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

March 5, 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.

Reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date. All times are Central.

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TOP STORIES:

ARTWORK-WWII-GERMANY

DALLAS _ About 200 works of art once part of a 6,000-piece collection amassed by a Jewish attorney in Germany before the valuable items were scattered as the Nazis took over are going up for auction. The works collected by Ismar Littmann being offered Tuesday at Swann Auction Galleries In New York are mostly drawings, etchings and lithographs. They were among pieces brought out of Germany before World War II by Littmann’s son, who eventually settled in Texas. By Jamie Stengle. SENT: 420 words, photos. Moved on general and entertainment news services.

TEXAS GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:

_ TEACHER PAY INCREASES _ The Texas Senate has passed the first bill of the 2019 legislative session, approving a $5,000 annual pay raise for teachers and school librarians. SENT: 130 words.

IMMIGRATION:

_ IMMIGRATION-FORCE-FEEDING _ Immigration officials say two Indian men who were force-fed through nasal tubes while on a hunger strike inside a Texas detention facility have been deported. SENT: 130 words.

AROUND THE STATE & NATION:

HOUSTON OFFICERS SHOT

DALLAS _ Houston-area prosecutors are expanding a probe into past criminal cases to include more than 2,000 linked to two city police officers involved in a deadly January drug raid. The Harris County District Attorney’s Office has announced that it will review more than 800 cases involving Officer Steven Bryant, who was relieved of duty after the raid on a home that left five officers injured and two residents dead. Thirty of the cases are pending before a court. By Jake Bleiberg. SENT: 300 words, photos.

KILLED WHILE GIVING MONEY

OLMITO, Texas _ A man charged with killing his wife after blaming her death on a Baltimore panhandler is being held without bail in Texas. Cameron County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lt. Joe Elizardi said 52-year-old Keith Smith and his 28-year-old daughter, Valeria Smith, have been were arraigned and agreed to be extradited. Elizardi says they are being held without bond and Baltimore officials have until March 15 to pick them up. It’s not known if Keith Smith and Valeria Smith had attorneys who could comment for them. SENT: 380 words, photos.

BROWNFACE-YALITZA APARICIO

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. _ A television personality for the Mexican-based Televisa network is facing strong criticism after dressing up in “brownface” and wearing a prosthetic nose to make fun of indigenous Mexican actress Yalitza Aparicio. Televisa’s Yeka Rosales recently posted photos and videos of herself on social media wearing brown skin paint and thick lips in an apparent parody of Aparicio, who attended the Oscars last week after being nominated for best actress. By Russell Contreras. SENT: 520 words, photos. Moved on general and entertainment news services.

COAL COMPANY BANKRUPTCY

BILLINGS, Mont. _ One of the oldest coal companies in the U.S. said it expects to emerge from bankruptcy in coming weeks after a judge approved a plan that will keep its mines running in Montana, New Mexico and several other states and Canadian provinces. Westmoreland Coal Co. also has mines in North Dakota, Texas, Alberta and Saskatchewan, and a coal-fired power plant in North Carolina. SENT: 350 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ BORDER PATROL AGENT CHARGED _ A U.S. Border Patrol agent has been charged with attempted murder and endangering a child after an off-duty shooting outside a South Texas residence. SENT: 130 words.

_ CARGO PLANE CRASH _ Authorities confirm they have recovered the remains of the pilot of a cargo plane carrying Amazon parcels that crashed into a bay near Houston. SENT: 130 words, photos.

_ CHURCH UNDER BRIDGE-MAGNOLIA SILOS _ The stars of TV’s “Fixer Upper” show joined a relocated Texas congregation for church on the lawn of the couple’s Magnolia Market at the Silos amid expansion of nearby Interstate 35. SENT: 130 words, photos, pursuing video. Moved on general and entertainment news services.

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