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

January 22, 2019

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

Reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org

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GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-HOUSTON

HOUSTON _ Federal workers in Houston who are without pay during the partial government shutdown can now seek financial assistance through a city partnership with local nonprofits. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner says furloughed workers can apply for a $100 voucher through nonprofit Houston Relief Hub, starting Tuesday. The Houston Chronicle reports that no city money is being spent on the arrangement with Houston Relief Hub, which will coordinate the aid and collect donations. SENT: 300 words. Pursuing photos.

ELECTION 2020-DEMOCRATS-POLICY EXTREMES

NEW YORK _ Democratic presidential contender Julian Castro of Texas launched his campaign by pledging support for “Medicare for All,” free universal preschool, a large public investment in renewable energy and two years of free college for all Americans. Critics on social media quickly knocked the former San Antonio mayor’s plan to provide only two years of free higher education _ instead of four _ as “half measures,” “scraps” and “corporate Dem doublespeak.” The former Obama administration Cabinet member clarified his position in an interview days later. By Steve Peoples. SENT: 1,050 words, with photos.

AROUND THE STATE & NATION:

EL PASO ELECTRIC

EL PASO, Texas _ El Paso Electric plans to add a $143 million power generator and introduce more solar power by 2023, the utility has announced. The company said the planned power generator will be located at its Northeast El Paso power plant and comes after studies that showed the electric utility will need more power generation by 2023 to replace three aging gas-powered generating units, the El Paso Times reports . The company also said it will add its first battery storage for solar power within the next four years. SENT: 290 words.

MEXICO-PIPELINE FIRE

MEXICO CITY _ The death toll in a massive fire at an illegally tapped pipeline in Mexico has risen to 93 after more injured died at hospitals. Health Secretary Jorge Alcocer said Tuesday that 46 victims who were severely burned were still in hospitals, two of them in Galveston, Texas. The victims were gathering gasoline from an illegal pipeline tap in the central state of Hidalgo on Friday when the gas ignited. SENT: 130 words, with photos. Could develop.

IN BRIEF:

_ TEXAS-SCHOOL BUS CRASH _ Authorities say no students were hurt after a man suffering from a gunshot wound crashed a car into a school bus near Houston on Tuesday morning.

_ EARNS-HALLIBURTON _ Houston-based Halliburton Co. on Tuesday reported fourth-quarter net income of $664 million, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier.

_ BUC-EE’S-ALABAMA _ A company known for its massive convenience stores _ Buc-ee’s _ has arrived in Alabama with its first location outside of Texas.

_ FBN--McFADDEN-DWI CHARGE _ Former Dallas Cowboy Darren McFadden has posted bond after authorities say he was arrested on a drunken-driving charge when he fell asleep in the drive-through lane at a fast-food restaurant in suburban Dallas. SENT: 130 words, with photo. Moving on news & sports lines.

SPOT MEMBER EXCHANGE:

EXCHANGE-VIETNAM VETERANS-REUNION

SAN ANTONIO _ The last time these soldiers of Bravo Company, 2nd Platoon, were together, they were tromping through the jungles of Vietnam on enemy patrol. The San Antonio Express-News reports they were the core group of 37 men whom 2nd Lt. Perry Dotson led for four harrowing months in 1970. On a recent Saturday in a San Antonio hotel, 49 years later, they gathered to remember a fallen brother-in-arms and renew a connection that time and distance could not break. There was one notable absence: Pfc. Leonard Nitzsche, killed in action by an enemy sniper in 1970. By Vincent T. Davis, San Antonio Express-News. SENT: 1,130 words, with photos. Moving on news & sports lines, note hockey reference.

SPORTS REFER:

BKN--CLIPPERS-MAVERICKS

DALLAS _ DeAndre Jordan faces his former team again as the Mavericks host the Clippers, who stopped a five-game losing streak with a win in San Antonio. The center had a season-high 23 rebounds the first time he faced LA in Dallas. By Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 7:30 p.m. CST.

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