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

May 17, 2019

Good afternoon! 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.

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TOP STORIES:

XGR--TEXAS-SCHOOL SHOOTING

AUSTIN, Texas _ A year after a high school mass shooting near Houston that remains one of the deadliest in U.S. history, with 10 people killed, Texas lawmakers are on the brink of going home without passing any new gun restrictions, or even tougher firearm storage laws that Gov. Greg Abbott backed after the tragedy. A Republican governor pushing even a small restriction on firearms kept at home in gun-friendly Texas was a landmark shift after two decades of loosening weapons regulations. The anniversary of the shooting at Santa Fe High School is Saturday. By Jim Vertuno. SENT: 900 words, with photos.

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_ TEXAS SCHOOL SHOOTING-VIGIL _ Santa Fe High School will observe a Day of Remembrance and Resilience on Friday, May 17, in commemoration of the May 18, 2018 mass shooting on campus. A candlelight vigil at Galveston County Fairgrounds will close the day. Separate story on merits.

BORDER WALL-LAWSUITS

SAN FRANCISCO _ President Donald Trump is moving fast to spend billions of dollars to build a wall on the Mexican border with money secured under his declaration of a national emergency, but he first must get past the courts. On Friday, a federal judge in Oakland, California, will consider arguments in two cases that seek to block the White House from spending Defense and Treasury Department money for wall construction. Last month, the Army Corps of Engineers awarded a $789 million contract to SLSCO Ltd. of Galveston, Texas, to replace 46 miles of barrier in New Mexico, paid for by Pentagon funds. By Daisy Nguyen and Elliot Spagat. SENT: 650 words, with photos. Will be updated.

AROUND THE STATE & NATION:

WOMAN DECAPITATED-SON ARRESTED

DENTON, Texas _ Police have arrested a 22-year-old North Texas man suspected of cutting off his mother’s head with a hacksaw. Isaac Israel Warriner was being held Friday in Denton County’s jail on charges including the abuse of a corpse. He hasn’t been charged with killing his mother, Sarah Warriner, though police didn’t immediately reply to phone calls seeking further details, including whether such charges could be coming. An arrest affidavit says Denton police were called to an apartment complex May 5 by a neighbor who said Warriner “was acting weird” and carrying around cleaning supplies. His mother’s body was found in a unit. SENT: 320 words, pursuing photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ UNITED AIRLINES-LAYOFFS _ United Airlines says it will cut about 100 accounting jobs in Houston in July and shift the work to a contractor. With photo.

SPOT MEMBER EXCHANGE:

EXCHANGE-DREAM-NEW LIFE CHAPEL

ODESSA, Texas _ The Rev. Ralph Sheraton Emerson’s assumption of the pastorate at New Life Chapel in Odessa is literally a dream come true. The Odessa American reports based on a dream his wife Chanesia had in February 2018, Emerson said, “I know I’m in the right place.” The dream became real when the couple visited New Life Chapel last December at 914 N. Texas Ave., and Deinah Gallegos, wife of church board member Adrian Gallegos, met them at the door. By Bob Campbell, Odessa American. SENT: 560 words, with photos.

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BBA--ASTROS-RED SOX

BOSTON _ The Houston Astros on Friday night open their weekend series against Boston at Fenway Park. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 6:10 p.m. CDT.

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