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

August 29, 2018

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

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DALLAS — More testimony is expected Wednesday during the sentencing of a former police officer who was convicted of murder for shooting into a car filled with black teenagers in suburban Dallas, killing one of them. In a rare guilty verdict in a police shooting case, the Dallas County jurors were not swayed by former Balch Springs officer Roy Oliver’s claim that he was protecting his partner when he fired into the vehicle. By Ryan Tarinelli. SENT: 510 words, with photos, video.




Experts say the murder conviction of a former Texas police officer in an on-duty shooting is rare. There have been only a handful of such convictions since 2005, and all but one were overturned on appeal. Some factors in the case against Roy Oliver, who’s white, that differ from other cases include the age of the unarmed black victim — he was only 15 — and body-camera footage that showed Oliver lied about what happened the night of the 2017 shooting. The penalty phase continued Wednesday in Dallas for Oliver, who was convicted a day earlier. By Claudia Lauer. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.


AUSTIN, Texas — A Texas Republican Party tweet recalling Democratic Senate hopeful Beto O’Rourke’s past arrests has triggered a partisan mugshot melee online. The state GOP was chiding O’Rourke for failing to yet settle on dates for a series of debates with Republican incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz when it tweeted an O’Rourke photo on Tuesday night that appeared to be a mugshot from a previous arrest. O’Rourke was arrested in his native El Paso in 1995, but misdemeanor burglary charges were later dropped. In 1998, he was arrested there again, this time for driving while intoxicated. That case was dismissed when O’Rourke attended driver classes. By Will Weissert. SENT: 330 words.



HOUSTON — The city of Houston has announced it’s received a $1.8 million grant to help it become more resilient to events like natural disasters but also to such ongoing issues as an overtaxed transportation system and unemployment. It’s been a year since Hurricane Harvey-related flooding swamped parts of Houston. By Juan A. Lozano. UPCOMING: 400 words.


NEW YORK — As small business owners in Hawaii and California clean up following Hurricane Lane and wildfires, they’ll find there’s no one formula for recovery. The same disaster can devastate businesses in divergent ways — a hurricane might tear the roof off one restaurant, flood another and leave a third with little damage. Some Texas communities are still recovering from Hurricane Harvey, which struck a year ago. By Joyce M. Rosenberg. SENT: 1,290 words, with photos.


HOUSTON — The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston has replaced its colorful admission stickers with plastic tags in an effort to cut down on the original items being discarded and stuck on nearby street signs and buildings. The Houston Chronicle reports the stickers, used as proof of entry since the early 1990s, have been piling up like bad polka dots on structures in the area. UPCOMING: 250 words, with photos.


LOS ANGELES — Michelle Janikian, who writes about marijuana for publications like Herb, Playboy and Rolling Stone, says after she tells someone what she does for a living, she usually spends the rest of the conversation “trying to act so friendly and mainstream” so they don’t think she’s stoned. Stoner stereotypes die hard. But with a multibillion-dollar industry beginning to flower — marijuana is now legal in some form in 30 states — cannabis advocates are pushing to dispel the old ideas. The website Leafly, which is sometimes called a Yelp for discerning potheads, has taken out ads in The New York Times and staged events at gatherings like the South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas, to extol the virtues of marijuana. By John Rogers and Krysta Fauria. SENT: 1,000 words, with photos, video.


— NURSE FIRED-MEASLES PATIENT — Officials with Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston say they’ve fired a nurse after she posted information on social media about a boy who’s suspected to have measles.

— PIPELINE PROTESTS-SENTENCES — The first people to be sent to jail for protesting the Dallas company-operated Dakota Access oil pipeline in North Dakota have lost their appeals to the state’s Supreme Court.

— BOOMING OIL REGION-AIRPORT — Officials in southeastern New Mexico’s booming oil and gas region want to expand their regional airport.



DALLAS — Beneath the open jaws of a crouching dinosaur, Briana Smith pressed her small rotating saw into a plaster cast. Inside the cast lay pieces of a creature that had roamed Alaska about 70 million years ago. The Dallas Morning News reports Smith’s colleague Tony Fiorillo, a paleontologist and chief curator of the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, found the fossils on one of his many expeditions to the Arctic. He had swaddled them in a cocoon of paper, burlap and plaster to protect them on the 4,000-mile journey to Dallas. Now, Smith was beginning the long process of figuring out exactly what Fiorillo had brought back. The museum’s Paleo Lab opened Tuesday. By Anna Kuchment, The Dallas Morning News. SENT: 700 words, with photos. Not for online use in the Dallas area.



ARLINGTON, Texas — Dak Prescott had uncertainty at running back last year with Ezekiel Elliott’s looming suspension as the Cowboys missed the playoffs. Now the unknown is in the passing game with the departures of Jason Witten and Dez Bryant. By Pro Football Writer Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos.




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