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

November 20, 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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HOUSTON — A federal judge has barred the Trump administration from refusing asylum to immigrants who cross the southern border illegally. President Donald Trump issued a proclamation Nov. 9 circumventing immigration law, saying anyone who crossed the southern border between official ports of entry would be ineligible for asylum. U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar on Monday agreed with legal groups that immediately sued. A joint statement by Homeland Security and the Justice Department said the Supreme Court had already shown the president had the legal right to restrict asylum. By Nomaan Merchant. SENT: 750 words, with photos.




TIJUANA, Mexico — Officials in the Mexican border city of Tijuana said they have arrested 34 members of the caravan of Central American migrants for minor offenses and turned them over for deportation. A Tijuana city statement late Monday said the 34 — apparently all men — were arrested for drug possession, public intoxication, disturbing the peace and resisting police, and added they would be deported to their home countries. The main caravan has between 4,000 and 6,000 participants, so those arrested represent less than 1 percent of the total. By Julie Watson and Mark Stevenson. SENT: 770 words, with photos.



BALTIMORE — The challenges facing Baltimore’s next police leader couldn’t be more daunting. A Texas police chief named as Mayor Catherine Pugh’s pick to lead the force is expected to reduce the highest homicide rate of any large U.S. city, rebuild a measure of trust between law enforcers and deeply skeptical residents, and win the confidence of a demoralized and often dysfunctional department. All this while being a major player in making sure sweeping reforms encompassing some of the most fundamental aspects of police work finally take root. By David McFadden. UPCOMING: 650 words.


NEW YORK — Joanna Gaines, known for her cozy-yet-cool designs including open-concept floor plans, farmhouse sinks and sliding barn doors, admits having to scale back on the vision of her own home in Waco, Texas, to allow her five children to add personality to their own spaces. Gaines says this principle especially applies to her two oldest children, son Drake, 13, and daughter Ella, 11. By Alicia Rancilio. SENT: 750 words, with photos.


— SCHOOL DISTRICT-EXHUMATION — A Houston-area judge has set a March deadline to decide whether century-old remains believed to be those of African-American prisoners should be reburied in a nearby historic cemetery or remain at a school construction site where they were uncovered last spring.

— OIL SPILL BURN — The Coast Guard says it is investigating the cause and impact of a small oil spill in a Louisiana marsh in an incident involving a pipeline owned by Texas Petroleum Investment Co.



PLANO, Texas — One by one, the SWAT officers climbed out of the helicopter and slid down a rope to the roof of the one-story building at Toyota’s headquarters. The Dallas Morning News reports within a minute, all eight were on the roof, weapons drawn and ready for a possible threat. Then it was time to reload and repeat. A fast-rope exercise that took months of planning went off without a hitch Monday at three locations in Plano. As the suburban city of 285,000 continues to add high-rise buildings, first responders have to adapt and train using new scenarios. By Valerie Wigglesworth, The Dallas Morning News. SENT: 310 words, with photos.



Adrian Beltre of the Texas Rangers retired Tuesday after 21 seasons in a career in which he hit 477 home runs and became the first player from the Dominican Republic to have 3,000 hits. The 39-year-old third baseman announced his decision in a statement released by the Rangers, saying it is time for the “next chapter of my life.” Beltre was a .286 hitter with 1,707 RBIs in 2,933 career games. His 3,166 hits rank 16th on baseball’s career list, with his homers total 30th and RBIs 24th. He played 2,759 games at third base — only Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson had more. By Stephen Hawkins. SENT: 630 words, with photos.


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