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

April 15, 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Reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

SEVERE WEATHER

Strong storms, including at least one tornado, swept through parts of the Midwest and the Mid-Atlantic region, damaging homes and businesses and causing injuries after storms in the South killed at least eight people _ including four in Texas. Storms that hit Ohio on Sunday and moved into New Jersey overnight into Monday brought heavy rains, lightning, strong winds and, in Ohio, at least one tornado. The storms followed worse conditions that had swept across the South, unleashing more than a dozen confirmed tornadoes and flooding, killing at least eight people, injuring dozens and flattening much of a Texas town. SENT: 380 words, with photos, video.

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_ SEVERE WEATHER-THE LATEST

AROUND THE STATE & NATION:

TRANSGENDER WOMAN BEATEN-DALLAS

DALLAS _ Police in Dallas have arrested a 29-year-old man in the brutal beating of a transgender woman in an attack that was caught on cellphone video. Dallas police say Edward Thomas was arrested at about 9:30 p.m. Sunday “for his role” in the attack. He was jailed on suspicion of aggravated assault, and records don’t list an attorney who could speak on his behalf. Police did not say whether anyone else would be arrested in the beating, which happened Friday in broad daylight in front of a crowd of people, but said the case is being investigated as a hate crime. The woman told police she was attacked after a minor traffic accident. SENT: 350 words, with booking photo.

FORT WORTH-REFUGEE STUDENTS

FORT WORTH, Texas _ The number of language centers for students learning English as a second language will drop in Fort Worth next school year as the district sees a sharp decrease in the number of refugee students, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. UPCOMING: 250 words.

PECANS-NEW MEXICO

CARLSBAD, N.M. _ New Mexico was the national leader in pecan production last year thanks to Hurricane Michael striking down large swaths of Georgia’s pecan crop. Texas was ranked third. SENT: 290 words, with photo.

IN BRIEF:

_ LBJ STATUE-TEXAS SCHOOL _ A statue of Lyndon Baines Johnson holding a book has been unveiled at a South Texas school where the future president taught more than 30 years before reaching the White House. With photos.

_ SOUTH BEND-ABORTION CLINIC _ Indiana is asking a federal judge to rule against a Texas-based nonprofit that wants to open a South Bend abortion clinic.

_ UNSOLVED KILLINGS _ Authorities have identified two women whose bodies were separately found in a Houston-area oil field more than 27 years ago.

_ BORDER ARRESTS-NEW MEXICO _ Federal border authorities say more migrants have been arrested after illegally crossing into the United States through New Mexico.

_ WASTE MANAGEMENT-ADVANCED DISPOSAL-ACQUISITION _ Houston-based Waste Management is pushing into the eastern U.S. by paying $3 billion for its smaller rival, Advanced Disposal Services.

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TEXAS CITY-EXPLOSION-ANNIVERSARY

TEXAS CITY, Texas _ This week marks 72 years since thousands of lives were changed forever in the United States’ deadliest industrial accident, that day still seems fresh — remembered in vivid and awful detail _ by those who lived through it. “I was walking to school that day — we lived at the corner of Dock Road and Third Street,” said Ernestine Garza Moreno, who was 17. “When I felt the first blast, by the grace of God, I cried out ‘save me’ and threw a coat over me. When I finally got up, everyone around was dead except for me.” The Galveston County Daily News reports Moreno was one of about 100 survivors of the 1947 Texas City disaster who gathered Saturday to remember. By Matt DeGrood, The Galveston County Daily News. SENT: 600 words, pursuing photos.

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BBA--ANGELS-RANGERS

ARLINGTON, Texas _ Mike Trout is expected to rejoin the Angels in Texas after missing a weekend series against the Cubs because of a groin injury. It was still unclear when Trout, who homered five times in a four-game series against the Rangers less than two weeks ago, will get back in the lineup. By Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING. 650 words, photos. Game starts 7:05 p.m. CDT.

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