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

May 21, 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.

Reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

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TOP STORIES:

IMMIGRATION-MIGRANT DEATHS

HOUSTON _ A 16-year-old Guatemala migrant who has died in U.S. custody had been held by immigration authorities for six days _ twice as long as federal law generally permits _ then transferred him to another holding facility even after he was diagnosed with the flu. By Nomaan Merchant. SENT: 890 words, photos.

SEVERE WEATHER

OKLAHOMA CITY _ An intense storm system moved across the Southern Plains, spawning tornadoes that caused scattered damage and a deluge of rain but not the “particularly dangerous” twisters that forecasters had feared. No injuries were reported. The biggest threat into Tuesday was flash flooding from torrential rains that accompanied the storms, forecasters said. SENT: 530 words, photos, video.

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_ SEVERE WEATHER-THE LATEST

TEXAS GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:

AP EXPLAINS-IMMIGRANT ENTRANCE EXAMS

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. _ President Donald Trump announced last week a wide-ranging immigration plan that would change how certain immigrants would be allowed in the U.S. His proposal includes a civics test for entrance that some critics say could exclude many high-skilled immigrants. Other critics called the idea of a civics exam bizarre and charged that some U.S. citizens even might fail such a test. If adopted, this would not be the first time the U.S. has embraced a physical or mental exam for immigrants seeking just to get into the country outside of becoming a citizen. This story looks at how the U.S. used entrance exams on aspiring immigrants throughout history: By Russell Contreras. SENT: 620 words, photos. Moved on general and political news services.

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_ LGBT RIGHTS-TEXAS _ A bill pushed by Texas Republicans after the city of San Antonio blocked a proposed Chick-fil-A airport location had advanced over sometimes tearful opposition from LGBT lawmakers. SENT: 130 words.

_ PIPELINE POLITICS-TEXAS _ A bill that would stiffen penalties for those who damage or trespass around oil and gas operations is advancing through the Texas Legislature. SENT: 130 words. Moved on general and financial news services.

AROUND THE STATE & NATION:

TRANSGENDER WOMAN BEATEN-DALLAS

DALLAS _ A 23-year-old transgender woman whose beating in front of a crowd was captured on video has been found dead on a Dallas street, police said. Muhlaysia Booker was found face-down early Saturday after officers were called following reports of shots being fired. She was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said. SENT: 400 words, photos.

FORT WORTH POLICE CHIEF FIRED

FORT WORTH, Texas _ Fort Worth has fired its police chief. City Manager David Cooke announced that Joel Fitzgerald has been removed from the job. Cooke says the firing was motivated by several factors, including a recent “incident” in Washington, D.C. that brought Fitzgerald’s “judgment and leadership” into question. SENT: 340 words.

DFW GROWTH-NEW TERMINAL

FORT WORTH, Texas _ Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport plans to spend up to $3.5 billion to build a sixth terminal that would open by 2025 and renovate one of the old terminals. Airport CEO Sean Donohue announced plans for Terminal F on the site of a parking lot. It would include up to 24 new gates for U.S. and international flights. The airport currently has 164 gates spread across five terminals. By Airlines Writer David Koenig. SENT: 260 words. Moved on general, financial and travel news services.

AMERICAN AIRLINES-UNIONS

FORT WORTH, Texas _ American Airlines accuses its mechanics and their unions of conducting an illegal work slowdown to gain leverage in contract talks, and the airline is asking a federal judge to stop the activity. The airline says mechanics have caused about 900 cancellations or long delays since early February by taking an unusually long time to repair planes and refusing to work overtime. SENT: 350 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ TEXAS-GIRL ABDUCTED _ Bond has been set at $100,000 for a Texas man accused of abducting an 8-year-old girl as she walked with her mother in Fort Worth over the weekend. SENT: 120 words, videos.

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