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

March 4, 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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WASHINGTON _ Nearly 20 years after he left the White House, Bill Clinton is still sought for advice by some Democrats running for president. But the names on the Arkansas native’s dance card in recent months underscore how much his standing in the party has changed. So far, no early front-runners has had a formal meeting with Clinton. Nor have women running in the historically diverse primary field. Clinton has spoken mostly with male candidates considered longshots for the nomination, including Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, former Housing secretary Julian Castro of Texas and former Maryland Rep. John Delaney. By Julie Pace. SENT: 1,080 words, with photo.


SAN ANTONIO _ Investigators say an Air Force major in San Antonio bought a shovel, an ax, gasoline and a “burn barrel” a day after his wife was reported missing and then tried to destroy the receipt. The San Antonio Express-News reports that 40-year-old Andre McDonald was indicted Sunday on a charge of tampering with or fabricating evidence in connection to the disappearance of his 29-year-old wife, Andreen McDonald, who police believe is dead. SENT: 320 words, with photos.


DALLAS _ About 200 works of art once part of a 6,000-piece collection amassed by a Jewish attorney in Germany before the valuable items were scattered as the Nazis took over are going up for auction. The works collected by Ismar Littmann being offered Tuesday at Swann Auction Galleries In New York are mostly drawings, etchings and lithographs. They were among pieces brought out of Germany before World War II by Littmann’s son, who eventually settled in Texas. By Jamie Stengle. UPCOMING: 400 words, with photos.



CHICAGO _ Shawn Cotton no longer drives his $55,000, bright pink Corvette to work because he’s afraid it could get him killed like his friend. But there are two things he won’t leave home without: his bulletproof vest and the 9 mm pistol he slips into his pocket. Cotton, who’s 28 and considers Texas home, quit his $7-an-hour job cleaning refrigerators at a big-box store six years ago to enter a new and uniquely dangerous field of newsgathering. Video journalists interview street gangs and rappers in high-crime areas, then post the videos on YouTube channels. By Michael Tarm. SENT: 1,160 words, with photo, video.


_ GREEN BERET-DEATH _ A preliminary hearing in Virginia has again been pushed back for two Navy SEALs and two Marines charged in the slaying of an Army Green Beret from Texas while they were stationed in west Africa.

_ SOUTHWEST AIRLINES-HAWAII _ Texas-based Southwest Airlines plans to begin long-delayed service to Hawaii on March 17 with a flight from Oakland, California, to Honolulu.

_ CHURCH UNDER BRIDGE-MAGNOLIA SILOS _ The stars of TV’s “Fixer Upper” show joined a relocated Texas congregation for church on the lawn of the couple’s Magnolia Market at the Silos amid expansion of nearby Interstate 35. Pursuing photos, video.



QUINLAN, Texas _ When Superintendent Graham Sweeney arrived at the Boles Independent School District 33 years ago, school buildings were crumbling. Teachers taught two grade levels at a time. One hundred fifty-six students were enrolled. The Austin American-Statesman reports the Boles district, 50 miles northeast of Dallas, collected the least local property tax revenue per student of any district in the state. Boles still ranks last by that measure, but education there has improved dramatically, thanks to the state’s school finance system, that, for all of its flaws, has lifted up the poorest school districts in the state. By Julie Chang, Austin American-Statesman. SENT: 2,290 words, pursuing photos.



MORGANTOWN, W.Va. _ Top-ranked Baylor tries to finish the regular season unbeaten in Big 12 play when the Lady Bears play at West Virginia. By John Raby. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 6 p.m. CST.



NEW YORK _ Baylor remained the unanimous No. 1 choice in The Associated Press women’s basketball poll. The Lady Bears, who have been atop the rankings for six weeks, received all 28 first-place votes from a national media panel Monday. The Lady Bears have the longest winning streak in the country, 19 games, and close out the regular season Monday night at West Virginia. By Doug Feinberg. SENT: 260 words, with photos.


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