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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. Trump stalked out of his meeting with congressional leaders _ “I said bye-bye,” he tweeted soon after _ as efforts to end the partial government shutdown fell into deeper disarray. Hundreds of thousands of federal workers now face lost paychecks on Friday. During his stop Thursday in McAllen, Texas, Trump is expected to visit a border patrol station and a section of the border, said a person familiar with his plans who was not authorized to speak publicly about them. 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. UPCOMING: 840 words, photos, audio, video by 1 a.m. Moving on national political news services.
_ GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-THE LATEST
_ SHUTDOWN POLITICS _ By Steve Peoples. SENT: 1150 words, photos. Moved on national political news services.
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. “You could give me a trillion dollars and I wouldn’t take it,” said Cavazos, whose land sits along the Rio Grande, the river separating the U.S. and Mexico in Texas. “It’s not about money.” By Nomaan Merchant. SENT: 1000 words, photos.
TEXAS GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:
RAMSEY MUNIZ RELEASED
DALLAS _ Ramsey Muniz, who got more than 210,000 votes as a 1972 third-party candidate for governor in on a Hispanic rights platform but sentenced to life without parole in 1994 on a drug conviction, has been released from prison after years of intense efforts by family and supporters to obtain that release. The Federal Bureau of Prisons says Muniz was released from the Federal Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, on Dec. 10. His trial attorney, Dick DeGuerin of Houston, says the 75-year-old former La Raza Unida Party candidate for governor is in poor health and spends his days in bed or a wheelchair. By Terry Wallace. SENT: 380 words.
_ SEXUAL ASSAULT RULES-TEXAS _ The Texas House has voted to strengthen its anti-sexual harassment policies, mandating training and allowing a legislative committee with subpoena powers to investigate complaints. SENT: 130 words.
AROUND THE STATE & NATION:
_ TRAIN DERAILMENT-TEXAS _ A freight train derailment in the center of a small North Texas town sent freight cars smashing into a resident’s back yard. SENT: 110 words, video.
_ TEXAS POLICE CHIEF ARRESTED-FIRED _ A South Texas police chief has been fired following his domestic violence arrest. SENT: 130 words.
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