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

March 3, 2019

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 will be at the desk at 5:30 a.m.

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AROUND THE STATE & NATION:

TRUMP-BORDER SECURITY

WASHINGTON _ Opponents of President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border appear to have enough Senate votes to reject his move, now that Republican Rand Paul of Kentucky has said he can’t go along with the White House. The House has voted to derail the action, and if the Senate follows later this month, the measure would go to Trump for his promised veto. SENT: 280 words, photos.

AUSTIN HOUSING-ORCHARD

AUSTIN, Texas _ Some Austin residents are raising concerns about preserving a generations-old pecan grove after the city’s housing corporation prematurely demolished a house nearby without a permit. Neighbors are asking the city to protect the pecan grove by making it into a park to prevent the removal of trees for a housing project, the Austin American-Statesman reported. SENT: 340 words.

UTE PIPELINE PROJECT

CLOVIS, N.M. _ A multimillion-dollar project aimed at shoring up drinking water supplies for communities in eastern New Mexico is moving ahead after decades of planning and meetings. The Eastern New Mexico News reports the pipeline project broke ground last week. SENT: 340 words.

EXCHANGE-SAN MARCOS-TEXAS-FIRE-SURVIVOR

SAN ANTONIO _ The first thing Zachary Sutterfield noticed when he awoke before daybreak in his friends’ apartment was the uncomfortable heat. The San Antonio Express-News reports vivid colors danced outside the living room window. Orange and blue hues flickered, casting shadows inside. The 20-year-old college student sprang from the couch where he’d been sleeping. The blaze ended up killing five people. By Peggy O’Hare, San Antonio Express-News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 3,150 words, with photos.

EXCHANGE-MERCANTILE-130th ANNIVERSARY

EDNA, Texas _ While other hardware and lumber stores have come and gone and a major big-box retailer dominated the city’s retail market for 36 years, Westhoff Mercantile Co. has held strong as an iconic shop in the community for more than a century. The Victoria Advocate reports the store, which consists of a lumberyard, hardware store and gift shop, is celebrating its 130th anniversary this year. August Ernest Westhoff is a fifth-generation owner. His great-great-grandfather, William Westhoff, opened the business in 1889. By Kathryn Cargo, Victoria Advocate. SENT IN ADVANCE: 860 words, with photos. Moved on news and business lines.

TEXAS APME-WINNERS

AUSTIN, Texas _ The Texas Associated Press Managing Editors presented its 2018 journalism awards at its annual convention over the weekend at the AT&T Convention Center in Austin. Winners also were announced in the Headliners Excellence in Journalism competition. The Headliners Star of Star awards are selected among the star division winners in each category except Star Designer by a separate panel of judges selected by the Headliners Foundation. Entries for Star Online Package of the Year also compete with division winners of the Texas AP Broadcasters contests. SENT: 5,400 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ CARGO PLANE CRASH _ Authorities say they’ve recovered the flight data recorder from the cargo plane that crashed into a bay east of Houston a week ago.

_ WIFE KILLED-HUSBAND SENTENCED _ A South Texas man has been sentenced to 50 years in prison after pleading guilty in the 2017 death of his wife, who was shot five times in front of two of their sons.

SPORTS REFER:

ROCKETS-CELTICS

BOSTON _ The Celtics’ win over the Wizards on Friday snapped a four-game losing streak and gave them their first win since the All-Star break. Now Boston hosts James Harden and the Houston Rockets, who have won four straight and are inching back up the Western Conference standings. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 2:30 p.m.

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