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BC-TX--Texas News Digest 1 pm, TX

February 15, 2019

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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HOUSTON _ The police chief of Houston on Friday was expected to release new information about the Jan. 28 police raid on a house that resulted in a gunbattle that killed two people inside the home and wounded four officers. A fifth officer suffered a knee injury. Chief Art Acevedo in the days after the shooting had distanced his agency from comments made by the head of the police officers’ union that seemed to imply the shooting was due in part to anti-police rhetoric. By Juan A. Lozano. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos. Police news conference 1:30 p.m. CST.


WASHINGTON _ Battling with one branch of government and opening a new confrontation with another, President Donald Trump declared a national emergency Friday to fulfill his pledge to construct a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Bypassing Congress, which approved far less money for his proposed wall than he had sought, Trump said he will use executive action to siphon billions of dollars from federal military construction and counterdrug efforts for the wall, aides said. The move drew immediate bipartisan criticism on Capitol Hill and is expected to face rounds of legal challenges. By Alan Fram, Catherine Lucey and Zeke Miller. SENT: 1,050 words, with photos, video, audio. SENT on Friday. Developing.


_ TRUMP-BORDER SECURITY-LEGAL. A look at the legal road ahead for President Donald Trump’s national emergency declaration.



MADISON, Wis. _ Former West Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke on Friday visits the University of Madison in Wisconsin to do a meet-and-greet with students. O’Rourke has been mentioned as a possible Democratic candidate for president. By Scott Bauer. Developing from 5 p.m. CST event.



ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. _ New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas says the state is in what he describes as a “historic fistfight” with Texas and the U.S. government over management of one of North America’s longest rivers. Balderas made the comments during a presentation this week to members of a key legislative committee as he provided an update of the legal battle that has been simmering before the U.S. Supreme Court since 2013. By Susan Montoya Brown. SENT: 130 words, with photo. Will be updated.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ A newspaper investigation revealing hundreds of cases of sexual abuse in Southern Baptist Convention churches continues to roil the nation’s largest Protestant denomination as victims wonder why their voices weren’t given more credence early on. UPCOMING: 300 words.


_ TEXAS HOSPITAL-EXPLOSION _ A worker severely burned in a 2018 deadly explosion at a Central Texas hospital has sued a Dallas-based utility seeking more than $1 million. With photo.

_ TEENAGE-FATAL STABBING _ A Texas jury has convicted a 14-year-old girl in the fatal stabbing of her friend.

_ LOAN OFFICER-FRAUD _ An ex-loan officer in North Texas has been sentenced to 10 years in prison and must repay nearly $2.2 million in a fake documents and bogus borrowers scam

_ SEAT BELT LAWSUIT-JURY AWARD _ A Texas jury has awarded more than $37 million to a woman who sued Honda after being paralyzed in a 2015 car crash.

_ ODD--WOMAN-STUCK IN VENT _ Authorities say emergency personnel rescued a woman who got stuck trying to enter a vacant Houston home through an air vent.



HOUSTON _ Mario Figueroa Jr., a Houston graffiti artist better known as Gonzo247, got to work Wednesday on the first permanent mural on the University of St. Thomas campus. The Houston Chronicle reports the mural will depict St. Thomas Aquinas, the university’s namesake, amid a vibrant background featuring imagery from the university campus, with the downtown skyline as a base below. By Elena Scott, Houston Chronicle. SENT: 660 words, with photos.



LOS ANGELES _ Texas Jordan Spieth added two more birdies to complete a 7-under 64 for an early lead at the Genesis Open on a short day of work. Among the early starters who finally finished the opening round Friday morning, Spieth was two shots ahead of Patrick Rodgers, Tony Finau and Kramer Hickok, a PGA Tour rookie who grew up with Spieth in Dallas. Play was delayed for seven hours on Thursday because of rain. Tiger Woods didn’t tee off until later Friday morning and faced a long day. He was 2 over through seven holes, and faced another 18 holes in the afternoon. By Doug Ferguson. SENT: 150 words, with photos. Will be updated.


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