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

May 21, 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A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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UPCOMING:

SEVERE WEATHER

OKLAHOMA CITY _ Officials say there was at least minor damage, but no injuries reported when a tornado touched down near Tulsa International Airport. Oklahoma Office of Emergency Management spokeswoman Keli Cain said the area is being assessed following the Tuesday morning twister and that so far one home has been found damaged by a falling tree. SENT: 280 words, with photos, video. Developing.

With:

_ SEVERE WEATHER-THE LATEST

XGR--SCHOOL SHOOTING-TEXAS

AUSTIN, Texas _ Texas lawmakers are set to approve new school safety measures a year after 10 people were killed in a mass shooting near Houston, at Santa Fe High School. UPCOMING: 300 words, with photos.

INMATE DEATH-SERGEANT CHARGED

ANGLETON, Texas _ A former Texas prison sergeant is scheduled for trial on charges that he picked up a 41-year-old handcuffed inmate and slammed him to the ground, causing the man’s head to strike the concrete floor, killing him. Lou Joffrion is charged with aggravated assault in the 2017 incident involving inmate David Witt. The fatal use of force was caught on video, paving the way for a rare felony indictment against a prison guard, the Houston Chronicle reported. But family members didn’t learn the circumstances of Witt’s death for months because officials did not tell them or the media what had happened and initially did not note it in monthly reports as a homicide or accidental death. UPCOMING: 300 words.

REMOVING REACTORS

PLYMOUTH, Mass._ Companies specializing in nuclear demolition and radioactive waste storage are buying up aging U.S. reactors and promising to decommission them in dramatically less time than their utility owners had planned _ eight years instead of 60 in some cases. Viewed by experts as an emerging trend in the nuclear power industry, the sales of these retired or soon-to-be-retired reactors present a paradox for residents, state officials and nuclear watchdogs. Some firms have proposed interim waste storage facilities in Texas and New Mexico. By Bob Salsberg. SENT: 1,290 words, with photos, video.

EARNS-RETAILERS

NEW YORK _ Kohls and Texas-based J.C. Penney struggled during the start of the year, raising concern about the challenges for the department store industry ahead. Plano-based Penney reported a wider than expected loss and sales declines during the first quarter while Kohl’s cut its fiscal 2020 profit outlook as it struggled with slumping sales in the quarter. By Anne D’Innocenzio. SENT: 630 words, with photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ TEXAS-GIRL ABDUCTED _ Authorities say police visited the motel room of a Texas man suspected of kidnapping an 8-year-old girl but didn’t see the child, who was eventually found safe about two hours later.

_ IMMIGRANTS-HIDDEN-FURNITURE _ A Houston-area man must serve nearly two years in prison for trying to smuggle immigrants in furniture after three people were found in a plastic-wrapped dresser that was nailed shut.

_ MORE THAN 600 GUNS STOLEN _ A federal prosecutor says authorities have recovered only 73 of the 654 guns stolen in 2017 in Springfield, Missouri, in a heist blamed on some suspects from Texas.

SPOT MEMBER EXCHANGE:

EXCHANGE-BAYLOR-MONITORING MOSQUITOES

WACO, Texas _ They bite, they feed, and they never actually leave, but researchers in Central Texas continue to study mosquitoes, tracking their local impact and studying ways to control them by hacking their genes. The Waco Tribune-Herald reports Baylor University faculty have operated a state-funded mosquito surveillance program with the city of Waco for the last 10 years, while also doing lab research on how to disable mosquitoes’ ability to over winter. By Rhiannon Saegert. SENT: 1,100 words, pursuing photos.

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