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

December 18, 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.

A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates. All times are Central.

For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org

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UPCOMING:

ELECTION 2020-BETO O’ROURKE

AUSTIN, Texas _ If the deep field of potential Democratic presidential contenders is on pins and needles as Beto O’Rourke decides his next move, it could be a long wait. The outgoing West Texas congressman’s team says he has no timeline or roadmap for deciding if he’d like to parlay a surprisingly close loss to Republican Sen. Ted Cruz into a White House try. People close to O’Rourke insist he hasn’t expanded staff or lined up consultants even as the interest in him intensifies. They say he’s spoken to top Democratic donors, but describe such discussions as fact-finding missions. The only big date on O’Rourke’s calendar is Jan. 3, when he finishes his congressional term. By Will Weissert. SENT: 850 words, with photo.

COUNTY PAYMENTS SCAM

GALVESTON, Texas _ The Galveston County judge is calling on two local officials to resign after cyber scammers stole more than a half million dollars from the Southeast Texas county. An outside review, with results released earlier this month, determined no individual employee was to blame for the loss of more than $525,000 through an electronic payment scam. UPCOMING: 250 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ SAN MARCOS-TEXAS-FIRE _ The deaths of five people killed in a July apartment fire near Texas State University have been ruled homicides.

SPOT MEMBER EXCHANGE:

EXCHANGE-WILBUR-HEDGEHOG

DEVINE, Texas _ Wilbur the hedgehog leads a charmed life: A popular video on the animal lovers’ website, The Dodo. Custom-made crocheted little hats that rack up the likes on Instagram. Only the best in Target fruit strips for nibbles. The San Antonio Express-News reports and to think just this summer he nearly died by his mother’s own teeth. Now he nestles in the cupped hands and online posts of Melissa Schreiner, an animal lover in Eagle Pass who’s taken all sorts of creatures under her wing, with Wilbur poking his spiky little head above the pack. By Rene A. Guzman, San Antonio Express-News. SENT: 1,310 words, pursuing photos.

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