BC-TX--Texas News Digest 5 pm, TX

June 14, 2019 - 5:09 pm

Good afternoon! 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. Terry Wallace is at the desk.

Reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date. All times are Central.

For up-to-the minute information on AP's coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

_ UPDATES Border-Migrant Complaints.

_ ADDS Trump-Immigration.

_ ADDS Mexico-US-Immigration.

_ ADDS Immigration Enforcement-Employers.

_ DELETES Immigration-Premature Baby.

_ ADDS Election 2020-Beto O’Rourke.

_ ADDS Not Real News.

_ ADDS AP Explains-Juneteenth.

_ ADDS Natural Gas-Idaho.

_ ADDS Election Security-North Carolina.

_ DELETES Catholic Bishops.

_ ADDS NBA Draft-International Model.




EL PASO, Texas _ The Trump administration is facing growing complaints from migrants about severe overcrowding, meager food and other hardships at border holding centers, with some people at an encampment in El Paso being forced to sleep on the bare ground during dust storms. The Border Network for Human Rights issued a report Friday based on dozens of testimonials of immigrants over the past month and a half, providing a snapshot of cramped conditions and prolonged stays in detention amid a record surge of migrant families coming into the U.S. from Central America. By Cedar Attanasio. SENT: 690 words, photos.


HOUSTON _ The groups behind an innovative way of rebuilding homes after a natural disaster say their approach will save money and get people into housing more quickly and they are hopeful that a bill signed this week by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott related to disaster planning will be a boost to their efforts. Under the program, a temporary modular core unit made up of interlocking wall, roof and floor panels is built. A family lives in this core while the rest of the house is built around them. The Rapid Housing Recovery Program, also known as Rapido, which is Spanish for fast, debuted its first such home built in Houston during an open house this week. By Juan A. Lozano. SENT: 680 words, photos.



WASHINGTON _ President Donald Trump on Friday said he was bringing a longtime lawman and enthusiastic supporter out of retirement to serve as "border czar" as his administration struggles with a worsening crisis that his hard-line immigration policies have failed to stem. Thomas Homan most recently led U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement as acting director and was nominated for the job permanently, but bowed out because he wanted to retire. He has spent the months since promoting Trump's policies on Fox News. By Colleen Long. SENT: 670 words, photos. Moved on national political news services.


MEXICO CITY _ Mexico's immigration chief presented his resignation Friday and the country's prisons director was swiftly nominated to replace him, as the country embarks on a crackdown on irregular migration through its territory in response to U.S. pressure. The National Immigration Institute said in a brief statement that Tonatiuh Guillén thanked President Andrés Manuel López Obrador for the opportunity to serve the country, but it did not give a reason for why he presented his resignation. By Maria Verza. SENT: 640 words, photos. Moved on international general news services.


SAN DIEGO _ A federal court ruled Thursday that a Mexican man who was arrested during an immigration sting at a Los Angeles manufacturing plant should not be deported, a rebuke that may influence how immigration authorities target factories and offices. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents stormed the premises of Micro Solutions Enterprises, a maker of printer cartridges, after getting a search warrant in February 2008 for employment-related documents and arrest warrants for eight employees. About 100 armed, uniformed agents entered the factory, blocking all visible exits and announcing that no one could leave or use their cellphones. Gregorio Perez, who entered the country illegally from Mexico in 1994, was one of 130 workers arrested. He disclosed his status during questioning. By Elliot Spagat. SENT: 630 words. Moved on national general and political news services.



BEAUFORT, S.C. _ As he strives to make connections with the black voters who will play a dominant role in next year's Southern presidential primaries, Beto O'Rourke took a path somewhat less traveled on Friday, meeting with a small group representing a community of slave descendants in South Carolina. The stop was the first of 10 events O’Rourke has planned in the state over the next three days, centered around an appearance at a forum in Charleston on Saturday sponsored by the Black Economic Alliance. Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Indiana, and Sens. Cory Booker and Elizabeth Warren are also slated to speak at the event in the state that’s home to the first Southern primary and where most of the Democratic primary electorate is non-white. By Meg Kinnard. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: 380 words, photos by 5:30 p.m.


