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

January 15, 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A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

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AUSTIN, Texas _ Texas Gov. Greg Abbott starts a second term Tuesday with the biggest story in the country in his backyard but little eagerness to defend President Donald Trump’s demands for a border wall to end the longest government shutdown in U.S. history. UPCOMING: 500 words, with photos. Will be updated. Events begin 11 a.m. CST.


HOUSTON _ A Houston hospital is replacing its president, chief nursing officer and a top physician after a series of media reports on an unusual number of patient deaths. The departures come in the wake of a yearlong investigation by the Houston Chronicle and ProPublica that documented an outsized number of deaths and unusual complications following heart transplants at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in August terminated federal funding for heart transplants at the hospital, citing its failure to make changes needed to improve outcomes. UPCOMING: 350 words.


_ DEPUTIES SHOT-TEXAS _ Police in Texas say three deputies have been shot and wounded while serving a search warrant at a home in Odessa in an incident where officers returned fire and fatally shot a suspect.

_ DOUBLE SLAYING-SENTENCE _ An Indianapolis man who was apprehended in Texas after fleeing charges in a double-killing has been sentenced to 110 years in prison.



PORT ARTHUR, Texas _ On Sunday, Bishop Curtis Guillory held a rededication Mass at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Port Arthur _ the final church in the Diocese of Beaumont, which spans 33 cites in Southeast Texas, to re-open after Tropical Storm Harvey. The Beaumont Enterprise reports all traces of damage from the August 2017 storm are erased, with new tile flooring, fresh white paint and golden accents added to familiar fixtures. One recurring comment was the “lightness” and “brightness” of the chapel, which was built in the 1970s and had boasted a much darker color scheme since. By Haley Bruyn, Beaumont Enterprise. SENT: 820 words, pursuing photos.


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