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

May 16, 2018

Good morning! 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 after 6 a.m.

Reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date. All times are Central.

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TOP STORIES:

TEXAS EXECUTION

HUNTSVILLE, Texas — A Texas inmate insisted he wasn’t involved in a San Antonio “lovers’ lane” killing that sent him to death row and a scheduled Wednesday evening execution. Juan Edward Castillo faced lethal injection for the fatal shooting of a 19-year-old man more than 14 years ago in a robbery plot that testimony showed was carried out by Castillo and several friends. He’d be the 11th convicted killer put to death this year in the U.S., the sixth in Texas. By Michael Graczyk. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 2 a.m. May be updated. Execution scheduled for after 6 a.m.

TEXAS GOVERNMENT & POLITICS:

TRADE-US-CHINA CONFLICT

WASHINGTON — Corporate America is seeking relief from President Donald Trump’s threatened tariffs on at least $50 billion in Chinese goods as negotiators seek to prevent a trade war between the world’s two biggest economies. Best Buy wants televisions to be spared from the tariffs. Sanden International (USA) of Wylie, Texas, warns it will have to lay off 39 of its 431 workers if 25 percent tariffs take effect on the components it uses to make car air-conditioning compressors. SABIC, a petrochemical manufacturer, wants some building materials struck from the tariff list. By Economics Writer Paul Wiseman. SENT: 770 words, photos. Moved on general, financial and political news services.

TRUMP IMMIGRATION-LEGAL CHALLENGE

SAN FRANCISCO — Federal appeals court judges appeared skeptical of the Trump administration’s claim that courts don’t have the power to review the president’s decision to end a program that shields young immigrants from deportation. Lawyers for both sides spent more than an hour arguing their cases about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and answering questions from three judges of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Pasadena, California. It’s the first time a federal appeals court has heard arguments on the issue. About 40 DACA supporters gathered outside the courthouse, carrying signs that said “Immigrant rights are human rights” and “Our strength stems from our roots.” The Trump administration said it was forced to act because Texas and other states threatened to sue. By Sudhin Thanawala. SENT: 600 words, photos. Moved on national general and political news services.

TRUMP

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has paid emotional tribute to fallen law enforcement officers and the loved ones who carry on without them, saying those who wore the uniform “were among the bravest Americans to ever live.” The president, who made law and order a centerpiece of his presidential campaign, also used the yearly tribute at an outdoor memorial near the Capitol to press Congress to prioritize border security. He said that includes ending policies that allow individuals he described as “violent criminals” back onto the streets. Trump issued the plea after speaking about Border Patrol agent Rogelio Martinez, who died last year from injuries suffered while he and his partner were responding to reports of unknown activity near a border town southeast of El Paso, Texas. By Jill Colvin and Darlene Superville. SENT: 480 words, photos, video.

DEMOCRATS-2020

WASHINGTON — Grappling with the realities of President Donald Trump’s reign, Democrats are trying to offer a counterweight to the president’s message — without making it all about Trump. An annual conference organized by a prominent Democratic leaning think tank included an early glimpse at some of the Democrats plotting a challenge to Trump in 2020. But it also laid bare some of the challenges Democrats face in opposing a president whose presence has been all-consuming and in developing an alternative agenda to reach voters who turned to Trump in 2016. The lineup at the daylong conference featured appearances by several potential 2020 candidates, including Klobuchar, Sens. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Cory Booker of New Jersey and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts. Also speaking: former Housing Secretary Julian Castro and current New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. Castro, the former HUD secretary under Obama and the former San Antonio mayor, said the party needed a “new blueprint” that would make universal prekindergarten a reality, provide free college for at least the first two years and protect hundreds of thousands of young immigrants from deportation. By Ken Thomas. SENT: 850 words.

OPIOID LAWSUITS-STATES

LAS VEGAS — Six U.S. states have sued the maker of the opioid OxyContin of using deceptive marketing to boost drug sales that fueled opioid overdose deaths. Drugmaker Purdue Pharma minimized risks and overstated benefits of long-term use of narcotic opioids, according to a civil complaint filed in Nevada state court in Las Vegas. “Purdue’s deception lined the pockets of its owners and led to the deaths and hospitalization of thousands of Nevadans,” Nevada state Attorney General Adam Laxalt said in a statement. Similar unfair and deceptive trade practices lawsuits were filed in Florida, North Carolina, North Dakota, Tennessee and Texas. By Ken Ritter. SENT: 500 words, photos. Moved on general, financial and health news services.

AROUND THE STATE & NATION:

AMAZON HQ2-ARLINGTON

ARLINGTON, Texas — The city of Arlington says it’s “no longer moving forward” in the competition to become Amazon’s second headquarters, and released details of the incentives it offered the online retailer. Arlington said it had been “one of the very select finalists in North Texas asked by Amazon to make an in-person pitch to company executives and provide a site visit for our proposed HQ2 site.” But it said it was no longer involved. SENT: 320 words.

OIL PIPELINE-SECURITY

MANDAN, N.D. — A private security company accused of operating illegally in North Dakota during protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline says it would be willing to pay fines to settle the legal dispute as long as it’s not required to admit any wrongdoing. North Dakota’s Private Investigative and Security Board has declined to immediately discuss the idea with an attorney and vice president for North Carolina-based TigerSwan but invited the company to submit its best settlement offer. The line is operated by a Dallas-based company. By Blake Nicholson. SENT: 450 words. Moved on general and financial news services.

IN BRIEF:

— LIVESTOCK SAVED — Two men are in a West Texas jail charged with animal cruelty after police stopped the two rented trucks the pair were driving and saved dozens of livestock found overheated inside. SENT: 120 words.

— PARKING LOT POLICE SHOOTING-TEXAS — Civil rights activists are calling for video and audio recordings to be released of a police standoff with an armed man ultimately shot dead by officers. SENT: 130 words.

— DRUG DISTRIBUTION-TEXAS AIRPORT — Federal authorities say 10 people who worked at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport used commercial flights to distribute methamphetamine that was flown to Arizona, New Jersey and elsewhere. SENT: 130 words.

— HEALTH CARE FRAUD-SOUTH TEXAS — A South Texas doctor has been charged in a $240 million health care fraud and international money laundering scheme. SENT: 130 words.

— TEXAS LAWYER-FRAUD — An ex-lawyer in San Antonio who faked court documents and forged the signatures of judges must serve six years in federal prison and repay nearly $3 million to his victims. SENT: 130 words.

— VENEZUELA-CONOCOPHILLIPS — A lawyer for a subsidiary of Texas-based ConocoPhillips said a court in the Dutch Antilles has authorized it to seize $1.94 billion worth of assets held on Bonaire island by Venezuela’s state oil company, PDVSA. By Derk Drayer. SENT: 120 words. Moved on general and financial news services.

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