BC-TX--Texas News Digest 12 am, TX
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LOS FRESNOS, Texas — Gabriel Canas, a bus driver from El Salvador who fled his homeland after members of MS-13 stormed his bus, did an initial screening interview for asylum under the worst circumstances. He hadn’t spoken to his 9-year-old daughter since the Border Patrol separated them two weeks earlier. And in that time, he had been moved repeatedly from one detention facility to another. His case illustrates an overlooked effect of the separations: Some immigrants complain that they stumbled through their first asylum interviews when they were deeply distraught over losing their children. By Elliot Spagat and Emily Schmall. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.
AROUND THE STATE & NATION:
DRIVER’S LICENSE SUSPENSIONS-UNPAID FEES
RICHMOND, Va. — It can start with a couple of traffic tickets. Unable to pay the tickets right away, a driver becomes saddled with late fees, fines and court costs. Soon, the driver may be taken off the road indefinitely. More than 40 states allow the suspension of driver’s licenses for people with unpaid criminal or traffic court debt. But now, advocates across the country are pushing to change that, arguing that such laws are unconstitutional because they unfairly punish poor people and violate due process by not giving drivers notice or an opportunity to show they cannot afford to pay the fees. By Denise Lavoie. SENT: 840 words, photos.
OKLAHOMA CITY — First came Anna. The 98-year-old woman was living alone on a diet of Ensure and coffee and weighed 77 pounds when a Catholic priest learned of her plight. Then there was Isaac. Diagnosed with a terminal illness and given only two months to live, he was about to be released from a hospital but had nowhere to spend his remaining days. Sister Maria Faulkner in south Oklahoma City established the first Gospel of Life Dwelling or GOLD in 2013 as a haven for older adults with little or no money or family to care for them in their twilight years. On a recent afternoon, Faulkner and 92-year-old Lucy Cooper listened as 98-year-old Annabelle Miller played the piano in the Gospel of Life Dwelling home adjacent to St. James the Greater Catholic Church. By Carla Hinton, The Oklahoman. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.
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