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January 9, 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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WASHINGTON _ President Donald Trump hastened to Capitol Hill Wednesday trying to hold jittery congressional Republicans in line on the 19th day of the partial government shutdown. He suggested a deal for his border wall might be getting closer, but he also said the shutdown will last “whatever it takes.” Beyond his cautiously optimistic comments, there was little other evidence of an end to the impasse over his demand for billions for a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border. By Catherine Lucey, Lisa Mascaro and Laurie Kellman. SENT: 1,170 words, with photos, audio, video.






SANTA FE, Texas _ A change of venue is being sought for an 18-year-old student charged with capital murder in the fatal shooting of 10 people at a Texas high school. Attorneys for Dimitrios Pagourtzis filed the motion Tuesday in Galveston County District Court. They argue that media coverage of the May 18 shooting at Santa Fe High School caused prejudice within the community that prevents Pagourtzis from receiving a fair trial. A hearing on the change of venue request is set for Jan. 28. SENT: 320 words, with photo.


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. _ The process for making appointments to a powerful commission charged with protecting, conserving and developing water resources across New Mexico would be overhauled under a measure that some lawmakers will be pushing during the upcoming legislative session. Efforts to revamp the Interstate Stream Commission have been percolating for years, and the latest attempt comes as a new governor takes office amid a persistent drought and a high-stakes battle with Texas over management of the Rio Grande. Supporters of the legislation are looking to remove politics from the process in hopes of seating a more diverse and experienced commission in preparation for an uncertain water future. By Susan Montoya Brown. SENT: 570 words.


COLLEGE PARK, Md. _ Maryland’s ban on contracting with businesses that boycott Israel tramples on the First Amendment rights of a software engineer who advocates for Palestinians, a Muslim civil rights group claims in a lawsuit filed Wednesday. The Council on American-Islamic Relations’ federal lawsuit seeks to block the state from enforcing an executive order that Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan signed in 2017. It requires contractors to certify in writing that they don’t boycott Israel. The suit claims the order has an unconstitutional chilling effect on First Amendment-protected political advocacy supporting Palestine. A CAIR attorney says federal lawsuits have challenged measures in Arizona, Arkansas, Kansas and Texas. By Michael Kunzelman. SENT: 450 words.


EL PASO, Texas _ For many Mexican-Americans living near the U.S.-Mexico border, the U.S. Border Patrol was viewed as a federal government agency to be feared. Its agents might raid the factory where you worked, question your citizenship status at checkpoints, and detain you if an agent thought you were in the country illegally or were hiding drugs. A museum dedicated to the history of the U.S. Border Patrol seeks to give a more complex view of a once unknown agency that rose from obscurity to become one of the nation’s most powerful arms of law enforcement. The privately funded museum is in El Paso, Texas. By Russell Contreras. SENT: 740 words, with photos.


NEW ORLEANS _ BP has approved a $1.3 billion expansion at one of its oil projects in the Gulf of Mexico and discovered an additional 1.4 billion barrels at two of them. “BP’s Gulf of Mexico business is key to our strategy of growing production of advantaged high-margin oil. We are building on our world-class position, upgrading the resources at our fields through technology, productivity and exploration success,” Bernard Looney, BP’s Upstream chief executive, said in a news release Tuesday. SENT: 420 words.


_ LGBT RIGHTS-TEXAS _ Texas Republican leaders are signaling that a failed “bathroom bill” in 2017 that targeted transgender individuals and upended the legislature isn’t coming back. With photos.

_ 2017 SLAYING-ARREST _ Authorities say suspect in the New Year’s Eve 2017 shooting death of a woman in Texas has been captured in northwestern Indiana.

_ TRANSCANADA-NAME CHANGE _ TransCanada Corp., the company behind the contentious Keystone XL oil pipeline, is changing its name to TC Energy.

_ OIL ROYALTIES-NEW MEXICO _ New Mexico Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard says she is working on a bill with state lawmakers to allow higher royalty rates for oil and natural gas production on state trust land. With photos.



ROCKDALE, Texas _ Sometimes when David Pruett turns on the taps, the water runs a dark caramel. “I don’t wash the dishes when it comes out coffee-colored on me,” said Pruett, 27. The Austin American-Statesman reports state regulators and officials in Rockdale, about an hour’s drive northeast of Austin in Milam County, say the water, which residents have complained about for decades, is safe to drink. This month, the Rockdale City Council could vote to raise water rates to replace miles of corroded pipes. By Asher Price, Austin American-Statesman. SENT: 1,320 words, pursuing photos. Moving on news & business lines.



HOUSTON _ Two of the early front-runners for MVP meet when Houston’s James Harden and Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo face off when the Rockets on Wednesday night host the Bucks. By Kristie Rieken. UPCOMING: 750 words, with photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. CST.


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