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ELECTION 2018-O’ROURKE-WHAT’S NEXT
EL PASO, Texas — Was Beto O’Rourke’s loss in Texas, for the U.S. Senate seat held by Republican Ted Cruz, close enough for the Democratic congressman from West Texas to launch a future national campaign? By Will Weissert. UPCOMING: 800 words, with photos.
ELECTION 2018-HOUSTON HISTORY
AUSTIN, Texas — A 27-year-old immigrant in Houston with no political experience is now the top elected official in the nation’s third-largest county — Harris County — as part of a local Democratic sweep that carries broader ramifications for Texas. By Paul J. Weber. UPCOMING: 400 words, with photos.
HOUSTON — A jury is deciding how to sentence a man in the strangulation death of another man outside a Houston-area restaurant. Jurors got the case Wednesday morning after closing arguments in the punishment phase of Terry Thompson’s trial. Prosecutors asked jurors to sentence Thompson to life in prison for the killing 24-year-old John Hernandez in May 2017. The jury convicted Thompson of murder on Monday. Thompson and his wife, former Harris County sheriff’s deputy Chauna Thompson, confronted Hernandez after seeing him urinating in the parking lot of a Denny’s restaurant. Chauna Thompson faces a murder trial in April. By Juan A. Lozano. SENT: 130 words, with photo. Will be updated.
AROUND THE STATE & NATION:
SODUS, N.Y. — Authorities say two Texas law enforcement officers are now charged in connection with a double homicide in upstate New York. The sheriff’s office in Wayne County, New York, says 34-year-old Bron Bohlar was arrested on Tuesday at his Dumas, Texas, home on a warrant for conspiracy. Deputies say Bohlar is an officer in nearby Sunray, Texas. Former Sunray police chief Timothy Dean was previously charged in the case. He’s married to the ex-girlfriend of one of the victims. Joshua Niles and Amber Washburn were shot to death on Oct. 22 in Sodus, New York. SENT: 120 words. UPCOMING 400 words.
SMALLBIZ-SMALL TALK-SOURED PARTNERSHIPS
NEW YORK — Nearly a year after Courtney Jackson launched her clothing business, she took on a partner to help manage the company’s growth. Jackson’s partner was supposed to handle half the company’s workload, but that didn’t happen. Under their partnership agreement, drawn up without an attorney, dividing the company’s assets would have weakened it financially. The partners decided to close. Jackson lost her company. Owners are so caught up in the idea of finding a partner to get investment money, help and expertise that they don’t do the kind of due diligence they would do before hiring an employee, says Michael Howard, a management professor at Texas A&M University’s Mays Business School. By Joyce M. Rosenberg. SENT: 950 words, with photos.
— FORMER CONGRESSMAN-TRIAL — Disgraced former Texas Congressman Steve Stockman will serve 10 years in federal prison for conspiring to bilk at least $775,000 from conservative foundations that intended the donations for charities and voter education. With photo.
— TEXAS EXECUTION-APPEAL — Harris County prosecutors have filed a motion with the U.S. Supreme Court asking it to determine that a Texas appeals court was wrong to rule that a death row inmate is not intellectually disabled.
— DALLAS COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY — One former judge will replace another as district attorney for Dallas County with unofficial election results showing voters chose Democrat John Creuzot.
— OIL PIPELINE-SHERIFF — The sheriff who led the law enforcement response to large-scale Dakota Access oil pipeline protests in North Dakota has been re-elected to another four-year term.
— TEEN KILLED — A suspect in the killing of an Alabama teen last month has been arrested in Houston.
— BORDER-LAREDO-COCAINE — Agents inspecting a truck at a South Texas border entry point have seized more than $2 million worth of cocaine wrapped in about 100 packages.
SPOT MEMBER EXCHANGE:
GALVESTON, Texas — The sandhill cranes that winter on Galveston Island rise with the sun and participate in a slow march, stretching their legs and meandering in marsh grasses before dispersing for the day to feed around the island. The Galveston County Daily News reports some days drivers-by can catch a glimpse of a clump of cranes at Tin Cup’s Caddy Shack, the driving range on Stewart Road, at the airport or on nearby baseball fields. Other days, the cranes might be more elusive, choosing to nibble on grain and bugs and amphibians on ranch lands more hidden from view. Most years, the sandhills, which fly down the central flyway from far northern locations, arrive in South Texas in October. By Kathryn Eastburn, The Galveston County Daily News. SENT: 640 words, with photos.
MIAMI — DeMar DeRozan and the San Antonio Spurs make their lone visit to Miami this season, taking on Dwyane Wade and the Heat. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 6:30 p.m. CST.
MIAMI — Dwyane Wade is missing Miami’s game against San Antonio on Wednesday night for personal reasons. It’s the first game Wade has missed this season, his 16th and final in the NBA. SENT: 120 words, with photo.
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