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

May 8, 2019

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. David Warren is at the desk.

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HOUSTON _ Dozens of students in the Houston area had to spend the night at school after flooded roads prevented buses from leaving and parents from reaching their children. Most of the approximately 1,500 students at an elementary school in Cleveland, northeast of Houston, were able to leave by the end of the day after being stranded for a time as Tuesday as up to 10 inches of rain swamped the region. However, about 60 students stayed overnight. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300-500 words. Photos & video.



KANSAS CITY, Mo. _ Rain that continues to swamp the nation’s midsection forced people out of their homes Wednesday in Kansas, stranded about 60 Texas students at their school overnight and continued to strain levees along the surging Mississippi River. 300 words. By Heather Hollingsworth and Jim Salter. 340 words, with photos. Developing.



WASHINGTON _ Federal privacy regulators got a sympathetic hearing from Congress on Wednesday for their request for greater powers and funding to police privacy, as lawmakers warned that fines against big companies may be inadequate to change their conduct. The Federal Trade Commission is negotiating a record fine to punish Facebook for alleged violations of users’ privacy. Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Texas, said even a large fine “is inconsequential for a company the size of Facebook” while potentially damaging smaller businesses. By Marcy Gordon. SENT: 640 words, with photos.


JACKSON, Miss. _ The Mississippi Lottery Corporation announced Wednesday that it is hiring an experienced executive as its first president. Thomas N. “Tom” Shaheen, 66, begins June 1 and will oversee operations as Mississippi prepares to join most other states in offering scratch-off tickets and other games of chance. Shaheen most recently was vice president and chief policy officer of a lottery technology company, Linq3. He was executive director the North Carolina Education Lottery from 2005 to 2010, and before that was chief executive officer of the New Mexico Lottery. He also worked for lotteries in Georgia, Texas and Florida. By Emily Wagster Pettus. SENT: 400 words, with photos.


NEW YORK _ Companies of any size can make marketing mistakes _ think Coca-Cola’s infamous “New Coke,” a reformulation that bombed in 1985. The makers of Homebase, software that helps employers with staffer scheduling, offered customers a chance to win Amazon.com gift cards if they completed a survey about using the program. “The response was understandably negative _ Homebase is used by other small businesses, and many regard Amazon as a ruthless competitor,” Homebase marketing director Ravi Dehar says. The Houston-based company learned its lesson and now uses Visa gift cards. By Joyce M. Rosenberg. SENT: 940 words, with photos.


_ MISSING COLLEGE STUDENT-VERDICT _ A jury has found a 28-year-old man guilty of murder in the 2016 death of a West Texas college student he was dating _ Zuzu Verk _ who was missing for months before her body was found in a shallow grave. Pursuing photo.

_ INMATE-ESCAPE ATTEMPT _ Investigators in San Antonio say a man originally arrested on a trespassing count tried to escape through the ceiling of his cell but was caught after setting off some sprinklers. With photo.



HOUSTON _ One of the world’s largest oil industry conferences has a rising star — renewable energy. The Houston Chronicle reports at this week’s Offshore Technology Conference, companies that sell equipment to oil and gas drillers are pitching their products for renewable energy, too. Attendees are crowding into panel discussions to hear engineers and geoscientists present research on techniques to make renewable energy more cost effective. Wind developers are flying in from California and New York to opine on the nascent, but growing offshore wind energy market in the U.S. By L.M. Sixel and Marissa Luck, Houston Chronicle. SENT: 1,090 words, pursuing photos. Moving on news & business lines.



OAKLAND, Calif. _ Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors try to hold court at home when they take on James Harden and the Houston Rockets with the best-of-seven series notched at 2 games apiece. By Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. Game starts at 9:30 p.m. CDT.


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