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

November 20, 2018

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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AUSTIN, Texas — Rep. Will Hurd, one of few Republican critics of President Donald Trump in Congress, has narrowly won his re-election bid in a sprawling Texas district that has been a perennial battleground. Democratic challenger Gina Ortiz Jones has conceded nearly two weeks after Election Day, ending what had been one of the few remaining unresolved races of the 2018 midterm elections. It now leaves only four congressional elections nationally where The Associated Press has not declared a winner, in some cases because officials are still counting votes. By Paul J. Weber. SENT: 340 words, photos. A longer version is not planned.




HOUSTON — Legal groups are arguing that a judge should prevent the Trump administration from enforcing its ban on asylum for anyone who illegally crosses the U.S.-Mexico border. U.S. District Judge Jon S. Tigar did not immediately rule on whether to issue a temporary restraining order during a hearing in San Francisco. The request was made by the American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for Constitutional Rights, which quickly sued after President Donald Trump issued the ban this month in response to the caravans of migrants that have started to arrive at the U.S.-Mexico border. By Nomaan Merchant. SENT: 450 words, photos.



TIJUANA, Mexico — Many Central American migrants camped in Tijuana after crossing Mexico in a caravan said a protest over the weekend by residents demanding they leave frightened them and left them even more anxious while they try to get into the United States. The angry protests have been fed by concerns raised by President Donald Trump’s month-long warnings that criminals and gang members are in the group and even terrorists, though there is no evidence of that. By Julie Watson and Mark Stevenson. SENT: 1100 words, photos.



WASHINGTON — Sixteen Democrats who’ve opposed Nancy Pelosi’s quest to become speaker have released a letter saying they will vote for “new leadership” when the House picks its leaders in January, underscoring a significant threat to her effort to lead her party’s House majority in the next Congress. The letter’s release suggests that rather than spending the next six weeks focusing on a fresh agenda to present to Americans, House Democrats could be consumed with a bitter and attention-grabbing internal leadership fight. Rep. Filemon Vela of Texas is among those who signed the letter. By Alan Fram. SENT: 840 words, photos. Moved on national political news services.



DALLAS — Union leaders say pilots will push American Airlines for more pay and schedule changes that they believe will reduce chronic flight delays at the world’s biggest airline. Daniel Carey, president of the Allied Pilots Association, said pilots will seek industry-leading wages when their current contract is due for renewal in January 2020. By Airlines Writer David Koenig. SENT: 440 words. Moved on financial and travel news services.


NEW ORLEANS — Four Gulf states are getting an additional $280 million in restoration grants from the BP oil spill of 2010. Texas will get $19 million for five projects, including $6 million to protect 575 acres of coastal habitat in Cameron County, next to the Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge Bahia Grande Unit. The foundation is getting $2.5 billion over five years for restoration projects. The money’s coming from criminal damages paid by BP PLC and drilling company Transocean Deepwater Inc. SENT: 360 words.


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — A troop of roaming primates in north-central Florida will nearly double in size if state wildlife managers don’t step in and stop the monkey business, according to newly released research. In a study published in The Journal of Wildlife Management, researchers found that the number of rhesus macaques at Silver Springs State Park will grow to 350 animals or more by 2022. When the study was conducted in 2015, there were about 175 monkeys in the park, which is about 70 miles northwest of Orlando. Monkeys are not native to Florida. C. Jane Anderson, a professor at Texas A&M University-Kingsville and another co-author of the study, said it’s not just the potential monkey-human danger that needs to be considered when managing the animals. By Tamara Lush. SENT: 680 words, photos. Moved on national general and travel news services.


— STRANGLED CHILD-TEXAS — Police have charged a Houston man with child abandonment after concluding that his 6-year-old daughter strangled her 1-year-old brother with a seatbelt in the family car parked outside a thrift store while their father shopped. SENT: 160 words.

— SERIAL KILLER-INVESTIGATION — A southern Mississippi homicide that has gone unsolved for 40 years has now been declared solved due to the confessions of a man jailed in Texas long suspected in dozens of deaths. SENT: 130 words. Moved on national general news services.

— CHILD FATALLY SHOT-FATHER ARRESTED — A Dallas-area man is facing capital murder charges after authorities say he fatally shot his 2-year-old son. SENT: 140 words.

— SHOOTING-TWO KILLED — A Texas police officer has made an appearance in a town court in upstate New York where he’s among three people charged in connection with a double homicide. SENT: 130 words.

— THANKSGIVING-FREE TURKEYS — A man who says his family didn’t have much when he grew up in West Texas returned to his hometown to give away 120 packaged turkeys from the bed of his pickup truck. SENT: 130 words.

— MUSIC-THE ROLLING STONES — The Rolling Stones will be rolling through the United States next year. The band says it’s adding a 13-show leg to its No Filter tour in spring 2019 that will hit Florida, Texas, Arizona, California, Washington, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Illinois and Washington, D.C. The tour kicks off in Miami on April 20. SENT: 120 words, photos.


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