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

January 24, 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. Jamie Stengle is at the desk after 5:30 a.m.

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PHOENIX _ Immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children see little reason to be hopeful about the latest proposal to extend protections to them as part of President Donald Trump’s plan to reopen the federal government. Daniel Briones is one of the dreamers. The 30-year-old says it’s hard to go to his banking job every day in San Marcos, Texas, not knowing what the future holds. He says politicians don’t understand that. By Astrid Galvan. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 640 words by 5:30 p.m. Moved on national general news services.


_ GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-POOR MAN SPECIAL _ A Port Arthur restaurant that features homestyle Southern food is offering a free meal called the Poor Man Special to federal workers not getting paid during the government shutdown. SENT: 130 words.


WASHINGTON _ Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas is stepping down from two leadership positions following a lawsuit from a former employee who says her sexual assault complaint was mishandled. Jackson Lee will no longer serve as leader of one of the House Judiciary Committee’s key subcommittees or as head of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, the fundraising arm of the Congressional Black Caucus. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., said it was Jackson Lee’s decision to step aside as chairwoman of the House Judiciary Crime Subcommittee. By Jesse J. Holland. SENT: 320 words, photos.



ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. _ Former independent counsel Kenneth Starr, who spearheaded the 1990s investigation into President Bill Clinton, urged public trust in the checks and balances established for holding presidential administrations accountable, saying Wednesday that the system remains widely underappreciated. The former Baylor University president and chancellor’s comments came ahead of a public lecture he delivered at the University of New Mexico School of Law. In his talk, he detailed more than a century of investigations involving the executive branch that have included the Watergate scandal, Starr’s own four-year Whitewater probe and special counsel Robert Mueller’s look now into whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russia. By Mary Hudetz. SENT: 330 words, photos. Moved on national general and political news services.


WASHINGTON _ The early days of the Democratic primary campaign are highlighting the party’s diversity as it seeks a nominee who can build a coalition to take on President Donald Trump. Of the more than half dozen Democrats who have either moved toward a campaign or declared their candidacy, four are women: Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Kamala Harris of California and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii. Harris is also African-American. Former Obama Cabinet member Julian Castro, who is Latino, has also joined the race. And Democrat Pete Buttigieg, the 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana, has just jumped into the campaign. If he wins the Democratic nomination, he would be the first openly gay presidential nominee from a major political party. He would also be the youngest person ever to become president if he wins the general election. By Juana Summers and Elana Schor. SENT: 1050 words, photos.


ALBANY, N.Y. _ New York lawmakers have voted to extend state financial aid to students brought into the country illegally as children, a key liberal priority that had been blocked by Republicans for years until Democrats won control of the state Senate last fall. The so-called Dream Act will ensure that New York children will have the same access to state loans and grants no matter their legal status as American citizens. To be eligible, a person must have a New York high school diploma or the equivalent or meet the requirements for in-state tuition. California, Texas and four other states already have similar laws on the books. In New York, the measure is expected to cost $27 million annually. A new state commission and state fund would be created to identify private sources of funding for scholarships. By David Klepper and Deepti Hajela. SENT: 520 words. Moved on national general news services.



ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. _ Environmentalists and nuclear watchdog groups have raised dozens of objections to an application filed by a New Jersey-based company seeking to build a multibillion-dollar facility in southeastern New Mexico to temporarily store spent nuclear fuel from commercial reactors around the United States. Eddy and Lea County officials have voiced support for the project, citing potential economic benefits for the region. Municipalities elsewhere in New Mexico and Texas have passed resolutions expressing concerns. By Susan Montoya Bryan. SENT: 590 words, photos. Moved on general and financial news services.


_ MILITARY VEHICLES CRASH _ Authorities say two soldiers from an Army base in Texas have died and seven other military members remain hospitalized after two military training vehicles crashed in southern New Mexico. SENT: 100 words.

_ PHONY EMERGENCY CALLS _ Three men have been charged with conspiracy to help a Los Angeles man make phony emergency “swatting” calls around the nation in hopes of sending police to the scene or forcing building evacuations. Federal indictments unsealed in Los Angeles allege they conspired with Tyler Barriss in 2017 to make bomb and shooting reports to police, a high school and convention center in Connecticut, Texas, Indiana, Ohio, Missouri and Illinois. SENT: 130 words. Moved on national general news services.


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