AP-TX--Texas News Digest 12 am, TX
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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. 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. Little was brought to Texas in September, and investigators with law enforcement agencies in several states traveled to speak with him about unsolved homicides. By David Warren. SENT: 650 words, photos.
HOUSTON — A National Guard member arrested on a sexual assault charge while serving on the U.S.-Mexico border lost his job as a county jailer last year after being arrested for drunken driving and allegedly lying to investigators. Luis Carlos Ontiveros, 30, was arrested Monday in Alpine, Texas, and accused of sexually assaulting a woman at a motel. He was part of the National Guard mission that began in April at the call of President Donald Trump, who has since sent active-duty soldiers to the border as well. By Nomaan Merchant. SENT: 450 words, photos.
TIJUANA, Mexico — More buses of exhausted people in a caravan of Central American asylum seekers have reached the U.S. border as the city of Tijuana converted a municipal gymnasium into a temporary shelter and the migrants came to grips with the reality that they will be on the Mexican side of the frontier for an extended stay. With U.S. border inspectors at the main crossing into San Diego processing only about 100 asylum claims a day, it could take weeks if not months to process the thousands in the caravan that departed from San Pedro Sula, Honduras, more than a month ago. By Elliot Spagat. SENT: 1250 words, photos, video.
IMMIGRANT LEGAL FUNDS
DENVER — A network of U.S. cities and counties paying for lawyers to represent immigrants facing deportation in the wake of the Trump administration’s immigration crackdown is planning to expand. During a network conference in Denver, New York-based Vera Institute of Justice announced it was seeking proposals from cities and counties to join its Safety and Fairness for Everyone Network. The network currently includes 12 cities and counties in eight states — California, Colorado, Texas, Wisconsin, Illinois, Ohio, Georgia and Maryland — that are using taxpayer dollars to pay for legal representation, although some also raise private money. While there were efforts to provide attorneys to immigrants in California before the election of President Donald Trump, the other members did not do so until 2017 with the formation of the network, network director Annie Chen said. By Colleen Slevin. SENT: 480 words.
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SEX ABUSE LAWSUIT-CHURCH
AUSTIN, Texas — Six women filed a lawsuit in Texas on Wednesday accusing a Catholic priest of subjecting them to sexual harassment and abuse in recent years, including groping and inappropriate behavior while taking confessions. The suit lists Bishop Joe Vasquez, the Catholic Diocese of Austin and Father Isidore Ndagizimana as defendants. It claimed Ndagizimana held women against their will, made sexual comments and advances, and gave them unwanted kisses. SENT: 230 words.
GREEN BERET DEATH-CHARGES
NORFOLK, Va. — Two U.S. Navy SEALs and two Marines have been charged in the strangulation death of an Army Green Beret from Texas while the service members were stationed in the African country of Mali last year, the Navy said. Charging documents describe a situation in which some of the nation’s most elite military personnel — including two members of the famed SEAL Team Six — broke into a Green Beret’s bedroom while he was sleeping, bound him with duct tape and put him into a choke hold. The charges do not allege a specific motive. But the counts filed against the four men range from felony murder to involuntary manslaughter. They also have been charged with hazing. By Ben Finley. SENT: 410 words. Moved on national general news services.
GALVESTON BAY-OYSTER REEF
GALVESTON — Environmentalists have announced plans for a 50-acre man-made oyster reef in Galveston Bay in the area that was damaged by hurricanes Ike in 2008 and Harvey last year. The Houston Chronicle reports the oyster reef will be built this winter. SENT: 300 words.
OIL BOOM-NEW MEXICO
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — New Mexico oil and gas regulators are being pressured to delay a decision on an application by a Texas-based company that seeks to ease restrictions on well locations in one of the nation’s oldest producing basins. U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, who begins her first term as New Mexico governor in January, is the latest to ask for a delay in the proceedings. The request from the Democrat came Thursday on congressional letterhead. Lujan Grisham says more information is needed from the Bureau of Land Management and Hilcorp Energy Co. By Susan Montoya Bryan. SENT: 300 words.
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 expansion may come amid pressure for New Mexico to join other western state in creating an Office of Outdoor Recreation. The brand uses images of New Mexico’s popular tourist attractions in billboards and commercials in Texas, Arizona, New York and Illinois. By Russell Contreras. SENT: 450 words, photos.
— ABILENE NEWSPAPER-FIRE — Nobody has been hurt in a fire that damaged the Abilene Reporter-News building and forced newspaper personnel to evacuate. SENT: 130 words, photos. Moved on general and financial news services.
— MEAT PRODUCER-LABOR ALLEGATIONS — The U.S. branch of the world’s largest meat producer will pay $4 million in back wages and other monetary relief as part of a consent decree settling allegations by federal labor officials, who alleged that JBS USA discriminated based on race and gender against applicants for laborer positions at its facilities in Hyrum, Utah, and Cactus, Texas. SENT: 130 words. Moved on general and financial news services.
— OFFICER SHOOTS SUSPECT — Houston police say one of their officers has shot and killed a man who was hitting passing vehicles with a flagpole. SENT: 130 words.
— DEER BLIND-DEPUTY SHOT — A Texas sheriff says a deputy who was shot in the foot while investigating a report of an illegal deer hunting site was wounded when his spare weapon malfunctioned and discharged without warning. SENT: 120 words.
— NEWLYWEDS-HELICOPTER CRASH — A helicopter that crashed shortly after leaving a Texas wedding reception, killing the bride and groom and a pilot, had collided with a steep hillside near the ranch where the nuptials were held. SENT: 130 words.
— TEXAS EXECUTION-APPEAL — Texas’ highest criminal court has ordered a new trial for a death row inmate because his attorneys ignored his wishes to claim he was innocent and argue that the slayings of his wife and mother-in-law were due to a conspiracy involving a local mayor. SENT: 130 words.
— HARVEY-WATERWAY CRUISERS — Six tourist boats in a Houston-area community are getting a new home after being damaged during Hurricane Harvey. SENT: 130 words, photos.
— PEOPLE-AMY SCHUMER — Amy Schumer says she’s been hospitalized for severe, second-trimester nausea and apologized to fans in Dallas for canceling a stand-up show. SENT: 110 words, photos.
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