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BC-TX--Texas News Digest 12 am, TX

March 14, 2019

Good morning! 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. Jill Bleed is at the desk after 5:30 a.m.

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AUSTIN, Texas _ Democrat Beto O’Rourke has told a Texas TV station that he’s running for president in 2020. The former Texas congressman sent a text message to KTSM-TV in El Paso confirming the news that he will seek the Democratic presidential nomination. He wrote: “I’m really proud of what El Paso did and what El Paso represents. It’s a big part of why I’m running. This city is the best example of this country at its best.” SENT: 130 words, photos. Developing.


WASHINGTON _ An 11th-hour Republican rescue mission to save President Donald Trump from an awkward defeat by the GOP-run Senate on his declaration of a national emergency at the Mexican border appears to have collapsed. The setback made it likely that defections from his own party will force Trump to cast his first veto _ on a struggle directly related to his signature issue. It also left Republican senators facing a painful choice: defy a president who commands loyalty from conservative voters or acquiesce to what many lawmakers from both parties consider a dubious and dangerous expansion of presidential authority. By Alan Fram and Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 860 words, photos, video, audio. Moved on national political news services.


DALLAS _ Aviation experts say they doubt turbulence could have brought down a cargo jet that crashed into a Texas bay in February, speculating that human error or a massive malfunction are more likely culprits. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating why Atlas Air Flight 3591 suddenly dropped as it approached a Houston airport. Flight safety specialists see the details already released as too little to solve the mysteries of the flight’s final moments, but enough to rule out choppy air as a likely cause. By Jake Bleiberg. SENT: 600 words, photos, video.



MEXICO CITY _ The Mexican government said it is launching a formal search for 19 migrants who were pulled from a bus last week by armed men in the northern border state of Tamaulipas. Tamaulipas state police, the army, federal police and prosecutors will participate in the search, according to the National Search Commission for Missing Persons. SENT: 360 words.


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. _ Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller says “hundreds” of migrants from Central America and Brazil are expected to arrive in the city in the coming weeks and volunteers are preparing for visitors. And Keller said if the city runs out of temporary housing, he’ll open up his own home. Keller told reporters federal immigration officials have notified New Mexico’s largest city that migrants seeking asylum will be arriving soon but no dates have been set. By Susan Montoya Bryan and Russell Contreras. SENT: 130 words. Will be expanded.





LOS ANGELES _ Colleges and companies moved swiftly to distance themselves from employees swept up in a nationwide college admissions scheme, many of them coaches accused of taking bribes and others prominent parents accused of angling to get their children into top schools by portraying them as recruited athletes. That celebrities were among the accused parents _ actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman headline the list _ created much buzz, but other parents charged included people prominent in law, finance, fashion, manufacturing and other fields _ people who could afford the steep price. At least nine athletic coaches and 33 parents were among those charged. Some parents spent hundreds of thousands of dollars, as much as $6.5 million, to guarantee their children’s admission, officials said. By Michael Melia and Andrew Dalton. SENT: 1000 words, photos, video. Moved on general, entertainment and sports news services.




ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. _ New Mexico top water official says he will be working closely with the state attorney general’s office as the legal fight over management of the Rio Grande simmers with Texas and the U.S. government. State Engineer John D’Antonio appeared for a confirmation hearing before a key Senate committee, winning praise from a bipartisan group of lawmakers for the work he has done over a decades-long career in water. The full Senate was expected to confirm his appointment. By Susan Montoya Bryan. SENT: 470 words.


NEW ORLEANS _ An attorney opposing a 1978 law giving preference to Native American families in foster care and adoption proceedings involving Native American children has told a federal appeals court the law is an unconstitutional race-based intrusion on state policies and procedures that has caused families to be “literally torn apart.” Supporters of the decades-old law say it is needed to protect and preserve Native American culture and families. In court, lawyers for Indian tribes argued that the law’s definition of an Indian child is based not on race, but on tribal political affiliations. A federal district judge in Texas last year struck down the Indian Child Welfare Act. By Kevin McGill. SENT: 760 words, photos.


NEW YORK _ A climbable sculpture called The Vessel, made up of 154 twisting flights of stairs, is scheduled to open Friday as the decorative centerpiece of Hudson Yards, an ambitious development project on Manhattan’s far West Side that includes a shopping mall, office and condo towers, and a performance space on wheels. The New York City project includes a Neiman Marcus, the upscale retailer based in Dallas. By Verena Dobnik. SENT: 820 words, photos, video. Stands for story listed as HUDSON YARDS in previous Texas News Digest. Moved on national general and lifestyle news services.


_ FATAL MAULING-SANTA FE _ A pack of three dogs has mauled a 53-year-old man fatally at a home in Southeast Texas. SENT: 100 words.

_ TROOPER INJURED-TRAFFIC STOP _ A Texas Department of Public Safety trooper is in stable condition after being injured in a hit-and-run collision near Houston. SENT: 100 words.

_ $1 MILLION LOTTERY WIN _ A Fremont man has claimed his $1 million Powerball prize from the Nebraska Lottery while another $1 million ticket was sold in Texas. SENT: 110 words.

_ DIRECTV NOW-PRICE HIKE _ Dallas-based AT&T is raising prices for its DirecTV Now streaming TV service, while removing some networks from the cable-like television package. By Technology Writer Tali Arbel. SENT: 130 words, photos. Moved on general, financial, entertainment, personal finance and technology news services.


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