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

January 15, 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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AUSTIN, Texas _ Republican Greg Abbott has made no mention of President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall after taking the oath for a second term as Texas governor on Tuesday. A clash between Trump and congressional Democrats on funding for the wall sparked what is now the longest government shutdown in U.S. history. Texas would be affected by the wall more than any other state. Still, in separate inaugural speeches Tuesday, neither Abbott nor Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick mentioned a proposal to have the state pay for part of the border wall if the federal government pays Texas back. By Paul J. Weber. SENT: 120 words, with photos. Will be updated. NOTE: Stands for story in 8:30 a.m. advisory called: Texas Inauguration-Governor.


SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras _ Hundreds of Hondurans trekked out of a violent northern city Tuesday, part of a new caravan of migrants hoping to reach the United States or Mexico, following in the path of another group last year that U.S. President Donald Trump turned into a hot political issue during the U.S. midterm elections. The first groups of migrants left San Pedro Sula’s bus station Monday night, with many women and children boarding buses bound for the Guatemalan border while others started walking and hitchhiking under a steady rain. By Delmer Martinez. SENT: 770 words, with photos.



DENTON, Texas _ Former major league pitcher John Wetteland has been arrested in Texas and charged with continuous sex abuse of a child under age 14. Denton County jail records show Wetteland was arrested Monday and freed on $25,000 bond. No attorney was immediately listed to speak for the 52-year-old Wetteland, who lives in Trophy Club, 25 miles (40.23 kilometers) northwest of Dallas. Further details on the investigation weren’t immediately available. The Denton County district attorney’s office didn’t immediately return a message Tuesday. Wetteland was MVP of the 1996 World Series with the New York Yankees. He’s a member of the Texas Rangers Hall of Fame. SENT: 120 words. Pursuing booking photo. Will be updated. Moving on news & sports lines.


AUSTIN, Texas _ The FBI has determined that the man suspected in a series of bombings in Austin last year had no known links to international terror groups or domestic hate groups. Court documents filed by the U.S. attorney’s office say an FBI investigation found that 23-year-old Mark Conditt had no accomplices or any “recognized ideology” when he launched the deadly attacks on March 2. The explosions killed two people and seriously injured four others after bombs were left outside homes and along a public trail. Another exploded at a FedEx distribution center in San Antonio. Police say Conditt blew himself up on March 21, as officers closed in to make an arrest. SENT: 140 words. UPCOMING: 300 words, with photos.


HOUSTON _ A Houston hospital has removed its president and several other leaders following an unusually high number of patient deaths, a loss of some federal funding and a recent case in which a patient died after receiving a transfusion of the wrong blood type. Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center announced the decision to replace its president, Gay Nord, its chief nursing officer and a top physician on Monday, the Houston Chronicle reported. The departures come after investigative reports by the newspaper and ProPublica last year revealed a high rate of patient deaths within the hospital’s renowned heart transplant program, as well as major complications after heart bypass surgery. SENT: 320 words.


_ DEPUTIES SHOT-TEXAS _ Police in Texas say three deputies have been shot and wounded while serving a search warrant at a home in Odessa in an incident where officers returned fire and a suspect was killed.

_ BOYFRIEND SLAIN-PHOTO _ A Central Texas woman has been charged in the death of her boyfriend after police say she reported posing with a rifle and accidentally shooting him as he planned to take her photo. With booking photo.

_ DOUBLE SLAYING-SENTENCE _ An Indianapolis man who was apprehended in Texas after fleeing charges in a double-killing has been sentenced to 110 years in prison.



PORT ARTHUR, Texas _ On Sunday, Bishop Curtis Guillory held a rededication Mass at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Port Arthur _ the final church in the Diocese of Beaumont, which spans 33 cites in Southeast Texas, to re-open after Tropical Storm Harvey. The Beaumont Enterprise reports all traces of damage from the August 2017 storm are erased, with new tile flooring, fresh white paint and golden accents added to familiar fixtures. One recurring comment was the “lightness” and “brightness” of the chapel, which was built in the 1970s and had boasted a much darker color scheme since. By Haley Bruyn, Beaumont Enterprise. SENT: 820 words, with photos.



AUSTIN, Texas _ Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber on Tuesday afternoon is expected to formally announce Austin as an expansion city for the league. The city has already entered a contract for a new privately-funded stadium. By Jim Vertuno. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos from 4 p.m. CST event.


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