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

March 20, 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A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates. All times are Central.

For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org

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UPCOMING:

PETROCHEMICAL FIRE-TEXAS

HOUSTON _ Crews have extinguished a fire that’s burned for days at a Houston-area petrochemicals storage facility. International Terminals Company says the blaze in Deer Park was extinguished as of 3 a.m. Wednesday. The fire began Sunday at the facility southeast of Houston, sending a huge, dark plume of smoke thousands of feet in the air, though officials said air quality remained safe. By Juan A. Lozano. SENT: 220 words, with photos, video. Will be updated. News conference 10 a.m. CDT.

SOUTH TEXAS-OIL TERMINAL

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas _ An opening meetings dispute has halted plans for a multibillion-dollar marine storage terminal project for the Port of Corpus Christi. The Corpus Christi Caller-Times reports an appeals court sided with a former port commissioner who sought to have the project blocked amid concerns about how current officials negotiated a proposed lease and whether details were kept from public view. Port officials deny wrongdoing. UPCOMING: 300 words. Pursuing photos. Moving on news & business lines.

BALTIMORE-KILLED WHILE GIVING MONEY

BALTIMORE _ It’s been one of the more bizarre real-life crime sagas in a city full of them: A truck driver accused of killing his wife and blaming her death on a panhandler was arrested with his daughter during what police call a dash for the Mexico border. The father and daughter are expected to be extradited from Texas on Wednesday to stand trial for murder in Baltimore. UPCOMING: 300 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ TEXAS HOME-RATTLESNAKES _ A West Texas homeowner who reported seeing “a few” snakes under his home actually had dozens of rattlesnakes living beneath his house near Albany.

_ NEXSTAR-TV STATIONS _ Texas-based Nexstar is selling 19 television stations for $1.32 billion as part of its buyout deal with Tribune Media.

SPOT MEMBER EXCHANGE:

Pending.

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