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

January 23, 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Reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

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TOP STORIES:

MIGRANT FAMILIES-CRISIS

MCALLEN, Texas _ President Donald Trump’s push for a $5.7 billion wall _ a demand that has triggered the longest government shutdown in history _ is unlikely on its own to stop many of the thousands of families crossing the U.S.-Mexico border each month. One of those families is Maria Orbelina Cortez and her three sons. Cortez told The Associated Press in a recent interview that she fled El Salvador for the U.S. after her husband attacked her and knocked a pan of scalding oil onto her youngest son’s head. After quietly planning for months, she took the 3-year-old boy and his two brothers and headed north without telling her husband. By Nomaan Merchant. UPCOMING: 1120 words, photos.

IMMIGRATION:

IMMIGRATION DETENTION-CHILDREN

ALEXANDRIA, Va. _ Immigrant advocates said Tuesday they are suing the U.S. government, claiming it is detaining immigrant children too long and improperly refusing to release them to relatives. A federal lawsuit filed last year in Alexandria, Virginia, was expanded on Friday to propose including the cases of more than 10,000 children. The filing on behalf of children and their sponsors comes shortly after a detention camp housing migrant teenagers in Texas was shuttered and amid a partial government shutdown that has dragged for nearly a month over the Trump administration’s demand for a wall on the southwest border. SENT: 350 words. Moved on general and political news services.

TEXAS GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:

CENSUS CITIZENSHIP QUESTION-TRIAL

GREENBELT, Md. _ A federal trial began Tuesday for lawsuits challenging the Trump administration’s addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 census, a plan that a different court blocked last week. The trial before U.S. District Judge George Hazel in Greenbelt, Maryland, began one week after a federal judge in New York barred the Trump administration from adding a citizenship question to the census for the first time since 1950. The Justice Department is appealing that ruling by U.S. District Judge Jesse M. Furman, who concluded Ross acted in an “arbitrary and capricious” manner before deciding to add the citizenship question. A trial for a separate suit over the same issue, filed by the state of California, began in San Francisco on Jan. 7. A judge finished hearing testimony in that case on Jan. 14 and is scheduled to hear closing arguments Feb. 15. The plaintiffs for the case being tried in Maryland include residents of Texas, Arizona, Nevada and Florida. By Michael Kunzelman. SENT: 550 words.

AROUND THE STATE & NATION:

EXCHANGE-VIETNAM VETERANS-REUNION

SAN ANTONIO _ The last time these soldiers of Bravo Company, 2nd Platoon, were together, they were tromping through the jungles of Vietnam on enemy patrol. The San Antonio Express-News reports they were the core group of 37 men whom 2nd Lt. Perry Dotson led for four harrowing months in 1970. On a recent Saturday in a San Antonio hotel, 49 years later, they gathered to remember a fallen brother-in-arms and renew a connection that time and distance could not break. There was one notable absence: Pfc. Leonard Nitzsche, killed in action by an enemy sniper in 1970. By Vincent T. Davis, San Antonio Express-News. SENT: 1,130 words, photos. Moved on general and sports news services. Note hockey reference.

IN BRIEF:

_ CONFEDERATE STATUE-DALLAS _ The granite base that supported the now-removed statue of Robert E. Lee in a Dallas park and the seating and stairs surrounding it will be disassembled and stored. SENT: 120 words.

_ TEXAS CHURCH SERVICE-STABBING _ A South Texas jury has determined that a man who authorities say fatally stabbed a worshipper and wounded three others during a church service last year is not guilty by reason of insanity. SENT: 130 words.

_ OBIT-HERB KELLEHER-SERVICE _ Southwest Airlines co-founder Herb Kelleher has been remembered as a visionary who thought everyone should have access to low-cost flights. SENT: 130 words, photos. Moved on general and financial news services.

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