AP-TX--Texas News Digest 1 pm, TX
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DEADLY HOUSE FIRE
LUBBOCK, Texas — Authorities in West Texas say four young children have died in a late-night house fire. The Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office says deputies responded late Wednesday to the fire west of the city of Lubbock. Deputies and other first responders found the four children inside the home and attempted life-saving measures, but none could be revived. The oldest was 7 years old and the youngest was 1. SENT: 100 words. UPCOMING: 200 words, pursuing photos.
TRUMP IMMIGRATION-LEGAL CHALLENGE
SAN FRANCISCO — An appeals court ruled Thursday that President Donald Trump cannot immediately end an Obama-era program shielding young immigrants from deportation. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals kept in place a preliminary injunction blocking Trump’s decision to phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Lawsuits by California and others challenging the administration’s decision will continue. DACA has protected some 700,000 people brought to the U.S. illegally as children or came with families that overstayed visas. The Trump administration has said it moved to end the program last year because Texas and other states threatened to sue. By Sudhin Thanawala. SENT: 400 words.
MEXICO CITY — Central American migrants in a caravan that has stopped in Mexico City demanded buses Thursday to take them to the U.S. border, saying it is too cold and dangerous to continue walking and hitchhiking. Mexico City authorities say that of the 4,841 registered migrants receiving shelter in a sports complex, 1,726 are under the age of 18, including 310 children under five. The route was expected to be decided Thursday night. “California is the longest route but is the best border, while Texas is the closest but the worst” border, said Jose Luis Fuentes of the National Lawyers Guild to gathered migrants. By Maria Versa and Christopher Sherman. SENT: 740 words, with photos. Will be updated.
AROUND THE STATE & NATION:
HOUSTON — Texas’ Attorney General is pushing to keep an inmate on death row despite prosecutors and defense lawyers agreeing that the man is intellectually disabled and shouldn’t be executed. he Houston Chronicle reports that the state Attorney General’s Office asked to take over death row inmate Bobby James Moore’s case on Wednesday. The request to replace the district attorney on the case comes a day after Harris County prosecutors sided with Moore in a U.S. Supreme Court filing. It’s unusual for prosecutors in a death penalty case to agree with the defense that a defendant should be spared from execution. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.
PONTIAC, Mich. — Michigan officials say a bone from the remains of a man found dead in 2016 was mistakenly buried with the remains of a teenage girl found dead in 1975. The Oakland County Medical Examiner’s Office discovered the error this week while reviewing Darlene McKenzie’s case after the family complained of having to pick up additional remains. The medical examiner’s office says that a bone from Donald Smith’s remains was mistakenly released last year with McKenzie’s remains, which were buried in Pontiac in February 2017. The remains were both tested at the University of North Texas in 2016. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.
WASHINGTON — Homebuilders took a beating Thursday as rising interest rates and home prices discourage potential buyers. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday that the average rates on 30-year, fixed rate mortgages hit 4.94 percent, a 7-year high. The average rate a year ago was 3.9 percent. Also Thursday, Texas-based builder D.R. Horton said home deliveries in the first quarter will come in below what Wall Street was expecting. It cited home prices and mortgage rates. By Matt Ott. SENT: 260 words, with photo.
WARSAW, Poland — Poland’s main gas company signed a long-term contract Thursday to receive deliveries of liquefied natural gas from the United States as part of a larger effort to reduce its energy dependence on Russia. The state company PGNiG signed the 24-year deal with American supplier Cheniere during a ceremony in Warsaw attended by U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry and Polish President Andrzej Duda. The gas will be delivered by ship from terminals in Louisiana and Texas. Perry is a former Texas governor. By Monika Scislowska. SENT: 430 words, with photos
— KIDS PARTIES-ATTACK — Authorities say a North Texas man charged with molesting children attending parties at a miniature-train complex he built in his yard has died after being attacked while in custody. With photo.
— TEXAS HOSPITAL-STABBING — A psychologist has determined a suspect in a 2013 stabbing attack at an East Texas hospital that left a nurse and a visitor dead is competent to stand trial. With photo.
— SHOOTING-TWO KILLED — A grand jury will hear the case of a Texas woman charged along with her husband and another Texas man in a double homicide in upstate New York.
SPOT MEMBER EXCHANGE:
BROWNSVILLE, Texas — In 2015 trucks started rolling, dumping more than 300,000 cubic yards of locally sourced dirt at the future SpaceX launch pad site where S.H. 4 dead-ends at Boca Chica beach in South Texas. The Brownsville Herald reports the technical term is “soil surcharging,” compressing the underlying soil in order to stabilize it — in this case to create a suitable foundation for launch-complex structures. That process is now complete, leading to the artificial mesa being leveled by earthmovers. SpaceX will then install a 95,000-gallon liquid oxygen tank and an 80,000-gallon methane tank that the company has taken delivery on in recent months. By Steve Clark, the Brownsville Herald. SENT: 840 words, pursuing photos.
DALLAS — The Stars return from a successful six-game road trip, their longest of the season, to face San Jose. The Sharks just finished a four-game homestand, winning the last two. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m. CST.
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