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

November 29, 2018

Good afternoon! 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

Reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date. All times are Central.

For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org

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TOP STORIES

SERIAL KILLER-INVESTIGATION

DALLAS — The FBI says Samuel Little, the 78-year-old man being held in a Texas jail, has confessed to killing upward of 90 women because he wants to be moved from a Los Angeles County prison to a lockup elsewhere. The FBI says authorities have corroborated details Little has provided in 34 killings. By David Warren. UPCOMING: 400 words.

ARREST-CRYPTOCURRENCY SCHEME

DALLAS — Federal prosecutors say the CEO of Dallas-based AriseBank has been arrested in a cryptocurrency scheme that tricked hundreds of investors out of more than $4 million. Authorities report that Jared Rice Sr. was arrested Wednesday by the FBI and faces three counts of wire fraud and three counts of securities fraud. By Ryan Tarinelli. UPCOMING: 400 words.

AROUND THE STATE & NATION:

UNINSURED CHILDREN-SPIKE

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — A new report by Georgetown’s Center for Children and Families says the number of uninsured children in the United States has increased for the first time in nearly a decade. In Florida, the uninsured rate went from 288,000 in 2016 to 325,000 in 2017. South Dakota, Utah, Texas and Georgia also saw significant increases. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 350 words.

NATURAL GAS-IDAHO

BOISE, Idaho — A Texas oil company has agreed to pay $4,000 for not complying with Idaho rules, state oil and gas regulators said. The state Oil and Gas Conservation Commission approved the settlement this week with Houston-based Alta Mesa, the Idaho Statesman reported. The company holds hundreds of oil and gas leases on private and state land in Payette County. SENT: 300 words.

AP APPOINTMENT-EUROPE AFRICA NEWS DIRECTOR

LONDON — The Associated Press on Thursday named Anna Johnson as news director for Europe and Africa. Johnson is currently AP’s news director for the western U.S., based in Phoenix. Johnson, 42, joined AP as a reporter in Chicago in 2004. From 2006 to 2009, she was a reporter and editor based in Cairo, reporting throughout the Middle East. She later returned to Chicago as the assistant editor in the AP’s Central Region, where she was part of the team that won awards for deadline and breaking news reporting, including for AP’s reporting from tornado strikes in Joplin, Missouri, and Oklahoma City, and the shooting at Fort Hood, Texas. SENT: 470 words, with photo.

IN BRIEF:

— FATAL DRUG BUST — Police say two men are dead following an undercover drug bust in east Houston.

— FORT HOOD SOLDIERS-IMMIGRANTS — A Mexican man living in the U.S. illegally must serve 20 months in prison for arranging immigrants to be smuggled by Fort Hood soldiers through a Texas border checkpoint.

— BALTIMORE-POLICE COMMISSIONER — Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh says the City Council will receive some more background information about her pick — the Fort Worth police chief — to be next commissioner of Baltimore’s troubled police department.

— PANTEX PLANT-TEXAS A&M — The Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station will provide technical advice and workforce training at the nation’s top site for assembly, disassembly and maintenance of nuclear weapons.

— COYOTE ATTACKS — Police say a coyote has attacked four joggers in the past month in the Dallas metro area.

— BILLY BASS-ALEXA — Kitsch and high-tech are linking up just in time for Christmas with Big Mouth Billy Bass programmed to respond to Alexa voice commands through a compatible Amazon Echo device.

— TEXAS CAPITOL-CHRISTMAS TREE — The holiday spirit has reached the Texas Capitol in the form of a 27-foot Virginia pine Christmas tree. With photos.

SPOT MEMBER EXCHANGE:

EXCHANGE-GALVESTON-HOSPITALITY HOUSE

GALVESTON, Texas — Patients coming to University of Texas Medical Branch for lifesaving surgeries and treatments — like 48-year-old Thomas Davis for his second heart transplant — often live too far away to travel back and forth for the weeks, sometimes months, of follow-up therapies required to return to a healthy life. The Galveston County Daily News reports Galveston Baptist Hospitality House, a small charitable organization, has provided no-cost temporary housing to Davis, who lives in Palestine, and at times to his parents and sister, providing a lifeline to this family and many others over the nearly 20 years the house has operated. By Kathryn Eastburn, The Galveston County Daily News. SENT: 630 words, pursuing photos.

SPORTS REFER:

FBN--SAINTS-COWBOYS

ARLINGTON, Texas — Drew Brees and the Saints seek an 11th straight win and a shot at wrapping up the NFC South title early in a visit to the Cowboys, who are trying to stay atop the NFC East after three straight wins got them there. By Pro Football Writer Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 7:20 p.m. CST.

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