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

May 23, 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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TOP STORIES:

TEXAS-POLICE SHOOTING

BAYTOWN, Texas _ A Houston-area police officer who fatally shot a woman with mental illness is back on the job but not the streets. Baytown police say Officer Juan Delacruz returned to work Monday. He’ll be on administrative duty during the investigation into his shooting of 44-year-old Pamela Turner. Delacruz was put on paid leave for three days following the May 13 killing. A service was scheduled for her Thursday. SENT: 130 words, with photo. Will be updated.

HOUSTON-MISSING GIRL

HOUSTON _ The Houston police chief says evidence shows that a 4-year-old girl who has been missing since earlier this month was killed and is asking for help from the public to find her body. Police Chief Art Acevedo asked at a news conference Thursday for the public to help find the body of Maleah Davis so she can have a proper burial. He says he believes the former fiancé of the girl’s mother knows where she is but has not told them. UPCOMING: 250 words, with photos.

AROUND THE STATE & NATION:

BIG CITIES-SLOW GROWTH

ORLANDO, Fla. _ Big cities in the U.S. aren’t growing like they used to. Most of the nation’s largest cities last year grew by a fraction of the numbers they did earlier in the decade, according to population and housing unit estimates released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau. Perhaps no other city offers as stark an example of the trend than New York City, the nation’s most populous city with just under 8.4 million residents last year. Even though the city has grown by 223,000 residents since 2010, the most of any city over the past eight years except Houston, most of the growth was in the early part of the decade. By Mike Schneider. SENT: 420 words, with photos.

FAA-AVIATION REGULATORS

FORT WORTH, Texas _ Federal Aviation Administration officials on Thursday will meet with counterparts from 33 global regulatory agencies to go over its review of the Boeing 737 Max, which was involved in crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia that killed 346 people. The gathering is in Fort Worth. NOTE: There is no press access, so story on merits only.

WATER CONTAMINATION-SETTLEMENT

OKLAHOMA CITY _ ConocoPhillips has settled a lawsuit with Oklahoma City homeowners who alleged that the company’s oil field contaminated the soil and water supply at their homes. The terms weren’t disclosed and ConocoPhllips did not admit any liability or responsibility. UPCOMING: 250 words.

ENDANGERED WOLVES-ILLEGAL KILLINGS

RALEIGH, N.C. _ Illegal killings and longstanding political resistance have undercut the return of two species of endangered wolves to the wild, frustrating government efforts that already cost more than $80 million but have failed to meet recovery targets. The number of red wolves roaming the forests of North Carolina has plunged to fewer than three dozen in recent years — the most precarious position of any U.S. wolf species. In the Southwest, a record number of Mexican gray wolves turned up dead in 2018, tempering an increase in the overall population to 131 animals. By Jonathan Drew, Susan Montoya Bryan and Matthew Brown. SENT: 1,150 words, with photos, video.

KIM KARDASHIAN WEST-LOCKING ARMS

NEW YORK _ Brittany K. Barnett and MiAngel Cody are warrior attorneys with a mission: freeing nonviolent drug offenders serving life in a federal system the lawyers are working to reform. When it comes to the cause, their energy is boundless, Barnett through her Buried Alive Project and Cody as founder of The Decarceration Collective. And they’re immensely grateful to Kim Kardashian West for joining the fight, catching some headlines in the process. \Barnett, who lives in Dallas, and Cody, based in Chicago, have spent years in the prison reform struggle, both after spending time in corporate law. By Leanne Italie. SENT: 1,000 words, with photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ CONFEDERATE MEMORIAL-DALLAS _ Dallas leaders have declared a Confederate statue surplus property and offered to sell it for a minimum $450,000 — what it cost to move the bronze artwork from public view. With photos.

_ KILLER NURSE _ A Texas judge has sided with prosecutors in withholding a Bible, letters and other personal items from a former nurse, Genene Jones, who authorities suspect of causing the deaths of dozens of children.

_ BACKPAGE-SEX TRAFFICKING _ Two men have pleaded guilty in North Texas for using the now-defunct Backpage.com sex-trafficking site to advertise victims for sale.

SPOT MEMBER EXCHANGE:

EXCHANGE-HOSPICE PATIENTS-PETS

GALVESTON, Texas _ Hospice Care Team, the coastal Texas provider of end-of-life medical support and care, is expanding its mission to include family members that sometimes are overlooked: the pets of hospice patients. The Galveston County Daily news reports sometimes, pet owners simply need to be reassured that once the time comes when they can no longer care for their pet, someone will step in to provide that service. By Kathryn Eastburn, The Galveston County Daily News. SENT: 1,080 words, with photos.

SPORTS REFER:

GLF--COLONIAL

FORT WORTH, Texas _ Justin Rose opens defense of his Colonial title while local favorite Jordan Spieth tries to build on his best showing of the season, a tie for third at last week’s PGA Championship. By Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.

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