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AUSTIN, Texas — Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones wants a Texas judge to dismiss a defamation lawsuit filed against him by families of some of the children killed in the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. A hearing Wednesday in Austin is the first of two this week involving the “Infowars” host. He was sued after repeatedly claiming on his Austin-based show that the Connecticut shooting was a hoax. The shooting killed 20 children and six adults. Jones now admits the shooting occurred but says his claims were free speech. By Paul J. Weber. SENT: 140 words. Will be updated, hearing begins 2 p.m. With photos.
HOUSTON — Houston officials are pushing back on claims a detention facility being proposed in the city to house more than 200 unaccompanied immigrant children is close to opening. At a news conference Wednesday, Houston Fire Chief Sam Peña said the facility still doesn’t have the proper permits from the city. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner has spoken against the facility. By Juan A. Lozano. SENT: 120 words. UPCOMING: 300-400 words.
DOCTOR ON BIKE-FATALLY SHOT
HOUSTON — Houston police planned a news conference Wednesday afternoon to update the investigation into last month’s fatal shooting of a cardiologist who once treated former President George H.W. Bush. Police believe Dr. Mark Hausknecht may have been targeted when he was fatally shot while riding a bicycle to work. The fleeing suspect also rode a bicycle. By Juan A. Lozano. Developing. News conference scheduled for 2 p.m.
AROUND THE STATE & NATION:
XCEL ENERGY-OIL BOOM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Electricity demand on Xcel Energy’s grid is reaching all-time records thanks to the oil and gas boom in southeastern New Mexico and West Texas. Xcel Energy New Mexico and Texas president David Hudson says oil and gas production in the Permian Basin is driving accelerated load growth on the grid, The Albuquerque Journal reports . SENT: 340 words.
NEWARK, N.J. — New Jersey officials on Wednesday announced a new crackdown on polluters, saying that enforcement was “back in business” after a near-decade-long hiatus and launching six new lawsuits to recover damages and costs. Attorney General Gurbir Grewal alongside Environmental Protection Commissioner Catherine McCabe and Acting Gov. Sheila Oliver announced the new lawsuits near the site of a former lighter plant that leached harmful vapors into homes in Newark, the state’s biggest city. By Mike Catalini. SENT: 540 words, with photos.
DETROIT — The Michigan attorney general’s office is defending the conduct of Larry Nassar’s sentencing judge and asking that she deny a defense request to disqualify herself from the former Michigan State University sports doctor’s appeal. The Detroit News reports that the attorney general’s office says in court documents filed Tuesday that Judge Rosemarie Aquilina’s role was different than a trial judge when she sentenced Nassar after he pleaded guilty to molesting women and girls under the guise of medical treatment. SENT: 130 words, with photos. Will be updated. Moving on news & sports lines.
— SISTER SLAIN — An East Texas man faces up to life in prison after being convicted in the death of his sister who while mortally wounded called 911 to report he shot her.
— MINE SAFETY-MEETING — The federal agency that oversees mining safety is holding public stakeholder meetings in six states, including West Virginia and Texas.
— LONDON-SEX-BOY — A Houston massage therapist who in 2012 flew to London before the Summer Olympics but was sent back to Texas faces up to life in prison for sexually exploiting boys. Moving on news & sports lines.
— HOUSE FIRE-DEATH — Oklahoma police say a woman who fled to Texas has been arrested on charges of fatally shooting her roommate and setting their home on fire.
— MEXICO-VIOLENCE — Officials say rival gangs of fuel thieves staged a shootout on a highway in the northern Mexico state of Chihuahua that left four suspects and a policeman dead.
SPOT MEMBER EXCHANGE:
EXCHANGE-ODESSA BOXING CLUB
ODESSA, Texas — Ramon Franco has been teaching boys how to box for 13 years at Odessa Boxing Club. The Odessa American reports the big thing he’s learned is that there are no losers in the amateur branch of the sport. By Bob Campbell, the Odessa American. SENT: 1,080 words, pursing photos. Moving on news & sports lines.
MONTREAL — Johnny Manziel will make his CFL debut against his former team. The Montreal Alouettes announced that Manziel, a former Texas A&M and ex-NFL player, will be their starter Friday night when they host the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. The 2012 Heisman Trophy winner began the season with Hamilton and was dealt to Montreal on July 22 in a five-player deal that also included two first-round draft picks. SENT: 630 words, with photos.
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