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

May 5, 2019

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. Jamie Stengle is at the desk.

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TEXAS GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:

ELECTION 2020-RED STATE DEMOCRATS

NASHUA, N.H. _ Democrat Beto O’Rourke uses his home state as a cautionary tale, ticking through Texas’ Republican-backed policies as warning flags for the rest of the country. Mayor Pete Buttigieg mentions once worrying about how coming out as gay in deeply Republican Indiana might have cost him re-election, even in his more moderate college town of South Bend. There are 20-plus Democrats competing for the party’s 2020 presidential nomination, but only five are from reliably GOP areas. Members of this select group are trying to balance their home turf stories, pitching themselves as uniquely suited to win over voters who previously backed President Donald Trump while also pointing out what they view as the shortfalls of Republican government. By Will Weissert and Hunter Woodall. SENT: 890 words, photos.

AROUND THE STATE & NATION:

HEART TRANSPLANT PROGRAM-FUNDING

HOUSTON _ An embattled Houston hospital that in the past year faced leadership changes, a loss of some government funding and questions about heart transplant patient deaths has been accused of violating patient safety and quality care requirements. State regulators on Tuesday notified Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center of the latest issues and gave the hospital 10 days to submit a detailed plan of correction or risk losing Medicare funding, the Houston Chronicle reported. SENT: 330 words, photos.

EXCHANGE-HARVEY-RECOVERY-EQUINE THERAPY

ROSE CITY, Texas _ Tropical Story Harvey flooded most of the homes and businesses in Rose City when it ripped through the region in the summer of 2017. It also devastated Stable-Spirit, a therapeutic riding facility for disabled children and adults that has been around for 15 years. The Beaumont Enterprise reports Stable-Spirit rebounded and is now providing 36 to 42 hours of equine therapy each week to people with autism, Down syndrome and traumatic brain injury, as well as veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. By Ester Navarro, Beaumont Enterprise. SENT IN ADVANCE: 330 words, with photos.

EXCHANGE-BUSINESS-MENTORS

TYLER, Texas _ In a classroom at Tyler Junior College’s West Campus, 17 women take notes as Harley Hooper talks about what it takes to run a business. The Tyler Morning Telegraph reports Hooper is speaking as part of a seven-week course presented by East Texas SCORE (Service Corps Of Retired Executives), a volunteer group that mentors those considering starting a business or who own a business. By Danny Mogle, the Tyler Morning Telegraph. SENT IN ADVANCE: 570 words, with photos. Moving on news & business lines

IN BRIEF:

_ BOY KILLED-SIBLING CHARGED _ Authorities say a 12-year-old boy has been charged with murder in the fatal shooting of his 10-year-old brother in Texas.

_ MAYORAL ELECTIONS-TEXAS _ Voters in Fort Worth reelected Mayor Betsy Price for a historic fifth term while mayoral races in Dallas and San Antonio are headed to runoffs.

_ FATAL CRASH-SUSPECT _ A judge has ruled that a Texas man accused of driving impaired in a deadly wrong-way crash in New Mexico will remain jailed until his trial.

SPORTS REFER:

BBA--BLUE JAYS-RANGERS

ARLINGTON, Texas _ Rangers lefty Drew Smyly makes his first start since April 19 in the finale of a weekend series against the Blue Jays and Clay Buchholz. UPCOMING. 650 words, photos. Game starts 2:05 p.m.

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