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BC-TX--Texas News Digest 1 pm, TX

November 29, 2019 - 1:01 pm

Good afternoon! Here's a look at AP's general news and sports 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.

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TOP STORIES:

PLANT EXPLOSION

AUSTIN, Texas — Officials lifted evacuation orders Friday for around 50,000 people on the Texas Gulf Coast, determining a massive fire was finally under control at a chemical plant rocked by two major explosions three days earlier. “We are in a position to say it’s contained. We feel comfortable with the efforts that have been made by our firefighters,” Jefferson County Judge Jeff Branick said at a news conference in Port Neches, about 80 miles east of Houston. By Paul Weber. AP photos, video.

CANADA-PLANE CRASH

KINGSTON, Ontario — Five of the seven people who died in a small plane crash in Canada were members of a Houston-area family, according to friends of the family. A spokeswoman for the Ontario chief coroner's office said the victims' names likely won't be released for several days. Mehmet Basti, a Toronto college instructor, told local news outlets that five of those killed were his friend Otabek Oblokulov of Missouri City, Texas, his wife and his three children, aged 3, 11 and 15. Basti also said the other two aboard were a young couple from Toronto.

RAILROAD LOCATION LAWSUIT

OMAHA, Neb. — Union Pacific wants a court to invalidate an 1872 pact requiring it to keep a certain number of jobs in an East Texas town indefinitely. The agreement with the town of Palestine, which has been amended several times over the decades, is a vestige of railroad history that was made by one of the railroads Union Pacific bought years ago. The lawsuit challenging the agreement was filed Wednesday in Texas.

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IN SPORTS:

FBN--COWBOYS ANALYSIS

ARLINGTON, Texas — While declaring he wouldn’t fire embattled coach Jason Garrett during the season, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones basically begged his underachieving team to create turnovers. A defense that looks good in the rankings but can’t consistently generate difference-making plays is high on the list of problems for a team that still leads the NFC East at 6-6 but is falling far short of lofty expectations fueled by a 3-0 start. The latest example was the 26-15 loss to Buffalo on Thanksgiving, when second-year quarterback Josh Allen had a career-best passer rating thanks in large part to former Dallas receiver Cole Beasley having the best game of his first season with the Bills. By Pro Football Writer Schuyler Dixon. 770 words, photos.

FBC--TEXAS TECH-TEXAS

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas hosts Texas Tech on Friday with the Longhorns needing a win to guarantee a winning season. By Jim Vertuno. 700 words, photos.

FBC--WEST VIRGINIA-TCU

FORT WORTH, Texas — TCU has to win its regular-season finale against West Virginia, or the Horned Frogs miss a bowl for only the third time in coach Gary Patterson's 19 seasons. By Stephen Hawkins. 650 words, photos. Game starts 3:15 p.m.

FBC--T25-TEXAS A&M-LSU PREVIEW

BATON ROUGE, La. — LSU’s regular season finale against Texas A&M has deep personal meaning for Tigers quarterback Joe Burrow. It goes beyond any desire to avenge last year’s seven-overtime, 74-72 loss in College Station. It’s about more than the opportunity for No. 1 LSU (11-0, 7-0 Southeastern Conference, No. 2 College Football Playoff) to remain unbeaten and shore up their College Football Playoff credentials against the Aggies (7-4, 4-3). By Brett Martel. 810 words, photos.

FBC--T25-NAVY-HOUSTON PREVIEW

HOUSTON — No. 24 Navy has made a remarkable turnaround this season and has a chance to reach the American Athletic Conference title game. To do that the Midshipmen will have to figure out a way to win in Houston against the Cougars, something they've failed to do in their previous two trips there. By Kristie Rieken. 680 words, photos.

BKN--MAVERICKS-SUNS

PHOENIX — Second-year star Luka Doncic is averaging nearly a triple-double per game for the Dallas Mavericks, who travel to face the Phoenix Suns on Friday. The Suns have lost five of their past six. By David Brandt. 700 words, photos. Tipoff at 8 p.m.

BKN--CLIPPERS-SPURS

SAN ANTONIO — Kawhi Leonard visits his former team for the second time as the Clippers take a seven-game winning streak into San Antonio. The Spurs have lost nine of 10. 750 words, photos. Tipoff at 7:30 p.m.

BKW--T25-PARADISE JAM

ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands — Baylor faces Indiana and Oregon takes on UT Arlington in the Paradise Jam. BKW--T25-Oregon-UT Arlington. 500 words. Game starts at 2:15 p.m. BKW--T25-Baylor-Indiana. 500 words. Game starts at 4:45 p.m.

Also:

— BKC--TEMPLE-TEXAS A&M — Tipoff at 1 p.m.

— BKC--ABILENE CHRISTIAN-SMU — Tipoff at 7 p.m.

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