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

March 24, 2019

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

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HOUSTON _ Officials say an emergency dike has been repaired and a damaged petrochemical tank stabilized during cleanup Sunday of leaking oil products that closed part of the Houston Ship Channel. Authorities are still trying to determine what caused a March 17 fire at Intercontinental Terminals Company’s Deer Park facility that damaged or destroyed several petrochemical tanks. SENT: 130 words, will be updated. Pursuing photos.


LAS VEGAS _ Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke is telling voters in Las Vegas that President Donald Trump bears blame for the separation of families at the U.S.-Mexico border but responsibility lies with everyone in the country to fix the situation. O’Rourke spoke Sunday to more than 200 people packed into and snaking around a taco shop on the city’s north end. He says immigrant families are leaving their home countries and journeying on foot because they have no other choice. SENT: 300 words, with photos. Developing.





NEW YORK _ Fort Worth-based American Airlines is extending cancellations of flights through April 24 due to the grounding of Boeing 737 Max aircraft, as federal regulators continue to investigate two deadly crashes involving the plane model. American has 24 Boeing 737 Max aircraft in its fleet, and said Sunday that it will be canceling about 90 flights a day. Not every flight that was previously scheduled to be on a Max aircraft will be canceled, and some flights scheduled to fly on other aircraft types may ultimately be canceled. The airline said it will contact affected fliers directly. SENT: 130 words, could develop.


OKLAHOMA CITY _ Oklahoma lawmakers are considering legislation to prevent cities and towns from imposing a fee on single-use plastic and paper bags, a measure that officials in one Oklahoma community say encroaches on their search for an innovative way to protect the environment from the problems of carelessly discarded bags. Oklahoma is one of at least five states where lawmakers are considering pre-empting local governments from taxing or banning plastic bags that are used to carry everything from groceries to clothing and cosmetics, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures’ website. Eleven other states, including Texas, Arizona and Florida, already have pre-emptions laws in place. By Tim Talley. SENT: 690 words.


AUSTIN, Texas _ A conservative Christian group has dropped its lawsuit attempting to overturn Austin’s anti-discrimination ordinance that extends employment protection to sexual orientation and gender identity. The U.S. Pastor Council dismissed its federal lawsuit against the city of Austin on Tuesday, the Austin American-Statesman reported. The Houston-based council filed its lawsuit in October, alleging that Austin’s ordinance is unconstitutional and invalid because it doesn’t include a religious exemption for 25 member churches in the city that refuse to hire LGBT people. SENT: 380 words.


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. _ A New Mexico archbishop is renewing his call for Catholics to stop worshipping the skeleton folk saint known as La Santa Muerte, or “Our Lady of Holy Death,” saying he fears some mistakenly believe the Grim Reaper-like figure is a Roman Catholic Church-sanctioned saint. Santa Fe Archbishop John Wester recently told The Associated Press he believes some Catholics may be fooled into venerating Santa Muerte even though the focus on death runs counter to the church’s teachings. Shrines and statues of the skeleton figure — typically depicted wearing a black nun’s robe and holding a scythe — can be found in New Mexico, California, Louisiana, Texas and elsewhere. By Russell Contreras. SENT: 450 words.


_ DEADLY DOG ATTACK-CLINIC _ Police say a Dallas-area woman was mauled to death by her two pit bull terriers as she tried to feed them at a veterinary clinic where the dogs were in quarantine for a prior attack.

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AUSTIN, Texas _ The crisp H&M dress drapes gracefully over scholar Monica Penick’s composed frame. The Austin American-Statesman reports if the frock’s tight fabric pattern — proliferating willow boughs — appears familiar, that’s because the motif is echoed almost exactly behind her in sample wallpaper and fabric patterns from almost 170 years ago. Those botanical figures now hang at the Ransom Center on the University of Texas campus as part of an illuminating and free exhibit, “The Rise of Everyday Design: The Arts and Crafts Movement in Britain and America,” that runs through July 14. By Michael Barnes, Austin American-Statesman. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1,470 words, with photos. Moving on news & business lines.


LUFKIN, Texas _ Israel Jones is not your average 10-year-old. The Lufkin Daily News reports when walking into the Jones family home, evidence of Israel’s vast collection of antique items is immediately visible. From traffic lamps to parking meters, Israel has it all. Israel’s dad, Dayton Jones, said he’s always loved taking things apart. By Grace Juarez, The Lufkin Daily News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 830 words, pursuing photos.



AUSTIN, Texas _ Team Penske’s Will Power will start from pole position to lead the field into the inaugural IndyCar Classic at the Circuit of the Americas in Texas. Power has 35 career race wins and Sunday offers an extra $100,000 bonus if he can win from pole position, something he has done 16 times. Andretti Autosport teammates Alexander Rossi and Ryan Hunter-Reay will start second and third. The top rookie qualifier is Colton Herta of Harding Steinbrenner Racing in fourth. By Jim Vertuno. SENT: 130 words, with photos. Developing.


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