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HOUSTON BARGE COLLISION
BAYPORT, Texas _ Multiple vessels collided in the Houston Ship Channel Friday afternoon, spilling an unknown volume of a toxic gasoline product and forcing the partial closure of the commercial waterway. A 755-foot tanker collided with a tugboat pushing two barges near Bayport, Texas, around 3:30 p.m., capsizing one of the barges and damaging another, authorities said. The U.S. Coast Guard has set up an incident command and reported no injuries Friday night. SENT 185 words. Pursuing photos.
TEXAS GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:
ELECTION 2020-O’ROURKE-NEW HAMPSHIRE
NEW LONDON, N.H. _ It’s going to be a busy weekend for college commencements in New Hampshire, but Democratic presidential hopeful Beto O’Rourke said Friday he would rather take advice from graduates than dole it out. The former Texas congressman’s visit to Colby-Sawyer College on Friday was his 32nd appearance on a college campus in the last seven weeks, and he planned to hit Dartmouth College later in the day. By Holly Ramer. SENT: 500 words, photos.
AROUND THE STATE & NATION:
HOUSTON _ The U.S. Border Patrol said Friday that it plans to open a second tent facility to detain migrants in South Texas next to one it opened last week. In a statement, the agency said the 500-person tent it opened in Donna, Texas, is already beyond capacity. The statement cited the large numbers of migrant parents and children crossing into the United States, many of them asylum seekers from Central America. By Nomaan Merchant. SENT 385 words. Pursuing photos.
HOUSTON _ The mother of a missing Texas girl said through a spokesman Friday that she believes the man who reported the 4-year-old was abducted harmed the girl. Authorities have been searching for Maleah Davis since Saturday, when Darion Vence told police she was taken by men in a pickup truck after he pulled over on a highway a week ago. SENT: 360 words, photos.
TEXAS HEAVY RAIN
HOUSTON _ Schools shut down Friday around flood-prone Houston after an overnight storm dumped heavy rainfall on the nation’s fourth-largest city, though forecasters said the high waters were expected to recede as the storms let up. The National Weather Service said most areas saw about 1 to 3 inches of rain late Thursday and early Friday, with some places getting 3 to 6 inches of rain during that time period. Forecasters said a lull in rainfall was expected Friday, but the area braced for another round of storms late Friday and early Saturday. SENT: 410 words, photos, video.
_ TEXAS HEAVY RAIN-THE LATEST.
WASHINGTON _ The Pentagon is shifting $1.5 billion in funds originally targeted for support of the Afghan security forces and other projects to help pay for construction of nearly 80 miles (130 kilometers) of wall at the U.S.-Mexican border, officials said Friday. Congress was notified of the move Friday. It follows the Pentagon’s decision in March to transfer $1 billion from Army personnel budget accounts to support wall construction. Some lawmakers have been highly critical of the Pentagon shifting money not originally authorized for border security. By Robert Burns. SENT: 800 words, photos.
WASHINGTON _ Scrap “Obamacare”? Well, maybe not all of it. The Trump administration is arguing in court that the entire Affordable Care Act should be struck down as unconstitutional. But at the same time, Justice Department lawyers recently suggested that federal judges could salvage its anti-fraud provisions, raising questions about keeping other parts as well. Serving up more mixed messages, President Donald Trump last week floated to a Democratic lawmaker that he’d like to revive her legislation shoring up the health law’s insurance markets. “I was kind of stunned, but I said, look, I am willing to work with anyone,” recalled the lawmaker, Sen. Patty Murray of Washington. By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar. SENT: 820 words, photo. Moved on national lines.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. _ The Missouri River is causing new problems in a flood-battered part of northwest Missouri where the river broke through levees in March. The rain-swollen waterway has again inundated the tiny village of Big Lake in Holt County, where some of its approximately 160 residents were beginning to clean up after the last deluge. SENT: 400 words, photos.
NOT REAL NEWS
A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these is legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked these out. By Beatrice Dupuy and Amanda Seitz. SENT: 930 words, photos.
_ IMMIGRATION-BORDER WARNINGS _ U.S. Border Patrol officials are issuing their annual safety warnings to migrants who plan to illegally cross the border in remote areas of southern Arizona, stressing that the region’s summer heat is deadly for those unprepared for extreme temperatures.
_ ASTRONAUT AUCTION _ Pieces from the Wright brothers’ 1903 Flyer that Neil Armstrong took with him to the moon have sold for about $890,000 at an auction of memorabilia that belonged to the astronaut.
HOUSTON _ Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors will try and close out the Western Conference semifinals against the Houston Rockets without Kevin Durant, who is out for the rest of the series with a strained calf. By Kristie Rieken. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos.
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