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

May 6, 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.

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UPCOMING:

HARVEY-FLOOD-LAWSUITS

HOUSTON _ Testimony was set to begin Monday in a trial in federal court over lawsuits filed by individuals whose houses were flooded by two reservoirs that filled to capacity during Hurricane Harvey in 2017. The two-week trial focuses on claims by homeowners who lived upstream of the Addicks and Barker reservoirs and who allege their houses were flooded because the dams ended up collecting water on their private property. The lawsuits allege the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which maintains the two dams, knew the reservoirs’ capacity would exceed federal land and inundate homes. The trial is focusing on 13 properties as test cases. By Juan A. Lozano. UPCOMING: 650 words. Testimony set to begin after 9:30 a.m. CDT.

HARVEY-RECOVERY-TAX BREAKS

HOUSTON _ Lawmakers are considering a bill that could grant Texas homeowners a tax break when their property has been damaged by disasters such as 2017’s Hurricane Harvey. The Houston Chronicle reports Sen. Paul Bettencourt of Houston is pushing legislation that he says will give homeowners a chance to fight back against unfair property tax bills after a natural disaster. His plan would essentially cut cities, counties and other governmental agencies out of disaster reappraisal decision-making. UPCOMING: 300 words, with photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ OIL PIPELINE-ETP LAWSUIT _ A federal judge has sent back to North Dakota state court a lawsuit alleging the environmental group Greenpeace conspired against the Dakota Access oil pipeline operated by a Dallas company.

SPOT MEMBER EXCHANGE:

EXCHANGE-GALVESTON-TOURISM

GALVESTON, Texas _ Island tourism managers have their eyes on a new market and a message for its members _ beaches aren’t all Galveston has to offer. The Galveston County Daily News reports in effort to lure a bigger share of visitors who’ll stay longer and spend more than the typical beach-bound day trippers, local tourism stakeholders are shifting their promotional efforts to focus more on the island’s arts and cultural offerings. The shift comes as some officials, including the mayor and the city’s top tourism managers, have begun asking whether the annual flow of tourists onto and off of the island is nearing a saturation point. By Keri Heath, The Galveston County Daily News. SENT: 740 words, pursuing photos.

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