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

March 10, 2019

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. Jamie Stengle 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Reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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AUSTIN, Texas _ Democratic presidential candidate Julian Castro isn’t ruling out direct payments to African-Americans for the legacy of slavery — a stand separating him from his 2020 rivals. “If under the Constitution we compensate people because we take their property, why wouldn’t you compensate people who actually were property,” the former Obama-era housing secretary and ex-San Antonio mayor said on Sunday. SENT: 560 words, photos.





AUSTIN, Texas _ Bill Powers, president of the University of Texas at Austin from 2006 to 2015 and a member of the law school faculty for more than 40 years, has died. He was 72. The university said Powers died Sunday in Austin from complications from a fall several months earlier and oculopharyngeal muscular dystrophy, a rare adult-onset muscle disorder. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words, photo.


AUSTIN, Texas _ Three zookeepers have been fired from the Austin Zoo following a newspaper’s investigation into animal mistreatment that quoted one of the workers detailing how a blind, aging monkey was kept alive for years despite her and others’ insistence that the animal be euthanized. Zoo officials declined to say whether the firings were a direct result of the article, saying only that all decisions were made based on violations of professional conduct. SENT: 480 words.


TYLER, Texas _ The freedom to connect with her patients on an emotional and spiritual level is what drew family nurse practitioner Onissa Mitchell to Bethesda Health Clinic about four years ago. The Tyler Morning Telegraph reports so when a Tyler chapter of Black Nurses Rock began in 2016, Mitchell was similarly drawn to the organization’s mission to inspire and empower innovative leaders that will serve and educate vulnerable communities. By Augusta Robinson, Tyler Morning Telegraph. SENT IN ADVANCE: 690 words, with photos.


SAN ANTONIO _ The Alamo Music Center survived the Great Depression, the oil and housing bust in the 1980s and shifts in consumer spending that have forced the business to downsize and other music stores in town to close. This year, the family-run operation is turning 90. The San Antonio Express-News reports customers say their knowledgeable staff, local ties and extensive inventory have made the business a go-to for both first-time players and seasoned musicians. By Madison Iszler, San Antonio Express-News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 940 words, with photos. Moving on news, business & entertainment lines.


_ BUS CRASH-STUDENTS _ Police say two men have died after their pickup truck collided in East Texas with a charter bus carrying students returning from a trip to Florida.



DALLAS _ James Harden and the Houston Rockets try to continue their surge toward the top two seeds in the West in a visit to the fading Mavericks. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 6 p.m.


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