _ While Texas led the nation in the number of inmates executed in 2018, the use of capital punishment in the state continues to decline, according to a new report out Friday. The Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty said in its year-end review report the drop can be attributed, in part, to prosecutors and the public continuing to turn away from the death penalty. In recent years, reform-minded district attorneys have been elected in some of Texas’ most populous counties. By Juan A. Lozano. SENT: 570 words.



WASHINGTON _ Three states resumed executions of death row inmates in 2018 after long breaks, but nationwide, executions remained near historic lows this year, according to an annual report on the death penalty released Friday.The report by the District of Columbia-based Death Penalty Information Center says 25 executions were carried out in 2018, the fourth consecutive year in which there have been fewer than 30 executions nationwide. By Jessica Gresko. SENT: 670 words, with photo.


AUSTIN, Texas _ Democrat Beto O’Rourke holds his final two town halls as a congressman in his native El Paso as he continues to say he’s still making up his mind about whether to undertake a highly anticipated 2020 presidential run. By Will Weissert. UPCOMING: 500 words.


KERRVILLE, Texas _ A Texas mother has been sentenced to 40 years in prison after she admitted leaving her two toddlers alone in a hot vehicle, leading to their deaths. The Kerrville Daily Times reports Amanda Hawkins was sentenced Thursday in Kerrville over the June deaths of her daughters _ ages 2 and 1. UPCOMING: 300 words.


_ COLLEGE STUDENT KILLED _ A 30-year-old Mississippi man has been ordered to stand trial for murder in the fatal off-campus shooting of a 22-year-old Michigan State University student who was from Texas.



AUSTIN, Texas _ Harry Whittington was a longtime Austin lawyer and a largely behind the scenes player in Texas Republican politics in 2006 when he became a central actor in what came close to being a life-or-death drama involving then-Vice President Dick Cheney. The Corpus Christi Caller-Times reports Whittington, then 78, was quail hunting on a South Texas ranch with Cheney and others when the vice president accidentally shot him in the face and torso after some birds took flight. Whittington lost consciousness and was taken to the hospital. He suffered what at the time was called a minor heart attack because some of the lead shot hit near his heart. Now it’s part of the movie, “Vice,” due for release on Christmas. By John C. Moritz. SENT: 520 words, pursuing photos. Moving on news & entertainment lines.


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