BC-TX--Texas News Digest 12 am, TX
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GEORGE HW BUSH
WASHINGTON _ George H.W. Bush, who shaped history as 41st president and patriarch of a family that occupied the White House for a dozen years, is going to his final rest, in Texas. The country said goodbye to him in a national funeral service that offered high praise for the last of the presidents to have fought in World War II _ and a hefty dose of humor about a man once described as a cross between Mister Rogers and John Wayne. After three days of remembrance in Washington, a plane brought Bush’s casket for his funeral’s closing ceremonies in Houston and burial Thursday at his family plot on the presidential library grounds at Texas A&M University in College Station. His final resting place is alongside Barbara Bush, his wife of 73 years, and Robin Bush, the daughter they lost to leukemia at age 3. By Calvin Woodward, Laurie Kellman and Ashraf Khalil. UPCOMING: 1120 words, photos, audio, video by 2 a.m. Will be updated.
_ GEORGE HW BUSH-THE LATEST
_ GEORGE HW BUSH-BUSH EULOGY-TEXT _ SENT: 1640 words. Moved on national political news services.
_ GEORGE HW BUSH-THINGS TO KNOW _ By Nomaan Merchant and Juan A. Lozano. SENT: 420 words, photos by 4 a.m.
GEORGE HW BUSH-FUNERAL TRAIN
AUSTIN, Texas _ The locomotive was painted to resemble Air Force One, but George H.W. Bush joked that if it had been around during his presidency, he may have preferred to ride the rails rather than take to the skies. “I might have left Air Force One behind,” Bush quipped during the 2005 unveiling of 4141, a blue and gray locomotive commissioned in honor of the 41st president and unveiled at Texas A&M University. On Thursday, that same 4,300-horsepower machine will carry Bush’s casket, along with relatives and close friends, for around 70 miles. The journey through five small Texas towns was expected to take about two and a half hours. It will deliver the casket from suburban Houston to College Station. By Will Weissert. UPCOMING: 660 words, photos, video by 2 a.m.
GEORGE HW BUSH-HUMOR
WASHINGTON _ Memories of George H.W. Bush’s underappreciated sense of humor drew laughter and brought smiles to the sorrowful mourning of the death of American’s 41st president. Presidential historian Jon Meacham recounted how comedian Dana Carvey once said that the key to doing his iconic impersonation of Bush was to mimic “Mr. Rogers trying to be John Wayne.” By Deb Riechmann. SENT: 400 words, photos.
BORDER AGENT ARRESTED
DALLAS _ A U.S. Border Patrol agent who confessed to killing four sex workers told investigators he wanted to “clean up the streets” of his Texas border hometown, a prosecutor said while announcing that a grand jury had indicted the man for capital murder. Webb County District Attorney Isidro Alaniz said he will seek the death penalty for the September slayings and that evidence presented to the grand jury showed Juan David Ortiz killed the women “in a cold, callous and calculating way.” “The scheme in this case, from Ortiz’s own words, was to clean up the streets of Laredo by targeting this community of individuals who he perceived to be disposable, that no one would miss and that he did not give value to,” Alaniz said at a news conference. By Jamie Stengle. SENT: 600 words, photos.
SAN DIEGO _ A Honduran woman affiliated with a caravan of Central American migrants gave birth on U.S. soil shortly after entering the country illegally amid growing frustration about a bottleneck to claim asylum at official border crossings. Border Patrol agents arrested the woman Nov. 26 after she entered the country illegally near Imperial Beach, California, across the border from Tijuana, Mexico, Customs and Border Protection said. She was arrested with her 20-year-old husband and 2-year-old son. The woman, who was eight months pregnant, was taken to a hospital after complaining about abdominal plan the day after her arrest, Customs and Border Protection said. SENT: 360 words. Moved on national general news services.
TEXAS GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:
SUPREME COURT-DOUBLE JEOPARDY
WASHINGTON _ The Constitution says you can’t be tried twice for the same offense. And yet Terance Gamble is sitting in prison today because he was prosecuted separately by Alabama and the federal government for having a gun after an earlier robbery conviction. The Supreme Court is considering Gamble’s case on Thursday, and the outcome could have a spillover effect on the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. The court’s ruling could be relevant if President Donald Trump were to pardon someone implicated in special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe and a state wanted to pursue its own charges against that person. Trump’s Justice Department is urging the court not to depart from what it says is an unbroken line of cases reaching back nearly 170 years in favor of allowing prosecutions by state and federal authorities. Thirty-six states that include Republican-led Texas and Democratic-led New York are on the administration’s side, as are advocates for Native American women who worry that a decision for Gamble would make it harder to prosecute domestic and sexual violence crimes. By Mark Sherman. SENT: 840 words, photos. Moved on national political news services.
AROUND THE STATE & NATION:
USA Gymnastics is turning to bankruptcy in an effort to ensure its survival. The embattled organization has filed a Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition as it attempts to reach settlements in the dozens of sex-abuse lawsuits it faces and to forestall its potential demise at the hands of the U.S. Olympic Committee. USA Gymnastics filed the petition in Indianapolis, where it is based. It faces 100 lawsuits representing 350 athletes in various courts across the country who blame the group for failing to supervise Larry Nassar, a team doctor accused of molesting them. USA Gymnastics’ former president, Steve Penny, has not guilty in a Texas courtroom to evidence tampering in the sexual assault investigation of the now-imprisoned sports doctor. Prosecutors said he destroyed or hid documents related to Nassar’s activities at the Karolyi Ranch, the ex-national training center near Huntsville, Texas, where a number of gymnasts said Nassar abused them. By Will Graves. SENT: 950 words, photos. Moved on general and sports news services.
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FOR-PROFIT COLLEGE CLOSURES
JACKSON, Miss. _ One of the nation’s largest for-profit college chains has announced that it was abruptly closing in dozens of locations nationwide, after its accrediting agency suspended approval. Birmingham, Alabama-based Education Corp. of America said it was closing schools operating as Virginia College, Brightwood College, Brightwood Career Institute, Ecotech Institute and Golf Academy of America in more than 70 locations in 21 states. In many cases, students and teachers were in class when they got the news. Melissa Zavala, who was studying to be a medical assistant at a San Antonio campus of Brightwood, told KSAT-TV students were taken to an auditorium. By Jeff Amy and Collin Binkley. SENT: 850 words. Moved on general and financial news services.
DALLAS _ A Dallas family took a step toward justice Tuesday after decades of not knowing who was responsible for a single bullet that killed a relative and left another paralyzed. The Dallas Morning News reports that 44-year-old Joseph Buckaloo was sentenced to 30 years in prison after confessing to the May 1992 shooting of Juan Lopez and his nephew, Jose Villegas. Buckaloo pleaded guilty to murder for Lopez’s death, but won’t face charges for shooting Villegas because the crime’s statute of limitations had expired. SENT: 300 words, photos.
DETROIT _ Toyota’s top U.S. executive says car sales nationwide have nearly bottomed out and his company will keep making them despite a dramatic shift to SUVs and trucks, such as the Tundras made in San Antonio. U.S. CEO Jim Lentz told the Detroit Economic Club that car sales fell below 30 percent of sales last month, and he thinks that’s close to the bottom. By Auto Writer Tom Krisher. SENT: 270 words, photos.
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