BC-TX--Texas News Digest 12 am, TX
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CHURCH SEX ABUSE-TEXAS
DALLAS _ Investigators who were “thwarted” during earlier investigations of child sexual abuse by priests have searched the offices of the Catholic Diocese of Dallas to obtain evidence of sexual misconduct, according to a police commander and police records. Investigators searched the diocesan headquarters, a storage unit it uses and the offices of a church, police Maj. Max Geron told reporters. By David Warren. SENT: 710 words, photos, video.
TEXAS GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:
AUSTIN, Texas__ Lawmakers in Texas are considering a bill that would stiffen penalties for damaging or trespassing around pipelines as states around the country are taking up similar measures to address pipeline protests. By Clarice Silber. SENT: 450 words.
WASHINGTON _ The acting chief of the Federal Aviation Administration defended his agency’s safety certification of the Boeing 737 Max jetliner, the plane involved in two deadly crashes, and the FAA’s decision not to ground the jet until other regulators around the world had already done so. During a congressional hearing, the FAA official, Daniel Elwell, also stood by the agency’s decades-old policy of using employees of aircraft manufacturers like Boeing to conduct inspections on their own companies’ work. By David Koenig, Marcy Gordon and Tom Krisher. SENT: 1090 words, photos. Moved on national general and financial news services.
_ LGBT RIGHTS-TEXAS _ The city of San Antonio blocking a Chick-fil-A airport location has Republicans pressing to quickly get what they call new religious liberty protections on Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk. SENT: 130 words.
WASHINGTON _ After years of setbacks and stalemates, President Donald Trump will lay out yet another immigration plan as he tries to convince the American public and lawmakers that the nation’s current legal immigration system should be overhauled. The latest effort, spearheaded by Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner, focuses on border security and rethinking the current green card system so that it would favor people with high-level skills, degrees and job offers instead of relatives of those already in the United States. By Jill Colvin and Alan Fram. SENT: 1050 words, photos, audio.
HOMESTEAD, Fla. _ The U.S. government is providing long-distance video counseling to teens housed at the country’s largest child migrant detention center as officials struggle to accommodate increasing numbers of minors illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. Some mental health experts and human rights advocates say that’s the wrong way to help refugees coping with trauma after a perilous journey and while being held away from their families. A private company contracted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to run the center in Homestead is piloting the program and has hired clinical counselors and case managers in Texas, about 1,600 miles away. By Adriana Gomez Licon. SENT: 850 words, photos.
_ IMMIGRATION-CHILD’S DEATH _ A Guatemalan official says a 2½-year-old migrant child has died after crossing the border, becoming the fourth minor known to have died after being detained by the Border Patrol since December. SENT: 160 words.
_ BORDER PATROL-RESCUE _ New photos capture the dramatic rescue of a 7-year-old boy from Honduras who nearly drowned in the river separating the U.S. and Mexico until Border Patrol agents rescued him, near Eagle Pass, Texas. SENT: 130 words, photos.
_ TSA-BORDER PROTECTION _ The Trump administration is starting to send hundreds of Transportation Security Administration employees to the U.S.-Mexico border to help handle the flow of migrants. SENT: 130 words.
AROUND THE STATE & NATION:
HOUSTON OFFICERS SHOT
HOUSTON _ Houston police have finished their criminal investigation into a deadly January drug raid that killed a couple and injured five officers and have turned over their findings to prosecutors, the department’s police chief has announced. “As stated at the onset, we will leave no stone unturned in our effort to determine the facts. Today is a major step in that direction and we continue to be committed to a relentless pursuit of truth, transparency, and accountability,” said Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo. He declined to comment on the investigation’s findings. Acevedo said internal police department investigations on the drug raid are ongoing. By Juan A. Lozano. SENT: 410 words.
