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HOUSTON _ The U.S. government says a 16-year-old Guatemalan died Monday at a Border Patrol station in South Texas, the fifth death of a migrant child apprehended by border agents since December. U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a statement that Border Patrol apprehended the teenager in South Texas’ Rio Grande Valley on May 13. The agency says the teenager was found unresponsive Monday morning during a welfare check at the agency’s Weslaco, Texas, station. The teenager’s cause of death is unknown. By Nomaan Merchant. SENT: 430 words, photo.
OKLAHOMA CITY _ Officials closed schools, evacuated military aircraft and issued high-water warnings Monday with another round of severe weather potentially including tornadoes forecast for the Southern Plains. School districts in Oklahoma City, nearby Norman and elsewhere canceled classes as forecasts also call for hail and wind gusts of up to 80 mph (128 kph) in Oklahoma. A flood watch is in effect for the greater Oklahoma City region. Strong winds and hail also are forecast for West Texas and other areas. SENT: 250 words.
_ SEVERE WEATHER-THE LATEST.
TEXAS GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:
BOKOSHE, Okla. _ Susan Holmes’ home, corner store and roadside beef jerky stand are right off Oklahoma Highway 31, putting them in the path of trucks hauling ash and waste from a power plant that burns the high-sulfur coal mined near this small town. For years, when Bokoshe residents were outside, the powdery ash blowing from the trucks and the ash dump on the edge of town would “kind of engulf you,” Holmes said. Over three decades, the ash dump grew into a hill five stories high. Townspeople regard the Environmental Protection Agency as the only source of serious environmental enforcement. Whenever people took their worries about ash-contaminated air and water to state lawmakers and regulators, “none of them cared,” Holmes said. So the residents of this 500-person town have nothing but bitter warnings for similarly situated communities now that President Donald Trump’s EPA has approved Oklahoma to be the first state to take over permitting and enforcement on coal-ash sites. By Ellen Knickmeyer. SENT: 1,300 words, photos.
ELECTION 2020-MINIMUM WAGE
From liberal firebrands Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren to moderates Joe Biden and John Hickenlooper, nearly the entire 2020 Democratic presidential field agrees that the federal minimum wage should be more than doubled, to $15 an hour. That near-unanimity reflects the success of an unorthodox campaign by the Service Employees International Union called the Fight for 15. It launched in 2012 to help nonunion McDonald’s workers who walked off their jobs as cooks and servers agitate for a then-unthinkable $15 minimum wage. Now, according to the National Employment Law Project, one-third of the country will have a $15 minimum wage as gradual increases in bedrock Democratic states like California, Illinois and New York kick in over the coming years. By Nicholas Riccardi. SENT: 910 words, photos. Moving on national lines.
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TRANSGENDER WOMAN BEATEN-DALLAS
DALLAS _ A 23-year-old transgender woman whose beating in front of a crowd was captured on video has been found dead on a Dallas street, police said. Muhlaysia Booker was found face-down early Saturday after officers were called following reports of shots being fired. She was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said. SENT: 280 words, photos.
AP EXPLAINS-IMMIGRANT ENTRANCE EXAMS
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. _ President Donald Trump announced last week a wide-ranging immigration plan that would change how certain immigrants would be allowed in the U.S. His proposal includes a civics test for entrance that some critics say could exclude many high-skilled immigrants. Other critics called the idea of a civics exam bizarre and charged that some U.S. citizens even might fail such a test. If adopted, this would not be the first time the U.S. has embraced a physical or mental exam for immigrants seeking just to get into the country outside of becoming a citizen. This story looks at how the U.S. used entrance exams on aspiring immigrants throughout history: By Russell Contreras. SENT: 620 words.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ Country traditionalist Jon Pardi is kicking off his third album just the way he likes his country music — with a fiddle intro. Pardi, whose 2016 album, “California Sunrise,” shot him to the top of the country album chart, is releasing “Heartache Medication” on June 3, a classic honky-tonk-style song that’s the first single from an album of the same name to be released Sept. 27. “When I wrote that song, I knew the fiddle was going to count it off and we’re going to have a fiddle intro,” the 34-year-old Pardi told The Associated Press. By Kristin M. Hall. SENT: 620 words, photos. Moving on national lines.
HOUSTON _ The Houston Astros open a four-game series with the Chicago White Sox a day after their 10-game winning streak was snapped with a loss at Boston. By Kristie Rieken. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.
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