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MOVING ON Saturday, May 4:
DALLAS _ Voters in some of the largest cities in Texas on Saturday will select new leaders. Municipal elections include mayoral contests in Dallas, Fort Worth and San Antonio. UPCOMING: 130 words. Developing.
EL PASO, Texas _ A curator says artwork done by teenage immigrants who were held in a now-dismantled West Texas tent city portrays their longing for freedom and comforting places. The Dallas Morning News reports the underlying theme in the “Uncaged Art” exhibition involves the Quetzal bird and its colorful plumage _ symbols of freedom. The artwork by former detainees at the Tornillo tent city will be on display at the Centennial Museum at the University of Texas at El Paso until this fall. The exhibit comes as other tent cities are planned to serve as processing centers for immigrants. UPCOMING: 350 words, pursuing photos. Not for online use in the Dallas area.
FILM-THE RIVER AND THE WALL
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. _ The new documentary “The River and The Wall” released Friday examines the diverse landscape and wildlife of the Rio Grande along the U.S.-Mexico border amid the political pressure to erect a border wall. By Russell Contreras. UPCOMING: 400 words. AP Photos.
MOVING ON Sunday, May 5:
HEART TRANSPLANT PROGRAM-FUNDING
HOUSTON _ An embattled Houston hospital that in the past year faced leadership changes, a loss of some government funding and questions about heart transplant patient deaths has been accused of violating patient safety and quality care requirements. The Houston Chronicle reports state regulators on Tuesday notified Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center of the latest issues and gave the hospital 10 days to submit a detailed plan of correction or risk losing Medicare funding. The termination threat follows a two-week inspection done in April by state and federal regulators. UPCOMING: 350 words, pursuing photos.
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EL PASO, Texas _ About 50 asylum seekers stood this week in a circle near a bridge between the U.S. and Mexico to hear an American attorney explain what would happen to them when they entered U.S. custody. The attorney, Jodi Goodwin, told them they would probably end up at one of the Border Patrol’s smaller stations, which migrants call “la hielera” — Spanish for icebox because of their cold temperatures. The advice reflects reality on the border, where a lack of space means some immigrants must sleep on floors in Border Patrol stations, while others are held in military-style tents next to an El Paso bridge. The government will soon open two more. By Cedar Attanasio and Nomaan Merchant. SENT: 970 words, with photos, video. SENT on Thursday.
WASHINGTON _ U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement will begin voluntary DNA testing in cases where officials suspect that adults are fraudulently claiming to be parents of children as they cross the U.S.-Mexico border. The decision comes as Homeland Security officials are increasingly concerned about instances of child trafficking as a growing number of Central American families cross the border, straining resources to the breaking point. Officials with the Department of Homeland Security wouldn’t say where the DNA pilot program would begin, but they did say it would start as early as next week and would be very limited. By Colleen Long. SENT: 550 words. SENT on Wednesday.
AUSTIN, Texas _ A federal court is considering whether the state of Texas can be trusted to make new voting maps after it found racial discrimination in the initial maps that solidified Republican power. If the answer is no, Texas could be forbidden from redrawing congressional and legislative boundaries without court or federal supervision ahead of the 2020 Census — a move Democrats believe is deserved and the U.S. Justice Department opposes. Both sides presented their cases to a San Antonio court Thursday, a week after Texas settled a lawsuit over a botched effort to find non-U.S. citizens on voter rolls, which minority rights groups presented as fresh evidence of sustained discrimination. By Paul J. Weber. SENT: 420 words, with photo.
XGR--TEXAS-GUNS IN CHURCH
AUSTIN, Texas _ Some Texas legislators want to make it clearer in state law that licensed handgun holders can carry weapons in churches, synagogues and other houses of worship, nearly a year and a half after a gunman killed 26 people at a small-town Texas church during a Sunday service. The effort comes as places of worship around the world face targeted attacks by extremists, including a shooting at a California synagogue last week that left one worshipper dead and injured three others. By Clarice Silber. SENT: 410 words. SENT on Wednesday.
AUSTIN, Texas _ Joaquin Castro, the Texas Democrat who leads the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, said Wednesday he was again passing up a Senate run despite hinting for months that 2020 might finally be his year. It makes Castro —whose twin brother, Julián Castro, is running for president — the latest in a line of well-known Democrats around the country who have resisted prodding from party allies to jump on the ballot and help efforts to reclaim a Senate majority next year. By Paul J. Weber. SENT: 680 words, with photo. SENT on Wednesday.
HOUSTON _ Water pollution charges were filed Monday against a company that owns a Houston-area petrochemical storage facility where a large fire that burned for days in March caused chemicals to flow into a nearby waterway. The Harris County District Attorney’s Office announced it filed five environmental misdemeanor charges against Intercontinental Terminals Company. Prosecutors allege following the March 17 fire, a dam at the facility broke, sending large quantities of toxic chemicals, including xylene and benzene, into nearby Tucker Bayou, which flows into Galveston Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, said Tom Berg, first assistant district attorney. By Juan A. Lozano. SENT: 470 words. SENT on Monday.