BAYTOWN, Texas _ A medical examiner has ruled the fatal shooting of a 44-year-old Houston-area woman by a police officer a homicide. Online records show the Harris County Medical Examiner’s office found Pamela Turner’s death was caused by multiple gunshot wounds. Baytown police have said one of their officers shot Turner after she shocked him with his own Taser. Police Chief Keith Dougherty has now announced that he has called in the Texas Rangers to conduct the investigation with the Harris County district attorney. He said he was calling in the elite Texas Department of Public Safety investigative unit to assure Pamela Turner’s family of a thorough, comprehensive investigation of her death. SENT: 210 words, photos.
RIO DE JANEIRO _ Tens of thousands have joined in demonstrations across Brazil to protest big cuts in federal funding for public education, the first nationwide rallies organized against far-right President Jair Bolsonaro since he took office Jan. 1. Avenues and public squares in Sao Paulo, Brasilia, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador and Recife were jammed as students and teachers marched against the decision to pare $1.85 billion from funds for the public education network, from elementary schools to universities. Speaking during a visit to Dallas, Bolsonaro dismissed the protests, calling student demonstrators “useful idiots” who have “nothing in their heads” and are being manipulated by “a sly minority” in federal universities. By Diane Jeantet. SENT: 750 words, photos.
GREEN BERET DEATH
NORFOLK, Va. _ A U.S. Navy SEAL is expected to formally accept a plea deal for his role in the 2017 strangulation death of a U.S. Army Green Beret in Africa. Navy SEAL Adam Matthews is one for four U.S. service members charged with murder and related counts in the death of Army Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar, a Texas native. By Ben Finley. SENT: 320 words, photos.
_ SCHOOL BUS AGENCY-BRIBERY SCHEME _ A businessman at the center of a bribery scandal that sank Dallas County’s school bus system has been sentenced to seven years in federal prison. SENT: 130 words.
_ HOUSTON OFFICERS SHOT _ Houston police Chief Art Acevedo says his department has finished its criminal investigation into a deadly January drug raid that killed a couple and injured five officers. SENT: 130 words.
_ HOUSTON FIREFIGHTERS-PAY RAISE BATTLE _ Houston’s mayor says the city won’t have to lay off workers to pay for firefighters’ pay parity with city police officers that voters had approved but a judge has now struck down. SENT: 120 words.
_ VEGGIE RECALL _ A Houston-based vendor is recalling select salads, wraps and salad bar trays sole through Whole Foods markets in Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana. SENT: 160 words. Moved on general, financial, health and food news services.
_ CHURCH SHOOTING-LAWSUIT _ A federal judge says he’ll rule soon on whether to dismiss claims filed in several lawsuits against the U.S. Air Force in connection with a 2017 massacre at a South Texas church that killed more than two dozen people in an attack blamed on a veteran.
_ BASEBALL PLAYER KILLED-SUSPECT _ A man accused of fatally shooting a University of New Mexico baseball player from North Texas outside an Albuquerque bar earlier this month will be held without bond pending trial. SENT: 130 words.
_ DRUGSTORES-ROBBED _ Authorities say three suspects have been arrested in the investigation of at least seven drugstore armed robberies this month in the Houston area. SENT: 110 words.
_ PLATFORM EXPLOSION-SENTENCE _ A contract worker from Texas has been sentenced to a year of probation for a Clean Water Act violation connected to a deadly 2012 oil platform explosion off Louisiana’s coast. SENT: 130 words. Moved on general and financial news services.
_ DEADLY CRASHES-KANSAS _ Authorities say four people died in two separate crashes in the same northeast Kansas county with the victims including a Texas woman and her two children. SENT: 150 words.
_ INDYCAR-INDY 500 ANTHEM _ Texas native Kelly Clarkson will sing the national anthem at this year’s Indianapolis 500. SENT: 120 words. Moved on entertainment and sports news services.
_ STANLEY BLACK & DECKER-TEXAS _ Toolmaker Stanley Black & Decker plans to open a manufacturing plant in North Texas and create about 500 jobs. SENT: 100 words. Moved on general and financial news services.
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