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BC-TX--Texas News Digest 12 am, TX

February 26, 2019

Good morning! 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. Jill Bleed is at the desk after 5:30 a.m.

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HOUSTON _ When police fatally shot a couple during a raid of their home in a working-class Houston neighborhood, friends and family members angrily dismissed allegations that the two were selling heroin and had fired on officers while defending an illicit business. Authorities have not cleared their names, even after alleging that an officer lied about the crime to obtain the search warrant justifying the Jan. 28 raid. The officer, Gerald Goines, has been suspended and more than 1,400 of his former cases are under review amid a civil rights investigation by the FBI. Police Chief Art Acevedo said that until the investigation is complete, Dennis Tuttle, a 59-year-old Navy veteran, and his wife, 58-year-old Rhogena Nicholas, known to close friends as “Regi”, will remain drug suspects. By Juan A. Lozano. UPCOMING: 920 words, photos by 1 a.m.


_ HOUSTON OFFICERS SHOT _ Prosecutors have dismissed a second case being re-examined because it involved a Houston officer accused of lying in an affidavit that led to a drug raid last month that killed a married couple. SENT: 130 words.



Several Democratic presidential candidates are embracing reparations for the descendants of slaves _ but not in the traditional sense. Over the past week, Sen. Kamala Harris of California, Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro spoke of the need for the U.S. government to reckon with and make up for centuries of stolen labor and legal oppression. But instead of backing the direct compensation of African-Americans for the legacy of slavery, the Democratic candidates are talking about using tax credits and other subsidies. If presidential candidates want to prove they’re serious about reparations, some proponents say they should back H.R. 40, the Reparations Study Act first introduced by former Michigan Rep. John Conyers in 1989. He reintroduced the bill every session until his resignation in 2017. Texas Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee took up the legislation after Conyers’ departure and reintroduced the bill in 2018, but it has not been introduced in the current Congress. By National Writer Errin Haines Whack. SENT: 1200 words, photos.



HIDALGO, Texas _ Immigration officials say a 24-year-old woman delivered a stillborn baby while in custody last week. They say the Honduran woman was about six months pregnant when she went into premature labor and delivered a stillborn boy on Friday after having been hospitalized but cleared for release a day earlier. She had spent four days in immigration custody. In a joint statement, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, two separate agencies that fall under the homeland security department, said the woman was arrested by the Border Patrol on Feb. 18 near Hidalgo, Texas. SENT: 330 words, photos.



AUSTIN, Texas _ The chairman of a panel considering changes to the U.S. military draft has said its recommendations to Congress won’t be influenced by a federal judge’s recent ruling that the current system is unconstitutional because it only applies to men. The military has not drafted anyone into service in more than 40 years, but American men must still register when they turn 18. Recent efforts to make registration also mandatory for women have set off intense debate in Washington. U.S. District Judge Gray Miller declared a male-only draft unconstitutional in his ruling late Friday, but he stopped of ordering the government to make any immediate changes. He said the time for debating “the place of women in the Armed Forces” is over. Women now make up 20 percent of the Air Force, 19 percent of the Navy, 15 percent of the Army and 8.6 percent of the Marines, according to Pentagon figures. By Paul J. Weber. SENT: 480 words, photos.


ANAHUAC, Texas _ Authorities continue to scour the shallow waters of a southeast Texas bay for clues about what led to the sudden crash of a Boeing 767 cargo plane carrying Amazon packages, and for the body of one of the three people aboard. A north wind has aided searchers by exposing more of the three-quarter-mile debris field left Saturday when Houston-bound Flight 3591, which Atlas was operating for Amazon, disintegrated on impact with Trinity Bay, about 35 miles east of the city, an area sheriff said Sunday night. By Jake Bleiberg and John L. Mone. SENT: 450 words, photos. Moved on general and financial news services.


_ MSU KICKER-DUI ARREST _ A Mississippi State University kicker from Houston has been arrested on drunken-driving charges. SENT: 130 words.


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