BC-TX--Texas News Digest 12 am, TX
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TEXAS GOVERNOR-BORDER WALL
AUSTIN, Texas _ Republican Greg Abbott has begun a second term as Texas governor by promising lower taxes and a school funding overhaul but without mentioning a national policy dispute that weighs heavily on his state: President Donald Trump’s demand for a border wall. Texas shares 1,200 miles of border with Mexico and stands to be affected most if Trump receives the $5.7 billion he is demanding to build a barrier and end the longest partial government shutdown in U.S. history. Abbott has said walls are effective but hasn’t been an outspoken cheerleader of Trump’s demands during the shutdown. He didn’t wade into the debate at all during his inauguration ceremony, where some onlookers on the Texas Capitol plaza chanted “Build a Wall!” By Paul J. Weber. SENT: 720 words, photos.
TIJUANA, Mexico _ The migrant caravan that was seized upon by U.S. President Donald Trump in the run-up to the 2018 midterm election has quietly dwindled to a few hundred people, with many having gone home to Central America or put down roots in Mexico. By Elliot Spagat and Delmer Martinez. About 6,000 Central Americans reached Tijuana in November amid conflict on both sides of the border over their presence in this Mexican city across from San Diego. As of Monday, fewer than 700 migrants remained at a former outdoor concert venue in Tijuana that the Mexican government set up as a shelter to house the immigrants. Where have they all gone? By Elliot Spagat and Delmer Martinez. SENT: 960 words, photos.
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DENTON, Texas _ John Wetteland, a former All-Star and World Series MVP, has been charged in Texas with continuous sex abuse of a child under age 14. Wetteland, 52, was arrested Monday and freed on $25,000 bond, according to Denton County jail records. Wetteland lives in the Dallas-area suburb of Trophy Club. Bartonville Police Chief Bobby Dowell said the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services contacted his office last week. After an investigation, an arrest warrant was issued for Wetteland, who was taken into custody by Denton County sheriff’s deputies. SENT: 400 words, photos. Moved on general and sports news services.
AUSTIN, Texas _ The FBI has determined that the man suspected in a series of bombings in Austin last year had no known links to international terror groups or domestic hate groups. Court documents filed by the U.S. attorney’s office say an FBI investigation found that 23-year-old Mark Conditt had no accomplices or any “recognized ideology” when he launched the deadly attacks on March 2. The explosions killed two people and seriously injured four others after bombs were left outside homes and along a public trail. Another exploded at a FedEx distribution center in San Antonio. Police say Conditt blew himself up on March 21, as officers closed in to make an arrest. SENT: 310 words.
_ POLICE SHOOTING-SUSPECT DIES _ Police say a 25-year-old El Paso man has died from wounds incurred when officers shot him during an armed confrontation. SENT: 110 words.
_ OFFICERS FIRED-SUSPECT’S DEATH _ Five Fort Worth police officers have been fired and two others have been suspended after a suspect’s pleas for medical help while in custody went unheeded, leading to the man’s death. SENT: 130 words.
_ BODIES DISCOVERED-OKLAHOMA _ Oklahoma law enforcement agencies have discovered the bodies of a man and a woman in clandestine graves in rural Okfuskee County as part of their search for two missing Texas residents. SENT: 130 words.
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