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AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Board of Education is discussing changes to the history curriculum that could scrap lessons featuring Hillary Clinton, Helen Keller and Barry Goldwater, but keep instruction about how Moses influenced the nation’s Founding Fathers and the ways states’ rights helped cause the Civil War. The Republican-controlled board is hearing from students, teachers, activists and academic experts who are defending or decrying proposed edits meant to streamline academic standards for history. A vote is scheduled for Tuesday, with final approval coming Friday. By Will Weissert. SENT: 120 words. Will be updated. With photos.
WASHINGTON — Did someone say caravan? One week after Election Day, President Donald Trump’s daily drumbeat of warnings about a caravan of “bad thugs” and potential terrorists intent on invading the U.S. from Mexico has largely fallen silent. The migrant caravans are still trudging along, the largest still about 1,000 miles from the southern border, but Trump — and many in the conservative media — have dramatically reduced the frequency and intensity of their dire warnings now that they no longer feel the same urgency to stir up GOP voters. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis plans to visit the border Wednesday. SENT: 900 words, with photos.
— MATTIS-BORDER. SENT: 130 words.
GUADALAJARA, Mexico — The U.S. government said it was starting work on Tuesday to “harden” the border crossing from Tijuana, Mexico, to prepare for the arrival of a migrant caravan leapfrogging its way across western Mexico. Customs and Border Protection announced it was closing four lanes at the busy San Ysidro and Otay Mesa ports of entry in San Diego, California. By Maria Versa. SENT: 660 words, with photos.
WASHINGTON — Don’t hire someone you can’t fire, like the son of a campaign donor or the child of the mayor. No matter what you may have said during the campaign about changing Congress, hire enough Hill veterans to make the office run smoothly. That’s only some of the advice headed for the historic class of House freshmen of both major political parties streaming into Washington this week for orientation on the nuts and bolts underpinning a job like none other. Not every freshman is new to Washington. Former NFL linebacker Colin Allred of Texas is a civil rights lawyer who worked in President Barack Obama’s housing department. By Laurie Kellman. SENT: 830 words, with photos.
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FORT WORTH, Texas — The brother of a Fort Worth man accused of killing an inmate in a jail cell says his sibling shouldn’t have been housed with another person because he’s diagnosed with schizophrenia and has hallucinations. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that Brandon Flores doesn’t believe that his 43-year-old brother David Flores fatally attacked 76-year-old Clinton Don Simpson because Simpson is an alleged child molester or because of his age. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words.
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HOUSTON — Court documents accuse a former Houston-area Republican Party chairman of stealing thousands of dollars from clients in divorce cases. The documents released Tuesday come a day after Jared Woodfill’s law office was raided by investigators, who wheeled away carts and sorted through stacks of binders. UPCOMING: 300 words, pursuing photos.
NEW YORK — Amazon names New York City and Arlington, Virginia as the two sites for its second headquarters. The decision ends an intense competition between North American cities to win Amazon and its promise of 50,000 new jobs. Some Texas cities failed in their bid to attract a second headquarters for Amazon. By Alan Suderman and Joseph Pisani. SENT: 470 words, photos.
— AMAZON-AT A GLANCE
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BALTIMORE — US Catholic bishops discuss proposed steps to curb clergy sex abuse, seeking to show their commitment to action even after the Vatican ordered them to postpone votes on the proposals until next year. Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston is president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. By David Crary. UPCOMING: 600 words.
— HARVEY-COLUMBUS SHIP-SINKS — A Texas city has extended until Feb. 22, 2019, the deadline to find someone to preserve and restore a Hurricane Harvey-damaged replica of a ship used by explorer Christopher Columbus. With photo.
— LIBERTY PIPELINE — Phillips 66 and Bridger Pipeline say they have preliminary plans for a new pipeline to send Bakken crude oil to Texas.
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PORT NECHES, Texas — Where others see trash, Donnie Badgett sees guitars, drums and other instruments. The Beaumont Enterprise reports beyond the door of an unassuming shed at his Port Neches home lies his “guitarium,” where he spends his time tinkering to draw tunes out of rusty cans, license plates and dog bowls. He finds most of the materials for his homemade instruments in trash piles on the side of the road. By Ryan Pellham. SENT: 380 words, with photos.
DENVER — The Denver Nuggets try to end a three-game skid Tuesday night when they host a Houston Rockets team dealing with turmoil surrounding Carmelo Anthony. By Dennis Georgatos. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m. CST.
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