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

July 8, 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Reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

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TOP STORIES:

IMMIGRATION-ZERO TOLERANCE

SAN DIEGO — California will introduce group trials on Monday for people charged with entering the country illegally. Federal prosecutors in Arizona, Texas and New Mexico have long embraced these hearings, which critics call assembly-line justice. California was a lone holdout, and the Justice Department didn’t seriously challenge its position until the arrival of Attorney General Jeff Sessions. By Elliot Spagat. SENT: 870 words, with photos.

BORDER WALL-TEXAS

ROMA, Texas — More property owners along the U.S.-Mexico border in South Texas say they’ve received notices from the federal government asking to review their land, which could be used for border wall construction. KENS-TV reports residents in the town of Escobares received letters from the Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Customs and Border Protection a few weeks ago to get their consent to survey their land. SENT: 120 words. UPCOMING: 250 words.

AROUND THE STATE & NATION:

HEART SURGERY-OPERATING ROOMS

HOUSTON — Some operating rooms in Houston where pioneering heart procedures were done in the era of famed surgeon Dr. Michael DeBakey will relocate this summer. The Houston Chronicle reported Sunday that Houston Methodist Hospital will close those operating rooms after nearly 50 years as one of the historic spots at Texas Medical Center. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 225 words. Pursuing photos. Moving on news & health lines.

LOS ALAMOS LAB-ANNIVERSARY

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. — The once-secret city of Los Alamos, New Mexico, is marking 75 years since J. Robert Oppenheimer invited top scientists to the state in 1943 to build the world’s first nuclear weapon. The anniversary comes as Los Alamos National Laboratory prepares for a shift in leadership. The U.S. Energy Department recently awarded the multibillion-dollar contract to manage Los Alamos to a company made up of the University of California, Texas A&M and Battelle Memorial Institute. The Los Alamos Monitor reports the lab celebrated its anniversary this month with a day of speeches and activities. SENT: 140 words, with photos. Will be updated.

ASIA TO APPALACHIA

ST. CLAIRSVILLE, Ohio — A slice of Appalachia along the Ohio River still struggling decades after losing manufacturing jobs in the steel, aluminum and glass industries to overseas competition is looking to Asia to help revive a more pliable product — plastic. Ohio Gov. John Kasich told The Associated Press that a cracker plant could draw other companies much like Honda did after opening its Marysville assembly plant in 1982. Thailand’s PTT Global Chemical has plans to build a cracker plant for several years. Larry Merry, with the Belmont County Port Authority, said the Ohio site has logistical advantages over the U.S. petrochemical hub along the Gulf Coast in Louisiana and Texas. By Mark Gillispie. SENT: 730 words.

MEXICO-VIOLENCE

MONTERREY, Mexico — An unusually violent night in the northern Mexican city of Monterrey has left at least 15 dead and nine wounded. Most died in bar shootings. The Nuevo Leon state prosecutor’s office says in a statement that the attacks took place in the municipalities of Monterrey, Guadalupe and Juarez late Saturday and early Sunday. By Porfirio Ibarra. SENT: 120 words. Could develop.

IN BRIEF:

— CONFEDERATE SOLDIERS-MARKERS REPLACED — A North Texas chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans has replaced historical markers of two Confederate soldiers that had been stolen from a graveyard.

— OFFICER POINTS GUN-KIDS — A West Texas police officer’s actions are being reviewed after he was captured on video pointing his gun at a group of children during an arrest.

— TEXARKANA PARK-NAME — Some Texarkana residents have questioned a plan to rename a city park in Arkansas.

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MEMBER EXCHANGES: FOR USE ANY TIME/Texas mentions

EXCHANGE-FAMILY ROAD TRIP-COUNTIES

FRANKFORT, Ky. — When it came to planning a vacation with her four teenagers this summer, Krystal Albers took the term “road trip” to an all-new level. Albers and her children have taken on the gargantuan task of visiting each of Kentucky’s 120 counties. As of June 30, they had made stops in 50 counties — a solid swath of northeastern, central and northern Kentucky. Daughters Savannah, 15, Madalyn, 14, and Baylee, 13, were onboard with idea. Son Kaleb, 16, took more convincing, but he eventually warmed to the summer adventure. His favorite memories thus far have been seeing abandoned barns and wide, open cornfields that gave him a “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” vibe. By Chanda Veno, The State Journal. SENT: 550 words.

EXCHANGE-NASHVILLE TRAIN WRECK

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Standing out here in the freshly-mown grasses of Richland Park Greenway, several yards from the Dutchman’s Curve Train Wreck historical marker placed alongside White Bridge Road, I listen for ethereal echoes of the past. This is as much a ghost story as it is a history lesson. Call it ‘Ghosts of Dutchman’s Curve’ because they still whisper to us as the 100th anniversary of the nation’s deadliest train wreck fast approaches. Remember us, they murmur on the gentle wind that stirs the humid air. By Tom Wood, Ledger of Nashville. SENT: 2,830 words.

WEEKEND MEMBER EXCHANGES/MOVED IN ADVANCE/FOR USE Monday, July 9 & thereafter:

EXCHANGE-ALGAE FARM

IMPERIAL, Texas — Inside a high-tech lab in a modular building in the West Texas desert here, a young scientist peered through a microscope at a slide of live and multiplying algae. The San Antonio Express-News reports she was on the prowl for “grazers,” a sort of cellular-level locust that could wreak havoc on the multimillion-dollar crop proliferating in thick green ponds outside. It’s the equivalent of a cotton farmer walking rows in search of disease-carrying bolls, explained Rebecca White, the 38-year-old microbiologist who runs one of the world’s few commercially viable algae farms. By Lynn Brezosky, San Antonio Express-News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1,800 words, with photos.

EXCHANGE-JURY DUTY

VICTORIA, Texas — When it comes to fake excuses for jury duty, Judge Eli Garza says prospective jurors shouldn’t even try to pull one over him. The Victoria Advocate reports after all, the district judge routinely checks Google to stay up to date on trending excuses. When he hears one, his answer is invariably the same: “Please have a seat.” But, more importantly, those answering the call for duty should understand serving on a jury is not necessarily a chore. By Jon Wilcox, Victoria Advocate. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1,150 words, with photos.

EXCHANGE-COSTUME DESIGNER

OKLAHOMA CITY — Jeffrey Meek is the resident costume designer for Lyric Theatre in Oklahoma City. Now in his 19th season with Lyric, Meek hits his creative peak nowadays not at Halloween but in the summer, when Lyric shifts from producing modest musicals at its intimate Plaza District theater to mounting large-scale, fully-orchestrated summer shows in the 2,477-seat theater at the Civic Center Music Hall. By Brandy McDonnell, The Oklahoman. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1,120 words, with photos.

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SPORTS REFER:

BBA--RANGERS-TIGERS

DETROIT — The Texas Rangers on Sunday afternoon wrap up their four-game series at Detroit. UPCOMING: 600 words, with photos. NOTE: Game started at 12:10 p.m. CDT.

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