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

May 13, 2019

Good afternoon! Here’s a look at AP’s Texas news coverage. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP Dallas bureau at 972-991-2100, or at 1-800-442-7189. Email aptexas@ap.org. Jill Bleed is at the desk, followed by Terry Wallace.

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TOP STORIES:

HOUSTON-MISSING GIRL

HOUSTON _ The mother of a missing 4-year-old Texas girl was heckled outside a courtroom on Monday by people who questioned if she had done enough to protect her daughter before her disappearance. Brittany Bowens, Maleah Davis’s mother, along with her spokesman, community activist Quanell X, showed up for a scheduled court hearing for Derion Vence, her former fiance who is charged in connection with the girl’s disappearance. The hearing was canceled, though, and Vence’s next hearing was scheduled for July 10. His attorney didn’t immediately reply to calls seeking comment. By Juan A. Lozano. SENT: 600 words, photos.

CUBANS-ASYLUM SURGE

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico _ Burgeoning numbers of Cubans are trying to get into the U.S. by way of the Mexican border, creating a big backlog of people waiting on the Mexican side for months for their chance to apply for asylum. The surge over the past several months has been propelled in part by loosened traveled restrictions in Central America and deteriorating living conditions in Cuba. By Cedar Attanasio, Elliot Spagat and Michael Weissenstein. SENT: 130 words, photos.

TEXAS GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:

XGR--CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE-TEXAS

AUSTIN, Texas _ State houses nationwide are pushing to expand the statute of limitations laws for child sex abuse victims as an onslaught of lawsuits roil institutions like the Catholic Church, the Boy Scouts of America and USA Gymnastics. In Texas, lawmakers quietly removed a bill’s provision allowing victims to sue institutions and are now shielding the very groups that lobbied them to do so. UPCOMING: 300 words.

ELECTION 2020-JULIAN CASTRO

AUSTIN, Texas _ Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro on Monday unveiled an education plan that joins other 2020 candidates in calling for tuition-free higher education, universal prekindergarten and raising teacher pay. The rollout follows the former Obama Cabinet member’s immigration plan that was more detailed than many of his rivals in the sprawling Democratic field . This time, Castro is getting behind education reforms that other candidates have also embraced ahead of the first debates in June that he believes will offer his slow-building campaign a new chance to stand out. By Paul J. Weber. SENT: 300 words, photos.

ELECTION 2020-HOUSE GOP RECRUITS

WASHINGTON _ Top Republicans are searching district-by-district for just the right candidates — women and political newcomers in many cases — to help them recapture the House, six months after a political tidal wave swept Democrats into control with the most diverse majority in history. Recruits include one of the few Republican women in the Oklahoma state Senate and a black political novice from Houston with Iraq combat experience and three Ivy League degrees on his resume. They are part of a GOP drive to gain at least 18 seats in the 2020 elections to win the majority — historically a tall order for the party out of power in presidential election years. By Alan Fram. SENT: 990 words, photos.

AROUND THE STATE & NATION:

BORDER-RELOCATING MIGRANTS

EL PASO, Texas _ Dozens of migrants were bused to Colorado over the weekend with the help of the New Mexico governor’s office as shelters along the border are overwhelmed, while federal authorities in South Texas are using planes to move adults who have shown up at the U.S.-Mexico border to areas further north for processing to ensure they don’t slip through the cracks as agents deal with the surge of families and children. By Cedar Attanasio and Morgan Lee. UPCOMING: 500 words. Developing.

DEPUTY SHOT-TEXAS

Authorities in West Texas have arrested a woman on a capital murder charge in the shooting death in March of an El Paso County sheriff’s deputy. Arlene Pina’s boyfriend was arrested on the same charge in the days after the death of deputy Peter Herrera. Authorities say Pina didn’t pull the trigger during the late-night traffic stop but her actions that night warranted the filling of the charge. UPCOMING: 250 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

_ OBIT-LAURA BUSH’S MOTHER _ Jenna Welch, the mother of former first lady Laura Bush, has died in Texas. She was 99. With photo.

_ NEW SCOTTSBLUFF PUBLISHER _ A new publisher has been named for the Scottsbluff Star-Herald in the Nebraska Panhandle. BH Media Group Vice President Shon Barenklau says a Texas executive, Rich Macke, also will be publisher of the Gering Courier and Hemingford Ledger, starting Monday.

ENTERTAINMENT:

TV-NEW SEASON-FOX

NEW YORK _ “Empire” will return for its final season this fall on Fox — with Jussie Smollett a question mark — and should count itself lucky. Fox, the lowest-rated network among the big four broadcasters, is hitting the reset button for the 2019-20 season by canceling eight shows and adding 10 new ones. That includes a new iteration of “9-1-1,” which will star television veteran Rob Lowe. In the midseason “9-1-1: Lone Star,” Lowe plays a New York City police officer who re-locates to Austin, Texas, with his son. By Lynn Elber. SENT: 1,000 words, photos. Moving on national lines.

SPORTS REFER:

BBA--ASTROS-TIGERS

DETROIT _ Matthew Boyd tries to continue his impressive start to the season when he starts for Detroit against Brad Peacock and Houston. By Baseball Writer Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 6:10 p.m.

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