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

March 13, 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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DALLAS _ A line of severe thunderstorms is bringing strong winds and the risk of tornadoes to parts of Texas and Arkansas. The Storm Prediction Center says wind gusts of more than 75 mph were reported Wednesday morning at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. The powerful winds also toppled trees, power lines and fences in the Dallas area. SENT: 130 words. Could develop.


IOWA CITY, Iowa _ An Associated Press investigation finds that police departments routinely withhold video taken by body-worn and dashboard-mounted cameras that show officer-involved shootings and other uses of force. They often do so by citing a broad exemption to state open-records laws _ claiming that releasing the video would undermine an ongoing investigation. By Ryan J. Foley. 1,600 words. Photos. Video. An Abridged version also is moving.


_ SUNSHINE HUB, an online transparency tool developed by AP for its customers’ use that tracks state legislative attempts to alter the flow of public information.


BOSTON _ The head of a Silicon Valley hedge fund who became ensnared in a massive college bribery scandal is stepping down. Manuel Henriquez, who was also the top executive investment giant PIMCO until 2016, will be replaced as CEO and chairman of Hercules Capital in Palo Alto, California. Big names such as actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin headline the list of some 50 people charged in documents released Tuesday that describe a scheme to cheat the admissions process at eight sought-after schools. By Alanna Durkin Richer and Collin Binkley. SENT: 570 words, with photos, video. Could develop. Moving on news & sports lines.




NEW ORLEANS _ A federal appeals court in New Orleans is hearing arguments Wednesday on a 1978 law giving preference to Native American families in foster care and adoption proceedings involving Native American children. A federal district judge in Texas last year struck down the Indian Child Welfare Act in a victory for opponents, including adoptive parents, who say it is racially motivated and unconstitutionally discriminatory. By Kevin McGill. SENT: 630 words, with photos. Will be updated.


NEW YORK _ A climbable sculpture called The Vessel, made up of 154 twisting flights of stairs, is scheduled to open Friday as the decorative centerpiece of Hudson Yards, an ambitious development project on Manhattan’s far West Side that includes a shopping mall, office and condo towers, and a performance space on wheels. The New York City project includes a Neiman Marcus, the upscale retailer based in Dallas. By Verena Dobnik. UPCOMING: 600 words, video.


_ SPECIAL ELECTION-TEXAS HOUSE _ Former San Antonio City Council member Ray Lopez has defeated Fred Rangel in a special election runoff for the Texas House 125 seat.

_ SOUTHWEST AIRLINES-HAWAII _ Hawaiian Airlines has dropped prices to $98 for some round-trip flights as Dallas-based Southwest Airlines enters the Hawaii market.

_ $1 MILLION LOTTERY WIN _ A Fremont man has claimed his $1 million Powerball prize from the Nebraska Lottery while another $1 million ticket was sold in Texas.



Border Patrol Agent Joe Romero looks across into Anapra, Mexico, his gaze fixed on a woman and two children walking with determination past Monument One, an official border marker for the spot where New Mexico, Texas and Chihuahua converge. “If you don’t mind turning yourself in, this is a great place to do it and easy way to do it,” Romero said of the stretch at Sunland Park that has become a busy crossing point for Central American families. As elected officials grapple with the policy implications of tens of thousands of migrant families and unaccompanied children seeking refuge at our nation’s southwestern border, agents like Romero are on the front lines watching the chaos unfold. By Angela Kocherga, Albuquerque Journal. UPCOMING: 1,950 words, with photo.


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