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

February 20, 2019

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. Jill Bleed is at the desk after 5:30 a.m.

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TEXAS ATTORNEY GENERAL-WIFE

AUSTIN, Texas _ The wife of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton says a bill she filed that would change state securities law “has literally nothing to do” with her husband’s criminal case on charges of defrauding investors. Republican state Sen. Angela Paxton was elected in November. She said she didn’t consult with her husband on the bill, which calls for the attorney general’s office to create a framework that would let entrepreneurs test some financial products and services without a license. By Paul J. Weber. SENT: 630 words, photos.

TEXAS GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:

ELECTION 2020-DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION

WASHINGTON _ Leaders in three major cities are in a last-minute scramble to win the 2020 Democratic National Convention, an event that could funnel millions of dollars into the local economy and put them at the center of the political world for one week next summer. Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez is choosing among Houston, Miami and Milwaukee. In recent weeks, some Democrats have privately suggested Milwaukee would get the nod, and a sense of finality set in once the DNC in December paid what were billed as the last visits to each city before a decision was made. By Bill Barrow. SENT: 970 words, photos.

ELECTION 2020-O’ROURKE

EL PASO, Texas _ Beto O’Rourke said he hasn’t ruled out being a 2020 vice presidential candidate — even as he plans to decide in the next 10 days if he’ll seek the presidency. Answering a question in Spanish about the possibility of being another candidate’s running mate, the Democratic former Texas congressman answered in Spanish: “I’m going to consider every way to serve this country. And, yes, that will include anything.” By Will Weissert. SENT: 610 words, photos.

BORDER WALL-CALIFORNIA

SAN DIEGO _ Construction has begun on the fifth border wall project of Donald Trump’s presidency, replacing up to 14 miles (22 kilometers) of barrier in San Diego, authorities said. The first panels are in place to replace a steel-mesh fence with 30-foot-high steel bollards, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. SLSCO Ltd. of Galveston, Texas, was awarded a $101 million contract in December, with options for an additional $30 million. The bollards replace a second layer of barrier that worked like a fortress when it was built about a decade ago but is now often breached with powerful battery-operated saws sold in home improvement stores. SENT: 280 words, photos.

IMMIGRATION:

IMMIGRATION-FORCE-FEEDING

Nearly 50 Democratic lawmakers have called for a watchdog investigation of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement after the agency confirmed it had been force-feeding immigrant detainees on a hunger strike. Reporting by The Associated Press revealed late last month that nine Indian men who were refusing food at a Texas detention facility were being force-fed through nasal tubes against their will. On Thursday, all force-feeding at the detention center near the El Paso airport abruptly stopped after a U.S. district judge said the government had to stop involuntarily feeding two of the detained immigrants. By Garance Burke and Martha Mendoza. SENT: 500 words.

IMMIGRATION-TEEN DETENTION CAMP-FLORIDA

HOMESTEAD, Fla. _ Congressional Democrats from Florida and Texas have toured a migrant camp in Florida, where they say children are being held for too long in a place that has a “prison-like” feeling. The lawmakers held a news conference after visiting a facility in Homestead, Florida. They pledged to work for children who cross the U.S.-Mexico border to reunite with their families already in the U.S. The Democrats say those who cross with siblings, aunts or uncles should remain together. SENT: 430 words, photos. Moving on general news services.

MEXICO-MIGRANT CARAVAN

MEXICO CITY _ Officials in the northern Mexico border state of Coahuila said they have closed a shelter in the border city of Piedras Negras where about 1,600 Central American migrants had been confined during the past two weeks. Many of the migrants have been bused to neighboring states, leading to complaints that Coahuila was dumping migrants on other cities to clear out the camp at an empty factory building. Piedras Negras is across the border from Eagle Pass, Texas. SENT: 350 words, photos. Moved on international general news services.

IN BRIEF:

_ TODDLER STABBED _ A Southeast Texas man is jailed on a capital murder charge after his 2-year-old daughter was found stabbed to death at their home. SENT: 130 words.

_ SAN ANTONIO-SLAYINGS-SENTENCE _ Prosecutors say a San Antonio man blamed for attacks since 2012 that left four women and one girl dead has been sentenced to life in prison without chance for parole. SENT: 130 words.

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