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

August 1, 2018

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 t the desk after 5:30 a.m.

Reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date. All times are Central.

For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

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TOP STORIES:

TRUMP-3D GUNS

SEATTLE — A federal judge has stopped the release of blueprints to make untraceable and undetectable 3D-printed plastic guns as President Donald Trump questioned whether his administration should have agreed to allow the plans to be posted online. The company behind the plans, Austin, Texas-based Defense Distributed, had reached a settlement with the federal government in June allowing it to make the plans for the guns available for download on Wednesday. The restraining order from U.S. District Judge Robert Lasnik in Seattle puts that plan on hold for now. “There is a possibility of irreparable harm because of the way these guns can be made,” he said. By Martha Bellisle and Matthew Daly. SENT: 920 words, photos.

CONGRESS-IMMIGRATION

WASHINGTON — A Department of Health and Human Services official has told senators that his agency had warned the Trump administration that separating families would be dangerous for children. But some of the government’s top immigration officials used a Senate hearing to largely defend how the policy has been implemented, with one comparing family detention centers to “a summer camp.” One official told the Senate Judiciary Committee that while the Trump administration was developing its immigration policies, Health and Human Services officials said they were worried “about any policy which would result in family separation due to concerns we had about the best interests of the child.” Commander Jonathan D. White of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, a branch of HHS, said they were uncertain their department had enough resources to handle large numbers of detained immigrants. By Alan Fram. SENT: 800 words, photos.

SPECIAL ELECTION-TEXAS

SAN ANTONIO — Republican Pete Flores and Democrat Pete Gallego are advancing to a runoff as the top two vote-getters in a special election for a West Texas state Senate district’s vacant seat. SENT: 130 words, photos.

IMMIGRATION:

IMMIGRATION-MILITARY HOUSING

WASHINGTON — The Defense Department has completed legal and environmental requirements needed to create housing at a Texas military base for unaccompanied children who were detained after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border illegally. The department is now waiting for a formal request from the Department of Health and Human Services. According to the Pentagon, a letter from HHS is required before the actual construction of temporary housing or tents can begin at Goodfellow Air Force Base near San Angelo, Texas. Once that request comes in, the military can begin clearing the land. Federal officials, however, are still working on the legal framework for the use of Fort Bliss, in El Paso, Texas, to house immigrant families caught crossing the border illegally. By Lolita C. Baldor. SENT: 450 words.

AROUND THE STATE & NATION:

DEAD ZONE-GULF OF MEXICO

NEW ORLEANS — This year’s Gulf of Mexico “dead zone” is surprisingly small, but the oxygen-depleted water rose higher toward the surface than usual, scientists said. Dead zones are areas in which water at and above the sea floor holds too little oxygen to support marine life. This dead zone is the fourth-smallest ever measured in Louisiana, and is only about 40 percent the average size predicted earlier this year based on nitrogen and other nutrients flowing down the Mississippi River. By Janet McConnaughey. SENT: 470 words, photos.

CELEBRITY SCHOOLS

With the launch of a public school in his hometown of Akron, Ohio, LeBron James has joined a long list of celebrities who have sought to leave their mark on education centers. For example, NFL Hall of Famer Deion Sanders co-founded a multi-campus charter school called Prime Prep Academy in Texas in 2012. He coached there and served in other capacities but had a rocky relationship with administrators and was twice fired and rehired. The school’s enrollment slid amid financial and administrative problems, and it closed in early 2015. By Sally Ho and Kantele Franko. SENT: 800 words, photos. Moved on national general and sports news services.

IN BRIEF:

— MEXICO-ENERGY — Mexico’s president-elect says he will end fracking, the oil and gas extraction method that has just begun to take root in areas of the country’s north. Asked about the potential risks of fracking at a news conference, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Mexico will no longer use that method to extract petroleum. SENT: 160 words, photos.

— TEXAS EXECUTION-DATE — A 60-year-old Texas man on death row for killing a Houston police officer more than 30 years ago has received an execution date. SENT: 130 words.

— INMATE ATOP PATROL CAR — A West Texas sheriff’s deputy has been fired after video showed him driving down a Texas highway with an inmate sitting on the roof. SENT: 130 words.

— AMBULANCE-DEADLY WRECK — Authorities say two men heading to work have been killed when their car struck an ambulance and both vehicles rolled on a rural South Texas highway. SENT: 130 words, photos.

— PARKING GARAGE COLLAPSE — Two sections of a suburban Dallas parking garage have collapsed five hours apart, sending vehicles and rubble onto other vehicles below. SENT: 130 words, photos, video.

— SCHOOL SHOOTING-TEXAS DONATIONS — A Houston-area school district where 10 people were shot to death in May has accepted about $220,000 worth of guns, ammunition and weapons training donated for its security staff. SENT: 130 words.

— HOUSTON FIREFIGHTERS-PAY DISPUTE — The Houston firefighters union is suing city officials, accusing them of misusing public resources to oppose a ballot measure that would give firefighters pay similar to what Houston police officers receive. SENT: 120 words.

— POLICE SHOOTING-TEEN KILLED — A judge has denied a request to move the trial of a white former suburban Dallas police officer who’s charged with murder in the 2017 shooting of a black teenager. SENT: 130 words.

— EX-POLICE OFFICERS SENTENCED — Two South Texas ex-police officers have been sentenced to federal prison for lying to federal agents to hide a theft of cocaine that had been seized in a drug bust. SENT: 110 words.

— MISSING MAN-BODY FOUND — A 37-year-old Texas man found dead in a northern Colorado river has been identified as Michael Brown of Houston. SENT: 90 words.

— CHICAGO SCHOOLS — Chicago Public Schools inspector general says there continues to be fallout from Barbara Byrd Bennett’s tenure as the school district’s CEO. Inspector General Nicholas Schuler’s office reports the Texas-based for-profit Camelot Education, which educates at-risk students, won contracts worth $67 million with help from Byrd-Bennett and two former associates. SENT: 150 words.

— STAR WARS POSTER-AUCTION — A Dallas company reports rare draft poster for the “Star Wars” sequel “The Empire Strikes Back” has sold at auction for $26,400. SENT: 130 words, photos. Moved on general and entertainment news services.

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