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

December 28, 2018

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.

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TOP STORY:

WWII VET-OBIT

AUSTIN, Texas _ Richard Overton, the nation’s oldest World War II veteran who was also believed to be the oldest living man in the U.S., died Thursday in Texas, a family member said. He was 112. By Paul J. Weber. SENT: 320 words. AP Photo.

AROUND THE STATE & NATION:

LATINO VOTE

LITTLETON, Colo. _ The GOP’s position among Latinos has not weakened during the Trump administration, despite the president’s rhetoric against immigrants and the party’s shift to the right on immigration. In November’s elections, 32 percent of Latinos voted for Republicans, according to AP VoteCast data. By Nicholas Riccardi. Sent: 1,000 words. With AP Photos.

POLICE OFFICERS-DEATHS

WASHINGTON _ Texas is among the states that experienced the highest number of officer fatalities this year, according to data released Thursday. More police officers have died in the line of duty this year in the United States than in 2017. By Eric Tucker. SENT: 380 words. AP photos.

BLOWOUT-CLIMATE-EXPORT BOOM

GEOJEDO, South Korea _ In South Korea’s largest shipyard, thousands of workers in yellow hard hats move ceaselessly between towering cranes lifting hulks of steel. They look like a hive of bees scurrying over a massive circuit board as they weld together the latest additions to the rapidly growing fleet of tankers carrying super-chilled liquefied natural gas across the world’s oceans. The boom in fossil-fuel production in the United States has been matched by a rush on the other side of the Pacific to build the infrastructure needed to respond to the seemingly unquenchable thirst for energy among Asia’s top economies. When Congress lifted restrictions on shipping crude oil overseas in 2015, soon after the Obama administration opened the doors for international sales of natural gas, even the most boosterish of Texas oil men wouldn’t have predicted the U.S. could become one of the world’s biggest fossil-fuel exporters so quickly. By Michael Biesecker and Kim Tong-Hyung. SENT: 1,700 words, photos. An abridged version is also moving.

GUATEMALA-CHILD DEATH-BORDER

GUATEMALA CITY _ The stepsister of an 8-year-old Guatemalan boy who died in U.S. custody says the boy’s father took his son to the border after hearing rumors that parents and their children would be allowed to migrate to the United States and escape the poverty in their homeland. By Sonia Perez D. SENT: 650 words, photos. Moving on national lines.

Also:

_ IMMIGRATION-EL PASO MIGRANTS _ A shelter director in the Texas border city of El Paso says his agency has served 1,300 people just in the last five days after they were released by U.S. immigration authorities. SENT: 130 words.

ASYLUM CASE RULING

NEW YORK _ Saying that the U.S. prides itself on its humanity and openness, a New York judge has ordered a bail hearing for an asylum applicant detained nearly three years. U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein ruled Thursday that Adou Kouadio’s bail hearing must be held within two weeks. SENT: 450 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ TEXAS RAPE KITS-FUNDRAISING _ Officials say Texas drivers donated more than $560,000 to clear a backlog of untested rape kits but the state can’t find enough cities and counties to take the money.

_ TEXAS GOVERNOR-JAPAN _ Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is in Japan on what his office says is a family vacation but also taking some official meetings.

_ TEXAS ATTORNEY GENERAL-INDICTED _ An attorney prosecuting Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on criminal securities fraud charges is asking the state’s highest court to reconsider a ruling that has left the future of the case uncertain.

_ TEXAS POLICE CHIEF ARRESTED _ The police chief in a South Texas city has been arrested on a domestic violence charge. Records show Hidalgo police Chief Rodolfo “Rudy” Espinoza was booked into Hidalgo County jail Thursday on a charge of assault causing bodily injury to a family member.

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