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EL PASO, Texas _ In his State of the Union, President Donald Trump claimed a “powerful barrier” had cut crime rates and turned El Paso from one of the nation’s most dangerous cities into one of its safest. Now he’s holding a rally in the West Texas city on Monday and many residents are bristling at the prospect of the home becoming a poster child of sorts for the president’s pet policy. By Will Weissert. SENT: 1,000 words, with photos. Will be updated. Rally begins 8 p.m. CST (7 p.m. MST).
WASHINGTON _ President Donald Trump is trying to turn the debate over a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border back to his political advantage as his signature pledge to American voters threatens to become a model of unfulfilled promises. Trump will hold his first campaign rally since November’s midterm elections in El Paso, Texas, on Monday night. By Zeke Miller. SENT: 950 words, with photo.
WASHINGTON _ Budget negotiators will meet Monday to revive talks over border security issues that are central to legislation to prevent key parts of the government from shutting down on Saturday, but an air of pessimism remains after talks broke down over the weekend. They collapsed over Democratic demands to limit the number of migrants authorities can detain, and the two sides remained separated over how much to spend on President Donald Trump’s promised border wall. A Friday midnight deadline is looming to prevent a second partial government shutdown. By Jonathan Lemire and Alan Fram. SENT: 950 words, with photo.
DALLAS _ A private prisoner transport company is shutting down after an MMA fighter accused in two killings escaped from one of its vans while being escorted to a jail in Texas. Texas Prisoner Transportation Services told Bell County officials in an email that it will “begin to wrap up its business affairs and cease operations” Sunday. CEO Ryan Whitten wrote that new insurance rates forced the business based in Thrall, Texas, to come to that decision. By Jake Bleiberg. SENT: 390 words, with photo.
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SPRING BREAK-SOUTH PADRE ISLAND
SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas _ Spending spring break on South Padre Island has long been a tradition for students at various colleges and universities but this year could be different with some schools opting not to hold spring break at the same time. The San Antonio Express-News reports historically, major venues on the island host the biggest-name performers and students from all of Texas’ largest universities party on the beach. But this year, both the University of Texas at Austin and Texas State University in San Marcos have opted for different spring breaks, setting theirs for March 16-24 as opposed to March 9-17. SENT: 270 words, with photos.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. _ The faraway space snowman visited by NASA last month has a flat _ not round _ behind. New photos from the New Horizons spacecraft offer a new perspective on the small cosmic body 4 billion miles away. Scientists say the two-lobed object, nicknamed Ultima Thule, is actually flatter on the backside than originally thought. Mission Control is at Johnson Space Center in Houston. By Marcia Dunn. SENT: 130 words, with photo. UPCOMING: 250 words.
OIL PIPELINE-ETP LAWSUIT
BISMARCK, N.D. _ A woman who has publicly admitted to vandalism along the route of the Dakota Access oil pipeline in two states is asking a judge to dismiss her as a defendant in a federal racketeering lawsuit filed by the pipeline developer. Ruby Montoya says the claims of Energy Transfer Partners are an “implausible conspiracy theory.” The pipeline is operated by a Dallas company. By Blake Nicholson. UPCOMING: 500 words.
SANTA FE, N.M. _ Reies Lopez Tijerina, a Pentecostal preacher turned activist who led a violent raid of a northern New Mexico courthouse more than 50 years ago and helped sparked the Chicano Movement, is the subject of a new Spanish-language documentary. Mexican director Angel Estrada Soto is showing his film, “They Called Me King Tiger,” around the U.S. and it will make its debut in New Mexico on Friday, the Santa New Mexican reports . Tijerina died in El Paso, Texas in 2015 at age 88. SENT: 430 words.
_ WILDFIRES-OKLAHOMA-TEXAS _ Forestry officials say conditions in the Oklahoma and Texas panhandles are ideal for sparking wildfires.
_ DRUG TRAFFICKING-BRIBES _ A California man has pleaded guilty to accepting $5,000 in bribes to assist marijuana smugglers in a case linked to a former Border Patrol agent in South Texas.
_ MISBRANDED CHICKEN-RECALL _ A South Texas company is recalling nearly 50 tons (45.36 metric tons) of chicken products due to misbranding and the labels not indicating the items contain an allergen _ eggs.
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GALVESTON, Texas _ A prairie pothole wetland in Galveston County may look to the naked eye like a field of weeds. There is no open water feature, no flowing creek, not even a visible ditch to transport the waters that collect on them all the way to Galveston Bay. The Galveston County Daily News reports step foot on one of them, however, and you’ll know the water is there. By Kathryn Eastburn, The Galveston County Daily News. SENT: 2,100 words, with photos.
HOUSTON _ James Harden looks for his 30th straight 30-point game when the Houston Rockets on Monday night host the Dallas Mavericks. By Kristie Rieken. 750 words, with photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. CST.
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