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

June 5, 2018

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 is at the desk after 6 a.m.

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A United States senator tried to enter a federal facility in Texas where immigrant children are being held, but police were summoned and he was told to leave. Sen. Jeff Merkley’s attempt late Sunday to enter the Brownsville, Texas, facility, and his request to speak to a manager, comes amid a national debate over the practice of separating families caught crossing the border illegally. A spokeswoman for the federal agency that is caring for the children accused the senator of grandstanding. By Andrew Selsky. SENT: 600 words, photos.



WASHINGTON — Energy Secretary Rick Perry has defended President Donald Trump’s call to bolster struggling coal-fired and nuclear power plants, saying a rash of plant retirements is “alarming” and poses a looming crisis for the nation’s power grid. Experts disagree and say Trump is attempting to solve a problem that doesn’t exist. By Matthew Daly. SENT: 650 words, photos. Moved on political and financial news services.


— GEORGE HW BUSH-MAINE — Former President George H.W. Bush of Houston has left a Maine hospital after being treated for low blood pressure and fatigue. SENT: 100 words.

— SUPREME COURT-MARDI GRAS SHOOTINGS — The U.S. Supreme Court has refused the case of a Houston man serving five life sentences for killing one person and injuring four others by shooting into a Galveston Mardi Gras crowd in 1998. SENT: 130 words.



DALLAS — The family of a woman whose body was found 11 days after making a frantic cellphone call during from an elevator in the Houston hotel where she worked as floodwaters from Hurricane Harvey rushed in has filed a lawsuit saying the hotel did not properly plan for such flooding. The civil lawsuit filed in district court in Dallas against entities including Omni Hotels and Resorts reveals new details of what happened leading up to Jill Renick’s drowning. The lawsuit says Renick did manage to exit the elevator and but then struggled against waist-high water in the hotel’s basement. Her body was eventually found in the ceiling. By Jamie Stengle. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: 650 words by 6:30 p.m.


VICTORIA, Texas — Members of the Victoria Islamic Center know what it’s like to lose a place of worship after a 2017 blaze that was ruled arson, with the complex still under reconstruction. Members of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Victoria found themselves suddenly without a place to have their Sunday service after a traffic accident in which a vehicle crashed through through four walls and two church rooms, including its library and main worship space. But Sunday’s Unitarian service continued as planned at an auxiliary building on the Islamic center property. SENT: 230 words, photos.


Fabio Luisi has been hired as music director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra starting with the 2020-21 season. The 59-year-old Italian will conduct a concert next spring and become music director designate for the 2019-20 season, the orchestra said. He agreed to a contract through the 2023-24 season. Luisi will become just the fourth music director for the Dallas Symphony in more than four decades after Eduardo Mata (1977-93), Andrew Litton (1994-2006) and Jaap van Zweden (2008-18), who starts as music director of the New York Philharmonic next season. By Ronald Blum. SENT: 370 words, photos.


— SCHOOL BUS STOP-ASSAULT — Houston police say they’ve determined that a black 13-year-old boy’s report that he was abducted, taken to a vacant house and attacked did not happen. SENT: 130 words.

— BABY-HOT VEHICLE — Authorities say a 9-month-old child is dead after being left unattended in a hot vehicle in Harris County. SENT: 130 words.

— SOUTHWEST AIRLINES-ACCIDENT — The fatal accident on a Southwest Airlines flight this spring appears to be hurting the carrier’s business more than expected. SENT: 130 words.

— EBBY HALLIDAY-HOMESERVICES — The Ebby Halliday Companies, touted as the largest independently owned residential real estate company in Texas , has been sold to HomeServices of America. SENT: 110 words.


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