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AP-TX--Texas News Digest 1 pm, TX

November 12, 2018

Good afternoon! Here’s a look at AP’s general news coverage in Texas at this hour. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the Dallas AP at 972-991-2100, or, in Texas, 800-442-7189. Email: aptexas@ap.org

Reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 and digests will keep you up to date. All times are Central.

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TOP STORIES:

HURRICANE PROTECTION PLAN-TEXAS

HOUSTON — Rice University researchers are raising concerns about the Army Corps of Engineers and the Texas General Land Office’s $31 billion proposal to protect the Houston-Galveston region from devastating storm surge with levees and sea gates. The Houston Chronicle reports that Rice professors plan to raise questions about the proposed coastal protection project known as the “Ike Dike” during the public comment period. The project is being studied before the agencies send the proposal to Congress to consider funding. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words.

DRY NEW MEXICO-OIL AND GAS

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— With drought a constant consideration for New Mexico, state and federal officials are warning that decisions about water are growing more complicated and opportunities to tap untraditional sources should be considered. The state, with the help of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, has drafted a document that outlines areas where regulations can be streamlined to encourage the treatment and reuse of wastewater that comes from oil and natural gas operations. As the boom in oil production continues in the Permian Basin’s well fields along the Texas-New Mexico border, officials say so will the amount of wastewater. By Susan Montoya Brown. SENT: 500 words.

AROUND THE STATE & NATION:

DEEP SOUTH-WEATHER

MOBILE, Ala. — Forecasters are warning about the potential for drenching rain and severe weather on the northern Gulf Coast. The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch Monday for much of southern Alabama, the Florida Panhandle and southwestern Georgia. That includes areas where thousands of people are still trying to recover from Hurricane Michael devastating landfall last month. SENT: 240 words. Developing.

With:

— WINTER STORM-PLAINS — An early season winter storm has dumped up to 7 inches of snow in the Texas Panhandle and lesser amounts in the western half of Oklahoma as it moves toward Arkansas. SENT: 130 words.

MIGRANT CARAVAN

IRAPUATO, Mexico — Several thousand Central American migrants marked a month on the road Monday as they hitched rides to the western Mexico city of Guadalajara and toward the U.S. border. Most appear intent on taking the Pacific coast route northward to the border city of Tijuana, which is still about 1,550 miles away. The migrants have come about 1,200 miles since they started out in Honduras around Oct. 13. By Maria Verza. SENT: 530 words, with photos.

IN BRIEF:

— DISPUTE-FIREFIGHTER DEATH — Investigators say a Houston-area homeowner has fatally shot an off-duty firefighter after both attended a party and later got into a physical fight. With photo.

— ACCIDENTAL GUNSHOT-SENTENCE — A Texas woman accused of accidentally firing a gunshot into the occupied apartment below her in Minot, North Dakota, has been sentenced to a year of probation.

SPOT MEMBER EXCHANGE:

EXCHANGE-HARVEY-RECOVERY-NEW FRIENDS

DICKINSON, Texas — Dickinson’s post-Hurricane Harvey drainage, flooding and road problems have caused headaches, but for some residents, they’ve also created the opportunity to get to know people who are going through the same adversity. “Jay, what are you drinking,” Marika Fuller asked Jay Holley on social media before the two recently met as part of an organized drainage cleanup event. The Galveston County Daily News reports even though the early November event ultimately got rained out, Fuller and Holley — and more than two dozen others — have participated in plenty of other local cleanup-focused community get-togethers. By Aaron West. SENT: 570 words, pursuing photos.

SPORTS REFER:

HKN--BLUE JACKETS-STARS

DALLAS — Alexander Radulov is expected to return for the Stars against Columbus after missing six straight games and 13 of the past 14 with a lower-body injury. The Blue Jackets are leading the Metropolitan Division. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 7:30 p.m. CST.

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