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

January 3, 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

Reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org

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TOP STORIES:

WINTER STORM-SOUTHERN PLAINS

OKLAHOMA CITY _ Authorities say at least four people have died and a police officer has been injured in collisions on treacherous roads as a winter storm moves through Oklahoma and Texas. SENT: 290 words, pursuing photos.

With:

_ WINTER STORM-SOUTHERN PLAINS-THE LATEST

ELECTION 2020-MARTIN O’MALLEY

WASHINGTON _ Martin O’Malley, the former Democratic governor of Maryland and 2016 presidential candidate, says he will not run for president in 2020 and is backing Texan Beto O’Rourke. O’Malley’s endorsement of O’Rourke, who catapulted to the national spotlight in his close Texas Senate race against Sen. Ted Cruz, comes in a column published in the Des Moines Register. O’Rourke hasn’t said whether he will seek the White House. By Juana Summers. SENT: 130 words. A longer version is not planned.

AROUND THE STATE & NATION:

CLERGY ABUSE-PENNSYLVANIA AFTERMATH

PHILADELPHIA _ Over the past four months, Roman Catholic dioceses across the U.S. have released the names of more than 1,000 priests and others accused of sexually abusing children in an unprecedented public reckoning spurred at least in part by a shocking grand jury investigation in Pennsylvania, an Associated Press review has found. More than a dozen dioceses have hired outside consultants to review their files. Dioceses previously secretive are coordinating to release statewide lists in such places as Texas and New Jersey. Bishop Anthony B. Taylor of the Little Rock Diocese in Arkansas disclosed the names of 12 priests in September and announced the hiring of a consultant to review diocesan files. By Claudia Lauer. SENT: 1,240 words, with photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ DART TRAIN-COLLISION _ Officials say a driver has died after the person’s vehicle collided with a light-rail train in suburban Dallas.

_ KILLING BY POLICE-SAN ANTONIO _ Police say a man was fatally shot by police in San Antonio after he shot an officer with a law enforcement stun gun.

_ NATIONAL GUARD DEPLOYMENT _ A group of about 60 Mississippi Army National Guard soldiers are leaving Jackson to deploy to Afghanistan, with an interim stop at Fort Bliss in Texas for more training.

SPOT MEMBER EXCHANGE:

EXCHANGE-SPARK-KINDNESS

ODESSA, Texas _ For Buice Elementary School students who want to make their world a little better, there’s a club for that. The Odessa American reports it’s called SPARK, or Students Promoting Acts of Random Kindness, and it’s the brainchild of third-grade teacher Sara Cox. There are about 25 third, fourth and fifth-grade students involved who meet every Thursday. By Ruth Campbell, Odessa American. SENT: 510 words, with photos.

SPORTS REFER:

BKW--T25-UCONN-BAYLOR

WACO, Texas _ No. 1 UConn visits Baylor for the first time in nearly five years. The No. 8 Lady Bears have won 44 consecutive non-conference home games since that January 2014 loss to the Huskies. By AP Basketball Writer Stephen Hawkins. UPCOMING. 700 words, photos. Game starts 8 p.m. CST.

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