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BC-TX--Texas News Digest 1 pm, TX

January 2, 2019

Good afternoon! 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.

Reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

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TOP STORY:

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN

WASHINGTON _ President Donald Trump said his Homeland Security officials will “make a plea” for the border wall with Mexico during a briefing for congressional leaders Wednesday at the White House as the partial government shutdown over his demand for wall funding entered its 12th day. The president made his case anew ahead of the afternoon session with Democratic and Republican leaders about the migrants arriving at the border in recent days. He said the border is “like a sieve” and noted the tear gas “flying” overnight to deter them. He called the border “very tough” at keeping immigrants out. By Zeke Miller and Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 900 words, photos.

AROUND THE STATE & NATION:

CHILD SHOT-HOUSTON

HOUSTON _ Authorities are searching for a driver who fired several shots into a car carrying a family in the Houston area, killing a 7-year-old girl and wounding the child’s mother. Investigators on Monday released a surveillance video image of a red, four-door pickup truck from which the driver fired gunshots Sunday morning. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos.

IMMIGRANT CHILDREN

LOS ANGELES _ Some immigrant youth looking to start over in the United States after fleeing abusive homes are seeing their applications for green cards rejected because the Trump administration says they’re too old. A U.S. government program in place since 1990 has let young immigrants subject to abuse, abandonment or neglect by a parent seek a court-appointed guardian and a green card to stay in the country. By Amy Taxin and Deepti Hajela. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ CHURCH SERVICE-STRAY BULLET-TEXAS _Officials say a bullet fired into the air fell through a church roof in Texas and nearly struck a pastor conducting a New Year’s Eve service.

_ OVERTURNED TRUCK-FISH KILL _ Indiana regulators are seeking a more than $12,000 fine against a Texas trucking company accused of causing a fish kill in eastern Indiana.

_ EGG-THROWING TEENS-FATAL CRASH _ A 14-year-old boy who authorities say was driving an SUV that caused a fatal car accident has been arrested on a murder charge. With photos.

_ OIL PIPELINE-SECURITY _ A North Dakota judge has refused to award attorney fees to a North Carolina security company that won a court case in the wake of protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline.

SPORTS REFER:

FBN--TEXANS-WATT & WATSTON

HOUSTON _ Last year at this time Houston’s J.J. Watt and Deshaun Watson were both rehabbing after serious injuries cut both of their season’s short and contributed to the Texans terrible 4-12 season. Healthy and thriving this season the stars lead Houston into Saturday’s wild-card game against Indianapolis. By Kristie Rieken. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos.

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