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

May 18, 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. Jake Bleiberg is at the desk.

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TOP STORIES:

SEVERE WEATHER

DALLAS _ A spate of tornadoes raked across the Southern Plains, leaving damage and causing few injuries, and parts of the region were bracing for more severe thunderstorms and possible flooding. SENT: 300 words, photos.

AROUND THE STATE & NATION:

HARVEY-RECOVERY-KOSHER BAKERY

HOUSTON _ A Houston bakery has lost its decades-long Kosher certification as it struggles to recover financially after being swamped by Hurricane Harvey. The Three Brothers Bakery, which has three locations, was ready to celebrate its 70th anniversary this month when the owners were informed that the certification was being revoked, the Houston Chronicle reported. SENT: 371 words, photos.

OIL BOOM-NEW MEXICO

HOBBS, N.M. _ Two New Mexico counties remain among the top oil-producing counties in the U.S., according to new federal numbers. Data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration shows that Lea County was the No. 2 oil-producing county in January behind North Dakota’s McKenzie County, The Hobbs News-Sun reported. SENT 355 words, photos.

IRAQ-EXXONMOBIL

BAGHDAD _ Employees of energy giant ExxonMobil have begun evacuating from an oil field in the southern Iraqi province of Basra but work at the field is still ongoing, Iraqi officials said Saturday. The evacuation comes amid rising tensions between the United States and Iran. The U.S. has already ordered all nonessential diplomatic staff out of Iraq. By Qassim Abdul-Zahra. SENT: 400 words, photos.

PERSIAN GULF-TENSIONS

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates _ Commercial airliners flying over the Persian Gulf risk being targeted by “miscalculation or misidentification” from the Iranian military amid heightened tensions between the Islamic Republic and the U.S., American diplomats warned Saturday, even as both Washington and Tehran say they don’t seek war. The warning relayed by U.S. diplomatic posts from the Federal Aviation Administration, though dismissed by Iran, underscored the risks the current tensions pose to a region critical to both global air travel and trade. Oil tankers allegedly have faced sabotage and Yemen rebel drones attacked a crucial Saudi oil pipeline over the last week. By Jon Gambrell. SENT 1000 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_TEEN DEATH_A Texas university has made a Rhode Island teenager who died in 2017 an honorary member of its soccer team. WPRI-TV reports that Texas A&M University recently sent a package to the family of Gianna Cirella that included a banner, an accepted student’s packet and a note by soccer coach G Guerrieri.

_HOUSTON-MISSING GIRL_The mother of a 4-year-old Texas girl who hasn’t been seen for weeks says she wants to hope her daughter is still alive. Brittany Bowens told KTRK television Friday that she may never know what really happened to Maleah Davis but that “as a mother” she wants to hold onto hope.

_MCCONAUGHEY HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA _ Actor Matthew McConaughey has finally received his high school diploma, more than 30 years after graduating. McConaughey was given his original diploma Friday night when he returned to his Texas alma mater to address the class of 2019. Photos

_DALLAS-DIOR EXHIBITION _ The more than 70 years of fashion created by the famed House of Dior will be examined in an exhibit opening in Dallas that will feature almost 200 dresses. “Dior: From Paris to the World” opens Sunday at the Dallas Museum of Art. The exhibit will profile the Parisian fashion house’s founder, Christian Dior, along with subsequent artistic directors, who include Yves Saint Laurent and John Galliano. Photos

SPORTS REFER:

MLB:

ASTROS-RED SOX

Houston plays Boston at Fenway Park. UPCOMING. 500 words, photos. Game starts at 6:15 p.m.

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