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EL PASO, Texas _ In his State of the Union, President Donald Trump claimed a “powerful barrier” had cut crime rates and turned El Paso from one of the nation’s most dangerous cities into one of its safest. Now he’s holding a rally in the West Texas city on Monday and many residents are bristling at the prospect of the home becoming a poster child of sorts for the president’s pet policy. By Will Weissert. SENT: 1,000 words, with photos. Will be updated. Rally begins 8 p.m. CST (7 p.m. MST).
WASHINGTON _ President Donald Trump is trying to turn the debate over a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border back to his political advantage as his signature pledge to American voters threatens to become a model of unfulfilled promises. Trump will hold his first campaign rally since November’s midterm elections in El Paso, Texas, on Monday night. By Zeke Miller. SENT: 950 words, with photo.
WASHINGTON _ Budget negotiators will meet Monday to revive talks over border security issues that are central to legislation to prevent key parts of the government from shutting down on Saturday, but an air of pessimism remains after talks broke down over the weekend. They collapsed over Democratic demands to limit the number of migrants authorities can detain, and the two sides remained separated over how much to spend on President Donald Trump’s promised border wall. A Friday midnight deadline is looming to prevent a second partial government shutdown. By Jonathan Lemire and Alan Fram. SENT: 950 words, with photo.
SPRING BREAK-SOUTH PADRE ISLAND
SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas _ Spending spring break on South Padre Island has long been a tradition for students at various colleges and universities but this year could be different with some schools opting not to hold spring break at the same time. The San Antonio Express-News reports historically, major venues on the island host the biggest-name performers and students from all of Texas’ largest universities party on the beach. But this year, both the University of Texas at Austin and Texas State University in San Marcos have opted for different spring breaks, setting theirs for March 16-24 as opposed to March 9-17. UPCOMING: 250 words, pursuing photos.
_ WILDFIRES-OKLAHOMA-TEXAS _ Forestry officials say conditions in the Oklahoma and Texas panhandles are ideal for sparking wildfires.
_ CHICANO LEADER-FILM _ Reies Lopez Tijerina, a Texas-born Pentecostal preacher turned activist who led a violent raid of a northern New Mexico courthouse more than 50 years ago, is the subject of a new documentary.
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GALVESTON, Texas _ A prairie pothole wetland in Galveston County may look to the naked eye like a field of weeds. There is no open water feature, no flowing creek, not even a visible ditch to transport the waters that collect on them all the way to Galveston Bay. The Galveston County Daily News reports step foot on one of them, however, and you’ll know the water is there. By Kathryn Eastburn, The Galveston County Daily News. SENT: 2,100 words, pursuing photos.
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