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IMMIGRATION-TEEN DETENTION CAMP
TORNILLO, Texas — The Trump administration announced in June it would open a temporary shelter for up to 360 migrant children in this isolated corner of the Texas desert. Less than six months later, the facility has expanded into a detention camp holding thousands of teenagers — and it shows every sign of becoming more permanent. By Monday, 2,349 largely Central American boys and girls between the ages of 13 and 17 were sleeping inside the highly guarded facility in rows of bunk beds in canvas tents, some of which once housed first responders to Hurricane Harvey. More than 1,300 teens have arrived since the end of October. Also, watchdog report says the Trump administration waived FBI fingerprint checks for camp staff. By Garance Burke and Martha Mendoza. SENT: 2,500 words, with photo.
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TIJUANA, Mexico — Many among the more than 5,000 Central American migrants in Tijuana were urgently exploring their options amid a growing feeling that they had little hope of making successful asylum bids in the United States or of crossing the border illegally. Most were dispirited on Monday, a day after U.S. agents fired tear gas into Mexico to turn back some migrants who had breached the border. They saw the clash and official response as hurting their chances of reaching the U.S. Officials also reported more interest from migrants wanting to start the process staying in Mexico. By Christopher Sherman. SENT: 770 words, with photos, video.
SAN DIEGO — President Donald Trump’s counselor Kellyanne Conway says she feels for the mothers and children seeking asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border but the idea that everyone in migrant caravans is “peacefully seeking asylum” is a misnomer. The U.S. has used tear gas at the Mexican border to repel a crowd of migrants that included angry rock-throwers but also barefoot, crying children. Conway on Tuesday denounced smugglers who have taken migrants’ money with guarantees of asylum. She wonders aloud why there weren’t people helping the migrants seek asylum legally. SENT: 280 words, with photos. video.
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AROUND THE STATE & NATION:
OIL BOOM-NEW MEXICO
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A shake-up has resulted from a recent decision by New Mexico oil and gas regulators to ease restrictions on well locations for a Texas-based company operating in one of the nation’s oldest producing basins. By Susan Montoya Bryan. SENT: 660 words.
OIL PIPELINE-PROTESTER INJURY
BISMARCK, N.D. — A New York City woman who suffered a severe arm injury protesting the Dakota Access oil pipeline in North Dakota two years ago is suing law enforcement even though she does not yet have evidence that might help her prove law officers were to blame. The pipeline is operated by a Dallas-based company. By Blake Nicholson. UPCOMING: 250 words.
GAS PLANT EXPANSION
BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota regulators have approved the $150 million expansion of the Roosevelt Gas Plant in McKenzie County, though they ordered Houston-based Kinder Morgan to minimize noise and light pollution for neighboring landowners. The three-member Public Service Commission voted unanimously Monday to approve the expansion of the plant about 7½ miles south of Watford City, The Bismarck Tribune reported. SENT: 310 words. Moving on news & business lines.
— APARTMENT FIRE-DALLAS — Three Dallas firefighters are being treated for injuries after they became trapped in a burning apartment complex when a floor collapsed, while a resident was treated for smoke inhalation. With video.
— LINCOLN PRIZE-BUSH — Former President George W. Bush of Dallas will receive a prestigious leadership prize from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation during a ceremony next year in Chicago. With photo.
— BALTIMORE-POLICE COMMISSIONER — The Fort Worth police chief tapped by Baltimore’s mayor to lead the city’s troubled police department says he plans to stay in Texas until he’s confirmed.
— FATAL STANDOFF-HOUSTON — Police in Houston say a man is dead after a shooting with officers on the city’s west side.
— FORMER FUGITIVE-APPEAL — A lawyer from Texas has testified he disagreed with the defense strategy during the 1988 trial of a Connecticut man who spent 22 years on the run following his murder conviction.
— REL--VATICAN-CALIFORNIA BISHOP — Pope Francis has named Monsignor Daniel Garcia, currently an auxiliary bishop in Austin, Texas, to take over as bishop of Monterey, California.
SPOT MEMBER EXCHANGE:
EXCHANGE-DRESS FOR SUCCESS
SAN ANTONIO — Dress for Success Executive Director Robbye Floyd calls it the “transformational mirror.” It’s where women see their self-image renewed by the type of stylish, professional ensemble they need to rock a job interview or get through the time before the first paycheck. The San Antonio Express-News reports a mirror in another room reflects the same for men referred to a newer and less-known program called Career Gear. It got its start in 1997, when then-law student Nancy Lublin used a $5,000 inheritance to team up with nuns to collect high-quality clothing donations to help low-income women land a first job or return to work. The program was launched in a Manhattan church basement. By Lynn Brezosky, San Antonio Express-News. SENT: 810 words, with photo.
EDMONTON, Alberta — The Stars face former coach Ken Hitchcock when they visit Edmonton. The Oilers recently replaced Todd McLellan with Hitchcock, the 1999 Stanley Cup winner in Dallas before returning there for one season in 2017, 15 years after he was fired. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 8 p.m. CST.
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