Here is a roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these is legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the real facts: CLAIM: Video shows Joe Biden making a "shocking admission." Biden's speech also appears to be impaired in the video. THE FACTS: Democratic presidential candidate Biden did not make any sort of admission. Rather, in the video, he was referencing comments made about him by President Donald Trump. The source footage was slowed down and two clips from it were cut and spliced together to produce this altered video. A social media user who uses the handle @CarpeDonktum posted the altered video to Twitter, Facebook, Youtube and Reddit on Wednesday and Thursday, calling it a "shocking admission" and saying it forced him to question Biden's mental health. @CarpeDonktum, whose Twitter bio says he creates "doctored" videos in support of Trump, told The Associated Press that he had slowed down the video and cut the two clips together. By Beatrice Dupuy and Amanda Seitz. SENT: 1490 words, photos. Moved on general, sports and health news services.



WASHINGTON _ A holiday that is spreading across the U.S. and beyond, Juneteenth is considered the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. It was originally celebrated on June 19, the day that Union soldiers in 1865 told enslaved African Americans in Galveston, Texas, that the Civil War had ended and they were free. Celebrations include parades, concerts, and readings of the Emancipation Proclamation. This year, Juneteenth will also feature the first congressional hearing in more than a decade on reparations for slavery. By Jesse J. Holland. SENT: 750 words, photos. Moved on general and lifestyle news services.


BOISE, Idaho _ A Texas-based oil and gas company wants a state lawsuit alleging fraud and breached leases over Idaho natural gas royalties moved to federal court. Alta Mesa submitted notice Thursday in U.S. District Court seeking to move the complaint filed last month by nine Idaho residents, citing that none of the companies named in the lawsuit are from the state, the Idaho Statesman reported. Alta Mesa says the companies were organized under Texas or Delaware laws, and that none of the partners of the companies are Idaho residents. Federal law allows lawsuits filed in state court to be moved to federal court if the defendants are not residents of that state. SENT: 350 words. Moved on general and financial news services.


RALEIGH, N.C. _ North Carolina won't clear voting-machine makers to sell their systems to county elections boards until it learns more about who owns them, the state's elections board chairman said Friday. The decision comes amid worries of foreign election interference that have grown since special counsel Robert Mueller's April report into Russian efforts to sway the 2016 presidential election. Omaha, Nebraska-based Election Systems & Software, currently the state's only certified voting systems vendor, is one of the three companies seeking state approval again this year. The others are Boston-based Clear Ballot and Austin, Texas-based Hart InterCivic. By Emery P. Dalesio. SENT: 560 words, photos. Moved on general and political news services.


_ WHATABURGER-ACQUISITION _ An investment firm has purchased a majority stake in Whataburger as the Texas-based fast-food company seeks to expand in an increasingly competitive market. SENT: 130 words. Moved on general and financial news services.

_ MANSION FIRE _ Authorities say two construction workers were injured in a fire that destroyed a 10,000-square-foot Texas mansion. SENT: 130 words, video.



DALLAS _ Donnie Nelson of the Mavericks was interested in European talent before most NBA scouts. Now that the Dallas personnel boss has put the franchise's future in the hands of young Euro stars Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis, Nelson figures to be mostly a spectator for an NBA draft that now has a distinctly international flavor just about every year. By Schuyler Dixon. SENT: 900 words, photos.


If you have stories of regional or statewide interest, please email them to aptexas@ap.org

If you have photos of regional or statewide interest, please send them to the AP state photo center in New York, 888-273-6867.

For access to AP Newsroom and other technical issues, contact AP Customer Support at apcustomersupport@ap.org or 877-836-9477.

The AP.

AP Editorial Categories: 
Comments ()