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BC-TX--Texas News Digest 3 pm, TX

January 8, 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 _ Authorities say a second black man has been charged in the fatal drive-by shooting of a 7-year-old Houston black girl, whose death her family had initially believed was racially motivated. The Harris County Sherriff’s Office say 24-year-old Larry D. Woodruffe was charged Tuesday with capital murder in the Dec. 30 slaying of Jazmine Barnes. Woodruffe was charged as Jazmine’s funeral took place Tuesday. Woodruffe and Eric Black Jr. were both taken into custody on Saturday. While Black was charged on Sunday, authorities didn’t charge Woodruffe until additional evidence had been collected. Authorities say Woodruffe and Black mistakenly thought they were attacking people they’d previously fought at a club. By Juan A. Lozano. SENT: 200 words, with photos. Will be updated.


WASHINGTON _ Ready to make his case on prime-time TV, President Donald Trump is stressing humanitarian as well as security concerns at the U.S.-Mexico border as he tries to convince America he must get funding for his long-promised border wall before ending a partial government shutdown that has hundreds of thousands of federal workers facing missed paychecks. Trump is delivering his first Oval Office address Tuesday night, and then visiting the southern border on Thursday, as he tries to put pressure on resistant Democrats. Trump’s evening remarks will be followed by a televised rebuttal from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, who strongly oppose the wall. By Catherine Lucey, Lisa Mascaro and Jill Colvin. SENT: 1,270 words, with photos, audio, video. Will be updated.



_ GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-AVIATION-Q&A. By David Koenig. SENT: 1,050 words, with photo.


AUSTIN, Texas _ A top Texas conservative has been called away from his duties overseeing the opening of the state’s legislative session for a meeting at the White House. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick headed Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign in Texas and his trip to Washington comes as the president prepares to address the nation on the partial government shutdown sparked by a fight over funding for a U.S.-Mexico border wall. Republican state Sen. Jane Nelson opened the Texas Senate session in Patrick’s place Tuesday and said he went to Washington for a meeting on issues “critical to Texas.” By Jim Vertuno and Paul J. Weber. SENT: 120 words, with photos. Developing.





FORT WORTH, Texas _ Republicans in one of the most populous counties in Texas are set to decide if they should remove a Muslim vice party chairman following allegations that he prefers Islamic over U.S. law and opposes the GOP’s pro-Israel stance. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that the infighting over Shahid Shafi has deterred potential donors from giving to the Tarrant County Republican Party’s main fundraiser in February. Some party members have speculated that fundraising efforts will be drained altogether if Shafi is removed, jeopardizing the party’s 2020 campaign. The Tarrant County GOP executive committee will decide Thursday whether to remove Shafi from the post. SENT: 360 words.


SAN ANTONIO _ San Antonio police say the reported abduction of a missing 8-month-old boy was staged to cover up “foul play” involving the child. Police Chief William McManus declined to elaborate Monday on whether he believes King Jay Davila is alive. He would only say that investigators “believe there was foul play.” The baby’s father, Christopher Davila, told police Friday that his son was in his car when the vehicle was stolen. Christopher Davila is charged with child endangerment. SENT: 130 words, with photos. UPCOMING: 300 words.


SANTA FE, N.M. _ New Mexico oilfield regulators suspended an order Tuesday that relaxed restrictions on natural gas well locations in a major production basin over the objections of a Texas-based company, as a Democratic administration takes charge of the state’s Oil Conservation Commission. The commission scheduled a rehearing for application by Texas-based Hilcorp Energy to double well densities in the northwest corner of the state that originally was approved late last year. Oversight of wells shifted Jan. 1 to the Democratic administration of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard. By Moran Lee. SENT: 410 words, with photos.




HELENA, Mont. _ Justice Department attorneys and the Canadian company behind the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline say the U.S. government shutdown shouldn’t delay a court hearing on a judge’s decision to halt construction. Justice Department attorney Bridget McNeil said in a court filing Monday that government lawyers are prohibited from working except in emergencies during the shutdown. But, she adds, federal attorneys’ participation in the hearing next Monday in U.S. District Court in Great Falls isn’t necessary. SENT: 120 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. _ The U.S. Supreme Court has decided not to preside over legal challenges to laws in California and Massachusetts requiring larger living areas for some farm animals. A total of 15 states led by Missouri and Indiana had asked the court to accept original jurisdiction over the lawsuits. SENT: 120 words. UPCOMING: 350 words.


NEW YORK _ Jordan Peele’s “Us,” his anticipated follow-up to “Get Out,” will make its world premiere at the South by Southwest Film Festival. SXSW announced Tuesday that “Us” will open the 26th edition of the Austin, Texas, festival on March 8. Like Peele’s “Get Out,” “Us” is a socially minded horror thriller. The film stars Lupita Nyong’o as a woman returning to her beachside childhood home with her husband and two children. On the vacation, an unresolved trauma from her past is unearthed leading to an eerie confrontation for the family with doppelgangers of themselves. SXSW runs March 8-17. By Jake Coyle. SENT: 120 words, with photo.


_ ELECTION 2020-BETO O’ROURKE-NEVADA _ Backers of former West Texas congressman Beto O’Rourke are hiring staff in California, Nevada and other early presidential nominating states to help build support for the Democrat’s possible presidential campaign.

_ DALLAS OFFICER-MISTAKEN APARTMENT _ A gag order has been issued in the case of a former Dallas police officer charged in the fatal shooting of her unarmed black neighbor whose apartment she says she mistook as her own. With photos.

_ SCOUT CAMP-DEATH _ The family of a 14-year-old Texas Boy Scout who was killed when a tree fell on his tent at a Georgia Scout camp is suing the Atlanta-area group overseeing Scouts programs.



ODESSA, Texas _ The deeper you get into the medical profession, says Dr. Matthew Brian Furst, the more apparent it becomes that it is a life like no other. The Odessa American reports the rewards are supreme and the stresses excruciating and you mustn’t be too enamored of the former or caught up in the latter, says Furst, the latest in a line of physicians dating to the 19th century. Away from his plastic surgery practice, the 58-year-old Odessa native doesn’t see himself as being different from anyone else. By Bob Campbell, Odessa American. SENT: 1,350 words, with photos.



ST. LOUIS _ The Dallas Stars on Tuesday night visit the St. Louis Blues. By Warren Mayes. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. CST.


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