BC-TX--Texas News Digest 1 pm, TX
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HOUSTON _ A black man was arrested and charged with murder in the week-ago killing of a 7-year-old black girl in a drive-by shooting in Houston that her family believed was racially motivated but that prosecutors said Sunday was a case of mistaken identity. Jazmine Barnes’ family had described the gunman in the Dec. 30 slaying as a white man driving a red pickup, stirring fears among community activists that race played a role in the attack. By Juan A. Lozano. SENT: 440 words, with photos. Developing.
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TEXAS LEGISLATURE-FRESH START
AUSTIN, Texas _ Texas’ last legislative session ended with one lawmaker threatening to shoot another after reporting Hispanic protesters to immigration agents, and corporate giants from Amazon to the NFL issuing warnings over a “bathroom bill” targeting transgender people. More than a year later, comes a test: whether a humbling 2018 for Texas Republicans will soften one of the most hard-right statehouses in the country. The Texas Legislature returns Tuesday, and unlike places such as Colorado and Minnesota where Democrats seized control of legislative chambers in November’s midterm elections, Republicans remain firmly in power. By Paul J. Weber. SENT: 790 words, with photos.
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SANTA FE, Texas _ A Southeast Texas church has become much more than just a place to worship in the wake of last May’s shootings at a school that left 10 people dead. The Galveston County Daily News reports Aldersgate United Methodist Church is home to the Santa Fe Strong Resiliency Center, which was established following the deadly gunfire. Officials say the counseling center has had an increase of clients in the months since the shootings at Santa Fe High School in an attack blamed on a student. SENT: 310 words, with photos.
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SHREVEPORT, La. _ The Air Force says a court-martial is scheduled Monday for a Louisiana-based airman accused of stabbing his Texas roommate to death in their quarters at an Air Force base in Guam. Airman 1st Class Isaiah Edwards is charged with killing 20-year-old Airman 1st Class Bradley Hale, of Montgomery County, on March 26 at Andersen Air Force Base. SENT: 160 words.
_ AUSTIN-GARAGE IMPLODED _ A six-story parking garage in Austin has been imploded to make way for a student housing project near the University of Texas.
_ BURNING VEHICLE-RESCUE _ Corpus Christi police have praised the actions of officers and good Samaritans who saved a 70-year-old man from a burning vehicle before dawn on New Year’s Day.
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GALVESTON, Texas _ A murder-for-hire suspect till the end, John Litchfield _ the longtime lover of a fellow Galveston cruise ship captain imprisoned for stealing an infant’s identity _ has died of mad cow disease in a Friendswood nursing home. The Houston Chronicle reports the 70-year-old was never charged or arrested in connection with the 1988 slaying of his sweetheart’s husband in California, but for decades authorities probed the murder of Harold “Skeeter” Lyerla as a possible hired hit that netted a hefty insurance payout. Even after another man _ landscaper Victor Perea _ was convicted in the brutal stabbing, police kept the case open, hoping to snare Litchfield and his lover, Cynthia Knox. Now, even with Litchfield dead and Knox in prison for identity theft, investigators have not given up. By Keri Blakinger, Houston Chronicle. SENT: 830 words.
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VICTORIA, Texas _ He didn’t have to look at a map to know the way. “It’s the house with a big tree pushing up the concrete,” Jonathan Hein said. The Victoria Advocate reports he leaned forward in his seat, put his nondescript white car into park, grabbed a clipboard from the center console and walked on the uneven concrete to the front door. He was only inside for a few moments, but he’s learned that moments of connection are precious to those with a mental illness. Hein is a Victoria police officer. By Jessica Priest, Victoria Advocate. SENT IN ADVANCE: 560 words, with photos.
HOUSTON _ Anthony Snoddy was first to climb the 18-foot ladder. The Houston Chronicle reports as the kid who found the tallest trees and front-flipped off buildings, Snoddy, 36, wasn’t worried about the height. He knew it would be part of his job maintaining and repairing wind turbines. Instead, he was focused on the safety clamps and procedures for climbing the ladder. These weren’t part of his riskier youthful forays, but they were essential in graduating from MIAT College of Technology and entering a workforce expected to grow 96 percent between 2016 and 2026. By Andrea Leinfelder, Houston Chronicle. SENT IN ADVANCE: 590 words, with photos. Moving on news & business lines.
WINNIPEG, Manitoba _ Tyler Seguin, with two goals in each of his past two games, takes the Stars into Winnipeg, where Dallas has lost five straight. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 4 p.m. CST.
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