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

April 14, 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 is at the desk after 5:30 a.m.

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TOP STORIES:

SEVERE WEATHER

Powerful storms swept across the South after unleashing suspected tornadoes and flooding that killed at least six people _ including three children _ injured dozens and flattened much of a Texas town. Nearly 90,000 customers were without power in Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Georgia as of midday Sunday, according to www.poweroutage.us as the severe weather left a trail of destruction. Two children were killed on a back road in East Texas when a pine tree fell onto the car in which they were riding in a severe thunderstorm Saturday near Pollok, about 150 miles southeast of Dallas. SENT: 810 words, photos, photos.

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BOEING-AMERICAN AIRLINES

NEW YORK _ American Airlines has announced that it was canceling 115 flights per day through mid-August because of ongoing problems with the Boeing 737 Max aircraft. The announcement made Fort Worth, Texas-based American the second major carrier to cancel Max flights through the busy summer season. Dallas-based Southwest Airlines, the largest operator of Boeing jets, announced last week that it would cancel its Max flights through Aug. 5. American’s cancellations will last through Aug. 19. The U.S. and other countries grounded Boeing’s 737 Max plane in mid-March after deadly plane crashes in Ethiopia and Indonesia. Boeing aims to finish fixing the planes in late April, and any changes would have to be submitted to the Federal Aviation Administration and foreign regulators for approval. By Cathy Bussewitz. SENT: 400 words, photos. Moved on national general, financial and travel news services.

IMMIGRATION:

TRUMP-IMMIGRATION

WASHINGTON _ President Donald Trump wants to explore a twice-rejected proposal to send migrants to “sanctuary cities,” but that is not the preferred solution to fix the straining immigration system, the White House said. Press secretary Sarah Sanders said it was one of many options, though she hoped Congress would work with the president on a comprehensive immigration overhaul. The Trump administration is dealing with an ever-increasing number of Central American migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, an influx that has pushed the immigration system to the breaking point. Laws make it hard to quickly return Central Americans, and many of them spend years in the U.S. waiting for their immigration cases to play out. Others claim asylum and wait just as long, living and working in the U.S. as they wait. By Colleen Long. SENT: 630 words, photos, video, audio. Moved on national political news services.

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TRUMP-SANCTUARY CITIES

PHOENIX _ An idea floated by President Donald Trump to send immigrants from the border to “sanctuary cities” to exact revenge on Democratic foes could end up doing the migrants a favor by placing them in locations that make it easier to put down roots and stay in the country. Wilson Romero is an immigrant from Honduras who chose to settle in the San Francisco Bay Area. Romero, 27, was separated from his daughter, now 7, by federal authorities at the U.S. border at El Paso, Texas, last year and jailed for three months before being released and making his way to live with his mother in San Jose, California. There he was reunited with his daughter, who attends public kindergarten. By Astrid Galvan and Morgan Lee. SENT: 1050 words, photos. Moved on national general and political news services.

AROUND THE STATE & NATION:

TRANSGENDER WOMAN BEATEN-DALLAS

DALLAS _ Police canvassed a Dallas neighborhood during the weekend in search of anyone who may have witnessed the brutal beating of a transgender woman in an attack that happened in broad daylight in front of a crowd of people and that was caught on cellphone video. A police statement said detectives were seeking clues to the identities of the woman’s assailant or assailants. SENT: 340 words.

DFW AIRPORT-EXPANSION

FORT WORTH, Texas _ Talks are expected to begin this spring on adding a sixth passenger terminal at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, the main hub for American Airlines, aviation officials said. Airport authorities said there’s a good chance Terminal F could be built with design standards that allow more airplanes to park in a smaller space, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. Terminal F will probably not be the same shape as other terminals at DFW. Some 60% of DFW passengers are connecting for another flight, and the half-moon terminal design is not the best shape for connecting customers, said Sean Donohue, DFW Airport chief executive officer. SENT: 320 words.

EXCHANGE-RANGER-CENTENNIAL

RANGER, Texas _ History was made here 100 years ago. The Abilene Reporter-News reports it happened again this month. LilliyAna Hernandez, 12, watched as the town’s first flag, which she designed, was hoisted up the flagpole, coming to a stop below the Texas and U.S. flags. A sixth-grader at Ranger Middle School, her flag was chosen out of 101 other submissions by public school students to a committee of civic leaders. Though Ranger’s first post office opened in 1880, it wasn’t until April 4, 1919, that the town was able to organize under a civic charter. By Ronald W. Erdrich, Abilene Reporter-News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 720 words, photos.

EXCHANGE-MIDWIFE TEAM

WACO, Texas _ Waco women have a new option for receiving midwife services while still delivering in a setting with easy access to clinical care. The Waco Tribune-Herald reports Ascension Providence Hospital recently opened a midwifery clinic in its Waco Center for Women’s Health, located in the Medical Tower Plaza adjacent to the hospital. A team of three certified midwives and clinical support staff provide care for women’s health needs. By Brooke Crum, Waco Tribune-Herald. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1,220 words, photos.

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