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

June 07, 2019 - 12:01 am

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The federal government is opening a new mass facility to hold migrant children in Texas and considering detaining hundreds more youths on three military bases around the country, adding up to 3,000 new beds to the already overtaxed system. The new emergency facility in Carrizo Springs, Texas, will hold as many as 1,600 teens in a complex that once housed oil field workers on government-leased land near the border, said Mark Weber, a spokesman for Office of Refugee Resettlement. By Garance Burke. SENT: 580 words, photos. Moved on general and political news services.


In a mission to "improve the aesthetic appearance" of President Donald Trump's wall, active-duty troops will begin painting a stretch of border fence as part of a military deployment to secure the border at a time when tens of thousands of Central American families have been arriving in the U.S. and overwhelming the immigration system. Sen. Dick Durbin called the wall-painting a "disgraceful misuse" of taxpayer money. By Cedar Attanasio. SENT: 510 words.


OMAHA BEACH, France _ Now that the ever frailer D-Day veterans are leaving the Normandy beaches, 75 years after their heroics turned the course of World War II and changed Europe, the challenge to keep the memory of that momentous day alive increases ever more. On June 6, 1944, over 4,000 men died in a single day on five French beaches that were foreign to them. It led to the defeat of Nazism and Adolf Hitler, and their sacrifice remains extraordinary. "We need to focus on it in school, teaching it more, maybe, as a civics lesson, rather than purely a history lesson _ about civic duty and responsibility," said Capt. Cadman Kiker, 35, who is stationed at Fort Hood, Texas. By Raf Casert. SENT: 630 words, photos.


AUSTIN, Texas _ Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has signed into law several measures meant to boost school security, including ones that will allow armed teachers in schools and increase mental health services for students. The bills were passed this year in response to the 2018 shooting at Santa Fe High School near Houston that killed eight students and two substitute teachers, and wounded 13 other people. A student at the school has been charged in the killings. By Jim Vertuno. SENT: 680 words, photos.



WASHINGTON _ Ten billion here, ten billion there: President Donald Trump's escalating tariffs on imports to the United States have begun to amount to serious money _ and potentially to imperil one of the most resilient economies in American history. Until now, the economy has largely shrugged off damage from Trump's trade wars. Even as the self-proclaimed Tariff Man piled import taxes on everything from Turkish steel to Canadian aluminum to Chinese burglar alarms, the job market has remained sturdy. At 3.6%, the unemployment rate is at its lowest point in a half-century. In July, the expansion that followed the Great Recession will become the longest on records dating to 1854. By Paul Wiseman and Joyce M. Rosenberg. SENT: 1210 words, photos. Moved on national general, financial and political news services.


WASHINGTON _ Ending a second day of tense negotiations, U.S. and Mexican officials failed Thursday to reach a deal to avert import tariffs that President Donald Trump is threatening to impose as he tries to strong-arm Mexico into stemming the flow of Central American migrants across America's southern border. Vice President Mike Pence, monitoring the talks from his travels in Pennsylvania, said the U.S. was "encouraged" by Mexico's latest proposals but, so far, tariffs still were set to take effect Monday. By Jill Colvin, Matthew Lee and Luis Alonso Lugo. SENT: 1080 words, photos, video, audio. Moved on national political and financial news services.




NEW YORK _ The competitive chiefs of ABC, CBS and NBC News found something to agree on Thursday: Each is hiring more staff to cover the 2020 presidential election than they have for any other election. That's partly due to growing digital operations at the three broadcast news organizations, as well as the sense that they whiffed on the story in 2016. The sheer number of Democrats looking to challenge President Donald Trump is requiring ABC to bring on more "embeds" _ generally young reporters hired to shadow a candidate on the campaign trail _ than ever before. But the hiring goes deeper than that. NBC News recently brought on former newspaper reporters in Texas, Michigan and Nevada and told them to stay where they are; the network wants people with a deep knowledge of their communities to translate that for a national audience, said NBC News President Noah Oppenheim. The only way to cover issues like border security or the impact of trade and climate change on farmers is to have people where the action is, he said. By Media Writer David Bauder. SENT: 520 words, photos. Moved on national general, financial, entertainment and political news services.



DALLAS _ School officials in Dallas say they're investigating why a high school valedictorian had her graduation speech interrupted after she said the names of shooting victims Trayvon Martin and Tamir Rice. Conrad High School valedictorian Rooha Haghar told KXAS-TV that her school principal ordered her microphone to be shut off during her speech Saturday. Haghar said she was previously told that her speech shouldn't be political. Officers in Cleveland fatally shot 12-year-old Tamir in 2014. A neighborhood watch volunteer shot 17-year-old Martin in 2012. Both were black. SENT: 240 words.


DALLAS _ Dallas police are joining law enforcement agencies nationwide in reviewing officers' statements on social media. SENT: 200 words.


As stand-up electric scooters have rolled into more than 100 cities worldwide, many of the people riding them are ending up in the emergency room with serious injuries. Others have been killed. There are no comprehensive statistics available but a rough count by The Associated Press of media reports turned up at least 11 electric scooter rider deaths in the U.S. since the beginning of 2018. Nine were on rented scooters and two on ones the victims owned. Data on injuries or fatalities linked to scooters is hard to come by because the industry is so new. In Austin, Texas, public health officials working with the Centers for Disease Control counted 192 scooter-related injuries in three months in 2018. Nearly half were head injuries, including 15% that were traumatic brain injuries like concussions and bleeding of the brain. Less than 1% of the injured riders wore a helmet. By Cathy Bussewitz and Amanda Morris. SENT: 1300 words, photos. Moved on general, financial and health news services.


_ BABY PIGMY OWLS _ Conservation specialists at the Phoenix Zoo say they are flying high over the arrival of four big-eyed baby pygmy owls. Weighing fewer than 3 ounces, the owl is native to Arizona, southern Texas and northern Mexico. It nests inside cavities of saguaro cactuses. SENT: 130 words. Moved on general and science news services.

_ INVESTMENT FRAUD PLEA _ A Texas accountant has pleaded guilty in Maryland to participating in a scheme to defraud investors of hundreds of millions of dollars. SENT: 130 words.


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