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

September 26, 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.

A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

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

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UPCOMING:

TEXAS EXECUTION

HUNTSVILLE, Texas — An inmate who taunted a jury to sentence him to death is scheduled to be executed Wednesday evening for torturing and drowning an East Texas woman in his bathtub and then stuffing her body into a barrel. Troy Clark was condemned for the May 1998 slaying of a former roommate, Christina Muse of Tyler. Authorities said that Clark, a drug dealer, had worried that Muse, 20, would snitch on him. The 51-year-old Clark would become the 17th inmate put to death this year in the U.S. and the ninth given a lethal injection in Texas. By Juan A. Lozano and Michael Graczyk. SENT: 610 words, with photos. Will be updated.

HOMELESS BEATINGS

LOS ANGELES — A man who was deported from the United States six times was expected in court Wednesday to face charges after police say he killed three people and injured four in attacks targeting sleeping homeless men in California. Investigators believe Ramon Escobar, 47, began attacking the men at random on Sept. 8, shortly after he arrived in California from Houston, where he’s considered a person of interest in the disappearance of his uncle and aunt. Escobar, who was believed homeless himself, likely targeted victims to rob them, Los Angeles police Capt. William Hayes told reporters Tuesday. By Christopher Weber. SENT: 650 words, with photos, video. Will be updated.

GUNS-STATE LEGISLATURES

Shortly after last year’s shooting massacre on the Las Vegas strip, Ohio Gov. John Kasich convened a working group to explore possible reforms to state gun laws. A Republican, Kasich wanted to be sure the panel’s members clearly supported the Second Amendment. Yet it also was to be bipartisan, with members from across the political spectrum. The panel’s work accelerated after the Valentine’s Day slaughter at a high school in Parkland, Florida, and it eventually produced a legislative package of what Kasich labeled “sensible changes that should keep people safer.” The legislation was introduced by a Republican lawmaker in the GOP-dominated Legislature. It went nowhere. By Ryan J. Foley. SENT: 1,870 words, with photos.

With:

— GUNS-STATE LEGISLATURES-ABRIDGED VERSION, 850 words.

IN BRIEF:

— CHURCH UNDER BRIDGE-MAGNOLIA SILOS— The stars of TV’s “Fixer Upper” have invited a congregation that worships under a Texas highway bridge to use the lawn of nearby Magnolia Market at the Silos for services during road construction. Pursuing photos.

SPOT MEMBER EXCHANGE:

EXCHANGE-DRAG QUEEN-STORY HOUR

HOUSTON — Tatiana Mala-Niña says good entertainers know their audience. The Houston Chronicle reports so when the 31-year-old drag queen reads to children at the Freed-Montrose Neighborhood Library, she brings all the shiny glitz and glamour to satisfy their curiosity. But, in reality, the Drag Queen Story Hour that Mala-Niña performs with is a lightning rod. The program, which is growing nationally, aims to provide children positive and unabashedly queer role models. Critics, especially in Southern cities, are turning out to protest the events. By Ana Goni-Lessan, Houston Chronicle. SENT: 380 words, pursuing photos. NOTE: One-year anniversary of story hour is Saturday, protests expected.

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