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WASHINGTON _ President Donald Trump will argue to the nation Tuesday night that a “crisis” at the U.S.-Mexico border requires the long and invulnerable wall he’s demanding before ending a partial government shutdown that has hundreds of thousands of federal workers fearing missed paychecks on Friday. Trump’s first Oval Office speech will be followed by a Thursday visit to the southern border to highlight his demand for a barrier. By Matthew Daly, Cathering Lucey and Jill Colvin. SENT: 1,120 words, with photos, video. Will be updated.
AUSTIN, Texas _ The Texas Legislature on Tuesday convenes for the first time in 18 months with the House poised to elect its first new speaker since 2009 and Democrats feeling more empowered after flipping 14 seats in November _ but still failing to dent Republicans’ firm control of both chambers. Republican Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick have vowed to cut property taxes, but that can’t likely be done without an overhaul of the state’s school finance system, which the Texas Supreme Court has declared deeply flawed and minimally constitutional. By Paul J. Weber and Jim Vertuno. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.
_ TEXAS LEGISLATURE-WHAT TO WATCH. By Will Weissert. SENT: 790 words, with photos.
HOUSTON _ A memorial service was scheduled Tuesday for a 7-year-old black Houston girl who was fatally shot while in a moving vehicle and with her family in an attack that investigators say appears to be a case of mistaken identity. A prosecutor on Monday said two men suspected in the Dec. 30 drive-by shooting that killed Jazmine Barnes and that was initially investigated as a possible hate crime mistakenly thought they were attacking people whom they had fought with at a club hours earlier. Both suspects are black. One has been formally charged with capital murder. Developing, service begins at noon. Pursuing photos.
FORT WORTH _ Members of the Tarrant County Republican Party say an internal fight over whether to oust a leader because he’s Muslim is hurting the group’s ability to raise funds. Precinct chairmen are to vote Thursday on whether to remove Shahid Shafi as one of the party’s vice-chairmen, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Party officials say potential donors who have not yet given to the main Tarrant County GOP fundraiser event, the Lincoln Day Dinner, are watching to see how the vote goes. UPCOMING: 300 words.
OIL BOOM-NEW MEXICO
SANTA FE, N.M. _ New Mexico oilfield regulators are weighing whether to reopen a decision that relaxed restrictions on gas well locations at a major production basin in the northwest corner of the state. The New Mexico Oil Conservation Commission meets Tuesday regarding Texas-based Hilcorp Energy’s approved application to double the potential number of wells above the Blanco-Mesaverde gas pool formation. SENT: 120 words, will be updated.
_ MISSING CHILD-SAN ANTONIO _ Police in San Antonio say the reported abduction of a missing 8-month-old boy was staged to cover up “foul play” involving the child.
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ODESSA, Texas _ The deeper you get into the medical profession, says Dr. Matthew Brian Furst, the more apparent it becomes that it is a life like no other. The Odessa American reports the rewards are supreme and the stresses excruciating and you mustn’t be too enamored of the former or caught up in the latter, says Furst, the latest in a line of physicians dating to the 19th century. Away from his plastic surgery practice, the 58-year-old Odessa native doesn’t see himself as being different from anyone else. “I’m a pretty basic West Texas-born and raised kind of person, not too flashy or flamboyant,” he said. By Bob Campbell, Odessa American. SENT: 1,350 words, pursuing photos.
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