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BC-TX--Texas News Digest 12 am , TX

December 23, 2018

Good morning! 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

Reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date. All times are Central.

For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org

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TOP STORIES:

CHILD DEAD-US BORDER PATROL

GUATEMALA CITY _ The body of a 7-year-old girl who died at a West Texas hospital while in custody of the U.S. Border Patrol has arrived in her native Guatemala. Jakelin Caal’s cadaver was flown to Guatemala City’s international airport Sunday afternoon and received by representatives of the country’s Foreign Ministry. No family members were on hand, but the body was to be driven by hearse to the department of Alta Verapaz to be handed over to relatives for mourning. SENT: 120 words. Could develop.

AROUND THE STATE & NATION:

TEXAS FLOODING-AUSTIN-RECYCLE

AUSTIN, Texas _ Reycling of plastic items such as bottles jumped in Austin in the weeks after a boil-water notice in late October was lifted. The Austin American-Statesman reports experts say recyclables collected in October increased 8.7 percent from the previous year, while recyclables hauled in November jumped 5 percent from a year earlier. SENT: 270 words.

GUYANA-VENEZUELA-EXXONMOBIL

GEORGETOWN, Guyana _ Guyana’s foreign ministry has condemned what it says was a dangerous incursion into local waters after a Norwegian ship hired by Texas-based ExxonMobil was “intercepted” by a Venezuelan naval vessel. The ship, Ramform Tethys, was contracted to conduct seismic work by the company in a block off Guyana’s coast. It was approached Saturday morning by the Venezuelan navy, which did not board the ship and later left the area, according to Norway’s Petroleum Geo-Services, which was performing the seismic survey on behalf of ExxonMobil. In a statement Saturday night, the foreign ministry called the incident an “illegal, aggressive and hostile act” by Venezuela. SENT: 450 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ DRAGGING DEATH-EXECUTION DATE _ A white man condemned for the 1998 dragging death of a black man in East Texas has been scheduled for execution April 24. With photo.

_ HARVEY-FLIGHT MUSEUM-BUILDING _ A Galveston building that housed a vintage military aircraft flight museum and was swamped in 2008 during Hurricane Ike has been sold and could be turned into a hangar. With photos.

_ GROUND TURKEY RECALL _ A Minnesota-based poultry producer is recalling more than 164,000 pounds of raw ground turkey products that may be contaminated with salmonella, with some items shipped to Texas and Oklahoma.

_ TRANSIT-NEW BUSES _ Riders of some public buses in central and east Texas will be getting new wheels thanks to $14 million in federal grants.

_ BP-TEXAS WIND FARMS _ Oil and gas producer BP has sold three of its Texas wind farms to funds managed by affiliates of Los Angeles-based private equity firm Ares Management Corporation.

WEEKEND MEMBER EXCHANGES/For use Monday, Dec. 24 & thereafter:

EXCHANGE-CHRISTMAS TREE FOREST

BROWNSVILLE, Texas _ One year ago, Brownsville Heritage Museum assistant Ricky Garza was decorating a Christmas tree in the museum’s lobby with a co-worker when the pair thought, why not invite the community to bring in trees and overflow the museum with the holiday spirit? The Brownsville Herald reports that conversation turned into a reality this year with the museum’s first ever Christmas Tree Forest exhibit. By Mark Reagan, The Brownsville Herald. SENT IN ADVANCE: 410 words.

EXCHANGE-KINETIC KIDS

SAN ANTONIO _ Wade DeRousse never thought he’d be able to share athletics with his first son, Samuel, who was born with cerebral palsy and was unable to use his arms or legs. The San Antonio Express-News reports Samuel’s parents thought the cerebral palsy would prevent him from doing many of the things children typically do, particularly sports. But that changed when the DeRousse family discovered Kinetic Kids, a local nonprofit organization. By Josh Baugh, San Antonio Express-News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 950 words, with photos. Moving on news & sports lines.

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SPORTS REFER:

FBN--BUCCANEERS-COWBOYS

ARLINGTON, Texas _ The Dallas Cowboys wrapped up the NFC East title when Dak Prescott accounted for two touchdowns and Jaylon Smith returned a fumble 69 yards for a score in a 27-20 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. Smith’s long return came after a scrambling Jameis Winston lost the ball on a blind-side sack by Randy Gregory, who also recovered a fumble to set up a touchdown for a 14-point lead late in the third quarter. The Cowboys (9-6) clinched the division title and their second trip to the playoffs in three years with Prescott and star running back Ezekiel Elliott a week after failing in their first chance with their first shutout loss in 15 years, 23-0 at Indianapolis. By Schuyler Dixon. SENT: 570 words, with photos.

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