AP-TX--Texas News Digest 12 am, TX
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WASHINGTON — A federal judge has approved the $85 billion mega-merger of AT&T and Time Warner, potentially ushering in a wave of media consolidation while shaping how much consumers pay for streaming TV and movies. U.S. District Judge Richard Leon green-lit the merger without imposing major conditions as some experts had expected. The Trump Justice Department had sued to block the $85 billion merger, arguing that it would hurt competition in cable and satellite TV and jack up costs to consumers for streaming TV and movies. Now, the phone and pay-TV giant AT&T will be allowed to absorb the owner of CNN, HBO, the Warner Bros. movie studio, “Game of Thrones,” coveted sports programming and other “must-see” shows. The Justice Department could appeal the ruling, although it said only that it is considering its options. By Marcy Gordon and Mae Anderson. SENT: 650 words, photos. Moved on general, financial, political and technology news services.
AT&T-TIME WARNER-FUTURE MEDIA DEALS
NEW YORK — Now that a federal judge has cleared AT&T’s $85 billion takeover of Time Warner, other companies are likely to rush to consolidate. The ruling signaled that federal regulators might have a hard time stopping companies from getting bigger by gobbling up rivals and the content they own. Even if a company doesn’t need to get bigger right away, it might need to do so to prevent a competitor from doing so. By Technology Writer Mae Anderson. SENT: 770 words, photos. Moved on general, financial, entertainment, political and technology news services.
TEXAS GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:
AUSTIN, Texas — An alliance of U.S. education groups has expressed shock that the Trump administration will let schools purchase metal detectors and police patrols through a $1.1 billion education program that the White House and Congress have used to defend their response to school shootings. By Paul J. Weber. SENT: 600 words, photos. Stands for story listed on previous Texas News Digest as SCHOOL SHOOTINGS.
GEORGE HW BUSH-BIRTHDAY
KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine — George H.W. Bush of Houston has enjoyed a relaxing birthday as he became the first former U.S. president to turn 94. The nation’s 41st president was receiving calls and taking it easy at his seaside home eight days after being released from a hospital where he was treated for low blood pressure, said Chief of Staff Jean Becker. Bush’s office shared a letter from the president in which he said, “My heart is full on the first day of my 95th year.” SENT: 360 words, photos.
WASHINGTON — The House will vote next week on two Republican-written immigration bills, a top GOP aide said late Tuesday, as leaders sought to move past an election-year civil war they worry will wound the party’s prospects in November. AshLee Strong, spokeswoman for Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., announced the decision after a bargaining session among leaders and top conservative and GOP lawmakers ended without agreement on a single package all sides could support. For weeks, the party’s two wings have hunted ways to provide a route to citizenship for “Dreamer” immigrants brought illegally to the U.S. as children and also bolster border security, but have failed to find middle ground. By Alan Fram and Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 520 words, photos. Moving on national general and political news services.
AROUND THE STATE & NATION:
A middle school student had been killed in the border city of Reynosa, across from McAllen, Texas, Mexico’s Education Department said. The department did not say how ninth-grader Jesus Antonio Hernandez Martinez died, but its officials said it would work “to strengthen security at the school building.” SENT: 220 words.
— DOMINO’S PIZZA-POTHOLES — The saying goes that the road to hell is paved with good intentions, but what if the road was paved with pizza? SENT: 130 words.
— FBI AGENT-PASSPORT FRAUD — An ex-FBI agent in West Texas must serve four years of probation for lying about personal information in 2014 while seeking a passport. SENT: 130 words.
— FATAL CRASH-CHARGES — A man accused of killing a 17-year-old girl while driving while intoxicated in Houston has been charged with a second murder after the teenager’s father died of injuries suffered in the crash. SENT: 120 words.
— GUATEMALA VOLCANO-TEXAS HOSPITAL — A Southeast Texas hospital treating six Guatemalan children severely burned when a volcano erupted last week says four of the children are in critical condition and two others are in good condition. SENT: 130 words.
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