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

March 26, 2019

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Reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

PETROCHEMICAL FIRE-TEXAS

HOUSTON _ An executive for the Houston-area petrochemical storage facility that was heavily damaged by fire says the company has received hundreds of compensation claims seeking lost wages and other damages. Brent Weber, a senior vice president for International Terminals Company, told reporters Tuesday that about 2,000 people have called an ITC claims hotline and another 300 have submitted claims in writing. The fiery accident happened March 17. SENT: 130 words, with photos. Could develop.

TRUMP-BORDER SECURITY

WASHINGTON _ House Democrats accused President Donald Trump on Tuesday of wasting money on outdated border barriers and violating the Constitution to do it, but they seemed headed toward defeat in an effort to override Trump’s first veto. In the legislative finale of a showdown that’s been building for months, Democrats were trying to annul Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the Mexican border. But they seemed sure to fall short of the two-thirds majority required for veto overrides to succeed. By Alan Fram. SENT: 710 words, with photos. Will be updated.

With:

_ TRUMP-BORDER SECURITY-THE LATEST

TRUMP-HEALTH CARE ACT

WASHINGTON _ The Trump administration has told a federal appeals court it wants the entire Affordable Care Act struck down, an outcome that could leave millions uninsured and re-ignite a winning political issue for Democrats. The administration, in a terse filing Monday with the court in New Orleans, said it agrees that former President Barack Obama’s health care law should be declared unconstitutional after Congress repealed one part of it _ unpopular fines on people who remain uninsured. By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar. SENT: 750 words, with photos. Will be updated.

MEXICO-MIGRANTS

MEXICO CITY _ A new migrant caravan of about 2,500 people was making its way through southern Mexico on Tuesday, headed for the U.S. border, facing greater heat — and a much cooler welcome _ than last year’s caravans. The caravan walked past the city of Huixtla in the southern state of Chiapas on Monday, but police were lined up to keep them moving along a highway outside of the town, and did not let them enter _ a contrast to last year, when caravans were allowed to stay in the city center. SENT: 390 words. Could develop.

AROUND THE STATE & NATION:

MEDICALLY FRAGILE CHILDREN-TEXAS

AUSTIN, Texas _ Texas pays $3.3 billion a year to companies that manage health care for medically fragile children, but the state isn’t taking necessary steps to ensure the contractors are meeting the children’s needs, according to a new audit. Since the start of the Medicaid managed care program known as STAR Kids in late 2016, there has been a drop in critical services, such as speech and physical therapy, being provided to the children, according to the audit by the state’s Legislative Budget Board staff. For example, the number of children receiving occupational and physical therapy declined by 13 percent in the months after the switch, the San Antonio Express-News reported. UPCOMING: 400 words.

SCI--NASA-SPACEWALK

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. _ NASA has nixed the first all-female spacewalk over a spacesuit sizing issue. Astronaut Anne McClain was supposed to float out of the International Space Station this Friday with newly arrived Christina Koch, to replace old batteries. But McClain decided there’s not enough time to get two medium suits ready for them. Koch will go out with a male crewmate, Nick Hague. NASA spokeswoman Brandi Dean said Tuesday that McClain trained in both medium and large spacesuits. She wore a medium when she went out on her first spacewalk last Friday and was supposed to switch to a large this week. But after last week’s spacewalk, she decided a large would be too big. By Marcia Dunn. SENT: 360 words, with photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ FAMILY-DEATHS _ A Delaware woman who killed her toddler and herself rather than surrender custody left a note to judges, lawyers and her family accusing the system of failing to protect them from domestic abuse in a case with ties to Texas.

_ DOCTOR-SEXUAL ASSAULT _ A Michigan police officer who investigated a complaint against Larry Nassar back in 2004 says he didn’t send the case to a prosecutor because he was fooled by the sports doctor who’s now serving decades in prison for sexual abuse of women and girls, including some athletes.

SPOT MEMBER EXCHANGE

EXCHANGE-TEEN-LAW SCHOOL

DALLAS _ A 16-year-old Dallas-area girl recently shared her journey from home school to law school on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” The Dallas Morning News reports Haley Taylor Schlitz, who graduated from high school at 13, is preparing to attend Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law this fall, one of nine schools that accepted her, according to the American Bar Association. Haley, who’s from Keller, was home-schooled after her parents withdrew her from public school in the fifth grade because they didn’t like the way she was being taught. By Sarah Sarder, The Dallas Morning News. SENT: 770 words, with photos.

SPORTS REFER:

BKN--ROCKETS-BUCKS

MILWAUKEE _ NBA MVP front-runners Giannis Antetokounmpo of Milwaukee and James Harden of Houston square off when the Bucks host the Rockets. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m. CDT.

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