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

May 14, 2019 GMT

Good morning! Here’s a look at AP’s Texas news coverage. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP Dallas bureau at 972-991-2100, or at 1-800-442-7189. Email aptexas@ap.org. Jill Bleed is at the desk after 5:30 a.m.

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NEW ORLEANS _ A federal appeals court is about to again take up the issue of whether and how states can cut off federal Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood. A federal district judge blocked Texas’ effort to stop Planned Parenthood funding in 2017. But a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans said the district judge didn’t follow proper legal standards. By Kevin McGill. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated. Argument scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.



AUSTIN, Texas _ Former U.S. national team gymnasts backing a Texas bill that would allow victims of sexual abuse more time to sue in civil court urged the state’s lawmakers to restore a key provision allowing those individuals to sue institutions. A push to expand the statute of limitations laws for child sex abuse victims is underway in statehouses nationwide as an onslaught of lawsuits are roiling institutions like the Catholic Church, the Boy Scouts of America and USA Gymnastics. In Texas, lawmakers quietly removed a bill’s provision allowing victims to sue institutions and are now shielding the groups that lobbied them to do so. By Clarice Silber. SENT: 720 words, photos. Moved on general and sports news services.


WASHINGTON _ The Supreme Court has shined an unusual light on its internal squabbling over the death penalty, with the justices making public more than 30 pages of arguments on issues they decided weeks ago. The high court almost never revisits opinions after the fact, though now is the second time this spring that the justices returned to arguments in an already-decided death penalty case. A decision in a Missouri death penalty case in April featured the justices also tussling in writing over prior decisions involving death row inmates in Alabama and Texas. By Jessica Gresko. SENT: 620 words, photos.




CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico _ Burgeoning numbers of Cubans are trying to get into the U.S. by way of the Mexican border, creating a big backlog of people waiting on the Mexican side for months for their chance to apply for asylum. The surge over the past several months has been propelled in part by loosened traveled restrictions in Central America and deteriorating living conditions in Cuba. By Cedar Attanasio, Elliot Spagat and Michael Weissenstein. SENT: 1100 words, photos.


EL PASO, Texas _ U.S. authorities have begun using aircraft to move migrants to less-crowded areas for processing, while asylum-seeking families are being bused as far north as Colorado to alleviate the strain on overwhelmed shelters along the border in Texas and New Mexico. Several dozen migrants have arrived by bus at Denver in the pre-dawn hours with the help of the New Mexico governor’s office, in an effort to help crowded shelters in El Paso and neighboring Las Cruces, New Mexico, where one facility reported running low on food. Non-government organizations in Las Cruces are growing weary and overwhelmed, said Claudia Tristán, spokeswoman for Democratic New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham “They’re experiencing a bit of burnout, particularly with the volunteers that have been dealing with this,” Tristán said. By Cedar Attanasio and Morgan Lee. SENT: 510 words, photos.



HOUSTON _ The mother of a missing 4-year-old Texas girl has been heckled outside a courtroom by people who questioned if she had done enough to protect her daughter before her disappearance. Brittany Bowens, Maleah Davis’s mother, along with her spokesman, community activist Quanell X, showed up for a scheduled court hearing for Derion Vence, her former fiance who is charged in connection with the girl’s disappearance. The hearing was canceled, though, and Vence’s next hearing was scheduled for July 10. By Juan A. Lozano. SENT: 600 words, photos, video.


DALLAS _ The CEO of Ethiopian Airlines says his airline might never fly the Boeing 737 Max again after a deadly crash in March, and if it does, it will wait until other carriers use the plane first. Tewolde Gebremariam told NBC News that Ethiopian won’t use the plane unless the airline, its pilots and passengers are convinced that it is safe. “If we fly them again, we will be the last airline to fly them again,” he said. By Airlines Writer David Koenig. SENT: 680 words, photos. Moved on general, financial and travel news services.


Authorities in West Texas have arrested a woman on a capital murder charge in the shooting death in March of an El Paso County sheriff’s deputy. Arlene Pina’s boyfriend was arrested on the same charge in the days after the death of deputy Peter Herrera. Authorities say Pina didn’t pull the trigger during the late-night traffic stop but her actions that night warranted the filling of the charge. SENT: 330 words.


_ RELIGIOUS LEADERS-MASS SHOOTINGS _ Leaders of churches and a synagogue that were victimized by violent hate crimes have met to talk about how they helped their congregants heal. Leaders from Emmanuel AME in Charleston, S.C., the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh and the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, attended the meeting, district officials said. SENT: 150 words.

_ SUSPECT-BODIES-BURNING CAR _ A man sought in the deaths of two people whose bodies were found in a burning car in North Texas has himself been found dead. SENT: 120 words.

_ EX-TEACHER SEX CHARGES _ A 49-year-old former high school teacher has arrived in custody in Las Vegas from Texas to face multiple felony charges accusing him of sexual conduct with a student. SENT: 130 words.

_ OBIT-LAURA BUSH’S MOTHER _ Jenna Welch, the mother of former first lady Laura Bush, has died in Texas. She was 99. SENT: 130 words, photos.


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