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

March 28, 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:

TEXAS EXECUTION

HUNTSVILLE, Texas _ A member of the “Texas 7” gang of escaped prisoners who’s scheduled to be executed Thursday evening should be spared because he didn’t fatally shoot a suburban Dallas police officer during a Christmas Eve robbery more than 18 years ago, according to his attorneys. Patrick Murphy, 57, is slated to receive lethal injection at the penitentiary in Huntsville. He was among the inmates who escaped from a South Texas prison in December 2000 and then committed numerous robberies, including the one in which they shot 29-year-old Irving police Officer Aubrey Hawkins 11 times, killing him. By Juan A. Lozano and Michael Graczyk. SENT: 680 words, with photos. Will be updated.

PETROCHEMICAL FIRE-TEXAS

HOUSTON _ Pending.

UT SPIRIT GROUP-HAZING

AUSTIN, Texas _ The University of Texas has suspended the Texas Cowboys, a spirit group best known for firing “Smokey the Cannon” at home football games, for six years after an investigation into hazing at a retreat the night before a new member was fatally injured in a wreck on the way back to Austin, the Austin American-Statesman reports. The suspension, along with a two-year probationary period after reinstatement, was handed down Wednesday by UT’s dean of students office. The Cowboys have the option of accepting the sanction, appealing or requesting a formal hearing, according to a partially redacted copy of UT’s discipline report. UPCOMING: 300 words. Moving on news & sports lines. Pursuing photos.

BEACHED TURTLES

QUINCY, Mass. _ At a sea turtle hospital housed at an old New England shipyard, a biologist leans over a table and uses a needle to draw blood from a sick loggerhead before tagging its flailing flipper. These were the first tentative steps toward a return to the ocean for this juvenile nicknamed Honey Bun and hundreds of other loggerhead, Kemp’s ridley and green turtles stranded this winter on Cape Cod beaches. Cape Cod is believed to have one of the largest annual turtle strandings in the world. There are occasional strandings in Florida, Texas and as far north as the Chesapeake Bay. By Michael Causey. SENT: 940 words, with photos, video.

IN BRIEF:

_ AMAZON-TEXAS-EXPANSION _ Amazon plans to add 800 high-tech jobs at its Austin hub.

SPOT MEMBER EXCHANGE:

EXCHANGE-TINY HOOVES

TEMPLE, Texas _ East of Temple, down a series of winding country lanes, there is an old farm, and dozens of tiny hooves. The Temple Daily Telegram reports Shelby Michalewicz started Tiny Hooves Rescue and Petting Zoo about four years ago, after she and her husband moved to her family’s old farm. Originally, she had planned to have a career as a veterinarian. Then life happened — Michalewicz married and had a baby, but she still kept searching for her purpose. By Mariel Williams, Temple Daily Telegram. SENT: 720 words, pursuing photos.

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