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MOVING ON Saturday, Dec. 1:
DALLAS — Busloads of visitors still flock to Dallas homes where Lee Harvey Oswald lived before President John F. Kennedy was assassinated on Nov. 22, 1963. The Dallas Morning News reports one spot includes a rooming house where Oswald was a tenant, with the current owner leading visitors on a $40 per person guided tour that includes the bedroom where the man blamed for killing JFK once slept. UPCOMING: 300 words, with photos. Not for online use in the Dallas area.
MOVING ON Sunday, Dec. 2:
SNYDER, Texas — Big fans of unusual art can check out some truly small works in West Texas. The Abilene Reporter-News reports an exhibit called “Tiny Art!” is running through Dec. 22 at a gallery in Snyder. Officials say the largest tiny art is limited to 10 inches on the long side - not terribly tiny, when you think about it - but the smallest? Sky’s the limit. UPCOMING: 250 words, with photos.
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DALLAS — A 78-year-old inmate who says he killed more than 90 people as he moved around the country for nearly four decades offered his confessions as a bargaining chip to be moved from a California prison, authorities say. The FBI said in a statement Tuesday that Samuel Little offered the deal in exchange for being moved from California State Prison in Los Angeles County, but it didn’t say why he requested the transfer, where he asked to go or whether his offer was accepted. It did say that Little, in poor health and reliant on a wheelchair, will likely stay in jail until his death in Texas, where he was brought in September to face charges in the 1994 killing of a woman in Odessa. By David Warren. SENT: 440 words, with photo. SENT on Thursday.
IMMIGRATION-TEEN DETENTION CAMP
Some lawmakers on Thursday called for stricter background checks, more mental health support and a public hearing amid problems at a massive detention camp for migrant teens raised by a federal watchdog report and an Associated Press investigation. More than 2,300 teens are being held at the remote tent city in Tornillo, Texas, which opened in June as a temporary, emergency shelter but now appears to be becoming more permanent, AP reported Tuesday. The Department of Health and Human Service’s Office of Inspector General on Tuesday raised concerns that the private contractor running Tornillo has not put its 2,100 staffers through FBI background checks. By Martha Mendoza and Garance Burke. SENT: 640 words, with photos. SENT on Thursday.
HOUSTON — The mother of a toddler who died weeks after being released from the nation’s largest family detention center filed a legal claim seeking $60 million from the U.S. government for the child’s death. Attorneys for Yazmin Juarez submitted the claim against multiple agencies Tuesday. Juarez’s 1-year-old daughter, Mariee, died in May. Juarez’s lawyers said Mariee developed a respiratory illness while she and her mother were detained at the South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, Texas. They accused U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement of releasing the pair while Mariee was still sick. The girl died six weeks later in Philadelphia. By Nomaan Merchant. SENT: 310 words, with photo. SENT on Tuesday.
SOUTHERN POLITICS CHANGING
ATLANTA — A century of rule by “Southern Democrats” followed by a generation of Republican domination is evolving into something more complex. This month’s midterms revealed a South that’s essentially splitting in two. In states like Georgia and Texas, population growth and strong minority turnout propelled liberal Democrats such as Stacey Abrams and Beto O’Rourke to come close to statewide victories once thought impossible. The Old Confederacy states in between are mostly holding to form, with white majorities giving President Donald Trump high marks and conservatives a clear advantage going forward. By Bill Barrow. SENT: 1,170 words, with photos. SENT on Monday.
REPEATED FLOOD LOSSES
WASHINGTON, N.C. — The taxpayer-subsidized National Flood Insurance Program helps with rebuilding, Records at the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which operates the program, show that nearly 37,000 properties from the Carolinas to California have repeatedly flooded and been rebuilt — some dozens of times — with help from a federal insurance program that is, itself, financially underwater. Last year was the 40-year-old flood program’s second-worst, with more than $10 billion in claims, following hits from Hurricanes Harvey in Texas and Maria in Puerto Rico. By Emery P. Dalesio. SENT: 1,010 words, with photos. SENT on Monday.
SEX ADS REBOUND
DALLAS — Smaller escort websites are vying for the lucrative online sex-for-hire market Backpage.com dominated before U.S. authorities shut it down earlier this year, a move that fractured the industry and forced law enforcement to adapt their efforts combating sex trafficking. Online sex ads plunged in April following Backpage’s seizure and President Donald Trump’s signing of legislation aimed at websites that facilitate sex trafficking. But a new analysis finds the drop in the number of ads may have been short-lived. By Ryan Tarinelli. SENT: 870 words, with photos. SENT on Wednesday.
IMPLANT FILES-BREAST IMPLANTS
WASHINGTON — Breast implant recipients say that for years data on ruptures and other problems was kept hidden by the U.S. government and manufacturers, making it hard to know whether the medical devices are safe. A joint investigation by The Associated Press and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists found that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration allowed breast implant manufacturers to report problems in bulk, rather than individually, effectively suppressing the actual number of complaints about injuries and malfunctions. The breast implant reporting issue is just one of the problems caused by the FDA’s current tracking system for medical device problems. By Meghan Hoyer. SENT: 3,010 words, with photos. SENT on Monday.
