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AP-TX--Texas News Digest 1 pm, TX

December 4, 2018

Good afternoon! 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

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WASHINGTON — The CIA honored its old boss, the only spy chief to become president, with visits to George H.W. Bush’s flag-covered casket on Tuesday, joining members of the public who had lined up before dawn to pay respects to the 41st president in the U.S. Capitol rotunda. Besides the thousands of people streaming by, Sully, the late president’s service dog, was brought by, too. n the midst of the mourning, the Trumps invited the Bush family to share some holiday cheer with a tour of the Christmas decorations at the White House. Former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole on Tuesday saluted George H.W. Bush at the casket of the late president. By Calvin Woodward, Laurie Kellman and Ashraf Khalil. SENT: 950 words, with photos, audio, video.




— TEXAS A&M-BUSH — All of Texas A&M’s teams will begin wearing helmet decals or uniform patches to honor former President George H.W. Bush. SENT: 140 words, with photos.


WASHINGTON — It’s often said that if you want a friend in Washington, get a dog. At the end of his life, Sully the service dog was President George H.W. Bush’s. The yellow Labrador Retriever visited the president’s remains in the Capitol rotunda Tuesday alongside other people in wheelchairs that benefited from the Americans With Disabilities Act that Bush signed in 1990. John Miller, the president and CEO of America’s VetDogs, said the Bush family contacted Walter Reed National Military Medical Center after the late president’s wife of 73 years, Barbara, died in April. America’s VetDogs chose Sully in part for his calm temperament. By Laurie Kellman. SENT: 370 words, with photo.


TORONTO — Former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney will deliver a eulogy and be among those representing Canada at the state funeral for former President George H.W. Bush. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also tweeted that flags on federal buildings in Canada and at Canadian offices in the U.S. will be flown at half-staff on Wednesday. The 94-year-old Bush died last week at his home in Houston. By Rob Gillies. SENT: 120 words.


Former President George H.W. Bush’s state funeral encompasses four days of events, from his arrival in Washington to his burial in Texas on Thursday. The guidelines for state funerals date back to the mid-1800s and have been shaped over time. Seating arrangements, for example, are detailed with precision, with the presidential party followed by chiefs of state, arranged alphabetically by the English spelling of their countries. SENT: 550 words, with photo.


WASHINGTON — One last time, for the record: It was not an ordinary supermarket scanner. A February 1992 newspaper story reporting that President George H.W. Bush was baffled by a supermarket barcode scanner when he visited a grocers’ convention in Florida fed into impressions that the president was out of touch, just as he was dealing with a reeling economy and fending off a primary election challenge at the outset of his re-election campaign. But although Bush had remarked that some of the machine’s features seemed “amazing,” it hardly looked like his first time in a supermarket checkout line. Mostly, Bush seemed to be politely listening to National Cash Register executives making their pitch. SENT: 680 words, with photo.


HUNTSVILLE, Texas — Attorneys for a death row inmate who is scheduled to die Tuesday night say he should be spared because he wasn’t the one who killed a suburban Dallas police officer during a Christmas Eve robbery 18 years ago, it was other escaped inmates he was with. Joseph Garcia, 47, is slated to die by lethal injection after 6 p.m. at state penitentiary in Huntsville. He was among the notorious “Texas 7” gang of inmates who escaped from a South Texas prison in December 2000 and then committed numerous robberies, including the one in which they shot 29-year-old Irving police Officer Aubrey Hawkins 11 times, killing him. By Juan A. Lozano and Michael Graczyk. SENT: 580 words, with photos. Will be updated.


BEIRUT — The parents of journalist Austin Tice of Houston, who went missing in Syria in 2012, said Tuesday they are hopeful the Trump administration will work on releasing their son, in the same way it did with Americans held in North Korea. Marc and Debra Tice told reporters in Beirut that they have met U.S. officials including President Donald Trump and “they have each made a commitment to us that they’re determined to bring Austin home safely.” Austin Tice disappeared at a checkpoint in a contested area west of Damascus on Aug. 14, 2012. By Bassem Mroue. SENT: 380 words, with photos.



DALLAS — Federal safety investigators say a Texas driver suffering from “acute sleep deficit” failed to maintain his lane and caused his passenger bus to careen out of control, causing a wreck that killed nine people and injured nearly 40 others in 2016. The National Transportation Safety Board released its final report on the crash Tuesday. The agency determined the bus left the road and rolled when the 29-year-old driver overcorrected and abruptly braked. By David Warren. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words, with photos.


MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Fallout continues from charter bus crash in Arkansas involving members of a Tennessee youth football program returning from a weekend tournament in Texas. UPCOMING: 500 words.


A rally in oil prices after a two-month slide indicates traders are betting that OPEC and its allies including Russia will agree to produce less crude. Representatives of oil-producing nations will hold a highly anticipated meeting Thursday in Vienna, with analysts predicting that they will agree on a cut of at least 1 million barrels a day in an effort to bolster prices. Russian President Vladimir Putin boosted expectations for a deal when he said at the G20 summit over last weekend that Russia and Saudi Arabia have agreed to extend an attempt by OPEC to balance oil supply and demand — although he provided no figures. By David Koenig. SENT: 800 words, with photo. Will be updated.


SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras — In the past four years alone, almost 4,000 migrants have died or gone missing along the route through Mexico to the U.S., The Associated Press has found. That’s 1,573 more than the previously known number, calculated by the United Nations, and even the AP’s estimate is likely low. These migrants are among about 56,800 worldwide who died or disappeared over the same period, the AP found. By Maria Verza. SENT: 2,480 words, with photos.


— HONDURAS-US-A MOTHER’S WAIT-ABRIDGED version, 1,040 words.


COLUMBUS, Ohio — An Ohio judge is not dismissing a lawsuit seeking to keep the Columbus Crew soccer team in Columbus. The Columbus Dispatch reports a judge on Monday denied the team’s and Major League Soccer’s request to dismiss the suit brought by Columbus and Ohio. The lawsuit argues a Crew proposal to relocate to Austin, Texas, didn’t comply with state law saying Ohio sports teams using publicly supported facilities must give six months’ notice and allow cities or residents a chance to buy the team. SENT: 130 words. Moving on news & sports lines.


— ELECTION 2020-BIDEN — Democratic former Vice President Joe Biden, who had an appearance planned Tuesday in Dallas, says he believes that he is the most qualified person in the country to be president.

— WINTRY WEATHER-SOUTHERN PLAINS — Forecasters say a strong cold front followed by a storm system is expected to bring snow and freezing rain to Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas later this week.

— COUNTY PAYMENT SCAM — An outside review has determined no individual employee is to blame for a Texas county’s loss of more than $525,000 through an electronic payment scam.



LAKE JACKSON, Texas — When Bernice Spell saw a flier for the charitable group Little Dresses for Africa, she quickly sewed almost 100 items of clothing for children in need on another continent. The Facts reports after Hurricane Harvey, the Lake Jackson woman saw the same need in her own community. Since the hurricane hit last year, Spell has gotten up every morning and sewed shirts, dresses, jackets, shorts and pants for children 4 to 6 years old. She takes a lunch break, sews until 10 p.m., and then watches television until she falls asleep, just to repeat the pattern the next day. By Maddy McCarty. SENT: 540 words, pursuing photos.



DALLAS — The Mavericks will try to get two games above .500 for the first time in a visit from Portland. The Trail Blazers have dropped five of six and are coming off a loss in San Antonio. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 7:30 p.m. CST.


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