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

May 24, 2019

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 at the desk after 5:30 a.m.

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TOP STORIES:

TEXAS TEACHERS

AUSTIN, Texas _ Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says $1.6 billion in teacher raises are coming in a deal driven by classroom unrest and Republicans who sharply changed course on public education ahead of 2020. The announcement would make Texas the latest state _ and now the largest _ to pour more money into schools in wake of teacher revolts across the U.S. and years of cost-cutting. Teacher never went on strike in Texas. But Republicans who absorbed heavy losses in the 2018 elections returned to the Capitol newly committed to a public school system that was declared barely constitutional just three years ago. By Clarice Silber and Paul J. Weber. SENT: 570 words, photos.

GUATEMALA-US BORDER SHOOTING

HOUSTON _ Advocates are demanding $100 million in damages on behalf of the family of a 20-year-old Guatemalan woman who was shot and killed by a U.S. Border Patrol agent last year. The legal claim on behalf of Claudia Patricia Gómez González was filed one year after she died. It comes as the U.S. government grapples with surging numbers of Central Americans crossing its southern border and the deaths of six children in the last year after being apprehended by border agents. The American Civil Liberties Union of Texas filed the claim under the Federal Tort Claims Act as a precursor to filing a lawsuit. By Nomaan Merchant. SENT: 460 words, photos.

TEXAS-POLICE SHOOTING

BAYTOWN, Texas _ A Houston-area police officer who fatally shot a woman with mental illness is back on the job but not the streets. Baytown police say Officer Juan Delacruz returned to work Monday. He’ll be on administrative duty during the investigation into his shooting of 44-year-old Pamela Turner. Delacruz was put on paid leave for three days following the May 13 killing. SENT: 250 words, photos.

HOUSTON-MISSING GIRL

HOUSTON _ The Houston police chief says evidence shows that a 4-year-old girl who has been missing since earlier this month was killed and is asking for help from the public to find her body. Police Chief Art Acevedo asked at a news conference for the public to help find the body of Maleah Davis so she can have a proper burial. He says he believes the former fiancé of the girl’s mother knows where she is but has not told them. SENT: 290 words, photos.

IMMIGRATION:

IMMIGRATION-DROP OFFS

MIAMI _ A surge of asylum-seeking families has been straining cities along the southern U.S. border for months, but now the issue is flowing into cities far from Mexico, where immigrants are being housed in an airplane hangar and rodeo fairgrounds and local authorities are struggling to keep up with the influx. U.S. immigration officials have eyed spots in states like Florida, Michigan and New York, to help process the migrants before they move on to their destination, which could be anywhere in the U.S. And in border states, cities that are several hours’ drive from Mexico are already seeing sometimes hundreds of migrants a day. By Adriana Gomez Licon. SENT: 930 words, photos. Moved on general and political news services.

TEXAS GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:

CHINA-TRADE

WASHINGTON _ President Donald Trump rolled out another $16 billion in aid for farmers hurt by his trade policies, and financial markets shook on the growing realization that the U.S. and China are far from settling a bitter, year-long trade dispute. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said that the first of three payments is likely to be made in July or August and suggested that the U.S. and China were unlikely to have settled their differences by then. The latest bailout comes atop $11 billion in aid Trump provided farmers last year. By Economic Writer Paul Wiseman and Christopher Rugaber. SENT: 1090 words, photos. Moved on general, financial and political news services.

ELECTION 2020-DEMOCRATS MONEY

WASHINGTON _ Virtually all Democrats running for the White House rail against the flood of campaign cash that courses through the political system. But as the primary unfolds, it’s becoming clear that those pledges come with asterisks. “It’s easy to speak big,” said Sarah Bryner, research director for the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks the influence of money on elections. “But they have to get elected, and they know that.” Former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke signed a “No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge,” vowing to swear off donations over $200 from the coal, oil and gas industries during his presidential run. But he did not mention that, during the 2018 midterms, his Senate campaign was one of the biggest recipients of contributions from the oil and gas sector, according to data from the Center for Responsive Politics. By Brian Slodysko. SENT: 1330 words, photos. Moved on national political news services.

Also:

_ HEALTH OVERHAUL-LAWSUIT _ A federal appeals court has scheduled a July 9 hearing on a Texas-based judge’s ruling that former President Barack Obama’s signature health care law is unconstitutional. SENT: 130 words. Moved on national general news services.

_ BORDER WALL-LAWSUIT _ A federal judge is weighing whether courts should intervene in a political dispute between Congress and President Donald Trump over funding the border wall. SENT: 130 words. Moved on national political news services.

