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

April 7, 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

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AROUND THE STATE & NATION:

ELECTION 2020-CAMPAIGN RDP

Following all directions on the compass, the Democrats who want to make Donald Trump a one-term president are resuming their efforts to convince voters they have what it takes to lead the country. That’s why Bernie Sanders, the Vermont senator, and Beto O’Rourke, a former Texas congressman, are campaigning Sunday in Iowa. By Hunter Woodall. SENT: 210 words, photos.

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_ ELECTION 2020-CAMPAIGN RDP-THE LATEST. With photos.

ELECTION 2020-DEMOCRATS WHITE MEN

UPPER ST. CLAIR TOWNSHIP, Pa. _ When he moved to Pennsylvania about five years ago, it was a coin toss which party Brian Heitman would register with. No longer. Since Donald Trump’s election in 2016, Heitman, who is 42 and white, has become a reliable Democrat. Last week, he voted for the Democratic candidate in a special state Senate election in Pittsburgh’s affluent southern suburbs. “A decade ago I probably wouldn’t have even noticed this election was happening,” Heitman said, “but I’m making a point in voting in every one I can nowadays.” By Nicholas Riccardi. SENT: 1,300 words, photos.

DNA DATABASE

AUSTIN, Texas _ Texas lawmakers are considering whether to expand DNA laws and allow samples to be taken from more defendants in criminal investigations. Existing Texas law only mandates DNA to be collected from people charged for certain felony offenses. SENT: 370 words, photos.

SOUTH TEXAS-TROOPER SHOT

EDINBURG, Texas _ Authorities say a man suspected of shooting a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper as he investigated a vehicle collision in South Texas has been arrested after fleeing hours earlier. DPS said just before 1 a.m. Sunday that a 24-year-old man from Edinburg had been arrested. DPS said Sunday morning that the trooper was out of surgery and was in stable but critical condition. SENT: 130 words.

INSIDER Q&A-AMERICAN PETROLEUM INSTITUTE CEO

The U.S. oil and gas industry is praised by supporters for boosting America to the forefront of global production and attacked by critics who blame it for sowing doubt about the scientific consensus that burning fossil fuels is changing the Earth’s climate. The American Petroleum Institute is the energy industry’s lobbyist in Washington. These days it is led by Mike Sommers, previously the chief of staff for former Republican House Speaker John Boehner. Recently Sommers talked with The Associated Press about the energy industry, climate change, offshore drilling and other issues. By David Koenig. SENT: 1,000 words, photo.

EXCHANGE-LADIES-JUSTICE

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas _ Dori Contreras was living in Houston and working as an accountant when she decided to make a life change and go to law school. The Corpus Christi Caller-Times reports she was married and had two daughters at the time, and couldn’t afford to quit her job. So she kept working, all while attending part-time night classes at the University of Houston Law Center. That continued for a year and a half, until she got to go to the school full time. Eventually Contreras graduated and had been practicing law for about five years when she decided to run for judge. By Eleanor Dearman, Corpus Christi Caller-Times. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1,330 words, with photos.

EXCHANGE-RETIRING PROFESSOR

GALVESTON, Texas _ When Stephen Curley first arrived at Texas A&M at Galveston, the Pelican Island campus consisted of two buildings _ one that housed all the administrative offices and classrooms, the other a windowless engineering machine shop. The Galveston County Daily News reports Curley, the school’s regents professor of English, was 26 years old and that was 46 years ago. Now, Texas A&M University at Galveston enrolls about 2,600 students a year in a wide range of undergraduate and graduate studies and is one of the select places to study all things sea-related. On April 17, the university will honor Curley with a retirement reception. By Kathryn Eastburn, The Galveston County Daily News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 700 words, with photo.

IN BRIEF:

_ BOEING PLANES-AMERICAN AIRLINES _ American Airlines is extending by over a month its cancellations of about 90 daily flights as the troubled 737 Max plane remains grounded by regulators.

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NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP LOOKAHEAD

MINNEAPOLIS _ Slap the floor, bend those knees and get both hands up. This national championship game is going to be a clinic on defense. Virginia and Texas Tech are the last two teams alive in the NCAA Tournament, and they’re here because they barely let their opponents breathe with the ball. By Dave Campbell. SENT: 820 words, photos.

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_ FINAL FOUR-TEXAS TECH-LUBBOCK CELEBRATION _ Fans celebrating Texas Tech’s Final Four win poured into the streets around the school’s Lubbock campus, shutting down traffic and lighting fires. SENT: 130 words.

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