BC-TX--Texas News Digest 1 pm, TX
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SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-STATE LEGISLATURES
Barely a month into the 2019 legislative sessions, new policies against sexual misconduct already have been enacted or proposed in about one-fifth of the states as the #MeToo movement enters its second year in state capitols amid continuing complaints of sexual wrongdoing. Some states taking action this year had failed to do so in the immediate aftermath of the movement that began in fall 2017 and led to accusations against dozens of state lawmakers. Problems have persisted into the new year, with new complaints coming from lawmakers in Georgia and Massachusetts. Women’s advocates say more change is needed _ not only to sexual harassment policies but also to capitol cultures that have tolerated poor behavior. By David A. Lieb. SENT: 1,390 words, with photos.
_ BC-US--Sexual Misconduct-State Legislatures-Glance, details of every state lawmaker across the country who has resigned or been removed from office, faced other repercussions such as the loss of party or committee leadership positions, or had accusations made against them.
AROUND THE STATE & NATION:
AUSTIN, Texas _ Backers of film and video game productions in Texas would like to see legislators earmark $60 million or more as a boost to the state’s entertainment industry. The Austin American-Statesman reports the taxpayer-funded effort, called the Texas Moving Image Industry Incentive Program, narrowly escaped an attempt to kill it by some lawmakers during the 2017 Legislature. States including New Mexico, Louisiana and Georgia have mounted similar efforts to compete for such productions. SENT: 360 words, with photos.
_ ESTRANGED COUPLE-DEAD _ Police say a man has fatally shot his estranged wife and wounded two of her relatives before killing himself as his spouse moved out of the couple’s Dallas-area home.
_ MISSING CHILD-SAN ANTONIO _ The death of an 8-month-old boy found buried in a backpack in a San Antonio field last month has been ruled a homicide.
SPOT MEMBER EXCHANGE:
HOUSTON _ Joseph passes mugs sitting on shelves and worn family photographs as he walks into his new Second Ward apartment and turns on a small television in the corner to fill his quiet home with chatter. The Houston Chronicle reports these are luxuries the disabled veteran hasn’t had since he lost his job two years ago. He’s been chronically homeless, living at an encampment near Midtown. The encampment was cleared out in November after being declared a public health nuisance. Now Joseph has a new home. By McKenzie Misiaszek, Houston Chronicle. SENT: 460 words, with photo.
WACO, Texas _ Baylor plays its first home game as a No. 1 team in almost six years against Texas Tech, which has lost six games in a row. By Stephen Hawkins. UPCOMING. 650 words, photos. Game starts 1 p.m. CST.
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