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

April 9, 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. David Warren is at the desk.

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TOP STORY:

TRUMP-HOMELAND SECURITY

WASHINGTON _ Outside allies of President Donald Trump are urging him to nominate former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach to be secretary of Homeland Security. NumbersUSA, a group that seeks to reduce immigration rates, released a statement on Tuesday claiming Kobach has the support of Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials. When asked what he would do first, Kobach _ in an appearance on Fox News Channel _ said he would deploy thousands of FEMA trailers to border cities or military bases in Texas and Arizona and set up “processing centers” to handle asylum claims, and prevent those living in the U.S. illegally from sending remittances home to Mexico. By Jill Colvin. SENT: 490 words, with photos.

MEDICARE SCAM

WASHINGTON _ Federal authorities said Tuesday they’ve broken up a $1.2 billion Medicare scam that peddled unneeded orthopedic braces to hundreds of thousands of seniors via foreign call centers. The Justice Department announced charges against 24 people across the U.S., including doctors accused of writing bogus prescriptions for unneeded back, shoulder, wrist and knee braces. Charges were being brought against defendants in California, Florida, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Texas. By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar. SENT: 680 words, with photos.

AROUND THE STATE & NATION:

AIR BASE SHOOTING-2 DEAD-REPORT

SAN ANTONIO _ A 406-page report released by the US Air Force reveals there were several indications a former special forces soldier was mentally unstable years before he fatally shot a commanding officer in 2016 at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland before taking his own life. Warnings that Tech Sgt. Steven Bellino was mentally unstable, including his perception that individuals and commanders he worked with violated his sense of honor, had accumulated long before he came to Lackland. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300-400 words.

BOEING-GROUNDED PLANES

DALLAS _ Deliveries of Boeing’s best-selling jet tumbled as expected after the newest version of the plane was grounded around the world following two deadly crashes. Boeing said Tuesday that it delivered 149 commercial airplanes, including 89 737s, in the first quarter. In the same period last year, the company delivered 184 planes, including 132 737s. The company did not disclose how many of the 737s were the Max version that was grounded last month. Boeing is still producing an earlier model, but the Max is expected to account for a very high percentage of 737 deliveries this year. By David Koenig. SENT: 420 words.

WHOOPING CRANES-SPY EGGS

NEW ORLEANS _ Spy eggs may help Louisiana biologists learn why some whooping crane chicks die in the egg, while others hatch. State wildlife biologists swap egg-shaped data loggers for one of the two eggs that many cranes lay. The real eggs come to Audubon Nature Institute, where they’re incubated until they’re nearly ready to hatch. Then biologists return the real eggs to their home nests and take back the fakes, which give up their data through an infrared connection. Biologist Sara Zimorski of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says it will take several years to get enough data for any conclusions. By Janet McConnaughey. SENT: 700 words, with photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ BUMP STOCKS-DESTROYED-LAWSUIT _ A Texas gun company that destroyed more than 73,000 bump stocks when a federal ban on the rapid-fire devices took effect has sued the U.S. government claiming millions of dollars in losses. With photo, video.

_ SCHOOL BUS AGENCY-TAX EVASION _ A former Dallas official caught up in a federal corruption probe linked to school buses has been sentenced for his role in a scandal that’s reached high into the city’s government.

_ GASOLINE PRICES _ The U.S. Energy Information Administration predicted Tuesday that the national average price for gasoline from April through September will be $2.76 a gallon, down from $2.85 last summer. It forecasts that production will hit 12.4 million barrels a day this year and 13.1 million next year mostly due to higher output in Texas and New Mexico.

SPOT MEMBER EXCHANGE:

EXCHANGE-HIGHER EDUCATION

ODESSA, Texas _ Although it looked like University of Texas Permian Basin Associate Dean of Students Corey Benson might become a journalist, he opted for trying to make students’ quality of life better in higher education. The Odessa American reports Benson joined UTPB in September 2018 as the chief conduct officer implementing the student code of conduct and investigating and adjudicating cases of alleged student misconduct. He also oversees student wellness and health promotion programs, including education on alcohol and other drugs, sexual and relationship violence prevention, education on suicide prevention and working with students as an adviser. By Ruth Campbell, Odessa American. SENT: 950 words, with photos.

SPORTS REFER:

BKN--SUNS-MAVERICKS

DALLAS _ Dirk Nowitzki plays the final home game of what is expected to be his final season. The 40-year-old, who hasn’t said whether he will retire, set an NBA record by playing 21 seasons with the same franchise. Last-place Phoenix is the visitor. By Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos. Game starts 7:30 p.m. CDT.

Also:

BKN--NOWITZKI’S NIGHT

DALLAS _ Dirk Nowitzki hasn’t said whether he’s retiring because the 40-year-old never wanted a farewell tour. Regardless, the Mavericks will do plenty to honor the NBA’s most decorated European star during the final home game of his record 21st season with the same franchise. By Schuyler Dixon. SENT: 480 words, with photo. Will be updated. Game starts at 7:30 p.m. CDT.

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