Upcoming Texas news from The Associated Press

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 jbeltran@ap.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A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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UPCOMING TODAY:

HEALTH OVERHAUL-RED STATE PUSH

HOUSTON — The scene in a city-owned building may look like a hurricane has swept through Houston: Nurses giving vaccine shots, people scurrying around with files and papers and officials leaning over computers helping bleary-eyed parents fill out forms as their children munch on free pretzels. But this is no hurricane. Instead, it is Houston’s offensive to reach more than 1 million people across 600 square miles who don’t have health insurance and connect them with the new federal health insurance program that began accepting applications this month. By Ramit Plushnick-Masti. UPCOMING: 850 words by 11 a.m. CDT.

RHINO HUNT-AUCTION

HOUSTON — Plans to auction a rare permit that will allow a hunter to take down an endangered black rhino are drawing criticism from some conservationists, but the organizer says the fundraiser could bring in more than $1 million that would go toward protecting the species. John J. Jackson III belongs to the Dallas Safari Club, which earlier this month announced it would auction the permit — one of only five offered annually by Namibia in southwestern Africa. The permit is also the first to be made available for purchase outside of that country. By Michael Graczyk. SENT: 800 words, photo.

TEXAS STORMS

AUSTIN, Texas — Emergency personnel in helicopters and boats have rescued people stranded in vehicles and stuck in trees during storm-related flooding in Central Texas. The Hays County Sheriff’s Office had no immediate reports of injuries Thursday. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words.

FROM MEMBERS:

JUVENILE JUSTICE-ABUSE

AUSTIN, Texas — Internal reports show guards with the Texas Juvenile Justice Department regularly assaulted incarcerated teenagers by engaging them in fights. The reports obtained by the Austin American-Statesman reveal the assaults at the McLennan County State Juvenile Correctional Facility, east of Waco, went on for months. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.

IN BRIEF:

— COURT RULING-SEX TALK — The state’s highest criminal court has struck down a Texas law banning sexually explicit Internet communications between an adult and minor. UPCOMING: 130 words.

— SET ON FIRE-VERDICT — Prosecutors continue to seek the death penalty for a North Texas man convicted of capital murder for setting a clerk on fire as he robbed her Garland convenience store. SENT: 130 words.

—PACKARD PLANT-DETROIT — Wayne County officials say a Chicago developer needs to make good on his bid for a sprawling former Detroit car plant. A Texas doctor had initially bid on the plant. SENT: 130 words, photos.

BUSINESS:

EARNS-EXXON MOBIL

DALLAS — Exxon Mobil Corp.’s quarterly profit fell 18 percent from last year, but the oil and gas giant still made nearly $8 billion in three months. Production increased slightly, but Exxon made significantly less money at refining. By David Koenig. SENT: 390 words, photos.

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