AP-TX--Texas News Digest 1 pm, TX
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HOUSTON — Records obtained by The Associated Press highlight some of the problems that plague government facilities for immigrant youth at a time when President Donald Trump’s administration has been making moves in recent weeks that could send even more migrant children into detention. About 14,000 immigrant children are currently detained in more than 100 facilities nationally, with about 5,900 in Texas. Many crossed the border without their parents and are having to wait longer in detention to be placed with relatives or sponsors, who are being dissuaded to come forward out of fear they’ll be arrested and deported. By Nomaan Merchant. SENT: 1185 words, with photos.
Governors have a wide range of priorities they want to tackle in the coming year, from tax reform to education. Yet it’s a topic that receives less attention on the campaign trail and in their speeches that could determine their success — natural disasters. In the last two years alone, storms and natural disasters have killed scores of people, damaged or destroyed tens of thousands of homes and cost tens of billions of dollars. By Geoff Mulvihill. SENT: 1,227 words, with photos.
TIJUANA, Mexico — The mayor of Tijuana has declared a humanitarian crisis in his border city and said Friday he was asking the United Nations for aid to deal with the approximately 5,000 Central American migrants, most of whom were camped out inside a sports complex. The comments by Mayor Juan Manuel Gastelum came as city officials and volunteers worked together to assist the 4,976 men, women and children who had arrived after more than a month on the road. SENT: 785 words, with photos. A version of this story moved in a previous cycle.
WASHINGTON — As California’s catastrophic wildfires recede and people rebuild after two hurricanes, a massive new federal report warns that these types of extreme weather disasters are worsening in the United States. The White House report quietly issued Friday also frequently contradicts President Donald Trump. The National Climate Assessment was written long before the deadly fires in California this month and Hurricanes Florence and Michael raked the East Coast and Florida. It says warming-charged extremes “have already become more frequent, intense, widespread or of long duration.” ″We are seeing the things we said would be happening, happen now in real life,” said report co-author Katharine Hayhoe of Texas Tech University. “As a climate scientist it is almost surreal.” By Seth Borenstein. SENT: 910 words, photos. A version of this story moved in a previous cycle.
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RADIO HYMNS-FORGOTTEN HISTORY
From a public hanging on Nashville’s Music Row to the days when a young and still unknown guitar player named Jimi Hendrix walked the city’s streets, a band is documenting Nashville’s forgotten history in songs and videos. Granville Automatic, which got its start in Atlanta and is now based in Nashville, recently released its album “Radio Hymns.” By Jeff Martin. SENT: 590 words, with photos.
BROWNSVILLE, Texas — The newest member of a South Texas zoo is an endangered white rhino that goes by the name Bebop. The 5-year-old Southern white rhino has joined other endangered white rhinos on display at Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville. The new rhino arrived at the zoo in March from the Center for Conservation of Tropical Ungulates in Punta Gorda, Florida, but underwent quarantine before being introduced to the exhibit, The Brownsville Herald reported. SENT: 300 words, with photos.
GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas — Authorities say a 34-year-old man was shot by police in North Texas after pointing a shotgun at officers. Grand Prairie police on Saturday identified the man as Daniel Benitez and say he is expected to survive. SENT: 135 words.
No. 8 LSU looks for its 10th win and a chance to play in a New Year’s day bowl game when the Tigers visit Texas A&M. The Tigers have won every meeting against the Aggies since Texas A&M joined the SEC in 2012. By Kristie Rieken. 750 words. Photos.
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