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

July 31, 2018

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 is at the desk after 5:30 a.m.

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Eight states are filing suit against the Trump administration over its decision to allow a Texas company to publish downloadable blueprints for a 3D-printed gun, contending the hard-to-trace plastic weapons are a boon to terrorists and criminals and threaten public safety. The suit, filed in Seattle, asks a judge to block the federal government’s late-June settlement with Defense Distributed, which allowed the company to make the plans available online. Officials say that 1,000 people have already downloaded blueprints for AR-15 rifles. By Michael Rubinkam. SENT: 470 words, photos. Moved on general and financial news services.



WASHINGTON — Young people are looking for a change this election season — a generational change. A poll by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and MTV found that most Americans ages 15 to 34 think voting in the midterm elections gives their generation some say about how the government is run, and 79 percent of this group say leaders from their generation would do a better job running the country. By Laurie Kellman and Hannah Fingerhut. SENT: 860 words, with photo.


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The conservative Koch brothers’ network has declared it will not help elect the Republican Senate candidate in North Dakota, turning its back on the GOP in a marquee election — at least for now — after determining that the Republican challenger is no better than the Democratic incumbent. The decision, announced at a weekend retreat, sends a strong message to Republican officials across the country that there may be real consequences for those unwilling to oppose the spending explosion and protectionist trade policies embraced by the Trump White House in recent weeks. Prominent Texas-based Trump donor Doug Deason, who attended the weekend retreat, said Republican candidates should not be punished for embracing the Republican president’s agenda. “That’s not right,” he said before the announcement, condemning the Koch network’s recent decision to praise Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota. By Steve Peoples. SENT: 1000 words, photos. Moved on national political and financial news services.



LOS ANGELES — A federal judge has ruled that the U.S. government must seek consent before administering psychotropic drugs to immigrant children held at a Texas facility. U.S. District Judge Dolly M. Gee in Los Angeles issued a ruling that the federal government violated portions of a longstanding settlement governing the treatment of immigrant children caught crossing the border. Gee said the government must obtain consent or a court order to give children psychotropic medications at a Texas facility under state law unless it’s an emergency. By Amy Taxin. SENT: 320 words, photos. Moved on general, political and health news services.



HOUSTON — Associated Press journalist Michael Graczyk of Houston, who witnessed and chronicled more than 400 executions as a criminal justice reporter in Texas, will retire Tuesday after nearly 46 years with the news service. Graczyk, 68, may have observed more executions than any other person in the United States since the Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976. Millions of readers in Texas and beyond relied on his coverage of capital punishment in America’s most active death penalty state. By Nomaan Merchant. SENT: 690 words, photos.


BISMARCK, N.D. — A legal team helping opponents of the Dakota Access oil pipeline is launching an effort to help people sought on protest-related arrest warrants resolve their cases. The Water Protector Legal Collective is planning an “outreach tour” this month. The pipeline developer is based in Dallas. By Blake Nicholson. SENT: 470 words. Moved on general and financial news services.


SALT LAKE CITY — A Mormon man has launched a hunger strike to bring attention to a campaign calling on church leaders to bring an end to closed door, one-on-one interviews where youth are asked by adult lay leaders if they are following the religion’s strict rules on sexual activity. Sam Young of Houston said he started his hunger strike on Friday and is in Salt Lake City holding nightly chats with supporters across the street from the Mormon temple. It marks the latest protest taken by Young and his group over questions asked during the interviews about whether young Mormons are following the religion’s law of chastity. By Brady McCombs. SENT: 520 words, photos.


ROME — A black Italian athlete was wounded in the eye when an egg was hurled at her, the latest of at least nine attacks since Italy’s anti-migrant government took power that are being investigated as possible acts of racism. The egg hit discus thrower Daisy Osakue, who was born in Italy to Nigerian immigrant parents. Osakue holds Italian citizenship and was expected to compete for Italy in the European Athletics Championships next week. “I’m sorry to say it, but I think we’re dealing with racism,” Osakue, who currently trains and studies criminal justice in the U.S. state of Texas, told Italian TV. By Frances D’Emilio. SENT: 700 words, photos. Moved on international general and sports news services.


CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Teresa A. Sullivan’s books are still on their shelves at her Madison Hall office at the University of Virginia. She hasn’t yet taken down teaching awards or decided which papers will stay in Charlottesville and which will go with her on a yearlong sabbatical to the University of Texas. Five days before she leaves that office one last time, the eighth president of Mr. Jefferson’s university hadn’t yet found time to pack. She plans to maintain a steady regimen of meetings and events, including a banquet to close one of her proudest achievements in office, the President’s Commission on Slavery at the University, until her final day in office on July 31. Sullivan, once dubbed “the unluckiest president in America,” is now a case study of the expertise required and trials faced by a modern university president. She has led UVa through the murders of students, the renovation of an iconic building, racial soul-searching and research, an attempted administrative coup and a white supremacist march on Grounds. By Ruth Serven Smith, The Daily Progress. SENT: 1370 words.


— SHARK STOLEN — A shark police say was snatched from a petting tank at the San Antonio Aquarium and wheeled out in a baby stroller is back home alive, and investigators say a person confessed to the deed. SENT: 110 words.

— DOCTOR ON BIKE-FATALLY SHOT — Houston police have released new surveillance video of a suspect in the killing of a cardiologist who once treated former President George H.W. Bush. SENT: 130 words.

— HOUSTON-STOLEN AMBULANCE — Police say a woman suspected of stealing an unoccupied ambulance parked at a Houston hospital has been seriously hurt after rolling the emergency vehicle. SENT: 130 words.


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