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

May 23, 2019

Good morning! 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 is at the desk after 5:30 a.m.

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TOP STORIES:

BORDER PATROL-FLU OUTBREAK

SAN DIEGO _ More than 30 migrants have tested positive for influenza at a major processing center on the Mexican border that was temporarily closed to stop the outbreak, authorities said. It was unclear if anyone ill came in contact with a 16-year-old Guatemalan boy who was held at the facility in McAllen, Texas, and died Monday, a day after he was diagnosed and transferred to a smaller station. Carlos Hernandez Vasquez was detained for six days, twice as long as generally allowed by U.S. law. By Colleen Long and Elliot Spagat. SENT: 630 words, photos. Moved on general and health news services.

With:

_ IMMIGRATION-MIGRANT CHILD DIES _ U.S. authorities say a 10-year-old girl from El Salvador died last year after being detained by border authorities in a previously unreported case. The death marks the sixth known case in the last year. SENT: 150 words.

_ BORDER-MILITARY _ The Pentagon says it will build temporary shelter at the U.S.-Mexican border for at least 7,500 adult migrants who have been turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody. SENT: 120 words.

FAA-AVIATION REGULATORS

FORT WORTH, Texas _ Public confidence in Boeing’s 737 Max jet is “maybe” shaken after two deadly crashes but that will eventually change, said the chief of the Federal Aviation Administration. Representatives from 33 other global aviation regulators will meet in Fort Worth, Texas, Thursday to hear FAA officials describe the steps they have taken _ and what remains to be done _ before the plane flies again. The list of foreign regulators includes delegates from Indonesia and Ethiopia, where the two crashes occurred before the plane was grounded worldwide in March. In all, 346 people died. By Airlines Writer David Koenig. SENT: 370 words. Moved on general and financial news services.

TEXAS GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:

TEXAS-SCHOOL SAFETY

AUSTIN, Texas _ Texas moved a big step closer to arming more teachers and school personnel as a way to help prevent future campus shootings, under a bill sent to Gov. Greg Abbott. The measure approved by the state Senate changes the 6-year-old school marshal program that had limited the number of armed marshals, and instead opens campuses to as many as local school districts feel they need. By Jim Vertuno. SENT: 560 words, photos.

TRUMP-FIRST RESPONDERS

WASHINGTON _ Fourteen public safety officers, including one from Texas, were awarded the Medal of Valor by President Donald Trump, including eight who responded to a shooting at a southern California polling place. “Every officer, firefighter and first responder who receives this award embodies the highest ideals of service and sacrifice, character and courage,” Trump said during a White House ceremony. The medal is the nation’s highest honor for bravery by a public safety officer. By Deb Riechmann. SENT: 530 words, photos, video.

Also:

_ TEXAS-FLOOD CONTROL _ Nearly two years after Hurricane Harvey battered Houston and the Texas coast, state lawmakers approved setting aside more than $3 billion to help pay for flood control projects. SENT: 120 words, photos.

AROUND THE STATE & NATION:

ENDANGERED WOLVES-ILLEGAL KILLINGS

RALEIGH, N.C. _ Illegal killings and longstanding political resistance have undercut the return of two species of endangered wolves to the wild, frustrating government efforts that already cost more than $80 million but have failed to meet recovery targets. The number of red wolves roaming the forests of North Carolina has plunged to fewer than three dozen in recent years _ the most precarious position of any U.S. wolf species. In the Southwest, a record number of Mexican gray wolves turned up dead in 2018, tempering an increase in the overall population to 131 animals. By Jonathan Drew, Susan Montoya Brown and Matthew Brown. SENT: 1120 words, photos. Moved on general and science news services.

TEXAS-POLICE SHOOTING

HOUSTON _ A private autopsy shows a Houston-area police officer shot a mentally ill woman in the stomach, chest and face when the two struggled during an attempted arrest, a lawyer for the victim’s family said. SENT: 300 words, photos.

PROPHET CARTOON CONTEST-NEW TRIAL

PHOENIX _ Prosecutors who won a conviction against a Phoenix man for providing guns to two Islamic State followers killed in a 2015 attack on a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest in suburban Dallas say an undercover FBI agent’s presence at the scene had nothing to do with the earlier activities of the two attackers. The agent was instead outside a convention center in Garland to show another suspect, who was believed to be a recruiter for the Islamic State, that he could follow his instructions in staging a one-man protest at the anti-Islam event, prosecutors Kristen Brook and Joseph Koehler said in court records filed a week ago. They say the agent didn’t know Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi, who were killed after opening fire outside the event, were in Texas prior to the attack. By Jacques Billeaud. SENT: 730 words, photos.

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC GEOBEE

WASHINGTON _ Nihar Janga, an eighth-grader from Austin, Texas, with an already impressive array of awards, took home top honors in the 31st annual National Geographic GeoBee, an elite test of geographic knowledge. SENT: 170 words. Moved on general and entertainment news services.

IN BRIEF:

_ DRUG SMUGGLER-FUGITIVE _ Prosecutors say a South Texas man who smuggled hundreds of pounds of marijuana in crates of heavy machinery must serve 18 years in federal prison after being on the run since 2013. SENT: 130 words.

_ TEXAS-GIRL ABDUCTED _ A man accused of abducting an 8-year-old Texas girl as she was taking a walk with her mother has been charged in federal court with kidnapping. SENT: 130 words, photos.

_ POLICE CHIEF-CONFRONTATION _ A beauty pageant winner has sued a Texas city and its former police chief over an evading arrest charge that was later dropped. SENT: 130 words.

_ PAINTBALL SHOOTING-HOUSTON _ Houston police are investigating the fatal shooting of a 19-year-old after a man whose home was splattered with paintballs said he opened fire because he thought someone was shooting at his residence. SENT: 120 words.

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