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BC-TX--Texas News Digest 1 pm, TX

January 13, 2019

Here’s a look at AP’s general news coverage in Texas at this hour. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the Dallas AP at 972-991-2100, or, in Texas, 800-442-7189. Email: aptexas@ap.org

Reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 and digests will keep you up to date. All times are Central.

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TOP STORIES:

ELECTION 2020-BETO O’ROURKE

AUSTIN, Texas _ You won’t see Beto O’Rourke announce whether he’s running for president in 2020 for a while. But you may see him do almost anything else in the meantime. “So, I’m here at the dentist,” the former Democrat congressman said with a giggle during a teeth-cleaning seen live on Instagram last week, before quizzing the dental hygienist about life along the U.S.-Mexico border. O’Rourke’s doing almost anything to keep people paying attention to him without formally starting a presidential campaign for 2020. He’s not expected to decide until next month at the earliest whether he’s running. By Will Weissert. SENT: 900 words, photos.

AROUND THE STATE AND NATION

RED WOLVES

DALLAS _ Researchers say a pack of wild canines found frolicking near the beaches of the Texas Gulf Coast carry a substantial amount of red wolf genes, a surprising discovery because the animal was declared extinct in the wild nearly 40 years ago. The finding has led wildlife biologists and others to develop a new understanding that the red wolf DNA is remarkably resilient after decades of human hunting, loss of habitat and other factors had led the animal to near decimation. By David Warren. SENT: 800 words, photos.

RECREATIONAL FISH RULES

The rules that govern recreational marine fishing in the U.S. will get an overhaul due to a new law passed by Congress, and the country’s millions of anglers and the groups that stake their livelihoods on them hope the changes will bring better management. The new standards are part of a suite of changes that proponents call the Modern Fish Act that were approved by the House and Senate in December. Supporters of the new rules have said they will boost an industry that contributes billions to the economy, though some members of the fishing industry felt deeper rule changes were warranted. By Patrick Whittle. SENT: 570 words, photo.

MEMBER EXCHANGES

FOR USE Monday, Jan. 14, and thereafter:

EXCHANGE-TEXAS-RECYCLING MARKET

HOUSTON _ Oceans choked with discarded plastics. Soil contaminated by tiny fragments of plastics. As environmentalists, corporations and the public increasingly focus on the mass of plastics discarded every day, they are running into a stubborn problem that has yet to be solved. The Houston Chronicle reports the recycling market continues to sputter, most recently from weak demand and low prices. Waste Management, the Houston trash collection and disposal company, expects its earnings from recycling to shrink by about $100 million last year compared to 2017. By Andrea Leinfelder, Houston Chronicle. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1,520 words, with photos.

EXCHANGE-TV METEOROLOGIST-SURVIVOR

VICTORIA, Texas _ Bill Alexander opened his eyes Nov. 23, 2008, and saw a young man standing over him. “Mr. Alexander ... you have been in a coma since Nov. 17, when you were brought into this hospital.” The Victoria Advocate reports the TV weatherman remembers hearing that and realizing he was connected to a respirator, tubes and IV connections. He was placed on a bed that rotated every so often. Alexander learned on that day, just over 10 years ago, that he had survived an ordeal that should have killed him. By Laura Garcia, Victoria Advocate. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1,040 words, pursuing photos.

SPORTS REFER:

LOS ANGELES _ The Dallas Cowboys advanced to the divisional round of the playoffs on the strength of their running game and run defense. On Saturday night, it proved to be their downfall. The Cowboys allowed their most rushing yards in a postseason game, while Ezekiel Elliott was held to 47 yards in a 30-22 loss to the Los Angeles Rams. It was the sixth straight loss in the divisional round for Dallas, and it has not reached the NFC championship game since 1996. By Joe Reedy. SENT: 675 words, photos.

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