— IMPLANT FILES-BREAST IMPLANTS-ABRIDGED VERSION. 950 words.
ROUTE 66-HISTORIC TRAIL
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A new proposal moving through Congress seeks to designate Route 66, the highway that connected Chicago to Los Angeles — via Oklahoma and Texas — and was once an economic driver for small towns across a post-World War II United States, as a National Historic Trail. U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Jim Inhofe announced this week the introduction of a bipartisan bill that would amend the National Trails System Act and include Route 66 in an effort to help revitalize cities and small towns that sit along the historic corridor. By Russell Contreras. SENT: 470 words, with photos. SENT on Wednesday.
ST. LOUIS — The storied Delta Queen riverboat appears headed for a return to cruising after a decade of forced retirement. The U.S. House late Tuesday approved the Coast Guard Authorization Bill, which includes language reinstating an exemption allowing the Delta Queen to return to service for the first time since 2008. The last remaining hurdle is the signature of President Donald Trump. The Delta Queen Steamboat Co. said the 285-foot-long (87-meter-long) vessel, immortalized in poems and songs, will undergo an extensive renovation before beginning themed voyages on the Mississippi, Ohio, Tennessee, Cumberland, Kanawha and Arkansas rivers in 2020. By Jim Salter. SENT: 370 words, with photo. SENT on Wednesday.
MUSIC Q&A-MICK JAGGER
NEW YORK — Mick Jagger likes a buzz. A natural buzz. The Rolling Stones frontman, who will tour America next spring with his iconic band, says live shows give him a rush that can’t be matched and is the reason that at 75, he still loves touring. Jagger should feel like a football player — since he’ll be playing the same stadiums as NFL stars when the Stones’ No Filter tour launches in Miami on April 20. Tickets go on sale Friday and the 13 shows will hit Florida, Texas, Arizona, California, Washington, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Illinois and Washington, D.C. By Mesfin Fekadu. SENT: 1,180 words, with photos. SENT on Monday.
WEEKEND MEMBER EXCHANGES:
FOR USE Sunday, Dec. 2, and thereafter:
BLOOMINGTON, Texas — The five young Amish women arranged themselves in a brand new home in this beat-up Texas town and began to sing. The Houston Chronicle reports the house, built by volunteers, was a vibrant mustard yellow, the talk of the town. The girls harmonized. It was a Tuesday afternoon, 15 months after Hurricane Harvey ripped through this chemical-plant town, 13 miles southeast of Victoria, and nine days before the second Thanksgiving since the storm. By Emily Foxhall, Houston Chronicle. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1,110 words, pursuing photos.
BROWNSVILLE, Texas — At the foot of the Mexican side of the Gateway International Bridge, a group of Americans bearing a wagon packed with homemade food approached a small area curtained off by a blue tarp. The Brownsville Herald reports as temperatures dipped to 47 degrees, they unpacked trays of green beans, turkey with pasta and more as the people sleeping in the makeshift camp helped arrange the food. There were about 16 people sleeping there at night, waiting to be called on by Mexican and U.S. immigration officials to begin their asylum applications. By Nadia Tamez-Robledo, The Brownsville Herald. SENT IN ADVANCE: 940 words, with photos.
TEXARKANA, Ark. — Downtown Texarkana set aside holiday celebrations recently to celebrate two of the cities’ identifying historical ingredients: railroads and Scott Joplin’s ragtime music. Dozens of city, county, chamber and commercial officials packed into the Flying Crow passenger rail lounge car to celebrate Joplin’s birthday. By Greg Bischof, Texarkana Gazette. SENT IN ADVANCE: 627 words, pursuing photos.
FOR USE Monday, Dec. 3, and thereafter:
SAN ANTONIO — The San Antonio Fire Museum, housed in the historic Central Fire Headquarters building near the Alamo, offers a glimpse for some 14,000 visitors annually into an era when volunteers used hand-operated water pumpers and heavy leather hoses to battle fires in early San Antonio. The San Antonio Express-News reports officials of the five-year-old museum fund a $225,000 operating budget with donations, museum store sales and admission fees of $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and $2 for children ages 3-12. But the museum could do more to advance its mission of preserving San Antonio’s firefighting heritage and educating children and adults about fire prevention and safety. By Scott Huddleston, San Antonio Express-News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 930 words, with photos.
ODESSA, Texas — Former teacher and coach Joe Hernandez officially retired at the beginning of the 2018 calendar year. However, the idea of retirement doesn’t sit well with him. The Odessa American reports Hernandez prefers the term renaissance. More than nine years ago, Hernandez learned traditional bow making techniques from renowned bowyer Ed Scott. Hernandez’s affinity for bows turned from recreational to passion and potential source of income. By Royal McGregor, Odessa American. SENT IN ADVANCE: 840 words, with photos. Moving on news & sports lines.
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