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

November 26, 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.

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UPCOMING:

SOUTHERN POLITICS CHANGING

ATLANTA — A century of rule by “Southern Democrats” followed by a generation of Republican domination is evolving into something more complex. This month’s midterms revealed a South that’s essentially splitting in two. In states like Georgia and Texas, population growth and strong minority turnout propelled liberal Democrats such as Stacey Abrams and Beto O’Rourke to come close to statewide victories once thought impossible. The Old Confederacy states in between are mostly holding to form, with white majorities giving President Donald Trump high marks and conservatives a clear advantage going forward. By Bill Barrow. SENT: 1,170 words, with photos.

MEXICO-MIGRANT CARAVAN

TIJUANA, Mexico — Mexico pledged to shore up security near its border with the United States and local authorities said that 39 migrants were arrested after a peaceful march devolved into chaos when U.S. agents fired tear gas into Mexico to stop some migrants who tried to breach the border. Mexico’s Interior Ministry said Sunday it would immediately deport those who tried to “violently” enter the U.S. from Tijuana. Meanwhile, Tijuana’s municipal government said that more than three-dozen migrants were arrested for disturbing the peace and other charges stemming from the march and what followed. By Christopher Sherman. SENT: 990 words, with photos, video.

SCI--MARS LANDING

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A NASA spacecraft’s six-month journey to Mars neared its dramatic grand finale Monday afternoon in what scientists and engineers hoped would be a soft precision landing on flat red plains. The InSight lander aimed for an afternoon touchdown, as anxiety built among those involved in the $1 billion international effort. InSight’s perilous descent through the Martian atmosphere, after a trip of 300 million miles, had stomachs churning and nerves stretched to the max. Although an old pro at this, NASA last attempted a landing at Mars six years ago. Mission Control is at Johnson Space Center in Houston. By Marcia Dunn. SENT: 920 words, with photos. Will be updated.

IN BRIEF:

— FATAL PARTY SHOOTING — Police in Houston say one person was killed and several were injured in a shooting at a club that was hosting a block party for teenagers and their parents.

— HOLIDAY EXPRESS — A festive holiday train has started its journey through Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Illinois and Missouri.

SPOT MEMBER EXCHANGE:

EXCHANGE-RETAIL-RETURNS

GARLAND, Texas — Turns out that retailers like Amazon aren’t too interested in restocking your returned impulse buys. Instead, they’ll often wind up in warehouses like one in Garland, where returned goods (including some that have never been opened) are auctioned off for cheap. The Dallas Morning News reports as holiday sales pick up, so do returns. The end of November marks the beginning of busy season for people who work in returns management. Liquidation.com has contracts with companies like Amazon, The Home Depot, Bed Bath & Beyond, so returns can end up bundled in “mystery” boxes and pallets, where items are grouped and sold off for much less than their normal retail prices. By Dana Branham, The Dallas Morning News. SENT: 1,010 words, pursuing photos. Not for online use in the Dallas area.

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