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

January 27, 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. Terry Wallace is at the desk.

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WASHINGTON _ President Donald Trump won’t hesitate to shut the government down again or declare a national emergency if Congress won’t work with him to secure the U.S.-Mexico border, the White House said Sunday. The president’s standoff with Democrats on Capitol Hill is far from over and the clock is ticking because the spending bill Trump signed on Friday funds the government agencies that had been shut down only until Feb. 15. By Deb Riechmann. SENT: 620 words, photos, video, audio. Moved on national political news services.



BILLINGS, Mont. _ As the Trump administration rolls back environmental and safety rules for the energy sector, government projections show billions of dollars in savings reaped by companies will come at a steep cost: more premature deaths and illnesses from air pollution, a jump in climate-warming emissions and more severe derailments of trains carrying explosive fuels. The Associated Press analyzed 11 major rules targeted for repeal or relaxation under Trump, using the administration’s own estimates to tally how its actions would boost businesses and harm society. By Matthew Brown. SENT: 770 words. Moved on general, financial, political, health and science news services.




SEATTLE _ For a businessman who grew a small coffee roaster into an inescapable global chain, who ensured that even his part-time workers had benefits and who has given about $150,000 to Democratic campaigns, former Starbucks Chairman Howard Schultz is generating tepid _ or even hostile _ responses within the party as he weighs a presidential bid in 2020. That’s partly because reports suggest he’s considering running as an independent, a prospect many worry could draw support from the eventual Democratic nominee and hand President Donald Trump another four years in office. Julian Castro, the former secretary of Housing and Urban Development who announced a bid for the Democratic nomination this month, said Sunday on CNN he is concerned that if Schultz did run an independent campaign “it would provide Donald Trump with his best hope of getting re-elected.” By Gene Johnson. SENT: 900 words, photos. Moved on general and political news services.



NORRIDGEWOCK, Maine _ Thanks to congressional intervention, military recruits are going be outfitted in Made-in-the-USA goods right down to their sneakers used for physical fitness training. New Balance in New England, along with two companies based in Texas and Missouri, is producing Made-in-the-USA running shoes for military recruits _ bolstering domestic production at a time when nearly all footwear purchased in the U.S. is made overseas. By David Sharp. SENT: 660 words, photos. Moved on general and financial news services.


JERUSALEM _ Israel’s Delek Drilling and its U.S. partner, Noble Energy, said Sunday the foundation of their rig for the Leviathan gas field has arrived, in the first stage of an ambitious project they say will wean Israel off coal and revolutionize its economy by turning it into an energy exporter. The foundation, known as the platform jacket, is being placed around 10 kilometers (6 miles) off Israel’s Mediterranean coast. It arrived on a 180-meter (590-foot) long barge that sailed for a month from Texas across the Atlantic Ocean. The platform’s jacket, which took 18 months to build, is nearly 100 meters (330 feet) high and weighs 15,500 tons. By Aron Heller. SENT: 550 words, photos. Moved on international general and financial news services.


AUSTIN, Texas _ Tony Villegas grew up in the South First Street area in a bungalow at Gibson Street and Bouldin Avenue where, more than 50 years later, his brother Lawrence still lives. The Austin American-Statesman reports just down the block, at South First and Gibson, sits El Mercado restaurant, which Tony and his wife at the time, Denise Villegas, founded in 1985. Through the years, South First has seen several stages of evolution and has morphed into a predominantly commercial corridor. By Lori Hawkins and Shonda Novak, Austin American-Statesman. MOVED IN ADVANCE WEDNESDAY: 2050 words, photos. Moved on general and financial news services.


DALLAS _ Sixty-two years ago, Ernest Bowens stopped by Highland Park Cafeteria to talk to a friend in the kitchen. Bowens wound up with a job and has worked there ever since. The Dallas Morning News reports given that a lifelong loyalty to a single employer is as unfashionably quaint as a cafeteria-style restaurant, Bowens is a midcentury treasure. The 87-year-old known as Mr. B is far from the top of the org chart, but he’s the heart and soul of a Dallas institution’s last remaining outpost. By Sharon Grigsby, The Dallas Morning News. MOVED IN ADVANCE WEDNESDAY: 1050 words, photos. Moved on general, financial and sports news services.



HOUSTON _ James Harden, who has scored 30 or more points in 22 straight games, looks to lead the Houston Rockets to their third straight win as they host the Orlando Magic. By Kristie Rieken. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 6 p.m.


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