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HOUSTON — Prosecutors investigating a sexual abuse case against a Houston-area priest are executing a search warrant at the offices of the local archdiocese, led by the cardinal leading the Roman Catholic Church’s response in the U.S. to sexual misconduct. Investigators from the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office were at the offices Wednesday of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. Cardinal Daniel DiNardo is head of the archdiocese and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. The Rev. Manuel La Rosa-Lopez was arrested in September and charged with four counts of indecency with a child. By Nomaan Merchant. SENT: 620 words.
WASHINGTON — With a partial government shutdown possible on Dec. 7, President Donald Trump has met with Republican leaders to hash out a spending plan that includes money for Trump’s proposed border wall with Mexico. Trump is seeking $5 billion for the wall, which he made a centerpiece of his 2016 campaign and said Mexico would pay for, and he is stepping up pressure on Congress to provide it. Trump said he would “totally be willing” to shut down the government if he doesn’t receive the wall money he wants. By Matthew Daly. SENT: 670 words, with photos.
AROUND THE STATE & NATION:
FORT WORTH, Texas — Emails show Republican county leaders in one of the most populous counties in Texas want to remove a party vice chairman because he’s Muslim. The emails delivered anonymously to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram indicate the Tarrant County GOP executive committee plans to vote Jan. 10 on whether to remove Shahid Shafi from his leadership position. Some in the party say Shafi, a surgeon and suburban city council member, may be more loyal to Islamic law or not supportive enough of the party’s pro-Israel platform. Shafi says he supports American laws and the court system. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.
ROUTE 66-HISTORIC TRAIL
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A new proposal moving through Congress seeks to designate Route 66, the highway that connected Chicago to Los Angeles — via Oklahoma and Texas — and was once an economic driver for small towns across a post-World War II United States, as a National Historic Trail. U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Jim Inhofe announced this week the introduction of a bipartisan bill that would amend the National Trails System Act and include Route 66 in an effort to help revitalize cities and small towns that sit along the historic corridor. By Russell Contreras. SENT: 470 words, with photos.
SOUTH BEND-ABORTION CLINIC
INDIANAPOLIS — An Indiana State Department of Health panel will soon determine whether a planned abortion clinic in South Bend should be granted a license. The three-member panel was set to meet Wednesday afternoon. It includes an administrative law judge and two member of the agency’s executive board. Judge Clare Deitchman recommended in September that Texas-based Whole Woman’s Health Alliance be granted the license. SENT: 110 words. Will be updated.
NEW YORK — Facebook is cautiously expanding a feature that shows people local news and information, including missing-person alerts, road closures, crime reports and school announcements. Called “Today In,” the service shows people information from their towns and cities from such sources as news outlets, government entities and community groups. Facebook launched the service in January with six cities and expanded that to 25, then more. On Wednesday, “Today In” is expanding to 400 cities in the U.S. — and a few in Australia. For now, the company is offering this only in small and mid-sized cities — such as Conroe, Texas. By Barbara Ortutay. SENT: 590 words.
— TEACHERS-IMPROPER CONDUCT — State officials say the number of Texas teachers accused of engaging in romantic relationships with students has increased for the 10th consecutive year.
— FUGITIVE ARREST — Authorities in Florida say they’ve captured a man wanted for a homicide in Texas and a kidnapping in New Mexico.
SPOT MEMBER EXCHANGE:
ABILENE, Texas — Meet Dave Young. He used to be David, but thanks to a lifestyle change, he’s a slimmer, fitter version. The Abilene Reporter-News reports the “i″ and “d″ in his name just slid off his svelte waistline during a recent 10-mile jog on his treadmill. Thanks to a little bit of motivation, Young — Abilene Independent School District superintendent — is 100 pounds lighter than at the start of 2018. Young now tips the scales at 216 pounds, compared to 320 in February. In the aftermath of an acquaintance’s cardiac episode, Young and a few other AISD central office employees banded together to make a few general changes around the office — such as making sure heart-healthy foods were available. By Timothy Chipp. SENT: 1,190 words, pursuing photos.
HOUSTON — James Harden and the Houston Rockets look to snap a three-game skid when they host the Dallas Mavericks, winners of two straight. By Kristie Rieken. UPCOMING: 750 words, with photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. CST.
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