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

January 11, 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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TORNILLO, Texas _ The nonprofit group running what once was the largest U.S. detention camp housing migrant teenagers says the last children have left the facility located in West Texas. The federal grantee that operated the tent city in Tornillo, Texas, said the center is shutting down beginning Friday. BCFS Health and Human Services’ spokeswoman Krista Piferrer said everything would be removed from the site by the end of January. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words. Developing.


WASHINGTON _ The Trump administration is considering using billions in unspent disaster relief funds earmarked for areas including hurricane-pounded Puerto Rico and Texas to pay for President Donald Trump’s border wall as he weighs signing a national emergency declaration to get it built without Congress. It’s the latest sign that the administration is laying the groundwork for a possible emergency order as negotiations between Trump and congressional Democrats to reopen the partially shuttered government have ground to a halt. Hundreds of thousands of federal workers missed paychecks Friday. By Jill Colvin, Lisa Mascaro, Colleen Long and Lolita C. Baldor. SENT: 680 words, with photos.


AUSTIN, Texas _ Texas officials have voted to remove a 60-year-old Confederate plaque in the state Capitol that rejects slavery as an underlying cause of the Civil War. The decision Friday by the State Preservation Board follows years of resistance from Republicans to remove any of the roughly dozen Confederate markers in and around the Texas Capitol. By Paul J. Weber. SENT: 500 words, with photos.



AUSTIN, Texas _ Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg says that if he runs for president, he’ll pay for it himself, defending candidates who use personal riches to bankroll campaigns. Bloomberg’s comments to reporters in Texas on Friday follow a jab from another top 2020 contender. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren recently decried the Democratic presidential nomination becoming “one more plaything that billionaires can buy.” Bloomberg was in Austin to announce that the city had won funding to help combat climate change from his philanthropic foundation. By Will Weissert. SENT: 350 words, with photo.


AUSTIN, Texas _ Former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke will head to New York next month for a live interview with Oprah Winfrey as he continues to mull a 2020 presidential run. O’Rourke will be part of “Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations from Times Square” on Feb. 5. He’ll speak to Winfrey one-on-one as part of an event featuring others, including actors Bradley Cooper and Michael B. Jordan. O’Rourke, 46, rose to national Democratic prominence while nearly unseating Republican Sen. Ted Cruz in deep red-Texas last November. SENT: 120 words. A longer version is not planned.


VICTORIA, Texas _ A disgraced former Texas congressman who resigned last year amid sexual harassment allegations has quit his $160,000-a-year lobbyist position for a port authority. The Victoria Advocate reports Blake Farenthold is no longer representing the Calhoun Port Authority, which announced his resignation Thursday. Farenthold, in the letter, said he was resigning to pursue other interests and opportunities. UPCOMING: 350 words.


KANSAS CITY, Kan. _ The operators of a Kansas water park where a 10-year-old boy was decapitated aren’t saying whether the attraction will open for the upcoming season. Schlitterbahn spokeswoman Winter Prosapio said Friday in an email that the Texas-based company doesn’t have an announcement “at this time” about the park where Caleb Schwab died in 2016 on a 17 story-slide that was billed as the world’s largest. SENT: 260 words, with photo.


BISMARCK, N.D. _ North Dakota regulators have concluded that the Dallas-based developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline complied with a settlement of allegations it violated state rules during construction. Energy Transfer Partners was accused of removing too many trees and improperly handling a pipeline route change. To avoid fines, it was directed to plant tens of thousands of new trees and to develop an industry handbook and conduct training on properly handling route adjustments. By Blake Nicholson. SENT: 360 words.


RENO, Nev. _ A federal court hearing will go forward as scheduled in Reno next week on the state’s attempt to block the Energy Department’s plans to ship plutonium from South Carolina to Nevada despite claims by U.S. lawyers they need more time to prepare due to the partial government shutdown. A judge cited “the urgency of the matter” in denying the agency’s request to postpone the hearing scheduled Thursday. Under current plans, the material will be “temporarily staged” at the Nevada National Security Site and the government’s Pantex Plant in Texas, before eventually being sent to the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico “or another facility” by 2027. By Scott Sonner. SENT: 540 words, with photos.


MEXICO CITY _ Mexican authorities said Friday that five attackers have died in a clash with soldiers the northern border state of Tamaulipas, bringing the state’s death toll in two days of presumed gang-related violence to 29. A group of armed assailants attacked a military patrol Thursday on a highway near the Rio Grande, wounding one soldier, according to a Tamaulipas state official who was not authorized to be quoted by name. The official said the patrol returned fire, killing five assailants. By Mark Stevenson. SENT: 220 words.


_ MISSING CHILD-SAN ANTONIO _ A 34-year-old man who initially told San Antonio authorities that his infant son was abducted has led investigators to the child’s body.

_ COMMUTER RAIL-NORTH TEXAS _ The $1 billion TEXRail commuter line has begun service to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. Pursuing photos.



DALLAS _ David W. Carter High School student Sedric Owens already boasted a strong resume of leadership: percussionist section leader, student council member, cadet in the Junior Reserves Officer Training Corps. But 16-year-old Sedric, whose father died in 2016, wanted a mentor _ someone who could give him advice about colleges and careers. The Dallas Morning News reports after he signed up for a new mentoring program, he found out he’d been paired through his school with Dallas police Officer Victor Guardiola, who had been mentored by a cop when he was teen. By Cassandra Jaramillo, The Dallas Morning News. SENT: 880 words, with photos. Not for online use in the Dallas market.



MINNEAPOLIS _ The Dallas Mavericks, an NBA-worst 3-18 on the road this season, visit the Minnesota Timberwolves, who will play their first home game under interim head coach Ryan Saunders. By Joe Ziemer. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. CST.


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