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

February 27, 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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WASHINGTON _ House Democrats have ignored a veto threat and passed legislation that would stymie President Donald Trump’s bid for billions of extra dollars for a U.S.-Mexico border wall. The move has escalated a clash over whether he has abused his powers to advance the signature pledge of his 2016 campaign. The House’s 245-182 vote Tuesday to block Trump’s national emergency declaration fell well below the two-thirds majority that would be needed to override what would be the first veto of Trump’s presidency. By Alan Fram and Andrew Taylor. SENT: 1,000 words, with photos.




DALLAS _ The son of an American citizen from Texas who has been freed after being abducted from his vehicle by armed by men in Yemen 18 months ago says his father is getting reacquainted with his Yemeni wife and their children and he hopes to talk to him soon. “All I know right now is that he’s safe and that’s all that really matters to me,” Army Sgt. Maj. Cale Burch, who is assigned to the U.S. Army Special Operations Command, said Wednesday morning. President Donald Trump announced Monday that Danny Burch had been freed and thanked the United Arab Emirates for its role in reuniting Burch with his family. By Jamie Stengle. UPCOMING: 400 words.


WASHINGTON _ The Supreme Court is diving into a debate about the place of religious symbols in public life in a case about a cross-shaped war memorial in Maryland. The case being heard Wednesday involves a 40-foot-tall, concrete cross on a large, grassy highway median in Maryland as a memorial to area residents who died in World War I. Monuments that are similar to Maryland’s cross, meanwhile, have met with a mixed fate at the high court. For example, on the same day in 2005 the court upheld a Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of the Texas state capitol while striking down Ten Commandments displays in Kentucky courthouses. By Jessica Gresko. SENT: 540 words, with photo. Will be updated.




_ PARKING LOT-BABY KILLED _ San Antonio police say a suspected intoxicated driver crashed into a shopping cart in a parking lot, killing a baby who was sitting in the cart’s seat as her mother unloaded groceries.



PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas _ Enrollment growth is contributing to an acute housing shortage at Prairie View A&M University, a recurring problem that’s prompting disputes over which students deserve priority for on-campus accommodation. The Houston Chronicle reports after protests from students and parents, administrators this month suspended recently announced plans to house first-year students in a portion of a residence hall now occupied primarily by juniors and seniors. But the broader housing problem, on a campus with only enough beds for about half of its students, continues to be a challenge. By Brittany Britto, Houston Chronicle. SENT: 1,240 words, pursuing photos.


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