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July 02, 2019 - 12:01 am

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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TOP STORIES:

BORDER PATROL-FACEBOOK PAGE

CLINT, Texas _ The head of the U.S. Border Patrol slammed as "completely inappropriate" sexually explicit posts about U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and comments questioning the authenticity of a photo of a drowned man and his young daughter in a secret Facebook group for agents. The existence of the group was reported by ProPublica as roughly a dozen members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, including Democrats Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Veronica Escobar of Texas, toured border facilities where attorneys said they had found migrant children living in fetid, filthy conditions. By Cedar Attanasio and Colleen Long. SENT: 770 words, photos, video.

ASYLUM SEEKERS-MEXICO

WASHINGTON _ Asylum seekers forced to wait in Mexico are increasingly facing violence and dire conditions, stranded in purgatory with no means to survive, according to an upcoming report from Human Rights Watch. The international rights group called on the Trump administration to end the practice of preventing asylum seekers from living in the United States while their cases are being considered. As of last week, Mexico reported 15,079 people, mostly from Central America, had been sent back to Mexico after reaching the U.S. That number includes 4,780 children and at least 13 pregnant women, according to the report, which was obtained by The Associated Press and will be released Tuesday. By Colleen Long. SENT: 460 words, photos.

ANGELS-SKAGGS DEATH

ARLINGTON, Texas _ Tyler Skaggs had persevered through injuries to be a valuable pitcher for the Los Angeles Angels. The left-hander had posted a photo of himself and teammates in cowboy hats for their weeklong trip to Texas where he was set to start on the Fourth of July holiday. The 27-year-old pitcher was found dead in his hotel room in Texas, stunning Major League Baseball and leading to the postponement of Los Angeles’ series opener against the Rangers. By Baseball Writer Stephen Hawkins. SENT: 940 words, photos. Moved on general and sports news services.

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_ ANGELS-SKAGGS DEATH-QUOTE BOX

SMALL PLANE CRASH DALLAS

DALLAS _ Federal investigators said they have started analyzing the cockpit voice recorder from a small plane that struck a hangar after taking off from a suburban Dallas airport, and local officials have released the names of six of the 10 people killed in the fiery crash. Two crew members and eight passengers died when the Beechcraft BE-350 King Air crashed into the unoccupied building Sunday morning at Addison Municipal Airport, north of Dallas. By Jake Bleiberg and Jamie Stengle. SENT: 990 words, photos, video.

TEXAS GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:

TRUMP-IMMIGRATION

WASHINGTON _ President Donald Trump signed a $4.6 billion aid package to help the federal government cope with the surge of Central American immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico border. Many Democratic lawmakers were hoping for more. They wanted to provide stronger protections for how migrants are treated at holding facilities and to make it easier for lawmakers to make snap visits. Trump signed the bill in the Oval Office, flanked by Vice President Mike Pence and Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar. The emergency legislation was needed to ease overcrowded, often harsh conditions at U.S. holding facilities for migrants seeking asylum, mostly from Central American nations like Honduras and El Salvador. By Kevin Freking. SENT: 360 words, photos.

IMMIGRATION:

CONGRESSMAN-DEPORTED CONSTITUENT

HOUSTON _ A 33-year-old father of two American-born children was allowed to return to the U.S. two years after being deported to El Salvador during the first months of the Trump administration. Jose Escobar was welcomed at Houston's Bush Intercontinental Airport by a group of supporters. He was accompanied by his wife, Rose, and their two children, Walter and Carmen, who had flown to El Salvador in June to visit him. They were in El Salvador when they got word that U.S. immigration authorities had approved waivers that would allow him to return to the U.S. legally. By Nomaan Merchant. SENT: 740 words, photos.

IMMIGRATION-CHILD DETENTION

For almost two weeks, a 12-year-old migrant girl said she and her 6-year-old sister were held inside a Border Patrol station in Texas where they slept on the floor and some children were locked away when they cried for their parents. She was one of hundreds of migrant children who have been held this year in holding cells at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection station near El Paso that has come under fire for holding children in squalid and unsanitary conditions. By Denise Lavoie, Martha Mendoza and Garance Burke. SENT: 540 words, photos, video.

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_ IMMIGRATION-CHILD DETENTION-TEXAS _ The U.S. government has started detaining immigrant youth at an emergency facility in South Texas. SENT: 130 words.

Also:

_ IMMIGRATION-DETAINEE DIES _ A Honduran migrant has died in the custody of federal immigration agents after falling ill at a Houston detention facility. SENT: 130 words.

AROUND THE STATE & NATION:

TSA-HOLIDAY TRAVEL

The chief of the Transportation Security Administration says travelers should see only a slight increase in checkpoint wait times over the four-day July 4 holiday weekend despite the diversion of about 350 employees including screeners to the U.S.-Mexico border. David Pekoske said TSA can manage the loss of those screeners if it is only temporary. He said the border deployment has not had a measurable impact on airport wait times so far. By Airlines Writer David Koenig. SENT: 360 words. Moved on national general, financial, political and travel news services.

MOON LANDING-CELEBRATIONS

You can run a race, hit a museum, shoot off a rocket or count down to the moment 50 years ago that Neil Armstrong first stepped foot on the moon. There's no shortage of events and exhibits celebrating the historic moon landing. Museums, galleries, concert halls, movie theaters and towns with an Apollo 11 connection will be marking the anniversary over the next few weeks, particularly for the July 16 launch, July 20 moon landing and July 24 splashdown. By Jeremy Rehm. SENT: 760 words, photos.

KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE

BILLINGS, Mont. _ Environmentalists are asking a federal judge to cancel permits and other approvals issued by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada. Attorneys for the Northern Plains Resource Council, Sierra Club and other groups filed the latest lawsuit in Montana against the long-delayed pipeline. By Matthew Brown. SENT: 570 words. Moved on general and financial news services.

DRUG BUST-LOUISIANA

NEW ORLEANS _ A November 2018 traffic stop and the resulting discovery of 24 pounds of methamphetamine led to an extensive investigation that so far has netted $1 million worth of drugs, more than a dozen firearms and federal charges against 18 suspects, law enforcement officials said. Those charged include residents of Lafourche, Terrebonne and St. John the Baptist parishes in Louisiana and three Texas residents. Some of the indictments date back several months and were only recently unsealed. By Kevin McGill. SENT: 230 words.

MUSIC-CODY JOHNSON

NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ Ever since Willie Nelson left Nashville in the early 1970s to return to Texas, there's been a large chasm between the "red dirt" country artists working primarily in Texas and Oklahoma and the polished, radio friendly music being produced in Nashville. Even today, there's a separate country radio chart for Texas stations and the independent country acts that are popular there often get labeled in Nashville as just "regional artists." By Kristin M. Hall. SENT: 690 words, photos. Moved on general and entertainment news services.

IN BRIEF:

_ OBAMA-PACKAGE BOMB-PLEA _ A Houston-area woman had admitted that she addressed package bombs to former president Barack Obama, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and the Social Security Administration. SENT: 120 words, photos.

_ MAN SHOT-TEENS CHARGED _ Police in North Carolina say two teens accused in a shooting involving a Texas man are now charged with murder after the victim died. SENT: 130 words.

_ SHOPPER BANNED-CAKE DISPUTE _ Authorities say a Texas woman ate half a cake while roaming the aisles of a Walmart store and then refused to pay full price for it, claiming she had found it half-eaten. SENT: 160 words.

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