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MOVING ON Saturday, Dec. 22:
HOUSTON _ Some Houston-area landowners have sued a pipeline company alleging two emergency releases this fall of natural gas along a major interstate pipeline caused the deaths of nearly 40 trophy deer at a breeding facility near Sam Houston National Forest. The Houston Chronicle reports the lawsuit says Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co, a subsidiary of Houston pipeline company Kinder Morgan, flooded their properties with clouds of methane and other toxic gases. Kinder Morgan denies the allegations. UPCOMING: 250 words.
MOVING ON Sunday, Dec. 23:
AUSTIN, Texas _ Reycling of plastic items such as bottles jumped in Austin in the weeks after a boil-water notice in late October was lifted. The Austin American-Statesman reports experts say recyclables collected in October increased 8.7 percent from the previous year, while recyclables hauled in November jumped 5 percent from a year earlier. UPCOMING: 250 words.
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WASHINGTON _ Immigrants seeking asylum along the southwest border will no longer be released into the U.S. while their cases play out, the Trump administration said on Thursday, forcing them instead to wait in Mexico in one of the most significant moves on immigration since the president took office. The new policy covers immigrants apprehended at border entry points, those who have been interviewed by U.S. immigration authorities and those who have received an immigration court date. It does not apply children traveling alone or to Mexican nationals making asylum claims. By Colleen Long and Mark Stevenson. SENT: 970 words, with photo. SENT on Thursday.
Decades after the U.S. stopped institutionalizing kids because large and crowded orphanages were causing lasting trauma, it is happening again. The federal government has placed most of the 14,300 migrant toddlers, children and teens in its care in detention centers and residential facilities packed with hundreds, or thousands, of children. As the year draws to a close, some 5,400 detained migrant children in the U.S. are sleeping in shelters with more than 1,000 other children. Some 9,800 are in facilities with 100-plus total kids, according to confidential government data obtained and cross-checked by The Associated Press. By Garance Burke and Martha Mendoza. SENT: 2,240 words, with photos, video. SENT on Wednesday.
_ IMMIGRATION-CHILDREN’S SHELTERS-ABRIDGED VERSION, 930 words.
_ IMMIGRATION-CHILDREN’S SHELTERS-ARIZONA. By Astrid Galvan. SENT: 750 words, with photos.
ELECTION 2020-BETO O’ROURKE
AUSTIN, Texas _ During this year’s Texas Senate race, some home-state Democrats grumbled that West Texan Beto O’Rourke wasn’t softening his liberal positions enough to finish a near-upset of GOP Sen. Ted Cruz. Now, as the outgoing congressman mulls a 2020 White House run, a small but vocal segment of activists is suggesting he’s not liberal enough, arguing he’s more about feel-good flash than commitment to values that will excite his party’s ascendant leftist wing. By Will Weissert. SENT: 870 words, photos. SENT on Wednesday.
NEW YORK _ Health officials on Thursday reported an outbreak of bacterial infections in people who got injections of stems cells derived from umbilical cord blood. At least 12 patients in three states — Florida, Texas and Arizona — became infected after getting injections for problems like joint and back pain, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. All 12 were hospitalized, three of them for a month or longer. None died. Investigators don’t think the contamination occurred at the clinics where the shots were given, because they found bacteria in unopened vials provided by the distributor, Yorba Linda, California-based Liveyon. By Mike Stobbe. SENT: 430 words, with photo. SENT on Thursday.
HOUSTON FIREFIGHTERS-PAY RAISE BATTLE
HOUSTON _ A judge has lifted a court order blocking the implementation of a new charter amendment which would give Houston’s firefighters pay parity with city police officers, but which Houston’s mayor says would cost the city up to $100 million and result in hundreds of layoffs. Tuesday’s ruling is in connection with a lawsuit by Houston’s police officers’ union that claims the amendment is unconstitutional and invalid. The measure was approved by Houston voters last month. The firefighters’ union says its members are woefully underpaid compared with Houston police and other U.S. fire departments. By Juan A. Lozano. SENT: 500 words. SENT on Tuesday.
