AP-TX--Texas News Coverage Advisory 8:30 am, TX
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ATHENS, Texas — Questions about Beto O’Rourke’s past investment in a controversial redevelopment project in his native El Paso are becoming so intense that even his mother is being pressed on it. The Democrat congressman is challenging Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz in November. O’Rourke says he’ll keep doing with what he believes helped get him this far — not going negative. By Paul J. Weber. UPCOMING: 800 words, with photos.
BORDER AGENT ARRESTED-WOMEN KILLED
LAREDO, Texas — Janelle Ortiz dreamed of becoming famous. Melissa Ramirez imagined a day when the street wasn’t home and drugs not her preoccupation. Claudine Luera just ached to see her children do better than she had. All of these women, bound by difficulties in life, met an eerily similar death: They were shot in the head and left on rural Texas roadsides, allegedly by a Border Patrol agent who has been described as a serial killer. Relatives of the dead are now grieving for loved ones who, they say, were more than the troubles they endured. By Susan Montoya Bryan and Matt Sedensky. SENT: 850 words, with photos. Also moved on the wire Wednesday night.
TAIWAN-US-3D GUN LAWSUIT
TAIPEI, Taiwan — Taiwan said Thursday it is looking for the owner of a Texas company that makes untraceable 3-D printed guns who is wanted on an arrest warrant back home tied to an accusation that he had sex with an underage girl and paid her $500 afterward. The National Immigration Agency and Criminal Investigation Bureau confirmed that Cody Wilson was in Taiwan after arriving on the island earlier this month. Austin, Texas, police are working to find Wilson, the owner of Austin-based Defense Distributed. SENT: 270 words, with photo.
SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas — All federal lawsuits filed against the U.S. Air Force by victims or relatives in a deadly South Texas church shooting will be consolidated and heard by a single judge, a court ruled Wednesday. More than two dozen people were killed in last November’s attack in Sutherland Springs blamed on a lone gunman, a former U.S. serviceman, who then took his own life. UPCOMING: 250 words.
— GAS PRICES — Retail gasoline prices across Texas slipped a penny this week to settle at an average $2.60 per gallon.
— PAROLE OFFICER-PAYOFFS — A former Southeast Texas parole officer faces up to 20 years in federal prison for accepting payoffs in exchange for letting other people provide urine samples for some convicts.
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