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

December 3, 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Reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

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GEORGE HW BUSH

HOUSTON — Sent off with a 21-gun salute, George H.W. Bush left his beloved Texas for the final time Monday, headed to Washington as the nation paid tribute to the 41st president for a lifetime of public service that began in the Navy during World War II, ended with four years as president and was characterized throughout by what admirers say was decency, generosity and kindness. A long motorcade accompanied the hearse carrying Bush’s remains from a Houston funeral home to nearby Ellington Field for the trip to the nation’s capital on an aircraft that often serves as Air Force One. Military artillery fired the salute, and servicemen carried the casket to the plane. By Juan Lozano, Nomaan Merchant and Darlene Superville. SENT: 1,030 words, with photos, audio video. Will be updated.

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— GEORGE HW BUSH FUNERAL-NEWS GUIDE — By Juan A. Lozano. SENT: 680 words, with photos, video.

— GEORGE HW BUSH-SOCKS — Houston is honoring George H.W. Bush on Monday night with a tribute at City Hall where attendees are being asked to wear colorful socks, in a nod to one of the former president’s favorite fashion accessories. With photos. Will be updated.

— GEORGE HW BUSH-SERVICE DOG — President George H.W. Bush’s service dog is honoring the late president with his own tribute in front of Bush’s flag-draped casket. With photo.

GEORGE HW BUSH-HUMANITARIAN

DALLAS — Teaming up with the rival who ousted him from the White House to help victims of natural disasters. Creating a program that has honored thousands of American volunteers. Sending U.S. troops to help starving people in Somalia. It was all part of President George H.W. Bush’s vision for creating a “kinder, gentler nation” during his political and personal life. Here’s a look at some of Bush’s better known volunteer and humanitarian work. By Jamie Stengle. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos.

GEORGE HW BUSH-TRUMP-CONTRASTS

WASHINGTON — Their presidencies separated by a single generation, the nation’s 41st and 45th presidents shared little in personality or worldview. President Donald Trump’s brand is defined by material success, unrestrained aggression toward his rivals and disdain for traditional coalitions at home and abroad. President H.W. Bush worked to lead with humility, moral principle and a spirit of unity. A veteran GOP operative says the former president’s death marks “the end of a culture — a culture of civility.” By Steve Peoples. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos.

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CHARTER BUS CRASH-ARKANSAS

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — One child was killed and at least 45 other people were injured when a charter bus carrying a youth football team from Tennessee rolled off an interstate off-ramp and overturned before sunrise Monday in central Arkansas, authorities said. Arkansas State Police said the bus crashed along Interstate 30 near Benton, about 25 miles southwest of Little Rock, while traveling to Memphis, Tennessee. Police said most of the injured were children who were taken to hospitals in Little Rock and Benton. The elementary-school age football team from Orange Mound Youth Association in Memphis had played in a tournament in Dallas over the weekend, according to Memphis TV station WMC. By Jill Bleed. SENT: 490 words, with photo, video. Developing.

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MEDICAL MARIJUANA-TEXAS

AUSTIN, Texas — Fewer than 600 of the estimated 150,000 Texas patients with uncontrollable epileptic seizures have been prescribed marijuana-derived oil under the state’s strict medical cannabis law. The San Antonio Express-News reports that roughly 45 doctors have signed up to prescribe cannabidiol, or CBD, almost a year after the first marijuana plants were legally harvested in Texas. The state’s therapeutic marijuana program grants only patients with intractable epilepsy access to cannabidiol with low THC, the element that gives pot its high. SENT: 310 words, with photos.

ELECTION 2020-DEMOCRATS-CONVENTION

Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez is beginning a final tour of potential 2020 convention cities as he tries to give his party its best shot at toppling President Donald Trump. The DNC chairman, who already has set the 2020 convention for July 13-16, is expected in early 2019 to announce his choice among finalists Houston, Miami and Milwaukee. Perez and a small group of aides will be in Milwaukee on Monday. They are scheduled to visit Miami on Friday and then Houston on December 14. The group is expected to spend about a day in each of the three cities. It’s the second and expected final round of site visits. By Bill Barrow. SENT: 530 words.

RUSSIA-SPACE STATION

BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan — Three astronauts successfully blasted off Monday to the International Space Station from Kazakhstan, a perfect launch that follows October’s aborted mission. NASA astronaut Anne McClain, David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency and Oleg Kononenko of the Russian space agency Roscosmos lifted off as scheduled at 5:31 p.m. (1131 GMT; 6:31 a.m. EST) Monday from the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. US astronauts train at Johnson Space Center in Houston. By Dmitry Lovetsky. SENT: 400 words, with photos.

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TRIBUNE MEDIA-NEXSTAR

IRVING, Texas — Nexstar offering to buy Chicago’s Tribune Media for about $4 billion on Monday, four months after the collapse of a similar bid from Sinclair Broadcast Group. The deal would make Texas-based Nexstar, whose stations reach nearly 39 percent of all U.S. television households, the biggest operator of local TV stations in the U.S. Yet it still must be approved by federal regulators, as well as shareholders. SENT: 360 words, with photo.

IN BRIEF:

— SHOOTING-TWO KILLED — A former Texas police officer has pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from the fatal shooting of an upstate New York couple in October.

— TEXAS-ADJUTANT GENERAL — An Iraq War veteran with more than 30 years of military service has been named the first female Adjutant General of Texas. With photo.

— WWII PILOT-TEXAS — The remains of a military pilot from Houston missing since his plane was shot down over France during World War II have been recovered and identified. Pursuing photo.

— MUSIC-QUEEN TOUR — Queen and Adam Lambert are launching a six-week North American tour following the release of the Freddie Mercury biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody,” with planned stops including Dallas. With photo.

— CHRISTMAS DISPLAY-PANIC — A holiday display in Austin meant to re-create a scene from “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” looked a little too real and caused a veteran to spring into action.

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EXCHANGE-MILITARY VETERAN-DESIGNER

DALLAS — London Burton calls her eye-catching jumpsuit designs her “God-given gift.” The Dallas Morning News reports the designer, who lives in Cedar Hill, never received formal training in fashion design. Burton is an Army veteran who served as a combat medic and then a nurse for more than 11 years. Starting Haute Société was a leap of faith for Burton and her husband, business partner and fashion photographer Kauwaune Burton. By Cassandra Jaramillo, The Dallas Morning News. SENT: 560 words, with photos. Moving on news, business & entertainment lines. Not for online use in the Dallas area.

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HKN--OILERS-STARS

DALLAS — The Stars are at home against the Oilers six days after losing to them 1-0 in overtime in Edmonton. It was the only loss in three straight games in Canada for Dallas. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 7:30 p.m. CST.

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