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AP-TX--Texas News Digest 12 am, TX

August 17, 2018

Good morning! 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. Jill Bleed is at the desk after 5:30 a.m.

Reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date. All times are Central.

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TOP STORY:

TEXAS OFFICER-MURDER TRIAL

DALLAS — A former Texas police officer accused of killing a black teenager was angry, out of control and “trigger happy” when he fired at a car full of teenagers while responding to a house party, a prosecutor has told jurors in the opening day of the ex-officer’s murder trial. Ex-Balch Springs officer Roy Oliver’s actions were unreasonable on the night he fatally shot 15-year-old Jordan Edwards last year, said Michael Snipes, a Dallas County assistant district attorney. Snipes said Edwards was an “innocent child” and that his last words were “duck, get down.” By Ryan Tarinelli. SENT: 980 words, photos.

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TRUMP-SECURITY CLEARANCES

WASHINGTON — Former U.S. security officials are issuing scathing rebukes to President Donald Trump, admonishing him for yanking a top former spy chief’s security clearance in what they cast as an act of political vengeance. Trump said he’d had to do “something” about the “rigged” federal probe of Russian election interference. Trump’s admission that his extraordinary act of retribution against a former high-ranking official was tied to his frustration about the Russia probe underscored his willingness to use his executive power to fight back against an investigation he sees as a threat to his presidency. Legal experts said the dispute may add to the evidence being reviewed by special counsel Robert Mueller. The retired Navy admiral who oversaw the raid that killed Osama bin Laden called Trump’s moves “McCarthy-era tactics.” Writing in The Washington Post, former University of Texas System chancellor William H. McRaven said he would “consider it an honor” if Trump would revoke his clearance, as well. “Through your actions, you have embarrassed us in the eyes of our children, humiliated us on the world stage and, worst of all, divided us as a nation,” McRaven wrote. By Jill Colvin and Catherine Lucey. SENT: 1100 words, photos, video. Moved on national political news services.

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— TRUMP-SECURITY CLEARANCES-THE LATEST

— TRUMP-SECURITY CLEARANCES-Q&A

IMMIGRATION:

— IMMIGRATION DETENTION-UNREST — U.S. immigration authorities say about 40 men at a family detention center in Texas were involved in a “disturbance.” SENT: 120 words.

TEXAS GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:

— GOVERNOR’S RACE-TEXAS-MISSING GUN — A former Texas sheriff who’s now the Democratic nominee for governor says she has been a “responsible gun owner” as authorities continue searching for her on-duty firearm that is missing. SENT: 130 words.

AROUND THE STATE & NATION:

KEYSTONE PIPELINE

LINCOLN, Neb. — A federal judge has ordered the U.S. State Department to conduct a more thorough review of the Keystone XL pipeline’s proposed pathway after Nebraska state regulators changed the route, raising the possibility of further delays to a project first proposed in 2008. U.S. District Judge Brian Morris of Montana said in a ruling Wednesday that the State Department must supplement its 2014 environmental impact study of the project to consider the new route. Morris declined to strike down the federal permit for the project, approved by President Donald Trump in March 2017. By Grant Schulte. SENT: 500 words, photos. Moved on general and financial news services.

IN BRIEF:

— FATAL PLANE CRASH — The pilot of a small plane was killed and his three passengers, two of them children, were injured when the single-engine aircraft crashed on takeoff from a rural North Texas airfield. SENT: 120 words.

— TEXAS CAMPUS CARRY — Three University of Texas professors have lost another legal round in their challenge to a Texas law allowing people with concealed-handgun licenses to carry weapons on public university campuses. SENT: 130 words.

— GAS PRICES — The average retail gasoline price in Texas fell by 2 cents this week to settle at $2.61 for a gallon of unleaded. SENT: 120 words.

— BOSTON TEA PARTY-CARTOON — A political cartoon published shortly after the Boston Tea Party is hitting the auction block. SENT: 120 words. Moved on general and financial news services.

— HARVEY-SILENT SPILLS: An environmental report says industrial facilities in Texas reported releasing 8.3 million pounds of toxic fumes in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey but later reduced the air pollution estimates by 1.7 million pounds. SENT: 130 words.

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