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BC-TX--Texas News Digest 12 am, TX

May 27, 2019

Good morning! 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. Jill Bleed will be at the desk at 5:30 a.m.

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TEXAS GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:

TEXAS LEGISLATURE

AUSTIN, Texas _ The embattled Texas elections chief who questioned the U.S. citizenship of nearly 100,000 voters has resigned ahead of being forced out of office. Local media outlets report Secretary of State David Whitley submitted his resignation letter Monday. He did so just before the Texas Legislature was set to adjourn without taking the confirmation note Whitley needed to keep his job. By Paul J. Weber and Clarice Sibler. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos.

XGR-TEXAS-GUN STORAGE FIGHT

AUSTIN _ Lawmakers in gun-loving Texas have quietly gone around the National Rifle Association by slipping language into a massive spending bill that would fund a $1 million public safety campaign on gun storage. The last-minute move late Sunday sets up a political test rarely seen in Texas for Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, who must decide whether to veto the spending or to ignore NRA opposition and approve the program. An Abbott spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment, and the Texas Legislature adjourned Monday until 2021. By Jim Vertuno. SENT: 730 words.

AROUND THE STATE & NATION:

FLOOD BUYOUTS

MOSBY, Mo. _ The residents of this small riverside town have become accustomed to watching floods swamp their streets, transform their homes into islands and ruin their floors and furniture. Elmer Sullivan has replaced his couch, bed and television. He’s torn up water-buckled floorboards. And he put a picket fence against the front of his house to cover up a gap left when waters washed out part of the stone foundation. “I just don’t want to mess with it anymore. I’m 83 years old and I’m tired of it, and I just want to get out of it,” Sullivan said. Finally fed up, Sullivan and nearly half of the homeowners in Mosby signed up in 2016 for a program in which the government would buy and then demolish their properties rather than paying to rebuild them over and over. They’re still waiting for offers, joining thousands of others across the country in a slow-moving line to escape from flood-prone homes. By David A. Lieb. SENT: 1,400 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ BORDER WALL-FUNDRAISER _ A leader with the group that’s been raising funds to build a southern border wall on its own says they erected less than a mile of wall on private land in New Mexico over Memorial Day weekend. With photos.

_ ODESSA-OFFICER-INVOLVED SHOOTING _ Police in the West Texas city of Odessa say a person who an initial investigation indicates pointed a firearm at three officers died after they opened fire.

_ MEMORIAL DAY-GEORGE HW BUSH _ Maine’s Memorial Day celebrations are absent a prominent veteran who died last year. Moving on national lines.

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