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

May 7, 2019

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. David Warren is at the desk.

Reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

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TOP STORIES:

SPRING FLOODING

ST. LOUIS _ Residents of a small Missouri town were busy Tuesday sandbagging yet another levee being threatened by a seemingly ceaseless flood. The Pin Oak Levee protects a little over 100 homes in the low-lying area of Winfield, a Mississippi River community of 1,400 residents 45 miles northwest of St. Louis. The river reached its fourth-highest level ever Monday, and while it was starting to drop, the pressure on the levee was concerning enough that residents were urged to have bags packed just in case they needed to evacuate. The National Weather Service issued the watches Tuesday for parts of Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Texas. By Jim Salter. SENT: 360 words, with photos. Developing.

XGR--TEXAS-SCHOOL SAFETY

AUSTIN, Texas _ Nearly a year after a mass shooting at a Southeast Texas high school killed eight students and two substitute teachers, lawmakers in this gun-friendly state are close to passing new measures to “harden” campuses with more armed school personnel, beefed up security plans and a boost in student mental health resources. A suspect remains in custody in last May’s fatal shootings at Santa Fe High School. By Jim Vertuno. SENT: 830 words, with photo.

JUVENILE TERROR LOOPHOLE

WASHINGTON _ The Justice Department’s ability to charge minors for supporting terrorist groups has been hampered by a 2018 Supreme Court decision, forcing prosecutors to hand off at least one such case to local authorities in a state without anti-terrorism laws. The court’s decision in a case unrelated to terrorism opened a loophole that could allow young supporters of groups like the Islamic State to skate on charges from the federal government. The legal gap was highlighted by the case of Matin Azizi-Yarand , who was sentenced in a Texas state court last month after plotting to shoot police officers and civilians at a suburban shopping mall. He was 17 at the time and considered a minor. By Jake Bleiberg and Michael Balsamo. SENT: 700 words, with photo.

IMMIGRATION-BORDER CROSSINGS

HOUSTON _ Immigration authorities say they continue to grapple with spiraling numbers of people crossing the U.S.-Mexico border illegally, often with the intention of requesting asylum. Department of Homeland Security officials were scheduled to release new numbers Tuesday afternoon. By Nomaan Merchant. UPCOMING: 300 words, photos.

AROUND THE STATE & NATION:

MEASLES-TEXAS VACCINATION EXEMPTIONS

HOUSTON _ A Texas Department of Health Services report shows the number of people in the state who chose to not immunize their children for non-medical reasons has jumped this past school year despite a record-breaking measles outbreak in the U.S. The Houston Chronicle reports that the number of parents who sought exemptions rose 14% in 2018-2019, continuing a 15-year upward trend that public health officials worry leaves communities susceptible to a resurgence of preventable diseases. SENT: 130 words, with photos. UPCOMING: 250 words.

HOUSTON-MISSING GIRL

HOUSTON _ Officials say a 4-year-old Texas girl reported missing by her stepfather - who says he was knocked unconscious by the men he believes abducted her - was temporarily removed from her home along with two siblings after allegations of abuse last year. Upcoming 250 words, pursuing photos.

SANDRA BLAND-TROOPER

AUSTIN, Texas _ Cellphone video recorded by Sandra Bland, a black woman found dead in a Texas jail following a confrontational 2015 traffic stop, shows for the first time her perspective as a white state trooper draws his stun gun and points it at close range while ordering her out of her car. The 39-second clip revealed by the Investigative Network, a nonprofit news organization in Texas, aired Monday night on Dallas television station WFAA . Bland was found hanging in her jail cell outside Houston three days after her arrest. By Paul J. Weber and Clarice Silber. SENT: 700 words, with photos.

TEXAS SHOOTING-BARTENDER

PLANO, Texas _ Authorities in suburban Dallas have arrested a bartender who served drinks to a man who later went to his estranged wife’s home and fatally shot her and seven others as they gathered to watch the Dallas Cowboys play. Lindsey Glass was arrested last week and charged with a misdemeanor violation of “sale to certain persons.” The law prohibits the sale of alcohol to a “habitual drunkard or an intoxicated or insane person.” Authorities say 32-year-old Spencer Hight in September 2017 already showed signs of intoxication at the Plano bar before leaving for the home of Meredith Hight and opening fire. SENT: 130 words, will be updated. Moving on news & sports lines.

IN BRIEF:

_ PETROCHEMICAL FIRE-TEXAS-SAN JACINTO _ A Texas historic site that’s been closed for nearly two months since a fire at a Houston-area chemical plant will reopen Wednesday. With photo.

_ ANADARKO-OCCIDENTAL _ Texas-based energy giant Anadarko says it plans to end its $33 billion takeover deal with Chevron in favor of a revised bid by Occidental.

_ MEXICO-MIGRANTS _ Authorities in the northern Mexico border state of Tamaulipas say they have detained 289 Central American migrants, including some children with measles and other illnesses.

SPOT MEMBER EXCHANGE:

EXCHANGE-SIBLINGS-KIDNEY TRANSPLANTS

SAN ANTONIO _ For years, John Shepperd and Kim Azar Shepperd have known both their children would eventually need kidney transplants. The San Antonio Express-News reports the siblings, Ava and John Ben Shepperd, were born with cystinosis, a rare genetic disorder that causes a type of amino acid to accumulate in the cells. The once-fatal disease can damage multiple organs, particularly the eyes and kidneys, necessitating transplants early in life. The family had joked that all they needed was one donor who could provide kidneys for both children. They never anticipated that it could actually happen. By Lauren Caruba. San Antonio Express-News. SENT: 680 words, with photos.

SPORTS REFER:

HKN--STARS-BLUES

ST. LOUIS _ After winning in Dallas to force a decisive Game 7, the St. Louis Blues return home with a chance to advance in the playoffs. The Stars should have goalie Ben Bishop, who exited early from Game 6 with a shoulder injury. By Steve Overbey. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m. CDT.

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