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

March 5, 2019

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

Reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

CARGO PLANE CRASH

WASHINGTON _ A recording from the cockpit of a cargo plane that crashed into a Texas bay last month suggests the pilot lost control while preparing to land at a Houston airport. Details were released Tuesday by federal investigators. All three crewmembers on board were killed in the Feb. 23 crash east of Houston. SENT: 130 words, with photo. UPCOMING: 300 words.

CONGRESS-VOTING RIGHTS.

AUSTIN, Texas _ House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday brings Democrats’ message of expanded voting rights to Texas, where tens of thousands of U.S. citizens were recently wrongly identified by state officials as potential illegal voters. By Paul J. Weber. UPCOMING: 500 words. With AP Photos.

ELECTION SECURITY-VOTING MACHINES

ATLANTA _ Time and money are running short for states to replace aging or inadequate voting machines before the 2020 presidential primaries, according to a report Tuesday. State and local election officials in 31 states say they want to replace their voting equipment before the elections, but the vast majority don’t have enough money to do so, according to The Brennan Center for Justice at NYU’s School of Law. Indiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas do not appear to be taking major steps at this point to replace their paperless machines by 2020, the report said. By CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY. SENT: 720 words, with photos.

BORDER PROTECTION

WASHINGTON _ Firearms use by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers and agents is declining, and less-lethal force is also down, according to data obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press. The decrease comes as fewer people are crossing the border illegally and after the agency overhauled how force should be deployed at the border. By Colleen Long. SENT: 610 words, with photos. Will be updated.

AROUND THE STATE & NATION:

CONFEDERATE WAR MEMORIAL-DALLAS

DALLAS _ Dallas’ Confederate War Memorial is one step closer to being removed after the city’s Landmark Commission voted 10-5 to approve the relocation. SENT: 350 words, with photos.

OBIT-CALCULATOR INVENTOR

DALLAS _ Jerry Merryman, one of the inventors of the handheld electronic calculator described by those who knew him as a man who was not only brilliant but also kind with a good sense of humor, has died. He was 86. Merryman died Feb. 27 at in Dallas. He’s one of the three men credited with inventing the handheld calculator while working at Texas Instruments in Dallas. By Jamie Stengle. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos.

SOUTHWEST AIRLINES-MECHANICS

DALLAS _ The CEO of Southwest Airlines says a spike in planes ruled out of service for mechanical items is costing the carrier millions each week because of delayed and canceled flights. Gary Kelly didn’t give a precise figure Tuesday, but said the financial damage prompted the Dallas-based airline’s lawsuit last week against the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association. By David Koenig. SENT: 130 words, could be updated.

EXXON MOBIL-PERMIAN BASIN

DALLAS _ Exxon Mobil is boosting its projected growth of oil and gas production in the Permian Basin and says the field can be profitable even at lower crude prices. The company said Tuesday that as soon as 2024 it expects to produce the equivalent of more than 1 million barrels of oil per day in the basin, which straddles western Texas and New Mexico, up from a forecast of 600,000 barrels by 2025. SENT: 130 words, with photos. Could develop.

IN BRIEF:

_ KOREAN WAR SOLDIER-TEXAS _ The remains of a Texas soldier killed during the Korean War have been identified and are scheduled to be buried later this month near his hometown. With photo.

_ COLD CASE-NEIGHBOR SLAIN _ Investigators say DNA evidence has led to the arrest of an ex-neighbor charged in the 1986 death of an 83-year-old woman in her San Angelo home.

_ POST OFFICE-MURALS _ Four murals from the 1940s created in a Public Works Administration cultural effort have been returned to an East Texas post office-turned-art center. Pursuing photos.

SPOT MEMBER EXCHANGE:

EXCHANGE-HOUSTON RODEO-VOLUNTEERS

HOUSTON _ Dakota Greer recently escorted a group of steers and heifers through the exhibition hall — partly to be hospitable, but also to prevent the small likelihood that an animal would get loose and wreak havoc on NRG Center. The Houston Chronicle reports just yards away, Cortney Chastain stood watch at the Feed Store, ready to sell hay and grain to competitors. Those volunteers are among more than 34,000 people who help out at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo each year. The annual expo runs through March 17. By Samantha Ketterer, Houston Chronicle. SENT: 860 words, pursuing photos.

SPORTS REFER:

HKN--RANGERS-STARS

DALLAS _ With captain Jamie Benn coming off a hat trick that helped cap a successful road trip, the Stars host the New York Rangers. New York can match a season high with a fifth straight loss. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 7:30 p.m. CST.

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