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WASHINGTON — The Trump administration said Thursday it is abandoning a longstanding court settlement that limits how long immigrant children can be kept locked up, and it is proposing new regulations that would let the government detain families until their immigration cases are decided. Homeland Security Department officials said that ending the so-called Flores agreement of 1997 will speed up the handling of immigration cases while also deterring people from illegally crossing the Southwest border. The move angered immigrant rights advocates and is all but certain to trigger a court battle. By Colleen Long and Amy Taxin. SENT: 710 words. Could develop.


AUSTIN, Texas — Democrat Beto O'Rourke's campaign says an "impostor" was behind a text message purportedly seeking volunteers to give people in the country illegally rides so they could cast votes during Texas' Senate race. The messages claimed to be from O'Rourke's campaign and went to voters saying "we are in search of volunteers to help transport undocumented immigrants to polling booths." Pictures of them circulated on social media on Wednesday. SENT: 130 words. A longer version is not planned.



SAN ANTONIO — Animal Control officers in South Texas have seized more than 100 snakes and hundreds of rats and mice apparently used to feed the reptiles at a home in San Antonio. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words. Pursuing photos


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M — Hikers are embarking on a 500-mile expedition that will traverse New Mexico from end to end to chart out the best route and identify what challenges might lay ahead as the state moves closer to establishing the Rio Grande Trail. Following in the footsteps of other western states, New Mexico is looking to capitalize on its vistas and mild weather with the creation of a long-distance trail that runs along one of North America's longest rivers. By Susan Montoya-Brown. UPCOMING: 450 words, with photos.


BUFFALO, S.D. — A $20,000 certificate of deposit that was supposed to serve as a bond for 40 idled natural gas wells in northwestern South Dakota was cashed out because company officials did not remember what the money was for, according to one of the officials. Texas-based Spyglass Cedar Creek LP is opposing South Dakota's revocation of the company's permits for the wells near Buffalo. A state hearing is scheduled Oct. 18. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words.


— GAS PRICES — Retail gasoline prices in Texas and across the nation are up this week.

— POLICE CHASE-DEATH — A Garland man has been identified as the suspect who died in a traffic accident during a Dallas-area police chase linked to a drug investigation.

— HARVEY-COLUMBUS SHIP-SINKS — Corpus Christi has begun the process to sell a Hurricane Harvey-damaged replica of one of the ships used by Christopher Columbus to reach the New World. With photo.



HOUSTON — A leaf peeper driving through Houston might think fall is around the corner, looking at the changing canopies of bald cypresses, maples, elms, certain oaks and sycamores across the landscape. The Houston Chronicle reports that would be wishful thinking. Cooler fall temperatures that trigger leaf color don't typically arrive here until November or December. Trees that are dropping leaves now are likely stressed and may need attention, experts say. Heavy rain associated with Hurricane Harvey, which struck Texas last summer, swamped parts of Houston. By Molly Glentzer. SENT: 800 words, with photos.



FRISCO, Texas — Travis Frederick is out indefinitely with Guillain-Barre syndrome, a neurological disorder. It's unlikely the four-time Pro Bowl center of the Dallas Cowboys will be able to pinpoint a possible return when he takes questions for the first time since the diagnosis. By Pro Football Writer Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos.


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