SCI--APOLLO 8 AT 50
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. _ Fifty years ago on Christmas Eve, a tumultuous year of assassinations, riots and war drew to a close in heroic and hopeful fashion with the three Apollo 8 astronauts reading from the Book of Genesis on live TV as they orbited the moon. To this day, that 1968 mission is considered to be NASA’s boldest and perhaps most dangerous undertaking. That first voyage by humans to another world set the stage for the still grander Apollo 11 moon landing seven months later. Friday is the 50th anniversary since Apollo 8 launched. Mission Control is at Johnson Space Center in Houston. By Marcia Dunn. SENT: 1,270 words, with photos, video. SENT on Tuesday. Note anniversary is Friday.
REPORTED INCOME-NORTH DAKOTA
BISMARCK, N.D. _ Reported income by all North Dakotans dropped nearly 13 percent in 2017 due to a prolonged slump in agriculture and energy prices, according to figures the state’s tax commissioner released to The Associated Press. Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger said the total adjusted gross income for the state slid from $31.2 billion in 2016 to $27.8 billion last year. he figures show 457,639 people filed state income tax returns last year, down nearly 4,100 from 2016 and about 28,000 fewer than in 2014. That was largely due to oil-related workers leaving the state, which trails only Texas as the nation’s top oil producer. By James MacPherson. SENT: 340 words. SENT on Tuesday.
NEW YORK _ It was March 1958 when an African-American dancer named Alvin Ailey, then making his living on the Broadway stage, gathered up a group of fellow dancers and presented a one-night show of his own works. It was indeed history: The company born that night is now 60 years old and credited with helping popularize modern dance, as well as bringing the African-American experience to a global stage. The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is one of the best known companies in the world. Ailey grew up in poverty in small-town Texas, to a 17-year-old mother. By Jocelyn Noveck. SENT: 1,060 words, with photos, video. SENT on Thursday.
WEEKEND MEMBER EXCHANGES/MOVED IN ADVANCE:
FOR USE Sunday, Dec. 23, and thereafter:
HOUSTON _ The construction of a new lake and an open green space in Memorial Park’s new Eastern Glades area will be visible starting in January. The Houston Chronicle reports for now, park officials are most excited about the massive piles of ground-up tree trunks out in the back forty on the park’s south side _ several mountains of soft, sweet-smelling brown material that crumbles in their hands, full of teeming life that can only be seen through a microscope. By Molly Glentzer, Houston Chronicle. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1,320 words, with photos. Moving on news & sports lines.
ODESSA, Texas _ After her sister committed suicide three years ago, Odessa High School junior Mayely Carrasco decided to turn the tragedy into a positive. The Odessa American reports she formed a suicide prevention group that meets once a week. Carrasco went to Student Assistance Services Counselor Magaliy Navarrete with the idea. By Ruth Campbell, Odessa American. SENT IN ADVANCE: 830 words, with photos.
FOR USE Monday, Dec. 24, and thereafter:
EXCHANGE-CHRISTMAS TREE FOREST
BROWNSVILLE, Texas _ One year ago, Brownsville Heritage Museum assistant Ricky Garza was decorating a Christmas tree in the museum’s lobby with a co-worker when the pair thought, why not invite the community to bring in trees and overflow the museum with the holiday spirit? The Brownsville Herald reports that conversation turned into a reality this year with the museum’s first ever Christmas Tree Forest exhibit. By Mark Reagan, The Brownsville Herald. SENT IN ADVANCE: 410 words, pursuing photos.
SAN ANTONIO _ Wade DeRousse never thought he’d be able to share athletics with his first son, Samuel, who was born with cerebral palsy and was unable to use his arms or legs. The San Antonio Express-News reports Samuel’s parents thought the cerebral palsy would prevent him from doing many of the things children typically do, particularly sports. But that changed when the DeRousse family discovered Kinetic Kids, a local nonprofit organization. By Josh Baugh, San Antonio Express-News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 950 words, with photos. Moving on news & sports lines.
^The AP, Dallas