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

December 20, 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 (AP) — President Donald Trump told congressional Republicans Thursday he would not sign a bill to fund the government because it doesn’t include money for his border wall with Mexico, throwing the budget process into deep disarray and risking a federal shutdown this weekend. The House had been set to vote on the bill Thursday, before a deadline at midnight Friday to fund parts of the government or risk a partial shutdown just before Christmas. By Lisa Mascaro, Matthew Daly and Catherine Lucey. SENT: 1,160 words, with photos, video.



_ TRUMP-BORDER WALL-BACKLASH. By Zeke Miller and Jill Colvin. SENT: 1,040 words, with photo.


WASHINGTON _ Immigrants seeking asylum along the southwest border will no longer be released into the U.S. while their cases play out, the Trump administration said on Thursday, forcing them instead to wait in Mexico in one of the most significant moves on immigration since the president took office. The new policy covers immigrants apprehended at border entry points, those who have been interviewed by U.S. immigration authorities and those who have received an immigration court date. It does not apply children traveling alone or to Mexican nationals making asylum claims. By Colleen Long and Mark Stevenson. SENT: 970 words, with photo.


WASHINGTON _ The Trump administration is setting out to do what this year’s farm bill didn’t: tighten work requirements for millions of Americans who receive federal food assistance. The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Thursday is proposing a rule that would restrict the ability of states to exempt work-eligible adults from having to obtain steady employment to get food stamps. The move comes weeks after lawmakers passed a $400 billion farm bill that reauthorized ag and conservation programs while leaving the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program virtually untouched. House Agriculture Chairman Michael Conaway, R-Texas, was the primary champion for tighter SNAP work requirements in the House farm bill. By Juliet Linderman. SENT: 700 words, with photo.



FORT WORTH, Texas _ A former Southern Baptist pastor in Arkansas been indicted in Texas on charges related to the alleged sexual assault of a 16-year-old girl in 1997, when he was a 25-year-old seminary student in Fort Worth. Mark Aderholt, now 47, was indicted by a Tarrant County grand jury Tuesday. UPCOMING: 400 words.


NEW YORK _ It was March 1958 when an African-American dancer named Alvin Ailey, then making his living on the Broadway stage, gathered up a group of fellow dancers and presented a one-night show of his own works. It was indeed history: The company born that night is now 60 years old and credited with helping popularize modern dance, as well as bringing the African-American experience to a global stage. The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is one of the best known companies in the world. Ailey grew up in poverty in small-town Texas, to a 17-year-old mother. By Jocelyn Noveck. SENT: 1,060 words, with photos, video.


NEW YORK _ Peter Masterson, the playwright, filmmaker and actor whose credits ranged from co-writing the Tony-winning musical “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” to directing the movie adaptation of “The Trip to Bountiful,” has died. Masterson’s son, also called Peter, says his father died Tuesday from complications from Parkinson’s disease. He was 84 and died at home in Kinderhook, New York. His cousin was playwright Horton Foote, who wrote the stage version of “The Trip to Bountiful.” His wife, Carlin Glynn, won a Tony for “Best Little Whorehouse.” His daughter, Mary Stuart Masterson, made her film debut in “The Stepford Wives,” in which he starred as her father. SENT: 120 words, with photo. Will be updated.


_ TEXAS SHOOTING _ Police say they found three people dead, including a suspected gunman, and an injured child after responding to reports of gunshots at a house in Central Texas.

_ TEXAS EXECUTION-APPEAL _ A convicted killer originally sentenced to execution for the 1982 slaying of a Houston police officer must serve life in prison in a plea deal. With photo.

_ MISSING BOY-PLEA _ A man from Kerrville, Texas, has pleaded guilty to drowning his 6-year-old nephew in a bathtub north of Seattle.

_ GAS SYSTEM SALE _ A Mississippi Gulf Coast city is moving to sell its natural gas system for cash to help avert a financial pinch.

_ INSURANCE FRAUD CHARGES _ A suburban Des Moines man convicted of fleecing clients in Iowa and Texas has been imprisoned and ordered to pay restitution of nearly $935,000.



ODESSA, Texas _ Nick Fowler isn’t answering to shareholders or watching quarterly earnings. Instead, the owner of REXtac in Odessa is looking at his company’s long-term success. The Odessa American reports Fowler wants the current 250 to 260 employees _ split between REXtac and Orrex Plastics _ to have a lifetime job at the company. By Royal McGregor, Odessa American. SENT: 810 words, pursuing photos.



DALLAS _ The Stars face Chicago after opening an extended stretch of mostly home games by beating Calgary to stop a four-game losing streak. Dallas swept the season series with the Blackhawks last season for the first time in more than 10 years. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 7:30 p.m. CST.


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