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

February 18, 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 will be at the desk after 5:30 a.m.

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TOP STORY:

ELECTION 2020-O’ROURKE-BORDER POLITICS

EL PASO, Texas _ When President Donald Trump visited Beto O’Rourke’s hometown to argue that walling off the southern border would make the U.S. safer, the former Democratic congressman and possible 2020 presidential hopeful was ready. As the president filled an El Paso arena with supporters, O’Rourke helped lead thousands of his own on a protest march past the barrier of barbed-wire topped fencing and towering metal slats that separates El Paso from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. By Will Weissert. SENT: 990 words, photos.

AROUND THE STATE & NATION:

NATIONAL EMERGENCY-PROTEST

NEW YORK _ Protesters converged in cities around the country Monday to decry President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency to fund his planned U.S.-Mexico border wall. Organized by the liberal group MoveOn and others, the demonstrations took the occasion of Presidents Day to assail Trump’s proclamation as undemocratic and anti-immigrant. SENT: 430 words, photos.

ELECTION 2020-TRUMP THE PUNDIT

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. _ Kamala Harris had the best campaign roll-out. Amy Klobuchar’s snowy debut showed grit. Elizabeth Warren’s opening campaign video was a bit odd. Take it from an unlikely armchair pundit sizing up the 2020 Democratic field: President Donald Trump. In tweets, public remarks and private conversations, Trump is making clear he is closely following the campaign to challenge him on the ballot. Facing no serious primary opponent of his own — at least so far — Trump is establishing himself as an in-their-face observer of the Democratic Party’s nominating process — and no will be surprised to find that he’s not being coy about weighing in. By Zeke Miller. SENT: 970 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ CHURCH CONFESSION-SENTENCE _ A Texas man who confessed in front of his church congregation to the 2016 beating death of a fellow church-goer has been sentenced to life in prison.

_ WOMAN-EX-BOYFRIEND-DEAD _ Police say a man who witnesses said fatally shot his ex-girlfriend in the head in Central Texas was later found in his vehicle with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

SPORTS REFER:

T25-WOMEN’S BKB POLL

NEW YORK _ Tina Langley had a vision when she took over Rice’s women’s basketball program four years ago. The Owls have been steadily improving every season and now can add an appearance in the AP Top 25 to their achievements. Rice entered The Associated Press women’s basketball poll for the first time in school history on Monday. By Doug Feinberg. SENT: 500 words, photos.

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