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

October 13, 2019 - 1:00 pm

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. David Warren 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Reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

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TOP STORY:

POLICE SHOOTING IN HOME-TEXAS

FORT WORTH, Texas _ A white police officer who killed a black woman inside her own home in Texas didn't have time to perceive a threat before shooting her, an attorney for the woman's family said. SENT: 520 words.

AROUND THE STATE AND NATION:

PONY EXPRESS-TRAIL BICYCLIST

RENO, Nev. _ Jan Bennett endured food poisoning, hail and near misses with tornado weather on her solo bicycle ride across the entire 2,220-mile (3,572-kilometer) Pony Express Trail from St. Joseph, Missouri, to Sacramento, California. The former cycling road racer from Dallas, who made the trip as part of her effort to map out a bike-packing route along the historic trail knew it wouldn't be easy. SENT: 640 words.

SERIAL KILLER-DRAWINGS

Most of the women in Samuel Little's hand-drawn portraits seem to be frowning. Their hair is short and curly or long and straight. They stare straight ahead or slightly off to the side. Some wear lipstick and jewelry. Little, whom the FBI identified this month as the most prolific serial killer in U.S. history, produced startlingly detailed likenesses of dozens of women he says he strangled over the course of more than three decades. Now the FBI is publicizing his portraits — hoping that someone, somewhere, will recognize the face of a long-lost loved one in an image drawn by the killer himself. By Dan Sewell and Michael Rubinkam. SENT: 820 words, photos.

AP MEMBER EXCHANGES:

EXCHANGE-PURPLE MARTINS-PENTHOUSE

AUSTIN, Texas _ Bird enthusiasts and nature lovers from across the country have begun emulating the old practice of putting out houses for purple martins to nest in. There are several such martin houses that dot the Austin landscape, but one of the most recently to be established was at Patton Elementary School in Southwest Austin, where an enterprising fourth grader hoped to attract martins to his campus. By Jerald Pinson, Austin American-Statesman. TO BE SENT IN ADVANCE: 1100 words, pursuing photos.

EXCHANGE-YOUNG CITIZEN

ODESSA, Texas _ Ten-year-old Diego Flores has learned to shoot for the stars and he is taking the lesson literally. Recently becoming an American citizen, the Blanton Elementary School student said he had met former astronaut Jose M. Hernandez last year but was already interested in the subject from reading a book about moon landings. The gifted and talented student at Dowling Elementary became a citizen the same time his father did a few weeks ago in El Paso. By Ruth Campbell, Odessa American. TO BE SENT IN ADVANCE: 540 words, pursuing photos. Moved on general and lifestyle news services.

IN BRIEF:

PEOPLE-WAYNE NEWTON: Records show that Wayne Newton's former home Casa de Shenandoah has been sold.

SPORTS REFER:

BBA--ALCS

HOUSTON _ The New York Yankees send James Paxton to the mound, looking to take a 2-0 lead over the Houston Astros in the AL Championship Series after a 7-0 rout behind five RBIs from Gleyber Torres in the opener. The Astros will counter with Justin Verlander, who led the majors with 21 wins this season. By Kristie Rieken. UPCOMING: 750 words. Photos.

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