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

January 31, 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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HOUSTON _ Houston police Chief Art Acevedo on Thursday updates the investigation into the wounding of five officers, including four who were shot, while trying to serve a warrant Monday at a suspected drug house. Two suspects were later found shot to death in the residence. By Juan A. Lozano. UPCOMING: 500 words. News conference starts 3 p.m. CST.


DALLAS _ Fourteen of the 15 Catholic dioceses in Texas are scheduled Thursday to release the names of priests and others who faced a credible allegation of sexual abuse of a minor. Texas has the most dioceses than any other state so the tally of names could be one of the largest released in recent months. The lone Texas diocese that will not be releasing names is Fort Worth, which publicly identified accused priests more than a decade ago. By David Warren. UPCOMING: 500-700 words.


HOUSTON _ What started as an online fundraiser to provide President Donald Trump with donations for his southern border wall has morphed into a new foundation whose members vow to build a wall themselves. As liberals and opponents of a wall derided it _ and the longest government shutdown in U.S. history ended with Congress refusing Trump’s demand for billions in wall funding _ the campaign has continued to collect new donations every few minutes. By Nomaan Merchant. UPCOMING: 600 words, with photos.


Federal immigration officials are force-feeding six immigrants through plastic nasal tubes during a hunger strike that’s gone on for a month inside a Texas detention facility, The Associated Press has learned. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says 11 detainees at the El Paso Processing Center have been refusing food, some for more than 30 days. Detainees who reached the AP, along with a relative and an attorney representing hunger strikers, said nearly 30 detainees from India and Cuba have been refusing to eat. Some are now so weak they can’t stand or talk. By Garance Burke and Martha Mendoza. SENT: 1,050 words, with photo.



WASHINGTON _ Hundreds of U.S. universities made strong returns on their financial investments last year, but experts worry the gains could be jeopardized by increased spending at many schools. A survey of more than 800 colleges and universities found that their endowments returned an average of 8.2 percent in fiscal year 2018, down from the previous year’s average of 12.2 percent but a major improvement over two sluggish years before that. Harvard University remained the wealthiest school in the nation with an endowment valued at more than $38 billion, while the University of Texas system jumped Yale University to take the No. 2 spot with just under $31 billion. By Collin Binkley. SENT: 610 words, with photo.


HONOLULU _ The torrential downpours that flooded the Hawaiian island of Kauai last year set the national record for the most rainfall in a 24-hour period, according to the National Weather Service. The weather service’s National Climate Extremes Committee issued a memorandum Wednesday, confirming the record set by the heavy rains that hit the island’s northern and eastern sides, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported . The rain gauge at Waipa Garden on the island’s north shore recorded 49.7 inches during the period that ended at 12:45 p.m. on April 15. The rainfall amount broke the previous record of 43 inches recorded July 25-26, 1979, near Alvin, Texas. SENT: 250 words.


DALLAS _ United Parcel Service Inc. said Thursday that fourth-quarter profit fell, hurt by a hefty pension charge, but the results beat expectations as the company handled more packages and boosted prices. Revenue during the critical Christmas shipping period rose nearly 5 percent compared with a year earlier. Atlanta-based UPS earned $453 million in the fourth quarter, including a $1.24 billion pension charge that executives blamed on volatility in the stock market in late 2018. Profit was down from $1.1 billion a year earlier. By David Koenig. SENT: 400 words, with photos.


ALAMOGORDO, N.M. _ Pat Garrett, an Old West sheriff who is remembered for killing outlaw Billy the Kid, is scheduled to be the focus of a new festival in southern New Mexico. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports the first Pat Garrett Western Heritage Festival is slated for Friday and Saturday in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Organizers say they plan to unveil a new photograph of Garrett. SENT: 310 words, photos.


_ HARVEY-HOUSTON RECOVERY _ Thousands of Houston homeowners still struggling with repairs after Hurricane Harvey hit in 2017 could benefit from up to $400 million in federal grants. With photos.

_ WORKPLACE-DEADLY ATTACK _ Authorities say the suspect in a Jan. 9 fatal workplace stabbing in Texas has died after being found hanging in his jail cell.

_ RAILROAD CROSSINGS-TROOPERS _ Some Texas troopers have been riding the rails to crack down on motorists who violate the law by driving around lowered barriers at railroad crossings. Pursuing photos, video.



BEAUMONT, Texas _ After years of planning and construction, St. Jude Thaddeus Church has revealed a colorful mosaic composed of almost 1 million minuscule pieces of glass from Italy. The Beaumont Enterprise reports the mural depicts the 12 apostles of the Catholic faith along with four North American born saints, St. Juan Diego, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, St. Katharine Drexel and St. Kateri Tekakwitha. In the center of the mural, a circle of light, symbolizing the tabernacle, frames a 9-foot statue of Jesus. By Erica Apodaca, Beaumont Enterprise. SENT: 730 words, pursuing photos.



SAN ANTONIO _ The Spurs play host to the Brooklyn Nets, who have lost 15 straight games in San Antonio over a span of 17 years. DeMar DeRozan, who has missed the past three games for the Spurs with ankle and knee issues, isn’t listed on the injury report. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 7:30 p.m. CST.


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