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AP-TX--Texas News Digest 1 pm, TX

July 21, 2018

Good afternoon! Here’s a look at AP’s general news coverage in Texas at this hour. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the Dallas AP at 972-991-2100, or, in Texas, 800-442-7189. Email: aptexas@ap.org. Emily Schmall is at the desk.

Reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 and digests will keep you up to date. 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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TOP STORIES:

REPUBLICANS-TRUMP-RUSSIA

AUSTIN, Texas — There was no sign of shock or outrage in the hotel hallways and conference rooms where Republican officials gathered to discuss party business even as politicians on both sides and foreign policy experts fretted about President Donald Trump’s cozy relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin. By Steve Peoples. SENT: 831 words, photos.

AROUND THE STATE & NATION:

TOWER RENOVATION

OKLAHOMA CITY — BancFirst is proceeding with plans for an extensive renovation of Cotter Ranch Tower in anticipation of its $23 million purchase of the bankrupt landmark in downtown Oklahoma City. SENT: 315 words.

EXCHANGE-SCHOOL DISTRICT-EXHUMATION

SUGAR LAND, Texas — As Fort Bend ISD Superintendent Charles Dupre visited a construction site where dozens of unmarked graves were found near Sugar Land, he thought about the lives of the people buried there. The Houston Chronicle reports archaeologists have determined that the remains found so far are of African-Americans, all but one of whom was male. The bodies have muscular builds and appear to have completed a lot of heavy labor from a young age. They range in age from teenagers to 70, and it is believed that they were part of the state’s notorious convict-leasing system from the decades after the Civil War. By Brooke A. Lewis, Houston Chronicle. SENT IN ADVANCE: 830 words, with photos.

EXCHANGE-JAIL RESTORATION

EDINBURG, Texas — Visitors to the Museum of South Texas History may soon begin experiencing flashbacks as its oldest structure is restored to its original condition. The Monitor reports located at 200 N. Closner Blvd., across from the Hidalgo County Courthouse, the two-story, 8,000-square-foot building, which was once the county jail, has been undergoing a thorough revitalization since February. The old jail section of the museum has been closed to the public since 2012 after it was deemed unstable. By Mark Moreno, The Monitor. SENT IN ADVANCE: 880 words, with photos.

IN BRIEF:

— POLICE DEATH-ARREST — The driver of an SUV that struck and killed a Dallas police officer on a motorcycle has been arrested.

— PRISON EVIDENCE-ARRESTS — Three Texas prison officials have been arrested for allegedly attempting to destroy evidence at a Houston County lockup about 25 miles northwest of Huntsville.

SPORTS REFER:

BBA--Astros-Angels

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Justin Verlander attempts to beat the Angels for the third time already this season when AL West-leading Houston continues its series against fourth-place Los Angeles, which counters with Nick Tropeano in his return from injury. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Starts 6:15 p.m.

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