- Associated Press - Monday, June 9, 2014

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.

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UPCOMING TODAY:

VETERANS-HEALTH CARE-TEXAS

AUSTIN, Texas - The Veterans Administration releases audits of all 150 of its hospitals - including several in Texas - detailing the severity of the long appointment waits, delays in treatment and cover-ups engulfing its health care system. UPCOMING: Developing from 10 a.m. CT release of report; 500-700 words by 3 p.m.

POLLUTION-FIGHTING FOREST

FREEPORT, Texas - Before Houston and its suburbs were built, a dense forest naturally purified the coastal air along a stretch of the Texas Gulf Coast that grew thick with pecan, ash, live oak and hackberry trees. It was the kind of pristine woodland that was mostly wiped out by settlers in their rush to clear land and build communities. Now one of the nation’s largest chemical companies and one of its oldest conservation groups have forged an unlikely partnership that seeks to recreate some of that forest to curb pollution. By Ramit Plushnick-Masti. SENT: 780 words, photos.

UNDERGROUND INJECTIONS

McALLEN, Texas - A South Texas beauty spa owner is scheduled to go on trial in federal court in McAllen for allegedly injecting a liquid plastic-like substance into clients at her salon. The trial of Elva Navarro was scheduled to begin Monday afternoon. Navarro was indicted in March on charges related to violating Food and Drug Administration regulations. By Christopher Sherman. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 600 words.

2016 PRESIDENTIAL CHECKLIST-CRUZ

AUSTIN, Texas - A look at preparations by Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, for a potential 2016 presidential campaign: Nondenial denial: “My focus is entirely on working for Texans in the U.S. Senate.” - He said this, not in Texas or the Senate, but in South Carolina. Says similar wherever he goes. Book: Yes, book deal disclosed by his agent in April. Also, a coloring book featuring Cruz has sold tens of thousands of copies since its December release. By Will Weissert. SENT: 850 words, photos.

2016 PRESIDENTIAL CHECKLIST-TOPICS

WASHINGTON - Here’s a look at the who, what, when and where of the 2016 presidential contest at the cusp of summer. Why? Because more is going on than you might think two years from the event. To those who might run, 2016 is the day after tomorrow and there’s no time to waste. For almost a year, The Associated Press has been tracking movements and machinations of more than a dozen prospective presidential candidates. For the Republicans, the candidates include former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and Texas Gov. Rick Perry. By Calvin Woodward. SENT: 7,300 words, photos.

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