AP-TX--Texas News Digest 12 am, TX
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HOUSTON — The husband of a former sheriff’s deputy has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for the strangulation death of a man the couple confronted outside a Houston-area restaurant. Prosecutors argued Terry Thompson wanted to kill 24-year-old John Hernandez and kept him in a chokehold even when he stopped resisting after Thompson confronted Hernandez about urinating in the parking lot of a Denny’s restaurant in May 2017. By Juan A. Lozano. SENT: 640 words, photos.
MOTEL 6 LAWSUIT
PHOENIX — The national budget chain Motel 6 has agreed to pay up to $7.6 million to Latino guests who say the company’s employees shared their private information with immigration officials, according to a proposed settlement filed in federal court. A federal judge must still approve the proposal filed last week in U.S. District Court in Arizona. The agreement between Motel 6, which is owned by G6 Hospitality LLC in Carrollton, Texas, and guests represented by the Los Angeles-based Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund, springs from a class-action lawsuit filed in January. By Anita Snow. SENT: 500 words, photos. Moved on general and financial news services.
TEXAS GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:
ELECTION 2018-O’ROURKE-WHAT’S NEXT
EL PASO, Texas — Was Beto O’Rourke’s loss in Texas, for the U.S. Senate seat held by Republican Ted Cruz, close enough for the Democratic congressman from West Texas to launch a future national campaign? By Will Weissert. SENT: 850 words, photos.
WASHINGTON — The number of Latinos serving in Congress will rise to at least 41 in the new year, and that figure most likely will increase when three undecided races are called. Thirty-three out of 44 Latino Democratic candidates won election in Tuesday’s contests, while six out of 15 Latino Republican candidates claimed victory. By Luis Alonso Lugo. SENT: 860 words, photos.
WASHINGTON — For all the many successes among candidates of color, the midterm elections also proved to some the enduring power of racism, with minority politicians’ intelligence and integrity called into question by their opponents and President Donald Trump in what were widely seen as coded appeals to white voters. Several Democratic strategists have said the outcome showed the need for the party to recalibrate its strategy heading into 2020 and beyond. To win, they said, the party must expand its base of black and brown voters while also calling out racism more directly and doing more to persuade white voters to reject bigotry. By National Writer Errick Haines Whack. SENT: 650 words, photos.
ELECTION 2018-HOUSTON HISTORY
AUSTIN, Texas — A 27-year-old immigrant in Houston with no political experience is now the top elected official in the nation’s third-largest county — Harris County — as part of a local Democratic sweep that carries broader ramifications for Texas. By Paul J. Weber. SENT: 500 words, photos.
HOUSTON — A day after losing his re-election bid, a Texas judge released nearly all of the juvenile defendants who appeared before him after he asked them whether they planned to kill anyone. Harris County prosecutors expressed concerns after Judge Glenn Devlin made the decision in Houston. The juveniles face charges ranging from misdemeanors to violent crimes, the Houston Chronicle reported. SENT: 250 words.
WASHINGTON — The Pentagon has quietly stopped calling the deployment of troops to the U.S.-Mexico border “Operation Faithful Patriot,” dropping the name even as thousands of American forces head to southern Texas, Arizona and California. According to U.S. officials, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis directed the department to stop using the name and simply describe the mission as military operations on the border. The change was ordered early this week, but no reason was given. By Lolita C. Baldor. SENT: 310 words, photos.
— MIGRANT CARAVAN-US ELECTIONS — The migrants in a caravan used by President Donald Trump as a campaign issue were almost universally unaware of the results of the U.S. midterm elections. The Central Americans were more concerned with the dangers of northern Mexico as they struggled to reach the U.S. border, still hundreds of miles away, than with who controls the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. By Christopher Sherman and Mark Stevenson. SENT: 750 words, photos.
— MIGRANT CARAVAN-THE RETURNED — Hundreds of the mostly Honduran migrants who set out with the caravan that has traversed hundreds of miles through three countries before arriving in Mexico City this week have returned home, according to the Mexican government. Some grew disillusioned. Others simply wore out. Still others were detained and returned, or gave up on waiting for possible asylum in Mexico and accepted bus rides back home. By Maria Verza. SENT: 1200 words, photos.
ELECTION 2018-VOTING PROBLEMS-MACHINES
ATLANTA — Election experts have long warned about the nation’s aging fleet of voting equipment. This week’s elections underscored just how badly upgrades are needed. Across the country, reports poured in Tuesday amid heavy voter turnout of equipment failing or malfunctioning, triggering frustration among voters and long lines at polling places. Scanners used to record ballots broke down in New York City. Voting machines stalled or stopped working in Detroit. Electronic poll books used to check in voters failed in Georgia. Machines failed to read ballots in Wake County, North Carolina, as officials blamed humidity and lengthy ballots. Those problems followed a busy early voting period that revealed other concerns, including machines that altered voters’ choices in Texas, North Carolina and Georgia. By Christina A. Cassidy and Michael Liedtke. SENT: 1000 words, photos. Moved on general and political news services.
— FORMER CONGRESSMAN-TRIAL — Disgraced former Texas Congressman Steve Stockman will serve 10 years in federal prison for conspiring to bilk at least $775,000 from conservative foundations that intended the donations for charities and voter education. SENT: 120 words, photos.
AROUND THE STATE & NATION:
— ATHLETES SCAMMED — A woman has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for scamming star athletes out of millions of dollars by claiming to be an Ivy League university-trained financial adviser and money manager. SENT: 120 words. Moved on general and sports news services.
— TEXAS EXECUTION-APPEAL — Harris County prosecutors have filed a motion with the U.S. Supreme Court asking it to determine that a Texas appeals court was wrong to rule that a death row inmate is not intellectually disabled. SENT: 130 words.
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