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December 02, 2018 - 12:00 am


George H.W. Bush's life embodiment of Texas spirit

HOUSTON (AP) — Although he was born and grew up on the East Coast, former President George H.W. Bush was the quintessential Texan.

He found early success in the state's oil fields, helped change the landscape of Texas politics and loved Tex-Mex food.

And in his adopted hometown of Houston, Bush, who died on Friday, and his wife Barbara endeared themselves to the city through their kindness, accessibility and support of charitable causes and local sports teams.

Ricardo Molina, whose family owns Molina's Cantina, one of Bush's favorite Tex-Mex restaurants in Houston, says he remembers Bush's kindness to his staff whenever he would stop by to eat.

Jim Granato, with the University of Houston's Hobby School of Public Affairs, says Bush is "considered a Texan even if he doesn't have the accent."


The Latest: Bush's service dog lies by flag-draped casket

WASHINGTON (AP) — President George H.W. Bush's spokesman has posted a photo of the late president's service dog lying in front of a flag-draped casket.

Jim McGrath posted a picture Sunday of the yellow Labrador retriever named Sully with the caption, "Mission complete. #Remembering41."

The nation's 41st president died Friday at his home in Houston at 94. He will be honored during several public and private events in Houston and Washington before his burial Thursday in Texas.

Bush received Sully in June from America's VetDogs nonprofit organization. The president had a form of Parkinson's disease, and Sully could open doors, pick up items and summon help.

KTRK-TV in Houston reports that Sully will return to America's VetDogs in New York through the holiday season before joining the Water Reed National Military Medical Center's Facility Dog Program.


Reports: Nexstar snags $4.1B deal to buy Tribune Media

IRVING, Texas (AP) — Media outlets are reporting that Nexstar Media Group, whose stations reach nearly 39 percent of all U.S. television households, has reached an agreement to buy Tribune Media for around $4.1 billion.

The deal would make Texas-based Nexstar the biggest operator of local TV stations in the U.S. The agreement was reported Sunday by Reuters and Bloomberg citing unnamed people familiar with the deal. They said the deal could be announced Monday.

Tribune's deal to sell itself to Sinclair Broadcast Group for $3.9 billion collapsed about three months ago. Sinclair is currently the largest local TV operator.

Chicago-based Tribune Media owns or operates 42 local TV stations reaching about 50 million households and national entertainment network WGN. It also has a stake in the TV Food Network.


Officers return fire, kill suspect in Texas trooper gunfire

CENTER, Texas (AP) — Investigators say officers have fatally shot an armed man who was sought on an attempted capital murder warrant after allegedly shooting at a Texas trooper last week.

The Department of Public Safety says 28-year-old Antonio Aguilar of Center was killed early Sunday. No officers were hurt in either incident.

Sgt. David Hendry says Aguilar was sought following a traffic stop Wednesday in which an SUV backed into a DPS vehicle, a trooper opened fire and then a suspect shot at the trooper.

Officers on Saturday received a tip that Aguilar was at a home in Center, 160 miles (257.48 kilometers) northeast of Houston. Hendry says officers negotiated with Aguilar until he came out and began firing.

Officers returned fire.

A man from Center was charged Sunday with harboring a fugitive.


Experts to study respiratory health of Harvey residents

(Information from: The Galveston County Daily News,

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — Medical experts are seeking people in Texas displaced by Hurricane Harvey for a study on possible respiratory problems since the 2017 storm.

The Galveston County Daily News reports the study by the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston involves indoor air quality of hurricane victims' homes.

The study is accepting participants who'll be monitored for a year. Officials will focus on whether respiratory health has changed after people moved back into homes damaged by Harvey, which made landfall in Southeast Texas in August 2017.

Heavy rain blamed on Harvey swamped parts of Houston. Beaumont and Port Arthur were also pummeled by Harvey's rainfall.

Sharon Croisant, with UTMB's Center for Environmental Toxicology , says results could help shape the way homes are rebuilt after natural disasters amid concerns such as mold.



Houston woman charged in death of son who was decapitated

HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston woman has been charged with capital murder in the death of her 5-year-old son who prosecutors say was drowned and decapitated.

Harris County court records show 43-year-old Lihui Liu was being held without bond Sunday. Online records did not list an attorney for Liu, who appeared before a judge Saturday and faced another court appearance on Monday.

Houston police on Friday night responded to a report of a stabbing at a home. Authorities say the boy's father returned from work and found the child's body wrapped in a plastic bag and inside a trash can in the family's garage.

Authorities haven't released a possible motive in the killing of the boy. His name wasn't immediately released.


Petroleum company to map oil, gas under Colorado city

(Information from: Loveland Daily Reporter-Herald,

LOVELAND, Colo. (AP) — A petroleum company plans to search for oil and gas deposits underneath a Colorado city.

Crews from Texas-based Anadarko Petroleum plan to place seismic sensors in areas around the east side of Loveland.

Trucks belonging to the company will then vibrate the ground. Vibrations picked up by the sensors will help to create maps of the underlying geology.

The Loveland Herald reports the work will take place over the first two weeks of December. Company officials say they will try to avoid disrupting traffic by working after hours.

Anadarko last surveyed the geology of the Loveland area in 2013. The study prompted the company to drill 13 oil wells south and east of town.



Police: Worker shot in robbery attempt at Whole Foods in DC

WASHINGTON (AP) — Police say an employee was shot during an attempted robbery at a Whole Foods Market in Washington, D.C.

The Metropolitan Police Department says the shooting happened Sunday morning inside the supermarket along a busy shopping strip in northeast Washington.

Police say the male suspect approached a cashier, pulled out a gun and demanded money. They say the gunman fired off a shot during a struggle, striking the worker.

A police spokeswoman says the male employee was taken to the hospital in critical condition. No one else was injured.

Police say they are searching for the gunman, who fled the scene.

In a statement, Austin, Texas-based Whole Foods says their "thoughts and prayers" are with the wounded employee.


Bush retained sense of humor till the end, Jim Baker says

WASHINGTON (AP) — George H.W. Bush didn't lose his sense of humor even as he was letting go of life.

Bush's longtime friend James A. Baker III tells the story of how his wife, Susan, put a hand on the former president's forehead and told him he's loved very much.

At which point Baker says Bush "cocked" open an eye and quipped, "Well, you better hurry."

Baker says Bush's sense of humor remained intact up until his death Friday at age 94.

Bush will lie in state at the U.S. Capitol from Monday evening through Wednesday morning. A memorial is set for Wednesday at Washington National Cathedral. Bush will then be returned to Houston to be laid to rest Thursday alongside his wife, Barbara, at his presidential library at Texas A&M University.


Several hurt in school bus, car accident in North Texas

WEATHERFORD, Texas (AP) — Investigators say one adult has been critically injured and several students were slightly hurt when a school bus returning from a basketball tournament was hit head-on by a car in North Texas.

The Department of Public Safety says the Bridgeport Independent School District bus was struck Saturday night on Farm-to-Market Road Road 51 near Weatherford.

Sgt. Ricky Hunter on Sunday said authorities are trying to determine why the southbound car hit the bus, which ended up on its side.

Hunter says a woman in the car was critically injured and transported to a hospital. The male driver was also hurt. Details weren't released.

Five girls on the bus and that driver suffered minor injuries. Bridgeport ISD Superintendent Brandon Peavey said Sunday that one girl was hospitalized overnight, as a precaution.

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