AROUND THE STATE & NATION:

FAA-AVIATION REGULATORS

FORT WORTH, Texas _ After an all-day meeting with global aviation regulators, the chief of the Federal Aviation Administration sounded more upbeat than ever about prospects for clearing the troubled Boeing 737 Max to fly again. Aviation officials from more 30 countries met with the FAA to hear the U.S. regulator’s approach to reviewing changes that Boeing is making after two crashes that killed 346 people. By Airlines Writer David Koenig. SENT: 730 words. Moved on general, financial, political and travel news services.

SEVERE WEATHER

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. _ An outbreak of nasty storms spawned tornadoes that razed homes, flattened trees and tossed cars across a dealership lot, injuring about two dozen people in Missouri’s capital city and killing at least three others elsewhere in the state. Storms and torrential rains have ravaged the Midwest, from Texas through Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri and Illinois, in the past few days. By David A. Lieb. SENT: 1170 words, photos, video. Moved on general and weather news services.

With:

_ SEVERE WEATHER-THE LATEST

SOUTHERN BAPTIST DECLINE

NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ The nation’s largest Protestant denomination reported its twelfth year of declining membership in an annual report. The Southern Baptist Convention said it had 14.8 million members in 2018, down about 192,000 from the previous year. Baptisms also declined by about 7,600 to 246,442. That’s an important measure for a denomination with a strong commitment to evangelism. Ed Stetzer is a professor at Wheaton College who presided over the SBC’s annual church profile reporting for many years. “There are more evangelicals in the U.S. today than 10 years ago, yet there are less Southern Baptists,” Stetzer said. “Part of that is demographic ... and part is, at the end of the day, they have a real challenge with their own reputation.” By Travis Loller. SENT: 340 words, photos. Moved on national general news services.

HUSBAND KILLED-FUGITIVE

MANTORVILLE, Minn. _ A grand jury in Minnesota indicted a 57-year-old woman who authorities allege fatally shot her husband before fleeing to Florida and killing a woman there. The Dodge County grand jury on Wednesday indicted Lois Riess on first- and second-degree murder charges. Riess is accused of shooting her husband, 54-year-old David Riess, at the couple’s home in Blooming Prairie, Minnesota, in March 2018. Authorities say Lois Riess went to Fort Myers, Florida, met 59-year-old Pamela Hutchinson while there and killed her in April 2018, to assume her identity. The two women were close in age and height, with both having almost white hair. Riess led authorities on a cross-country manhunt before she was captured in Texas on April 19, 2018, at a South Padre Island waterfront restaurant by two federal deputy marshals. SENT: 370 words, photos.

DRONES-URBAN TESTING

RENO, Nev. _ NASA has launched the final stage of a four-year effort to develop a national traffic management system for drones, testing them in cities for the first time beyond the operator’s line of sight. Multiple drones took to the air at the same time above downtown Reno this week in a series of simulations testing emerging technology that someday will be used to manage small unmanned commercial aircraft delivering packages, pizzas and medical supplies. The Federal Aviation Administration has authorized individual test flights in cities before but never for multiple drones or outside the sight of the operator. The new round of tests continues this summer in Reno and Corpus Christi, Texas. By Scott Sonner. SENT: 690 words, photos. Moved on general, financial, small business, science and technology news services.

WATER CONTAMINATION-SETTLEMENT

OKLAHOMA CITY _ ConocoPhillips has settled a lawsuit with Oklahoma City homeowners who alleged that the company’s oil field contaminated the soil and water supply at their homes. The terms weren’t disclosed and ConocoPhllips did not admit any liability or responsibility. SENT: 270 words. Moved on general and financial news services.

IN BRIEF:

_ WILDFIRE-HISTORIC BIG BEND SITE _ A wildfire that ignited in Mexico jumped the Rio Grande into Big Bend National Park and severely damaged a historic border ghost town and former Army border post. SENT: 120 words.

_ CHURCH SHOOTING-LAWSUIT _ A federal judge has rejected a defense request to claims against the U.S. Air Force stemming from a 2017 massacre at a Texas church that left more than two dozen people dead. SENT: 130 words.

_ MEASLES-AIRPORT-TEXAS _ Health officials in Texas say a person who passed through Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport has tested positive for measles and are warning other travelers to make sure they’re immunized. SENT: 130 words.

_ BACKPAGE-SEX TRAFFICKING _ Two men have pleaded guilty in North Texas for using the now-defunct Backpage.com sex-trafficking site to advertise victims for sale. SENT: 130 words.

_ WWII-SOLDIER-TEXAS _ The remains of a World War II soldier from the West Texas who died in combat in Belgium in 1945 have been identified. SENT: 120 words.

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