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

July 31, 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 — President Donald Trump says he is consulting with the National Rifle Association over whether it makes sense for a Texas company to publish downloadable blueprints for a 3D-printed gun. Trump tweeted Tuesday he is “looking into 3-D Plastic Guns being sold to the public,” adding that he “already spoke to NRA.” The president expressed doubt, saying “doesn’t seem to make much sense!” He did not offer further details. SENT: 120 words. Could develop.


— 3D GUNS-NEW ENGLAND — Two New England lawmakers are looking to ban the 3D printing of plastic firearms.


WASHINGTON — The Senate Judiciary Committee is demanding answers from federal immigration officials about the Trump administration’s separation of migrant children from their families and its struggle to reunite them, a fraught effort that’s drawn election-year criticism from both parties. But a hearing scheduled for Tuesday on the topic may have a wider focus after the committee’s bipartisan leaders asked federal investigators to probe reports of sexual and other abuse of immigrants at government detention facilities. By Alan Fram. SENT: 790 words, with photo. Will be updated, hearing starts 9 a.m. CDT.


SAN ANTONIO — Eight candidates are competing in a bipartisan special election to replace Democratic Texas state Sen. Carlos Uresti, who stepped down in June after being sentenced to 12 years in prison on federal fraud charges. Uresti’s term doesn’t expire until 2020 and his San Antonio district is heavily Democratic. But with such a crowded field Tuesday, no candidate may win a majority, forcing a runoff. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated. Polls close at 7 p.m.


PLANO, Texas — A North Texas bar loses its liquor license Wednesday in the aftermath of serving alcohol to a patron who later killed his estranged wife and seven other people at a Dallas-area home during a football watching party. The Local Public House in Plano has agreed to surrender its liquor license in the wake of the September 2017 shootings. The gunman was shot and killed by a police officer. UPCOMING: 250 words.


LEON VALLEY, Texas — A shark snatched from the San Antonio Aquarium and wheeled out in a baby stroller is back in its petting tank, and investigators say they’ve obtained confessions from two men involved in the deed. Surveillance video had shown two men and a woman carrying a baby sneaking the 2-to-3-foot-long gray horn shark from the aquarium in a stroller Saturday afternoon. They got away in a pickup truck, which police tracked down Monday evening. SENT: 120 words, with video. UPCOMING: 250 words.


HOUSTON — Before every Texas execution, Mike Graczyk of The Associated Press has asked to talk to the convict scheduled to die. If the person said yes, he visited death row to interview and took a photo of them. He also attempted to contact the family members of the person killed by the condemned inmate and the lawyers involved. Graczyk retires Tuesday after a 45-year career in which he observed more than 400 executions. Here is a selection of the images and people Graczyk found to be particularly memorable. SENT: 870 words, with photos.


— MEN ARRAIGNED-ROBBERY ATTEMPT — Seven Mexican nationals are being held on charges they attempted to rob a jewelry store at a busy South Texas mall, setting off a panic among shoppers and warnings by law enforcement of an active shooter.

— SHARK STOLEN — A shark snatched from the San Antonio Aquarium and wheeled out in a baby stroller is back in its petting tank, and investigators say they’ve obtained confessions from two men involved in the deed. With video.

— HOBBS-UNITED AIRLINES — A southeastern New Mexico county and city are guaranteeing United Airlines a subsidy of $2.3 million for the airline to maintain commercial flight service to Houston.



RENO, Texas — Texas has two Renos, and that’s no longer funny. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports misdelivered mail is stacking up. Callers are dialing the wrong number. Worst of all, fire or medical emergency calls are going to the wrong Reno 911. So after 140 years, leaders in the Parker County town of Reno might change its name, maybe to Reno Springs. In a larger town named Reno 160 miles away in northeast Texas, Mayor Bart Jetton answered a reporter’s phone call the way he has answered hundreds of calls from the 817 area code. “I hate to interrupt you,” he said wearily, “but — are you trying to reach the Reno in Parker County?” By Bud Kennedy. SENT: 550 words, pursuing photos.


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