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WASHINGTON _ President Donald Trump is taking the shutdown battle to the U.S.-Mexico border, seeking to bolster his case for the border wall after negotiations with Democrats blew up over his funding demands. During his stop Thursday in McAllen, Texas, Trump will visit a border patrol station for a roundtable on immigration and border security and will get a security briefing on the border. But Trump has expressed his own doubts that his appearance and remarks will change any minds, as he seeks $5.7 billion for the wall that has been his signature promise since his presidential campaign. By Catherine Lucey, Lisa Mascaro and Laurie Kellman. SENT: 860 words, with photos, audio, video. Will be updated.
BORDER WALL-EMINENT DOMAIN
HIDALGO, Texas _ As President Donald Trump travels to the border in Texas to make the case for his $5.7 billion wall, landowner Eloisa Cavazos says she knows firsthand how the project will play out if the White House gets its way. The federal government has started surveying land along the border in Texas and announced plans to start construction next month. Rather than surrender their land, some property owners are digging in, vowing to reject buyout offers and preparing to fight the administration in court. Trump is scheduled to visit the border Thursday in McAllen, a city of 143,000 on the Rio Grande. By Nomaan Merchant. SENT: 1,050 words, with photo, video. Will be updated.
HOUSTON _ The man prosecutors say fired the bullet the killed a 7-year-old black girl was set to appear in court in Houston on Thursday. Two suspects, both black, have been arrested in connection with the Dec. 30 drive-by shooting that killed Jazmine Barnes, who was riding in a car with her family. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits.
GOP LEADER-MUSLIM OUSTER
FORT WORTH _ Leaders of the Tarrant County Republican Party are scheduled to vote Thursday evening on whether to remove Shahid Shafi, a Muslim, as vice chairman of the county party. Critics of Shafi, a surgeon and city council member in suburban Fort Worth, say he may be loyal to Sharia law rather than U.S. laws. They also claim he may have ties to terrorist groups and hasn’t pledged enough support for Israel. He has repudiated the allegations and has drawn support from U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and other party favorites. UPCOMING: 250 words.
_ WORKPLACE-DEADLY ATTACK _ Authorities searched for a suspect after one employee was killed and another wounded in a workplace stabbing attack at a company near Houston.
_ INMATE ESCAPES _ Authorities allege that a man who escaped from a Wyoming corrections center was assisted by a staff member, is traveling with her and the pair could be headed to Texas.
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HOUSTON _ Station Houston, one of the city’s most prominent startup hubs, has reincorporated as a nonprofit, the latest reboot in Houston’s continuing quest to find the right formula to create a vibrant technology and innovation scene. The Houston Chronicle reports Station Houston, founded just over two years ago as a for-profit company, says becoming a nonprofit will allow it to attract more funding from grants and foundations to augment what it earns from charging fees to big corporations, such as energy companies, seeking introductions to new technologies. By Andrea Leinfelder, Houston Chronicle. SENT: 1,020 words, pursuing photos. Moving on news & business lines.
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