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

May 4, 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.

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COLUMBIA, S.C. _ Former Vice President Joe Biden is focusing his 2020 White House campaign on South Carolina this weekend while several other Democratic candidates are spending time in Iowa, another early-voting state. Iowa is the focus for some of his rivals, including Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Bernie Sanders of Vermont, as well as former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke. Pete Buttigieg, who’s mayor of South Bend, Indiana, is in Houston. By Meg Kinnard. SENT: 240 words, with photos. Will be updated.


DALLAS _ Voters in some of the largest cities in Texas will be selecting leaders. Municipal elections on Saturday include mayoral contests in Dallas, Fort Worth and San Antonio. SENT: 130 words. Developing.


CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. _ SpaceX launched a load of supplies to the International Space Station on Saturday following a pair of unusual power delays. A Falcon rocket raced into the pre-dawn darkness, carrying a Dragon capsule with 5,500 pounds of goods. The Dragon is due to arrive at the orbiting lab Monday. The booster, meanwhile, streaked to a smooth landing on a recovery ship just offshore. SpaceX couldn’t resist the Star Wars Day connection _ Saturday is May 4. “Dragon is now officially on the way to the space station,” the SpaceX launch commentator announced once the capsule reached orbit and its solar wings unfurled. “Until next time, May the Fourth be with you.” Astronauts train at Johnson Space Center in Houston. By Marcia Dunn. SENT: 560 words, with photos.



EL PASO, Texas _ A curator says artwork done by teenage immigrants who were held in a now-dismantled West Texas tent city portrays their longing for freedom and comforting places. The Dallas Morning News reports the underlying theme in the “Uncaged Art” exhibition involves the Quetzal bird and its colorful plumage _ symbols of freedom. The artwork by former detainees at the Tornillo tent city will be on display at the Centennial Museum at the University of Texas at El Paso until this fall. The exhibit comes as other tent cities are planned to serve as processing centers for immigrants. SENT: 380 words, with photos. Not for online use in the Dallas area.


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. _ Growing up, Ben Masters worked on West Texas ranches and developed a love for the outdoors and wildlife. The experience eventually led him to study wildlife biology and to become a filmmaker. His interests shifted after the election of President Donald Trump and Trump’s insistence that the U.S. erect a wall along the entire U.S.-Mexico border. Masters’ new documentary examining the diverse wildlife and landscape of the Rio Grande along the U.S.-Mexico border debuted at select theaters nationwide and on iTunes. “The River and The Wall” follows five people, including Masters, who take a 60-day journey along the Rio Grande from El Paso to Brownsville, Texas. By Russell Contreras. SENT: 570 words, with photos.


_ DAY CARE DRIVER-ASSAULT _ A driver for a Dallas-area adult day care center has been sentenced to 40 years in prison after being convicted of sexually assaulting a mentally disabled female client. With photo.

_ FORMER COMMISSIONER-THEFT _ A former elected official in Southeast Texas must serve 10 years of deferred probation and repay more than $470,000 after pleading guilty to stealing from a construction company where he worked.

_ CANDIDATE-STOLEN ART _ Police have arrested two suspects in the investigation of $5 million worth of art and other items stolen from the mansion of attorney and Houston mayoral candidate Tony Buzbee. Pursuing booking photos.

_ BOOMING BORDER TOWN _ State officials say Union Pacific Railroad is undertaking a $20 million project at its Santa Teresa Intermodal Terminal and Refueling Station in Santa Teresa, New Mexico.

_ GREEK SHIPPERS-OIL DISCHARGES _ Two Greek shipping companies have been fined $4 million in a U.S. plea deal for not reporting 2017 illegal oil discharges by a tanker at some Texas ports.

_ RENO-HOUSTON FLIGHTS _ United Airlines and the Reno-Tahoe International Airport have announced they will expand nonstop flights between Reno and Houston’s Bush Intercontinental Airport.




AUSTIN, Texas _ The pre-abortion drugs were kicking in, and the seven women in a light pink waiting room were coaching each other through dizziness and chills. “It’s OK, You’ve got this,” one woman said. “I’m drowsy,” said another, curled up in a comfy chair. About half of them had a blanket and a spot to curl up in at this point before the procedure. The Houston Chronicle reports Elsa Vizcarra’s job that day was to try to interview all of them. Vizcarra, a University of Texas researcher, spent the better part of a year sitting with nearly 600 abortion patients at a dozen clinics around Texas to understand what led the women to these waiting rooms and what barriers they faced to get there. By Andrea Zelinski, Houston Chronicle. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1,470 words, with photos.


NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas _ There are about 70 goats in pens on a small New Braunfels ranch owned and operated by Robert Ragels. The San Antonio Express-News reports each has its own personality, like Schnee, a charismatic Swiss breed that can recognize her name when Ragels calls it from more than 40 feet away. There’s also whimsically named Magnolia, Poppy, Ravenclaw and Snubie Q in the herd registered under the name Ragels Zigenhof. Ragels is in the process of turning his small Goatilicious operation into what he hopes will be region’s largest goat milk and cheesemaking facility. By Chuck Blount, San Antonio Express-News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 910 words, with photos. Moving on news & business lines.



MONTERREY, Mexico _ The Houston Astros on Saturday open a two-game series in Mexico against the Los Angeles Angels. By Carlos Rodriguez. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 6:10 p.m. CDT.


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