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

January 16, 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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NAIROBI, Kenya _ A man who grew up in Texas was among the 14 people killed in a terrorist attack in Kenya. Jason Spindler’s father, Joseph, said Wednesday that his son grew up in Houston, graduated from the University of Texas and had a successful career on Wall Street when he decided to develop a model for helping low-income people. Jason Spindler entered the Peace Corps and lived in Peru, where he developed sustainable business models for rural residents. Jason Spindler later founded I-DEV International and had been living in Kenya for about five years. He would have turned 41 next week. By Ben Curtis. SENT: 850 words, with photos, video. Developing.





NEW YORK _ On each side of the abortion debate, legislators and activists emboldened by recent political developments plan to push aggressively in many states this year for bills high on their wish lists: either seeking to impose near-total bans on abortion or guaranteeing women’s access to the procedure. For abortion opponents, many of whom will rally Friday at the annual March for Life in Washington, there’s a surge of optimism that sweeping abortion bans might have a chance of prevailing in the reconfigured U.S. Supreme Court. By David Crary. SENT: 1,170 words, with photos.


MANCHESTER, N.H. _ Democrat Julian Castro of Texas is in New Hampshire for the first time as a presidential candidate, and his message to voters is that he believes “everyone counts.” The former Obama administration housing chief and ex-San Antonio mayor was in New Hampshire before the November election campaigning for Democratic candidates. And he’s back again in the early primary state, where he’s citing his push as mayor to raise the sales tax to fund prekindergarten. By Holly Ramer. SENT: 420 words, with photos.



OKEMAH, Okla. _ Police in Texas say the bodies of a woman and man found in shallow graves in rural Oklahoma are those of two missing Central Texas residents. The Temple Police Department says in a statement that a preliminary investigation indicates the bodies are those of 28-year-old Jenna Scott and 32-year-old Michael Swearingin. Police say their families have been notified. The bodies were recovered Tuesday from clandestine graves in Okfuskee County. Officials say the two friends were reported missing Jan. 4 and that on Jan. 9 they obtained new information about the friends’ disappearance. SENT: 120 words. Will be updated.


LOS ANGELES _ New York real estate heir Robert Durst has been scheduled to go on trial in late summer on charges of killing a friend in Los Angeles nearly two decades ago. A judge on Tuesday scheduled the trial to begin on Sept. 3, the Los Angeles Times reported . “Sept. 3 is fine for trial,” Durst told the judge. Durst is charged with killing his best friend Susan Berman in 2000 to keep her from telling authorities what she knew about the disappearance of Durst’s wife in 1982. Durst, 75, has pleaded not guilty to killing Berman and has publicly denied any involvement in the disappearance of Kathleen Durst. She is presumed dead. A judge has ruled prosecutors can present evidence involving the 2001 killing of a Durst neighbor in Texas _ a case in which Durst was acquitted of murder. SENT: 340 words, with photo.


AGUA CALIENTE, Guatemala _ More than 1,000 Hondurans were walking and hitchhiking through Guatemala on Wednesday, heading toward the Mexico border as part of a new caravan of migrants hoping to reach the United States. Guatemala’s migration authority said just over 1,300 people were able to register at the border and pass through frontier controls under the watchful eyes of about 200 police and soldiers at the Agua Caliente crossing. Some migrants told The Associated Press that they crossed informally elsewhere. By Sonia Perez D. SENT: 770 words, with photos.


_ CHURCH SEX ABUSE-DALLAS _ An arrest warrant has been issued for a former Dallas-area priest accused of molesting teenagers more than a decade ago after a new alleged victim came forward.

_ CHILD PORNOGRAPHY-SENTENCING _ Federal prosecutors in central Illinois say a Texas man has been sentenced to 35 years in prison for child pornography charges involving more than 40 girls in eight states.

_ VIRGINIA-BESTIALITY RULING _ The Virginia Court of Appeals has upheld a state law banning sex with an animal in an appeal based on a prior U.S. Supreme Court ruling involving Texas.

_ TEXAS ZOO-RARE BIRDS _ Two rare endangered tropical birds named Petey and Millie have a new home at a South Texas zoo. With photos.



HOUSTON _ For decades, Ruby Emory has been going to Canino’s to buy cucumbers to make her famous hot pickles. The Houston Chronicle reports when it’s time to start canning, she goes straight to Tom Krolczyk, one of the store’s longest-serving employees, to find out if the cucumbers are fresh. Customers of Canino Produce, the family-owned produce purveyor that’s anchored the Heights-area farmers market for years, are making their final visits to the store, which will close later this month as the septuagenarian owners retire on the eve of the property’s planned redevelopment. By Nancy Sarnoff, Houston Chronicle. SENT: 450 words, with photos.



DALLAS _ With trade rumors swirling around Dennis Smith Jr., the second-year Mavericks guard could miss his fourth straight game, this time because of illness instead of a back issue, when the Mavericks host the Spurs. San Antonio won the first meeting at home in late October. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 7:30 p.m. CST.


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