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

November 6, 2018

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

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EL PASO, Texas — Beto O’Rourke has already used his once-longshot Texas Senate run to become a national Democratic phenomenon, shatter fundraising records and set off whispers that he could be a credible 2020 White House contender. But will it be enough to upset — or even stay close to — incumbent Republican Ted Cruz in a state as deeply conservative as Texas? The two candidates square off Tuesday in their hard-fought race that could help determine control of the Senate. By Will Weissert. SENT: 620 words, with photos, video. Will be updated.


AUSTIN, Texas — Texas’ surprisingly close Senate race and record-smashing turnout in early voting isn’t giving Republican Gov. Greg Abbott jitters as he breezes into Tuesday’s midterm on the brink of a second term. A far bigger test looms after the election. Democrat Lupe Valdez, the former sheriff of Dallas County, was a longshot from the start against Abbott and never put together a serious statewide campaign. Her base of Texas liberals have largely overlooked her run and instead poured their energy — and tens of millions of dollars — behind Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke’s high-profile Senate run and congressional challengers. By Paul J. Weber. SENT: 420 words, with photos. Will be updated.


AUSTIN, Texas — While all eyes in Texas are on the unexpectedly close U.S. Senate race, further down the ballot Tuesday are races that could determine control of Congress and end a Democratic drought for statewide offices. Here’s what you need to know. By Paul J. Weber and Jim Vertuno. SENT: 510 words, with photos. Will be updated.




MEXICO CITY — Thousands of Central Americans dreaming of getting to the United States streamed into Mexico’s capital and bedded down in a sports stadium on the eve of U.S. midterm elections in which President Donald Trump has made the migrant caravan a central issue. Authorities counted more than 2,000 migrants entering the Jesus Martinez stadium by midafternoon Monday, and a steady flow continued into the night. The facility has a capacity to hold 6,000, officials said, and four big tents set up for sleeping filled up. Mexico City is more than 600 miles from the nearest U.S. border crossing at McAllen, Texas. By Sonia Perez D., Mark Stevenson and Maria Versa. SENT: 870 words, with photos.





NEW YORK — After a yearlong search for a second home, Amazon is now reportedly looking to build offices in two cities instead of one, a surprise move that could still have a major impact on the communities it ultimately selects. One of the areas the online retail giant is considering is New York’s Long Island City, according to a source familiar with the talks. In addition to Long Island City, The New York Times reports Amazon is also finalizing a deal to locate to the Crystal City section of Arlington, Virginia, just outside Washington, D.C. The Wall Street Journal said Dallas is also still a possibility. Both newspapers cited unnamed people familiar with the decision-making process. By Joseph Pisani and David Klepper. SENT: 670 words, with photo.




GALVESTON, Texas — NASA is monitoring how residents near the Texas Gulf Coast react to quiet sonic booms from an experimental aircraft that could reduce commercial flight times by half. The Houston Chronicle reports that the space agency on Monday launched a two-week research project on quiet supersonic research flights near Galveston. NASA is flying jets in a unique maneuver over the Gulf of Mexico to assess the community’s response to the noise. SENT: 130 words, with photos. UPCOMING: 275 words.


— PRISON GUARD KILLED-TRIAL — An inmate at a West Texas lockup serving 25 years for sexually assaulting a child has been sentenced to death for killing a female corrections officer. With photo.

— HOUSTON KILLINGS-MAN ARRESTED — Authorities say a man accused of killing two people in the Houston area has been arrested in Georgia.

— DEADLY FIGHT-TEXAS — The punishment phase is beginning for a man convicted in the strangulation death of a man whom he and his wife, a sheriff’s deputy, confronted outside a Houston-area restaurant.

— ALAMODOME JANITOR-OVERCHARGES — The operator of a janitorial service that cleaned the Alamodome in San Antonio must serve more than two years in federal prison for what prosecutors call an overbilling scam.

— OBIT-WHITWORTH — The first Miss America to come from Arkansas, 76-year-old Donna Axum Whitworth, has died at a hospital in Fort Worth, Texas. With photo.



STAMFORD, Texas — How do they measure success? The Abilene Reporter-News reports by the number of kids wanting to hang out in the museum. “We had a time where we had to turn them away because they were just coming in here to hang out,” said Luci Wedeking, director of the Cowboy Country Museum, laughing. The museum is located on the east side of the square in Stamford, about 200 miles west of Dallas. Wedeking and Jewellee Keunstler, who took over as museum curator from the retired Sandra Rhea, have been on something of a treasure hunt inside their own building. By Ronald W. Erdrich. SENT: 970 words, pursuing photos.



DALLAS — The Mavericks and Washington play Tuesday night in a matchup of two-win teams. Both faced the Knicks in their previous game, with Dallas dropping its sixth straight and Washington stopping a five-game skid. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 7:30 p.m. CST.


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