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

December 21, 2018

Good afternoon! 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

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WASHINGTON _ The Senate on Friday afternoon began a procedural vote to take up a House-passed bill that would pay for President Donald Trump’s border wall and avert a partial government shutdown. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell urged approval of the bill, which includes $5.7 billion Trump wants for the southern border with Mexico. By Lisa Mascaro, Matthew Daly and Catherine Lucey. SENT: 670 words, with photos, audio, video. Will be updated.

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TIJUANA, Mexico _ Mexico’s willingness to accept U.S. asylum seekers while their applications are processed appears to be yet another sign of the blooming honeymoon between leftist President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and President Donald Trump, though it is also causing concern among officials in Mexican border cities already struggling to deal with thousands of Central American migrants. Mexico could have simply refused, as it historically has, to accept the return of non-Mexicans. But this week’s announcement of $10.6 billion in U.S. development aid and the personal relationship between the two presidents appeared to smooth the path. By Marko Alvarez and Mark Stevenson. SENT: 900 words, with photos.


NEW YORK _ Children torn from their parents, refugees turned away, tear gas fired on asylum-seekers, and a president who says he’s making good on promises to protect the nation’s borders. In a breathless 2018, they were just a handful of headlines on immigration. Combined with a relentless stream of administrative memos and changes in regulation and enforcement, it represented a government bombardment on virtually every type of immigration _ a bold follow-up to the opening salvo of President Donald Trump’s first year in office. By Matt Sedensky and Julie Watson. SENT: 1,980 words, with photos.





DETROIT _ An independent special counsel Friday accused Michigan State University of stonewalling his investigation into the school’s handling of the sexual abuse scandal involving disgraced ex-sports doctor Larry Nassar. Special counsel Bill Forsyth released a report that accuses the school of fighting the release of certain relevant documents and releasing others that were “irrelevant.” School officials didn’t immediately reply to an email seeking comment. Hundreds of women and girls, mostly gymnasts, accused Nassar of molesting them under the guise of treatment during his time working for Michigan State and USA Gymnastics, which trained Olympians. He received long prison terms after pleading guilty to child pornography possession and sexual abuse charges. By Jeff Karoub. SENT: 590 words, with photos. Moving on news & sports lines.


The company that has failed to end a 14-year-old oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico is suing to challenge a Coast Guard official’s order to design and install a new containment system to capture and remove the crude before it forms slicks that often stretch for miles. The federal lawsuit that Taylor Energy Co. filed Thursday in New Orleans asks the court to throw out Coast Guard Capt. Kristi Luttrell’s Oct. 23 administrative order. The company faces daily civil penalties of up to $40,000 if it fails to comply with the order. Luttrell issued it one day after the Washington Post published a front-page story about the leak off Louisiana’s coast. By Michael Kunzelman. SENT: 720 words, with photo.


_ PUBLIC CORRUPTION-VICTORIA COUNTY _ A South Texas county administrator has been accused of using her position to benefit her son when he worked for the county.

_ MEXICO-NEWSPAPER THREAT _ Unidentified assailants have left a severed human head in a Styrofoam cooler outside the offices of a newspaper in Mexico’s northern border state of Tamaulipas.



DALLAS _ In a welcome surprise to researchers fighting to protect the state reptile, signs are good that a number of Texas horned lizard hatchlings released this fall have survived into hibernation. The Dallas Morning News reports the hatchlings were born at the Fort Worth Zoo this summer, part of an ambitious program to bring the lizard back to Texas landscapes. The partnership between Texas zoos, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and Texas Christian University has worked to study and protect the iconic critter, but success has been slow and hard to measure. New tracking technology and a refocused effort to release hatchlings could be the latest, greatest hope to bring the species back from the brink. By Charles Scudder, The Dallas Morning News. SENT: 460 words, with photos. Not for online use in the Dallas area.



SAN ANTONIO _ The Spurs play Minnesota with San Antonio coming off a stretch of six wins in seven games, the last four of those victories by at least 25 points each. The Timberwolves have lost 10 straight in South Texas. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 7:30 p.m. CST.


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