Friday, December 27, 2013
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 Texas News Editor James Beltran at 972-991-2100 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.
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TEXAS FLU SEASON
A teenager from the Houston area has died of the H1N1 virus, bringing to 13 the number of confirmed deaths in that metro area. Texas is seeing a spike in flu cases and health officials are urging people to get a flu shot. The Centers for Disease Control lists the level of influenza-like cases in Texas and three other states as "high." UPCOMING: 500 words.
WASHINGTON — Big multimillion-dollar water projects, once a favorite target of good-government reformers who made them a poster child of political pork, are back in vogue as a rare force of concord in a dysfunctional Congress. Republicans and Democrats who found little common ground in 2013 are rallying around a bill they hope to pass early next year authorizing up to $12.5 billion over the next decade for flood diversion in North Dakota, widening a Texas-Louisiana waterway, deepening Georgia's rapidly growing Port of Savannah and other projects. By Henry C. Jackson. SENT: 800 words, photos.
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EXCHANGE-BIG GAME HUNTER
HOUSTON — After spending the last four decades traipsing across six continents to the remotest corners of the world, Gary Ingersoll is not easily intimidated. On a trip to the Sudan, Ingersoll, 74, of Spring Branch, tells of slogging through a swamp where his legs became covered in leeches, fetching water from a mission hospital coping with an outbreak of ebola, and hunkering down in a safe house as bullets flew during a coup attempt. By Cindy Horswell, Houston Chronicle. SENT: 700 words, photos.
— GIRL KILLED-ICE CREAM TRUCK — A 6-year-old girl who had just purchased candy from an ice cream truck in San Antonio was killed when the vehicle backed over her. SENT: 130 words.
— TEEN KILLED-ACCIDENTAL SHOOTING — A man showing a handgun to friends in North Texas fired the weapon without realizing it was loaded and struck a 14-year-old boy in the head, killing him. SENT: 130 words.
— TEEN RETURNS MONEY — A teenager is receiving many happy returns after turning in an envelope she found stuffed with $100 bills. SENT: 130 words.
— DALLAS-FORT WORTH BIKE ROUTE — New bike trails will be added to already-established ones to connect Dallas and Fort Worth. SENT: 130 words.
— BODY IDENTIFIED — Skeletal remains found in a Central Texas field have been identified as those of a 50-year-old woman who went missing in April from her San Antonio-area home. SENT: 130 words.
— POLICE STANDOFF-NORTH TEXAS — Police say a 49-year-old man believed to be holding a hostage has been killed by North Texas tactical officers after he burst from a home and pointed a handgun at them. SENT: 130 words.
— LOST RING-WASTEWATER PLANT — An Aggie ring that spent a couple of years being cycled through a wastewater treatment plant has been returned to its owner thanks to a sharp-eyed plant employee. SENT: 130 words.
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