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

September 21, 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

Reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org

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TOP STORIES:

ELECTION 2018-SENATE-TEXAS

DALLAS — Democrat Congressman Beto O’Rourke and GOP Sen. Ted Cruz debate Friday night as Cruz seeks to retain his seat in Washington, D.C. Starting in Dallas with the first of three televised debates in Texas, Cruz will likely try to show voters a version of O’Rourke beyond the third-term congressman who has rejected outside money, has no campaign pollster and visited all 254 Texas counties, many of which Democrats wrote off long ago. By Will Weissert. UPCOMING: 700 words, with photos.

TAIWAN-US-3D GUN LAWSUIT

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Authorities in Taiwan arrested the owner of a Texas company that sells plans to make untraceable 3-D printed guns who is wanted in the U.S. over an accusation that he had sex with an underage girl in Austin and paid her $500 afterward, official media reported. The Central News Agency said Taiwanese police found and arrested Cody Wilson in a hotel in Taipei on Friday evening. The Taiwanese news agency said the island’s immigration department would make arrangements for Wilson to return to the U.S. as soon as possible. SENT: 400 words, with photo. Developing.

MUSLIM CEMETERY-TEXAS

DALLAS — Leaders of a rural Texas town have approved design plans for a Muslim cemetery three years after the project was first met with derision and claims that it was a precursor to a Muslim training center. The city council in Farmersville on Thursday OK’d the cemetery plans submitted by the Islamic Association of Collin County. A city spokesman says the council’s action prevents a potential lawsuit by the U.S. Justice Department on claims Farmersville violated religious land-use protections. By David Warren. UPCOMING: 500 words, with photos.

DALLAS OFFICER-MISTAKEN APARTMENT

DALLAS — Court documents show an investigator has sought search warrants for video from buildings near the apartment complex where a white Dallas police officer shot and killed her black neighbor earlier this month. By Ryan Tarinelli. About 300 words, with photos.

AROUND THE STATE & NATION:

OIL AND THE ECONOMY

DALLAS — America’s rediscovered prowess in oil production is shaking up old notions about the impact of higher crude prices on the U.S. economy. It has long been conventional wisdom that rising oil prices hurt the economy by forcing consumers to spend more on gasoline and heating their homes, leaving less for other things. Members of The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, who account for about one-third of global oil supplies, are scheduled to meet this weekend with non-members including Russia. By David Koenig. SENT: 850 words, with photos.

REGULATING TRAINS

WICHITA, Kan. — BNSF Railway is challenging a Kansas law that limits how long trains can block intersections. The Wichita Eagle reports that the Kansas Court of Appeals heard arguments Thursday in the case involving a lengthy blockage of two Chase County railroad crossings in December 2016. The Fort Worth, Texas-based railway company’s court challenge could have ramifications for railroad crossings throughout Kansas. UPCOMING: 250 words.

IN BRIEF:

— VIRTUAL KIDNAPPING SCAM — A Texas woman has been sentenced to more than seven years in federal prison for her role in what investigators called a “virtual kidnapping” extortion scam with ties to Mexico.

— BEAUMONT-DEADLY WRECK — Investigators say a woman and her three children have been killed in a fiery eight-vehicle accident on westbound Interstate 10 in Southeast Texas.

— WACO-DRUG RING — Investigators say 19 suspects have been arrested on federal drug trafficking charges in an alleged Central Texas methamphetamine ring based in the Waco area.

— POT POSSESSION-LINCOLN — Authorities say two men — from Georgia and Houston — found with hundreds of pounds of marijuana in their rental truck have been charged in Nebraska.

— FRAUD SENTENCE — A Texas man has been sentenced by a judge in New Hampshire to nearly six years in federal prison for attempting to sell cranes and other construction equipment that he did not own.

— RECALL-BEEF JERKY — A South Texas company has recalled nearly 700 pounds of beef jerky after regulators say a consumer reporting finding hard metal in a product.

SPOT MEMBER EXCHANGE:

EXCHANGE-DEFENSE CONTRACTOR-BEES

AUSTIN, Texas — In a dense bit of East Austin forest, beneath a long abandoned helicopter-blade test pad and a pair of cottonwood trees, hundreds of honeybees are going about their honey-making business. The Austin American-Statesman reports the land belongs to military contractor BAE Systems — part of the 140 acres on which the company builds components for missiles and other military hardware — and the bees belong to the nonprofit American Honey Bee Protection Agency, which aims to integrate bees into cities and educate the public about their importance as pollinators. The unusual partnership is an effort by United Kingdom-based BAE to burnish its image as it attracts and retains young talent, according to corporate officials. By Asher Price, Austin American-Statesman. SENT: 910 words, with photos. Moving on news & business lines.

SPORTS REFER:

BBA--ANGELS-ASTROS

HOUSTON — Houston’s Gerrit Cole opposes Andrew Heaney of the Angels when the Astros open their final home series of the regular season looking to move closing to clinching the AL West title. By Kristie Rieken. UPCOMING: 700 words, with photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m. CDT.

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