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SAN ANTONIO — Julian Castro says whether he runs in 2020 won’t be influenced by whether Texas’ other big Democrat, Beto O’Rourke, also makes a bid for the White House. Castro said Friday he hasn’t talked to O’Rourke about what’s next after losing a surprisingly close U.S. Senate challenge to Republican Ted Cruz. Castro was the nation’s housing secretary under President Barack Obama and is the former mayor of San Antonio. Castro was speaking in San Antonio at a conference on Mexican American civil rights. By Paul J. Weber. SENT: 130 words, with photo. UPCOMING: 450 words.
ELECTION 2018-TEXAS CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT
AUSTIN, Texas — Democrat Gina Ortiz Jones is in Washington attending orientation for new members of Congress despite Republican incumbent Rep. Will Hurd continuing to hold a lead of more than 1,000 votes in their contested race to represent a sprawling West Texas district. By Will Weissert. UPCOMING: 300 words, with photo.
AROUND THE STATE & NATION:
TRUMP-MEDAL OF FREEDOM
WASHINGTON — Miriam Adelson is a doctor, philanthropist and humanitarian, but is perhaps best known as the wife of Sheldon Adelson, a Las Vegas casino magnate considered one of the nation’s most powerful Republican donors. She gets to add a new title Friday when President Donald Trump honors her with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Miriam Adelson is among seven people Trump is recognizing with the medal, the highest honor America can give a civilian. The list includes Roger Staubach, the Hall of Fame Dallas Cowboys quarterback. SENT: 790 words, with photo.
OKLAHOMA CITY — Funeral services are this weekend in Oklahoma for two Korean War soldiers whose remains were recently identified. Services will be Saturday in Idabel for Army Pvt. Charles Kaniatobe of Idabel and on Sunday in Bokchito for Army Pfc. Mathis Ball Jr. of McKinney, Texas. By Ken Miller. 250 words, with photos.
FORT WORTH, Texas — A corporation that runs behavioral health hospitals in Texas has been indicted on nine criminal counts accusing it of detaining patients against their will without a court order. UPCOMING: 300 words.
TIJUANA, Mexico — About 2,000 Central American migrants had already reached the Mexican border city of Tijuana and another 1,200 from a second caravan set out from Mexico City toward the border Friday. With shelters already full, authorities in Tijuana opened a gymnasium and gated sport complex for up to 1,000 migrants, with a potential to expand to 3,000. By Elliot Spagat. SENT: 880 words, with photos, video.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The federal public defender’s office said Thursday it has asked for the release of 67 inmates from a Kansas federal prison and plans to seek freedom for more than 150 others because authorities secretly recorded conversations between prisoners and their attorneys that are supposed to be private. Most of the federal inmates are being held on drug or firearms-related cases. The practice first came to light in a prison contraband case during which criminal defense lawyers discovered the privately-run Leavenworth Detention Center was routinely recording meetings and phone conversations between attorneys and clients, which are confidential. At least one Texas woman has been released early. By Margaret Stafford. SENT: 530 words.
BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota regulators are seeking up to $2 million in fines from a North Carolina company that handled security for the developer of the heavily protested Dakota Access oil pipeline, operated by a Dallas-based company. The figure is in a new complaint that the state Private Investigative and Security Board has filed against TigerSwan. By Blake Nicholson. SENT: 450 words.
OIL BOOM-NEW MEXICO
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — New Mexico oil and gas regulators are being pressured to delay a decision on an application by a Texas-based company that seeks to ease restrictions on well locations in one of the nation’s oldest producing basins. U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, who begins her first term as New Mexico governor in January, is the latest to ask for a delay in the proceedings. The request from the Democrat came Thursday on congressional letterhead. By Susan Montoya Bryan. SENT: 130 words, will be updated.
— BUSH CENTER-CHRISTMAS 2006 — The George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas features a look at a holiday past with recreation of Christmas at the White House using some decorations from a dozen years ago. With photos.
— CHURCH SHOOTING-TEXAS-HARASSMENT — A judge has committed a 56-year-old woman to a psychiatric facility after she and her boyfriend told a South Texas church where a gunman killed more than two-dozen worshippers that the 2017 massacre was a hoax.
— EMBEZZLEMENT-CALIFORNIA COMPANIES — An East Texas woman must serve nearly seven years in prison after pleading guilty to embezzling $1.8 million from some California companies and using the money to build a house.
SPOT MEMBER EXCHANGE:
BEAUMONT, Texas — Every week, Larry Thompson dons a crisp, white doctor’s coat and sets off from his home in Port Neches to make rounds at Baptist Hospital in Beaumont. The Beaumont Enterprise reports he’s always got a smile on his face. It’s painted on, actually, a broad, colorful complement to his rainbow-colored cap, bright green wig and matching green nose. With an oversized stethoscope that hangs round his neck, Thompson — aka, Dr. U. Getwell — walks the hallways carrying not a clipboard but a leash for his invisible dog named Spot. Thompson is a clown. By Kim Brent, Beaumont Enterprise. SENT: 490 words, pursuing photos.
DALLAS — The Stars and Bruins on Friday night finish their season series 11 days after Boston won 2-1 in overtime at home. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m. CST.
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