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

September 25, 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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AUSTIN, Texas — The founder of a Texas company that sells blueprints for making untraceable 3D-printed guns has resigned from the firm after being arrested on charges of having sex with an underage girl, the company announced Tuesday. Cody Wilson tendered his resignation to his own company Friday evening to tend to “personal matters,” said Paloma Heindorff, director of development for Austin-based Defense Distributed. The company is at the center of a lawsuit filed by several states trying to shut down the firm. Investigators allege Wilson met the 16-year-old in Austin through the website SugarDaddyMeet.com. Wilson was arrested in Taiwan and extradiated over the weekend. By Will Weissert. SENT: 400 words, pursuing photos.


AUSTIN, Texas — Republican Sen. Ted Cruz accused Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke of making offensive comments about police officers during their first debate of the Texas Senate race. The attack came amid heightened attention in Texas on fatal shootings involving police officers. Last month, a white Dallas police officer shot and killed her unarmed black neighbor, whose apartment she says she mistook for her own. The officer, who was fired from her job Monday, is free on bond after being booked on a preliminary charge of manslaughter in the slaying of 26-year-old Botham Jean. By Paul J. Weber. SENT: 430 words, with photos.



SAN ANTONIO — A federal judge in San Antonio has sentenced a former leader of the violent Bandidos Motorcycle Club to life in prison after being convicted of racketeering charges alleging multiple murders, attempted murders and other crimes. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words, pursuing photos.


LOS ANGELES — A man arrested on suspicion of beating a Southern California homeless man into unconsciousness and suspected in six other beating attacks — three of them fatal — is also being investigated in the disappearances of two of the suspect’s Texas relatives. Houston police Lt. Humberto Lopez told the Los Angeles Times in a story published Tuesday that 47-year-old Ramon Escobar is a person of interest in the disappearances late last month of 60-year-old Dina Escobar and her brother, 65-year-old Rogelio Escobar. Dina Escobar’s burned van was found in Galveston a few days after she went looking for her brother, who was missing. Ramon Escobar is their nephew and police want to talk to him. SENT: 440 words, with photos.


Video captured the moment that an Air Canada jet flew off course and just over four other jetliners filled with passengers late on a July night last year in San Francisco. On Tuesday, the National Transportation Safety Board will meet to determine the probable cause of the close call. Board members are likely to focus on actions of the Air Canada pilots, who may have been confused because one of two parallel runways, called 28L, was closed for construction that night, and its lights were turned off. SENT: 360 words, with photos. Will be updated.


— ELECTION 2018-SENATE-TEXAS-CRUZ PROTESTERS — Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke is condemning a protest that forced his opponent in Texas’ closer-than-expected Senate race to leave a Washington restaurant.

— ETHICS-CONGRESSIONAL TRIP-INDICTMENT — An ex-Houston businessman has been indicted on U.S. charges of concealing that a 2013 trip by some members of Congress to Azerbaijan was paid for by that country’s government.

— SCHOOL OFFICIAL SUSPENDED-TWEET — A private school in North Texas has suspended an administrator who posted a profane online message criticizing the attorney who represents porn actress Stormy Daniels.

— IKE-RECOVERY-HOUSING LAWSUIT — A Southeast Texas city has been ordered to pay nearly $15 million to a fired contractor that was overseeing some federally funded housing recovery after Hurricane Ike hit in 2008. With photos.

— DALLAS HOUSING AGENCY-CONTRACTS — A municipal housing agency in Dallas has awarded thousands of dollars in contracts to members of its own board.

— SEXUAL BATTERY-AIRPLANE — A Texas man is accused of inappropriately touching a woman asleep on a Southwest flight to Nashville, Tennessee.

— HARDING COUNTY FATAL — Authorities have identified a West Texas man who died in a semitrailer crash in northwestern South Dakota.

— CHILD ENTICEMENT — Prosecutors in Connecticut say a Houston man has been sentenced to 13 years in prison for enticing minors into engaging in sexual activity over the internet.

— AMERICAN AIRLINES-ZOE’S KITCHEN — American Airlines is expanding its inflight for-sale food options with the addition of a light and healthy Mediterranean menu.

— COLLEGE SYSTEM-CHANCELLOR SEARCH — The Nebraska State College System trustees intend this coming Sunday and Monday to interview the four finalists to be the next system chancellor, including the president of Brookhaven College in Farmers Branch, Texas.



WACO, Texas — Some Central Texas farmers are starting this fall with a war against an intense pest outbreak. The Waco Tribune-Herald reports over the weekend, the nonprofit World Hunger Relief Inc. farm in Elm Mott lost more than 2,500 lettuce plants at the hands, or mouths, of fall army worms. The caterpillars, less than 2 inches in size, crept into the greenhouse and gnawed down seedlings, while others ravaged eggplant leaves in the rows outside. The damage estimate was about $5,000. By Lauren Dodd, Waco Tribune-Herald. SENT: 590 words, pursuing photos.



DALLAS — This is the third season in a row the Dallas Stars have a different coach and a different style. They’re ready to have some fun with the guy fresh out of college. After the differing approaches of grizzled veterans Lindy Ruff and then Ken Hitchcock in a one-season return of their Stanley Cup-winning coach from two decades ago, there is more of an emphasis on relentless offense with new coach Jim Montgomery in his transition from the college ranks to first-time NHL head coach. The 49-year-old Montgomery said he’s sure the team has the speed and depth to play his style. By Stephen Hawkins. SENT: 720 words, with photos.




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