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

December 23, 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Reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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TOP STORIES:

TRUMP BRAND SLUMP

NEW YORK _ When workers pried the Trump name off another Manhattan building earlier this year, it capped a bad few weeks for the president’s businesses. Donald Trump’s golf resorts in Scotland had just posted millions of dollars in losses, one of his hotels in Panama rebranded itself a Marriott, and New York officials announced they’re looking into how he avoided paying tens of millions in taxes. All that, along with the daily drumbeat of Trump tweets and headlines about investigations into his administration, led Austin, Texas, tech executive Gary Barrett to finally give up hope of ever turning a profit on an apartment he bought as an investment in a Trump tower in Las Vegas. By Bernard Condon. SENT: 1,620 words, with photos.

AROUND THE STATE & NATION:

TEXAS FLOODING-AUSTIN-RECYCLE

AUSTIN, Texas _ Reycling of plastic items such as bottles jumped in Austin in the weeks after a boil-water notice in late October was lifted. The Austin American-Statesman reports experts say recyclables collected in October increased 8.7 percent from the previous year, while recyclables hauled in November jumped 5 percent from a year earlier. SENT: 270 words.

GUYANA-VENEZUELA-EXXONMOBIL

GEORGETOWN, Guyana _ Guyana’s foreign ministry has condemned what it says was a dangerous incursion into local waters after a Norwegian ship hired by Texas-based ExxonMobil was “intercepted” by a Venezuelan naval vessel. The ship, Ramform Tethys, was contracted to conduct seismic work by the company in a block off Guyana’s coast. It was approached Saturday morning by the Venezuelan navy, which did not board the ship and later left the area, according to Norway’s Petroleum Geo-Services, which was performing the seismic survey on behalf of ExxonMobil. In a statement Saturday night, the foreign ministry called the incident an “illegal, aggressive and hostile act” by Venezuela. SENT: 450 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ DRAGGING DEATH-EXECUTION DATE _ A white man condemned for the 1998 dragging death of a black man in East Texas has been scheduled for execution April 24. With photo.

_ HARVEY-FLIGHT MUSEUM-BUILDING _ A Galveston building that housed a vintage military aircraft flight museum and was swamped in 2008 during Hurricane Ike has been sold and could be turned into a hangar. With photos.

_ GROUND TURKEY RECALL _ A Minnesota-based poultry producer is recalling more than 164,000 pounds of raw ground turkey products that may be contaminated with salmonella, with some items shipped to Texas and Oklahoma.

WEEKEND MEMBER EXCHANGES:

EXCHANGE-HOUSTON-MEMORIAL PARK

HOUSTON _ The construction of a new lake and an open green space in Memorial Park’s new Eastern Glades area will be visible starting in January. The Houston Chronicle reports for now, park officials are most excited about the massive piles of ground-up tree trunks out in the back forty on the park’s south side _ several mountains of soft, sweet-smelling brown material that crumbles in their hands, full of teeming life that can only be seen through a microscope. By Molly Glentzer, Houston Chronicle. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1,320 words, with photos. Moving on news & sports lines.

EXCHANGE-STUDENTS-SUICIDE PRVENTION

ODESSA, Texas _ After her sister committed suicide three years ago, Odessa High School junior Mayely Carrasco decided to turn the tragedy into a positive. The Odessa American reports she formed a suicide prevention group that meets once a week. Carrasco went to Student Assistance Services Counselor Magaliy Navarrete with the idea. By Ruth Campbell, Odessa American. SENT IN ADVANCE: 830 words, with photos.

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SPORTS REFER:

FBN--BUCCANEERS-COWBOYS

ARLINGTON, Texas _ The Dallas Cowboys try again to clinch the NFC East, this time against a team with nothing on the line. Tampa Bay was eliminated from playoff contention last week. By Pro Football Writer Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game started at noon CST.

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