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WASHINGTON _ A second conservative Republican has blocked another attempt to pass a long-overdue $19 billion disaster aid bill, delaying again a top priority for some of President Donald Trump’s most loyal allies on Capitol Hill. Rep. Thomas Massie of Kentucky said that if Democratic leaders like Speaker Nancy Pelosi thought the measure was so important, they should have kept the House in session in Washington late last week to slate an up-or-down roll call vote. Another conservative, Texas freshman GOP Rep. Chip Roy, had blocked an earlier attempt Friday to pass the measure under fast-track rules. By Andrew Taylor. SENT: 800 words, photos.
ELECTION 2020-JOE BIDEN
HOUSTON _ Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has unveiled his first major policy proposal before one of the nation’s largest teachers’ unions. The former vice president’s education plan would triple funding for schools with a high percentage of low-income students. It would double the number of psychologists, guidance counselors, nurses and other health professionals in schools. It would also provide universal prekindergarten for all 3- and 4-year-olds. By Thomas Beaumont. SENT: 430 words, photos.
WASHINGTON _ The U.S. Border Patrol said it’s working to hire additional staff to manage the processing of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border. Officials said the aim is to take the burden off uniformed agents, who can then go back into the field. Border resources are stretched thin as the U.S. manages increasingly more families coming from Central America. Agents said they are spending more than half their time feeding and caring for migrant families. Paperwork processing alone can take three hours per family. There were 58,474 families apprehended last month. SENT: 240 words, photos. Moved on national political news services.
_ BORDER WALL-FUNDRAISER _ A border suburb of El Paso, Texas, has issued a cease-and-desist order against construction of a privately funded border barrier. SENT: 120 words, photos.
TEXAS GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:
AUSTIN, Texas _ The head of Texas’ beleaguered child welfare system has announced that he’s stepping down, which comes at a time when child abuse deaths statewide reached a six-year high in 2018. Texas Department of Family and Protective Services Commissioner Hank Whitman told the agency’s workers in a video that he is planning to retire at the end of June. By Clarice Silber. SENT: 280 words.
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SEVERE WEATHER-TORNADO SEASON
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. _ After several quiet years, the United States was threatening to break a major record for tornado activity this week as a volatile mix of warm, moist air from the Southeast and persistent cold from the Rockies clashed and stalled over the Midwest. On Monday, the U.S. tied its current record of 11 consecutive days with at least eight tornadoes on each of those days, said Patrick Marsh, warning coordination meteorologist for the federal Storm Prediction Center. The previous 11-day stretch of at least eight tornadoes per day ended on June 7, 1980. By Rick Callahan and Grant Schulte. SENT: 700 words, photos.
SHENZHEN, China _ Chinese tech giant Huawei has filed a motion in U.S. court challenging the constitutionality of a law that limits its sales of telecom equipment. Huawei launched its suit in Plano, Texas, its U.S. headquarters, in March. SENT: 210 words, photos. Moved on general and financial news services.
NEVADA JAIL DEATH-SETTLEMENT
RENO, Nev. _ The family of a drug-dependent Texas woman who died from an apparent seizure while imprisoned in a rural Nevada county jail for unpaid parking tickets has won a $2 million settlement in a wrongful death lawsuit, and a federal judge will monitor inmates at the jail for four years. The lawsuit filed last year on behalf of 27-year-old Kelly Coltrain of Austin said Mineral County Sheriff Randy Adams and his deputies showed “deliberate indifference to her serious medical needs” and “ultimately caused her death” on the third day of her incarceration. By Scott Sonner. SENT: 620 words.
OXON HILL, Md. _ Akash Vukoti no longer stands out at the Scripps National Spelling Bee for his age, not with a record 23 spellers competing this year who are 9 or younger. But he’s the only member of the single-digit club to be making his third appearance at the bee, where onstage spelling runs through Thursday. He’s also the only one who’s coming off a stint on “Dancing with the Stars: Juniors.” Akash, who made his bee debut three years ago at age 6, is now a publicity-savvy entertainer behind his cherubic grin and big, brown eyes. While many spellers are obsessed with last-minute studying, the San Angelo, Texas, resident has other responsibilities, including creating content for his YouTube channel, which has more than 32,000 subscribers. By Ben Nuckols. SENT: 500 words, photos.
NEW YORK _ At this year’s national publishing convention, BookExpo, the sideline part of the business will be a main attraction. BookExpo, which runs Wednesday to Friday, will feature such companies as Taza Chocolate, Calypso Cards and Streamline Inc. in an “UnBound” section at the Jacob Javits Convention Center. Oren Teicher, CEO of the American Booksellers Association, the trade group for independent stores, says non-book products can account for 20 percent or more of overall sales. Muddy Water Bookstore in Navasota, Texas, is among the newly opened independent book stores. “I’m living in a dream,” says Muddy Water owner Suzie Linnenbank, who acknowledges that the business side of books has been an education. “Business is OK. It’s up and down. I’ve probably been a little more successful than I thought, but still not exactly where I want to be. Then again, I haven’t been open a year yet.” By National Writer Hillel Italie. SENT: 920 words, photos. Moved on national general, financial and entertainment news services.
LAUREL, Miss. _ The third-largest poultry processing company in the U.S. says it’s increasing hourly wages to better recruit and retain workers. Mississippi-based Sanderson Farms has about 15,000 workers in Mississippi, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina and Texas. SENT: 210 words. Moved on general and financial news services.
_ FRAUD SCHEME-SENTENCE _ A 43-year-old Houston man has been sentenced to six years in federal prison after pleading guilty to embezzling more than $3.4 million from a Dallas-based design and construction company. SENT: 100 words. Moved on general and financial news services.
_ WOMAN-PREGNANT DAUGHTER-SLAIN _ Police say a 14-year-old boy has been charged in the South Texas shooting deaths of a woman and her pregnant daughter whose unborn child was delivered but later died. SENT: 130 words.
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