FOX 26 Digital News Brief for April 19, 2018

A Houston man is accused of trying to hire someone to kill four people. 54-year-old Rajesh Bakshi made his first court appearance on Thursday. Prosecutors said he tried to pay a hitman to kill his ex-girlfriend, her current partner, and her parents.

Explosions were reported at a Valero plant in Texas City. There are no injuries reported and the shelter in place order has been lifted.

A Houston law firm has filed a first-of-its-kind lawsuit on behalf of women who said they are victims of Larry Nassar. The lawsuit is against the International Federation of Gymnastics, as well as Michigan State University, USA Gymnastics and the United States Olympic Committee.

The pilot and co-pilot who safely landed a Southwest Airlines plane after one of its engines exploded released a joint statement. In it, they said their hearts are heavy and they appreciate the outpouring of support. The co-pilot lives in League City with his wife and children. A close family friend said they are both heroes.

The City of Houston Mayor's Office of Special Events is hosting the Barbara Bush Celebration Of Life on Thursday night in front of Houston City Hall. The tribute includes a presentation by an 11-year-old author and a performance by the Houston Children's Choir.

Thousands of people will visit St. Martin's Episcopal Church on Friday to say goodbye to Barbara Bush. All attendees will be screened at Second Baptist Church, where shuttles will take guests to St. Martin's. Bags and purses will not be allowed.

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