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

May 16, 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A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.




HUNTSVILLE, Texas — A condemned Texas inmate insists he wasn’t involved in a San Antonio “lovers’ lane” killing more than 14 years ago that sent him to death row and now a scheduled execution. Juan Castillo faces lethal injection Wednesday evening for the fatal shooting of a 19-year-old man in a robbery plot that testimony showed was carried out by Castillo and several friends. By Michael Graczyk. UPCOMING: 500 words.


WASHINGTON — The Health and Human Services Department is considering housing at military bases those children picked up crossing the U.S. border illegally either alone or after being separated from their parents by the government, according to two U.S. officials. One official said the department is looking at four bases in Texas and Arkansas. The officials discussed the plan Tuesday on condition of anonymity because it has not been made public or made final. By Lolita C. Baldor and Alan Fram. SENT: 740 words, with photos.


— HAMILTON-GEORGE HW BUSH — Former President George H.W. Bush says “history never sounded so powerful” as the touring company of the Tony-winning musical “Hamilton” gave the Republican a special performance in his Houston office.

— MOST WANTED-ARRESTS — Two felons on Texas 10 Most Wanted lists have been arrested including one offender caught more than 2,000 miles away in Oregon.

— MONARCH BUTTERFLY-CONSERVATION PLAN — Public comment is being sought through May 31 on a draft of a conservation plan expected to help reverse eastern monarch butterfly population declines in an effort that covers a 16-state region stretching from Texas to the Upper Midwest.

— CHILE-RURAL TRANSPORTATION — A southern New Mexico county has opted not to expand its rural transportation service a village known as the “chile capital of the world.”



HARLINGEN, Texas — It was 17 years in the making for 22-year-old Dominik Torres. The Valley Morning Star reports he recently waited impatiently at the Union Pacific Rail Yard on Fair Park Boulevard in Harlingen for his dream to become a reality. Vivid memories of his grandfather make him smile every time he hears or sees a train. He had yearned to ride in a locomotive since he was a young boy. Dominik’s grandfather, Gonzalo Gonzales, or “GG,” was a train engineer for 45 years. Gonzales promised Dominik he would take him for a ride on the train. But Dominik, who has cerebral palsy, suffered a stroke at age 5. And soon after that, his grandfather was diagnosed with cancer and died. Dominik this month finally visited a Union Pacific freight train. By Maricela Rodriguez, Valley Morning Star. SENT: 820 words, pursuing photos. Moving on news & business lines.


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