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

August 29, 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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DALLAS — Jurors are now deciding the fate of a former Texas police officer who was convicted of murder for fatally shooting a black, unarmed teenager last year in suburban Dallas. Wednesday marks the second day of the sentencing phase in the trial of Roy Oliver, who was convicted Tuesday for the 2017 slaying of 15-year-old Jordan Edwards. Edwards was killed when Oliver, a police officer in Balch Springs at the time, fired into a car full of black teenagers as it drove away from a house party. By Ryan Tarinelli. SENT: 810 words, with photos, video. Will be updated.




HOUSTON — The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston has replaced its colorful admission stickers with plastic tags in an effort to cut down on the original items being discarded and stuck on nearby street signs and buildings. The Houston Chronicle reports the stickers, used as proof of entry since the early 1990s, have been piling up like bad polka dots on structures in the area. UPCOMING: 250 words, pursuing photos.


— BOOMING OIL REGION-AIRPORT — Officials in southeastern New Mexico’s booming oil and gas region want to expand their regional airport.



DALLAS — Beneath the open jaws of a crouching dinosaur, Briana Smith pressed her small rotating saw into a plaster cast. Inside the cast lay pieces of a creature that had roamed Alaska about 70 million years ago. The Dallas Morning News reports Smith’s colleague Tony Fiorillo, a paleontologist and chief curator of the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, found the fossils on one of his many expeditions to the Arctic. He had swaddled them in a cocoon of paper, burlap and plaster to protect them on the 4,000-mile journey to Dallas. Now, Smith was beginning the long process of figuring out exactly what Fiorillo had brought back. The museum’s Paleo Lab opened Tuesday. By Anna Kuchment, The Dallas Morning News. SENT: 700 words, pursuing photos. Not for online use in the Dallas area.


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