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McALLEN, Texas _ President Donald Trump on Thursday arrived at a Texas border city to make the case for his long-promised border wall after negotiations with Democrats blew up over his funding demands. Trump flew to McAllen on the 20th day of a partial government shutdown. He is seeking to use the trip to bolster his argument that a wall is needed on security and humanitarian grounds. Trump earlier Thursday threatened to declare a national emergency to circumvent Congress if he can’t reach a deal with Democrats to fund his promised border wall. By Catherine Lucey, Lisa Mascaro and Laurie Kellman. SENT: 860 words, with photos, audio, video.
_ GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-THE LATEST
_ BORDER WALL-MARTINEZ. SENT: 130 words, with photo.
HELENA, Mont. _ A Montana politician is proposing the state give more than $8 million to help build President Donald Trump’s proposed wall on the Mexican border as a government shutdown over the $5.7 billion project continues. The proposal seems unlikely to pass in a state with a Democratic governor exploring a run for president. At least one other state, South Dakota, is considering voicing support for Trump’s wall. But Montana, which last year faced a massive budget shortfall, appears to be the first to propose spending its own money on the project. By Amy Beth Hanson. SENT: 280 words, with photos.
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HOUSTON _ A lawyer for a man accused in a drive-by shooting that killed a 7-year-old Houston girl says he denies any involvement in the attack. Attorney Lisa Andrews said after a court hearing Thursday that her client, Larry D. Woodruffe, says he wasn’t in the SUV that opened fire on the car carrying Jazmine Barnes, her sisters and mother on Dec. 30. Andrews filed a motion seeking to have Woodruffe’s trial moved out of Houston, saying social media posts and comments investigators made could prevent a fair trial in the city. Prosecutors called the motion premature. Prosecutors filed capital murder charges against Woodruffe and the man suspected of driving the SUV. By Juan A. Lozano. SENT: 140 words, with photos. Will be updated.
GOP LEADER-MUSLIM OUSTER
FORT WORTH _ Leaders of the Tarrant County Republican Party are scheduled to vote Thursday evening on whether to remove Shahid Shafi, a Muslim, as vice chairman of the county party. Critics of Shafi, a surgeon and city council member in suburban Fort Worth, say he may be loyal to Sharia law rather than U.S. laws. They also claim he may have ties to terrorist groups and hasn’t pledged enough support for Israel. He has repudiated the allegations and has drawn support from U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and other party favorites. UPCOMING: 250 words.
REDRAWING AMERICA-REDISTRICTING LAWSUITS
A busy year of legal battles is getting underway over allegations that hundreds of legislative districts across the country were illegally drawn to disadvantage certain voters or political parties. First up is a court hearing Thursday in Virginia, where a federal judicial panel is reviewing proposals to redraw some state House districts that it determined were racially gerrymandered. By David A. Lieb. SENT: 120 words, will be updated.
ATLANTA _ A coalition of civil rights groups in Atlanta is using this year’s Super Bowl to help kick off a renewed “war on the Confederacy,” in a fight to remove Confederate monuments around the nation. The groups on Thursday announced a planned Feb. 2 rally on the eve of the championship football game being hosted in Atlanta. The Southern Poverty Law Center says there are 1,747 Confederate symbols and 722 monuments in the U.S. It says Virginia, Texas and Georgia lead the nation in having the most Confederate symbols. By Jeff Martin. SENT: 120 words. Will be updated. Moving on news & sports lines.
MEXICO CITY _ Mexican authorities said Thursday that 21 bodies, some burned, have been found in the northern Mexico border state of Tamaulipas in what appears to have been a clash between drug gangs. The bodies were found near the remains of seven burned-out vehicles near the border town of Miguel Aleman. President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said the killings Wednesday appear to have been part of a dispute between gangs. By Mark Stevenson. SENT: 190 words.
_ WORKPLACE-DEADLY ATTACK _ Deputies are searching for a contract worker who fled after a stabbing attack at a Houston-area steel fabrication company left the plant manager dead and another employee wounded.
_ INMATE ESCAPES _ Authorities allege that a man who escaped from a Wyoming corrections center was assisted by a staff member, is traveling with her and the pair could be headed to Texas.
_ AMERICAN AIRLINES-OUTLOOK _ Airline stocks were falling on Thursday as Fort Worth-based American Airlines said fourth-quarter revenue and full-year profit will be lighter than expected.
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HOUSTON _ Station Houston, one of the city’s most prominent startup hubs, has reincorporated as a nonprofit, the latest reboot in Houston’s continuing quest to find the right formula to create a vibrant technology and innovation scene. The Houston Chronicle reports Station Houston, founded just over two years ago as a for-profit company, says becoming a nonprofit will allow it to attract more funding from grants and foundations to augment what it earns from charging fees to big corporations, such as energy companies, seeking introductions to new technologies. By Andrea Leinfelder, Houston Chronicle. SENT: 1,020 words, with photos. Moving on news & business lines.
PHILADELPHIA _ The Dallas Stars on Thursday night visit the Philadelphia Flyers. By Dan Gelston. UPCOMING. 650 words, with photos. Game starts at 6 p.m. CST.
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