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December 5, 2018


The Associated Press plans the following coverage of the funeral of former President George H.W. Bush on Thursday. All times are CST:


— 6 a.m.: Public viewing at St. Martin’s ends

— 10 a.m.: Private funeral at St. Martin’s

— 3:45 p.m.: Private burial in College Station, Texas


GEORGE HW BUSH-FUNERAL TRAIN — A locomotive first unveiled in 2005 for a special exhibit at George H.W. Bush’s presidential library is heading back into service, this time to pull the late president’s funeral train. Dubbed 4141 in honor of the 41st president, the 4,300-horsepower, 420,000-pound machine will carry Bush’s remains Thursday from suburban Houston to his final resting place at his presidential library at Texas A&M University — the first presidential funeral train since Dwight D. Eisenhower’s body was carried from Washington to Kansas 49 years ago. By Will Weissert. UPCOMING: 600 words by 2 a.m., photos.

GEORGE HW BUSH — A private funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston with about 1,200 invited guests expected. After the funeral, Bush’s casket will be transported to College Station, home to Bush’s presidential library at Texas A&M University. The 41st president will be buried at a gated family plot near his wife Barbara and their daughter Robin at around 4:45 p.m. By Will Weissert, Nomaan Merchant and Juan Lozano. 1,000 words, photos, video. Story will be updated through the day.

GEORGE HW BUSH-THINGS TO KNOW — President George H.W. Bush will be buried Thursday in Texas after a series of public and private events honoring him in his adopted home state. The nation’s 41st president died Friday at age 94. His casket returned to Houston Thursday after a state funeral at Washington National Cathedral. By Nomaan Merchant. 350 words by 4 a.m., photos.

The following stories moved Wednesday:

GEORGE HW BUSH — The nation bids goodbye to George H.W. Bush with high praise, cannon salutes and gentle humor, celebrating the life of the Texan who embraced a lifetime of service and was the last president to fight for the U.S. in wartime. Three former presidents look on at Washington National Cathedral as a fourth — George W. Bush — eulogizes his dad as “the brightest of a thousand points of light.” By Calvin Woodward, Laurie Kellman and Ashraf Khalil. SENT: 1,120 words, photos, video, audio, graphics. With GEORGE HW BUSH-HUMOR — Speaker after speaker recalls 41st president’s well-known sense of humor. SENT: 400 words, photos; GEORGE HW BUSH-GREATEST GENERATION — Funeral is a farewell to WWII’s “greatest generation.” SENT: 360 words, photos.

TRUMP-PRESIDENTS CLUB — There is no mistaking the odd man out. The funeral service for former President George H.W. Bush serves as a rare reunion of the remaining members of the presidents club, but the front-row banter among Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter and their spouses comes to an uneasy end when President Donald Trump and wife Melania arrive. By Catherine Lucey and Zeke Miller. SENT: 1,070 words, photos.

BUSH-A PRESIDENT FROM YESTERDAY-ANALYSIS — His nation celebrated George H.W. Bush this week as a statesman, a veteran, a loving and committed family man. But something else seeped into all the praise. Bush was also remembered as an emissary from, to use his own idiom, a kinder, gentler America of clearer challenges — even if they were, in reality, as complicated as the problems we face today. An AP News Analysis. By National Writer Ted Anthony. SENT: 900 words, photos.

GEORGE HW BUSH-BUSH EULOGY-TEXT — Text of George W. Bush’s eulogy for George H.W. Bush. SENT: 1,600 words.

The following stories moved in previous cycles:

GEORGE HW BUSH-SULLY — It’s often said that if you want a friend in Washington, get a dog. For the last six months, Sully the service dog was President George H.W. Bush’s. 400 words, photos. Moved Tuesday.

GEORGE HW BUSH-RACE — George H.W. Bush, lauded as a man of decency and civility, has a complicated legacy on race. 1,100 words, photos. Moved Tuesday

GEORGE HW BUSH-STATE FUNERAL — Former President George H.W. Bush’s state funeral encompasses four days of events, from his arrival in Washington to his burial in Texas on Thursday. 560 words, photos. Moved Tuesday.

GEORGE HW BUSH-TRUMP-CONTRASTS — Contrasts between Bush and Trump presidencies underscore how GOP itself has changed. 1000 words, photos. Moved Tuesday.

GEORGE HW BUSH-FAMILY LEGACY — The Kennedys had their New England coastal hideaway in Hyannis Port, a Camelot-like mystique and a political godfather in Joseph P. Kennedy. For the country’s other political dynasty — the Bushes — it was a summer home in Kennebunkport, Maine, and the West Texas oil patch that created a mix of Yale blue-blood and backcountry cowboy, and their own patriarch in George H.W. Bush. 1,100 words, photos. Moved Monday.

GEORGE HW BUSH-HUMANITARIAN — A look at some of the volunteer and humanitarian work credited to George H.W. Bush. 860 words, photos, video. Moved Sunday.

GEORGE HW BUSH-TEXAS — Although he was born and grew up on the East Coast, former President George H.W. Bush was the quintessential Texan. 700 words, photos, video. Moved Sunday.


Full video coverage is planned. Broadcast and online edits will be expedited.

AP international clients can expect live coverage at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston and on the train from Houston to College Station via London Direct and Live Choice channels. U.S. domestic video clients will have a live single-camera feed during the funeral service at St. Martin’s via a Live Choice channel. AP will also have a live camera along the train route in Navasota, Texas. We will turn edits for all video products.


Full photo coverage is planned from Houston, along train route and from College Station. Images will be expedited to the wire.


Graphic BUSH PROCESSION TEXAS has moved showing itinerary for George H.W. Bush’s return to Texas Wednesday and burial Thursday.

An interactive timeline tracking key dates in Bush’s life and career moved previously.

The AP

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