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

September 30, 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. Terry Wallace is at the desk.

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An often-overlooked piece of the border security debate is the flow of guns from the U.S. to Mexico and into Latin America. Among the thousands of immigrants who have been coming across the U.S.-Mexico border in recent months, many are seeking to escape gang and drug violence in their homelands. The weapon of choice used to intimidate them is often an American-made gun. By Lisa Marie Pane. SENT: 900 words, photos.



HOUSTON — Houston city officials have ordered a halt, at least temporarily, to a Canadian company’s plan to open a so-called “robot brothel” in the city. The Houston Chronicle reports building inspectors ordered the halt after determining KinkySDollS lacked the permits required for demolition and construction. The company has received pushback from community groups and local officials. SENT: 130 words.


WACO, Texas — A surf resort in Central Texas has voluntarily closed pending test results into what is commonly referred to as a “brain-eating amoeba.” The Waco Tribune-Herald reports Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is testing at BSR Cable Park’s Surf Resort, which voluntarily closed on Friday. The agency is testing for Naegleria fowleri, colloquially known as a “brain-eating amoeba.” SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words by 2 p.m.


ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — When people gamble, things sometimes go wrong. The recent decision by online gambling company FanDuel to pay an $82,000 payout its computers wrongly promised a bettor on a football game was the exception to the time-honored rule in the gambling industry: When things go wrong, it almost always voids the bet, whether it be a jammed slot machine, wayward dice, or a mistaken turn of the cards. The Golden Nugget had its own high-profile malfunction in 2012 when cards it bought from a manufacturer that were supposed to be pre-shuffled had not been, allowing 14 mini-baccarat players to win $1.5 million when they realized the cards were coming out of the chute in a predictable pattern. The casino won at trial, but to prevent an appeal, it settled with them for pennies on the dollar, said Steve Scheinthal, executive vice president and general counsel of the casino’s parent company, Houston-based Landry’s Inc. By Wayne Parry. SENT: 750 words, photos. Moved on general, financial, sports and technology news services.


MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Three people have been charged in connection with the fatal shooting of a civic leader and former airline executive. Philip Trenary founded Exec Express Airlines in Stillwater, Oklahoma, in 1984. The company moved to Texas and was renamed Lone Star Airlines in 1987. He came to Memphis in 1997 to run a regional airline that morphed into Pinnacle, a $1 billion, 7,700-employee regional airline operator. Trenary oversaw the acquisition and integration of Colgan Air in 2007 and Mesaba Airlines in 2010 before leaving Pinnacle in 2011. SENT: 350 words. Moved on national general news services.



PORT ARTHUR, Texas — Looking across a 1,500-acre reach of coastal marsh on the J.D. Murphree Wildlife Management Area on a late-summer afternoon in 2018, it would be hard to reconcile the robust wetland in Southeast Texas’ Jefferson County with what stood there just a few years ago. The Houston Chronicle reports today, the publicly-owned tract just west of Sabine Lake and part of the largest continuous estuarine marsh system in Texas is a mosaic of thick stands of cordgrass, bulrush and other soil holding/building vegetation peppered with shallow ponds vibrating with aquatic and avian life. A decade ago, it was a dying marsh. By Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1200 words, photos.


LUFKIN, Texas — Students at St. Cyprian’s Episcopal School are thinking up new and improved ways to care for their chickens and gardens. The Lufkin News reports over the summer, environmental science teacher Michelle Haney said she was working in the garden when she saw a bobcat approaching the chicken coop. It was then that she decided the class had better find new ways to protect their chickens, so she tasked sixth-grader Alex Tiu with a project. By Grace Juarez, The Lufkin News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 690 words, photos.


— MARRIAGE PROPOSAL-RESCUE — A Texas man found a scenic location in the Colorado mountains to propose to his girlfriend, but the couple ran into trouble on the way down. SENT: 130 words.

— BELUGA WHALE RESCUED-SEAWORLD — SeaWorld officials say an endangered beluga whale rescued off Alaska’s coast is thriving in his new theme park home. The whale Tyonek was flown from the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward, Alaska, to SeaWorld San Antonio in March. SENT: 120 words.

— BOYKIN INDICTED — Former Texas Christian University quarterback Trevone Boykin has been formally charged with aggravated assault for allegedly attacking his girlfriend and breaking her jaw at his home in March. Boykin was indicted Friday in Fort Worth and is free on bond. He denies the allegations. Prosecutors say the attack was captured on security system video at Boykin’s home in Mansfield. The Seattle Seahawks released Boykin from the team’s practice squad shortly after reports of the attack surfaced. SENT: 140 words. Moved on general and sports news services.



INDIANAPOLIS — Winless Houston tries to end the league’s longest losing streak when it visits Indianapolis on Sunday. Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri needs one field goal to break Morten Andersen’s career record of 565. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Kickoff was at noon.


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