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DALLAS — A man convicted of three California murders and long suspected in numerous other deaths now claims he was involved in about 90 killings nationwide spanning nearly four decades, and investigators already have corroborated about a third of those, a Texas prosecutor said Thursday. Ector County District Attorney Bobby Bland said 78-year-old Samuel Little was booked into jail this week following his indictment in the 1994 death of a Texas woman. Investigations are ongoing, but Little has provided details in more than 90 deaths dating to about 1970, Bland said. By David Warren. SENT: 660 words, with photo. SENT on Thursday.
WASHINGTON — Don’t hire someone you can’t fire, like the son of a campaign donor or the child of the mayor. No matter what you may have said during the campaign about changing Congress, hire enough Hill veterans to make the office run smoothly. That’s only some of the advice headed for the historic class of House freshmen of both major political parties streaming into Washington this week for orientation on the nuts and bolts underpinning a job like none other. Not every freshman is new to Washington. Former NFL linebacker Colin Allred of Texas is a civil rights lawyer who worked in President Barack Obama’s housing department. By Laurie Kellman. SENT: 830 words, with photos. SENT on Tuesday.
DRY NEW MEXICO-OIL AND GAS
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— With drought a constant consideration for New Mexico, state and federal officials are warning that decisions about water are growing more complicated and opportunities to tap untraditional sources should be considered. The state, with the help of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, has drafted a document that outlines areas where regulations can be streamlined to encourage the treatment and reuse of wastewater that comes from oil and natural gas operations. As the boom in oil production continues in the Permian Basin’s well fields along the Texas-New Mexico border, officials say so will the amount of wastewater. By Susan Montoya Brown. SENT: 550 words, photos. SENT on Monday.
NEW MEXICO TOURISM-FUTURE
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The “New Mexico True” tourism brand developed by outgoing Republican Gov. Susana Martinez may be expanded under Democratic Gov.-elect Michelle Lujan Grisham. The marketing push is credited for bringing increased tourism to the state. As a candidate, Lujan Grisham promised to seek more visitors to the state and strengthen the “New Mexico True” brand. On Wednesday, Lujan Grisham confirmed she has no intention of dismantling the state’s nearly seven-year-old brand. Created in 2012, the initial $2 million tourism campaign featured colorful images of families in New Mexico kayaking, mountain climbing and making pottery. The state has spent a total of $60 million since 2012 promoting the state’s popular tourist attractions on billboards and in commercials in Texas, Arizona, New York and Illinois. By Russell Contreras. SENT: 450 words, with photos. SENT on Thursday.
ON THE MONEY-SAFE TRAVEL
International air travel has become remarkably safe in recent years, with deadly accidents like last month’s Lion Air crash in Indonesia becoming more rare. Statistics aside, the accident is making travelers wary of flying in some countries or on certain foreign airlines. The safety of Indonesia’s airlines had been questioned long before the Lion Air accident. Before plunking down big money to book international flights, nervous flyers can tap into resources that can provide red-flag warnings if there are doubts about a carrier’s safety. By David Koenig. SENT: 890 words. SENT on Wednesday.
NEW YORK — Texas-based retailer J.C. Penney withdrew its profit guidance and lowered its sales expectations for the year, leading to a big drop in its stock in early trading before shares recovered. Sales at stores open at least a year, a key gauge of a retailer’s health, declined 5.4 percent during the third quarter. That was much worse than the analysts’ prediction of a 0.5 percent decline, according to FactSet. J.C. Penney said Thursday it withdrew guidance because its new CEO and interim CFO need more time to look over operations. By Michelle Chapman and Anne D’Innocenzio. SENT: 540 words, with photos. SENT on Thursday.
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HOUSTON — Pipelines have traditionally operated as the dull middle man of the energy sector, a business so boring that the hard-charging Enron dumped its pipeline holdings to chase sexier businesses during its rapid, but short-lived rise. The Houston Chronicle reports today, however, the once sleepy industry is where the action is, attracting billions of dollars in investment, launching new companies and spurring a wave of mergers, acquisitions and sales. Nowhere is the action more intense than in Texas. By Jordan Blum, Houston Chronicle. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1,320 words, pursuing photos.
AUSTIN, Texas — When Sgt. Leonard Flores Jr. joined the Austin police force in 1954, each cop was, to a certain extent, on his own. “We couldn’t call for backup,” explains Flores, the city’s first Hispanic detective, “because there was no backup.” The Austin American-Statesman reports once, Flores responded to a call from a bar on East Seventh Street where a patron had grabbed money out of a cash register. By Michael Barnes, Austin American-Statesman. SENT IN ADVANCE: 2,040 words, with photos.
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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Albeit not donning a three-piece suit and tie, you may recognize Miller High School’s new guitar teacher. The Corpus Christi Caller-Times reports Jesse De Los Santos is a singer, songwriter and guitarist for the Corpus Christi band The Blind Owls. The rock ‘n’ roll band has made a name for itself by invoking the 60s in concertgoers across the country, from major cities in Texas, to California and Washington, among others. By Beatriz Alvarado, Corpus Christi Caller-Times. SENT IN ADVANCE: 480 words, with photos.
DALLAS — A helicopter hovered above Jefferson Boulevard in Oak Cliff as protesters marched down the street holding anti-Donald Trump signs. They shouted “Whose streets? Our streets!” Dallas police arrested several. The Dallas Morning News reports hours earlier, Trump — who announced his candidacy by referring to Mexican immigrants as rapists and drug dealers and later accused a federal judge of Mexican descent of being biased against him — had been sworn in as the president of the United States. As this was happening, sisters Eva and Pat Arreguin huddled inside the Oak Cliff Cultural Center with the center’s manager, Rafael Tamayo, to hatch out a plan for how they could provide more artistic space for Dallas Latino artists and other marginalized communities. By Obed Manuel, The Dallas Morning News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 900 words, with photos. Not for online use in the Dallas area.
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