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

May 22, 2019

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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TEXAS-POLICE SHOOTING

HOUSTON _ A lawyer for the victim’s family says a private autopsy shows a police officer shot a Houston-area woman in the stomach, chest and face. Attorney Ben Crump presented the autopsy report Wednesday. Pamela Turner’s family has been pressing to hold Baytown police accountable for the killing that was captured on video. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words. With photos, video.

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SMALLBIZ-SMALL TALK-CULTURE

NEW YORK _ Meloney Perry once worked at a traditional big law firm with a formal, corporate atmosphere, and knew she wanted a different culture at her own firm. “I learned the ‘old school’ way, but it’s changed,” says Perry, founder of Perry Law in Dallas. “Nowadays, with the employees coming in younger, you do have to have more of a family feel.” That means allowing more casual attire when clients aren’t around, and giving staffers laptops so they don’t have to work long hours at their desks. Small businesses’ cultures are becoming a bigger priority as more owners respond to the dramatically different expectations of a younger work force and a low unemployment rate. By Joyce M. Rosenberg. SENT: 990 words, with photos.

GARDENING GRAVES

The cemeteries of yore existed as much for the living as for the dead. People would picnic and relax there as they would in a park today. Now, a handful of 19th century graveyards are restoring the bygone tradition of cemetery gardening. Amy Lambert, for instance, volunteers at The Woodlands, a cemetery near her apartment in Philadelphia. She had been looking for a way to garden after she moved out of an Austin, Texas, house with a lush backyard. “This was an opportunity to get my hands dirty,” said Lambert, a 52-year-old architect. She’s one of about 150 “Grave Gardeners” tending cradle graves at The Woodlands, a 54-acre cemetery where 30,000 people are buried. By Tracee M. Herbaugh. SENT: 790 words, with photos.

TV-PARTY OF FIVE-DEPORTED PARENTS

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. _ “Party of Five,” a 1990s teen drama that focused on a family grappling with life after the death of their parents, is getting a reboot with a Mexican American family whose parents are deported. Disney announced this month that the Sony Pictures Television retooled Generation X-era show will air on the Freeform network and will star a Latino cast. The new show will follow the Acosta children as they work through an unsettling future when their parents are abruptly deported to Mexico. By Russell Contreras. SENT: 590 words, with photo.

IN BRIEF:

_ TEXAS-GIRL ABDUCTED _ A man accused of abducting an 8-year-old Texas girl as she was taking a walk with her mother has been charged in federal court with kidnapping. With photo.

_ OFFICER SLAIN-COLD CASE _ An Alabama inmate serving a life sentence for robbery has been indicted in the 1974 fatal shooting of a Texas police officer. Pursuing photos.

_ POLICE CHIEF-CONFRONTATION _ A beauty pageant winner has sued a Texas city and its former police chief over an evading arrest charge that was later dropped.

_ PAINTBALL SHOOTING-HOUSTON _ Houston police are investigating the fatal shooting of a 19-year-old after a man whose home was splattered with paintballs said he opened fire because he thought someone was shooting at his residence.

_ SOUTHWEST AIRLINES-MECHANICS _ Southwest Airlines mechanics have approved a five-year contract that adds up to a 20% raise. With photo.

_ LNG-US-SAUDI ARABIA _ Saudi Aramco will begin buying liquid natural gas from a U.S. company under a 20 year agreement in a plan that includes developing an LNG facility in Texas.

SPOT MEMBER EXCHANGE:

EXCHANGE-AMAZON-WAREHOUSE WORKS

SAN MARCOS, Texas _ Inside Amazon’s 855,000-square-foot warehouse on East McCarty Lane in San Marcos, man and machine work together daily to fulfill the millions of customer orders they’re responsible for each year. The Austin American-Statesman reports beyond secured doors and metal detectors, employees assemble packages using ever-evolving machinery and sorting technology. Amazon has built itself into a $900 billion company, largely through this flagship service: fast delivery. Now, it’s aiming to fulfill orders at an even speedier pace. By Sebastian Herrera, Austin American-Statesman. SENT: 930 words, pursuing photos.

SPORTS REFER:

BBA--MARINERS-RANGERS

ARLINGTON, Texas _ Adrian Sampson is set to face Seattle in his first start for the Rangers since getting his first big league win behind opener Jose Leclerc. Mariners lefty Marco Gonzales is 0-3 since throwing seven shutout innings against Texas late last month. By Baseball Writer Stephen Hawkins. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game started at 1:05 p.m. CDT

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