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

September 18, 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 the desk after 5:30 a.m.

Reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date. All times are Central.

For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

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TOP STORIES:

BORDER AGENT ARRESTED-WOMEN KILLED

LAREDO, Texas — A U.S. Border Patrol supervisor charged in the killings of four women knew the victims and targeted them for their vulnerability, authorities said as some feared more deaths at the hands of the agent remained undiscovered. Though investigators didn’t detail Juan David Ortiz’s history with the women, who were believed to have been sex workers, they said he knew them before executing them and leaving their bodies by rural Texas roadsides during a 10-day killing spree. “He had the trust of most of the victims that were involved in this killing,” said Chief Deputy Federico Garza of the Webb County Sheriff’s Office. “So he took that opportunity to commit this crime.” By Susan Montoya Bryan and Matt Sedensky. SENT: 720 words, photos, video.

TEXAS GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:

— DALLAS OFFICER-MISTAKEN APARTMENT-CRUZ — Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas says he wishes Democrats weren’t “so quick to always blame the police officer” after challenger Beto O’Rourke suggested that a white officer who shot and killed a black neighbor should be fired. SENT: 130 words.

With:

— DALLAS OFFICER-MISTAKEN APARTMENT — A white Dallas police officer has moved out of the apartment complex where she shot and killed her black neighbor inside his home in a case that led to a manslaughter charge against the officer who says she mistook his unit for hers. SENT: 130 words, photos.

AROUND THE STATE & NATION:

NUCLEAR BARGE

GALVESTON, Texas — Crews in Galveston have completed work on a former World War II-era Liberty ship that was converted to a barge-mounted nuclear reactor but has now been cleared of irradiated waste and will be scrapped. The Galveston County Daily News reports the former USS Sturgis will be towed to Brownsville later this month. The Sturgis for decades was stored in Virginia before being moved to Texas. SENT: 250 words, photo.

HIDDEN GULF SPILL

Federal government lawyers say a 14-year-old leak is releasing much more oil each day into the Gulf of Mexico than officials previously claimed. A Friday court filing in a case involving Taylor Energy Co. says 10,000 to 30,000 gallons is leaking from multiple wells around a drilling platform toppled by 2004′s Hurricane Ivan. In 2015, the U.S. Coast Guard estimated about 16,000 gallons of oil had been spotted in slicks over seven months. By Jeff Amy and Michael Kunzelman. SENT: 620 words.

SPACEX-MOON

HAWTHORNE, Calif. — Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa said he plans to blast off on the first-ever commercial trip around the moon and will invite six to eight artists, architects, designers and other creative people on the weeklong journey. The SpaceX Big Falcon Rocket is scheduled to make the trip in 2023, Maezawa and company founder Elon Musk announced its headquarters near Los Angeles. By Christopher Weber. SENT: 700 words, photos. Moving on national general, financial, science and technology news services.

IN BRIEF:

— DAY CARE MISTREATMENT — The owner of a Dallas-area in-home day care center has been jailed on child endangerment charges after she was accused of keeping infants and toddlers tied to their car seats for hours. SENT: 130 words, photos.

— MALL SHOOTING-FLORIDA-FATAL CRASH — Authorities say a 26-year-old Texas man who survived a mass shooting during a video game tournament last month in Florida has died in a car crash near Corpus Christi. SENT: 130 words.

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