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

October 1, 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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AUSTIN, Texas — Texas is one of just eight states still offering “straight-ticket” voting, a shortcut that allows voters to click one box at the top of the ballot and automatically register votes for a single party’s candidates in every race — as many as 100 offices in some counties. The Houston Chronicle reports it’s a practice that’s going out of style across the U.S., but one proven to help Texas Republicans sweep statewide elections over the past two decades. UPCOMING: 250 words.


STOCKHOLM — The Nobel Prize in medicine was awarded Monday to two researchers from the United States and Japan for advances in discovering how the body’s immune system can fight off the scourge of cancer. The $1 million prize will be shared by James Allison of the University of Texas and Tasuku Honjo of Kyoto University. Their parallel work concerned proteins that act as brakes on the body’s immune system and it constitutes “a landmark in our fight against cancer,” said a statement from the Nobel Assembly of Sweden’s Karolinska Institute, which selects winners of the annual prestigious award. By David Keyton and Jim Heintz. SENT: 380 words, with photos.


NEW YORK — Cellular companies such as Verizon are looking to challenge traditional cable companies with residential internet service that promises to be ultra-fast, affordable and wireless. Using an emerging wireless technology known as 5G, Verizon’s 5G Home service provides an alternative to cable for connecting laptops, phones, TVs and other devices over Wi-Fi. It launches in four U.S. cities on Monday — parts of Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles and Sacramento, California. By Mae Anderson. SENT: 860 words, with photo.


— MICHIGAN GRANT-ACTIVE LEARNING — Boosting student engagement in science, technology, engineering and math classrooms is the aim of a federal grant going to the University of Michigan and other schools, including the University of Texas.



HOLT, Mich. — It’s a Saturday morning in June, and the sound of loud, rhythmic drumming echoes off the basement walls of Andrew Tkaczyk’s house in Holt, Michigan. Tkaczyk, 30, nods his head to the beat, keeping time as his arms, one of which is covered in tattoos, move, sticks in hand, from the cymbals to the drums. Tkaczyk’s at home in his new digs after spending just over two years at his parent’s house in Charlotte, where he adjusted to life as an amputee. A horrific collision between his band’s tour bus and a semi outside El Paso, Texas, in 2015 left Tkaczyk’s body broken. In the aftermath, his and his bandmates’ music careers with metal core band The Ghost Inside have been in limbo. By Rachel Gregco, Lansing State Journal. SENT: 1,910 words.


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