MENTAL ILLNESS DIVERSION-JAIL
HOUSTON _ Houston-area law enforcement officials on Wednesday announced the expansion of a program to keep low-level misdemeanor offenders with mental health problems out of jail following the success of new facility that resulted in diverting more than 1,000 people from incarceration and saving taxpayers $9 million. Officials will increase the types of low-level, non-violent misdemeanor offenses that can be referred to a mental health diversion center that opened in September, said Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg. By Juan A. Lozano. SENT: 450 words. SENT on Wednesday.
RIO GRANDE-NATIVE FISH
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. _ With the Rio Grande flowing bank to bank, dozens of children gathered at the river’s edge Thursday to release native fish they spent months raising as part of an ongoing conservation program that links classrooms around the United States with the outdoors. The release comes as the river — one of North America’s longest waterways — turns a corner after record low flows in 2018 forced federal managers to broker a deal to keep the river wet through New Mexico’s most populated area. By Susan Montoya Brown. SENT: 680 words, with photos. SENT on Thursday.
ON THE MONEY-MAX FLIGHTS
The grounding of Boeing 737 Max jets likely means that fare increases this summer will be larger than already expected and airlines will struggle to handle disruptions such as storms that shut down hub airports. With Max jets grounded after two deadly overseas accidents, U.S. airlines will operate about 200 fewer daily flights than planned through the heart of the peak summer season. That’s around 35,000 seats lost every day. Dallas-based Southwest, Fort Worth-based American and United, with headquarters in Chicago, are the three U.S. airlines that used the Max before regulators grounded the jet in mid-March. By David Koenig. SENT: 800 words, with photos. SENT on Thursday.
LOS ANGELES _ Peter Mayhew, the towering actor who donned a huge, furry costume to give life to the rugged-and-beloved character of Chewbacca in the original “Star Wars” trilogy and two other films, has died, his family said Thursday. Mayhew died at his home in North Texas on Tuesday, according to a family statement. He was 74. No cause was given. By Andrew Dalton. SENT: 920 words, with photos. SENT on Thursday.
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EXCHANGE-EARLY COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL
MAYHEW, Miss. _ Twins Kierra and Krystal Hayes, 17, do everything together. They started kindergarten together and now they will graduate high school together. But before they receive their high school diploma, the two will graduate with an associate’s degree from East Mississippi Community College. Four years ago, Kierra and Krystal left West Point and started high school with 59 other freshmen in the Golden Triangle Early College High School ’s inaugural class _ which on May 11 will become its first-ever graduating class. By Mary Pollitz, The Commercial Dispatch. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1,010 words.
FOR USE Sunday, May 5, and thereafter:
AUSTIN, Texas _ The pre-abortion drugs were kicking in, and the seven women in a light pink waiting room were coaching each other through dizziness and chills. “It’s OK, You’ve got this,” one woman said. “I’m drowsy,” said another, curled up in a comfy chair. About half of them had a blanket and a spot to curl up in at this point before the procedure. The Houston Chronicle reports Elsa Vizcarra’s job that day was to try to interview all of them. Vizcarra, a University of Texas researcher, spent the better part of a year sitting with nearly 600 abortion patients at a dozen clinics around Texas to understand what led the women to these waiting rooms and what barriers they faced to get there. By Andrea Zelinski, Houston Chronicle. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1,470 words, with photos.
NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas _ There are about 70 goats in pens on a small New Braunfels ranch owned and operated by Robert Ragels. The San Antonio Express-News reports each has its own personality, like Schnee, a charismatic Swiss breed that can recognize her name when Ragels calls it from more than 40 feet away. There’s also whimsically named Magnolia, Poppy, Ravenclaw and Snubie Q in the herd registered under the name Ragels Zigenhof. Ragels is in the process of turning his small Goatilicious operation into what he hopes will be region’s largest goat milk and cheesemaking facility. By Chuck Blount, San Antonio Express-News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 910 words, with photos. Moving on news & business lines.
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ROSE CITY, Texas _ Tropical Story Harvey flooded most of the homes and businesses in Rose City when it ripped through the region in the summer of 2017. It also devastated Stable-Spirit, a therapeutic riding facility for disabled children and adults that has been around for 15 years. The Beaumont Enterprise reports Stable-Spirit rebounded and is now providing 36 to 42 hours of equine therapy each week to people with autism, Down syndrome and traumatic brain injury, as well as veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. By Ester Navarro, Beaumont Enterprise. SENT IN ADVANCE: 330 words, with photos.
TYLER, Texas _ In a classroom at Tyler Junior College’s West Campus, 17 women take notes as Harley Hooper talks about what it takes to run a business. The Tyler Morning Telegraph reports Hooper is speaking as part of a seven-week course presented by East Texas SCORE (Service Corps Of Retired Executives), a volunteer group that mentors those considering starting a business or who own a business. By Danny Mogle, the Tyler Morning Telegraph. SENT IN ADVANCE: 570 words, with photos. Moving on news & business lines
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