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

July 7, 2018

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.

Reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date. All times are Central.

For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org

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TOP STORIES:

IMMIGRATION-SEPARATING FAMILIES

PHOENIX — A 1-year-old boy had a court appearance in Phoenix on Friday before an immigration judge. He drank milk from a bottle, played with a small purple ball and occasionally asked for water before being called before the judge. The boy is one of hundreds of children who need to be reunited with their parents after being separated at the border, many of them split from mothers and fathers as a result of the Trump administration’s “zero-tolerance policy.” The separations have become an embarrassment to the administration as stories of crying children separated from mothers and kept apart for weeks on end dominated the news in recent weeks. By Astrid Galvan. 1,100 words, photos.

AP EXPLAINS-IMMIGRATION PROTESTS

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M — Several people were arrested this week after they placed a banner on the Statue of Liberty’s pedestal on the Fourth of July calling for abolishing U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Protesters forced the closure of the ICE building in Portland, Oregon, and more Democratic politicians have been embracing an “abolish ICE” message as the midterm elections approach. By Russell Contreras. 700 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— IMMIGRATION-TEMPORARY SHELTER: A state senator says he’s been told the temporary tent shelter in far West Texas for immigrant minors will stay open indefinitely.

— HARVEY-CORPS OF ENGINEERS: Leaders of areas hit hard by Hurricane Harvey is questioning how they will pay the local share of flood control projects only partly funded by the federal government.

— LAWYER-HUMAN SMUGGLING: A lawyer and activist is charged with human smuggling after being accused of picking up two immigrants in the U.S. illegally on the side of a South Texas road.

— CONFEDERATE NAMES-AUSTIN: Five schools in Austin named for Confederate heroes likely won’t get new names for another school year.

SPORTS REFER:

BBA--WHITE SOX-ASTROS

HOUSTON — Houston’s Charlie Morton opposes Chicago’s James Shields when the Astros and White Sox continue a four-game series. Houston won the first two games of the series. By Jeremy Rakes. Starts at 3:10 p.m. CT.

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