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

October 3, 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. Ken Miller is at the desk after 5:30 a.m.

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WASHINGTON — Immigration officials were not prepared this summer to manage the consequences of a “zero tolerance” policy at the Southwest border, which resulted in the separation of nearly 3,000 children from their parents, Homeland Security’s watchdog said in a report just made public. The resulting confusion along the border led to misinformation among separated parents who did not know why they had been taken from their children or how to reach them, longer detention for children at border facilities meant for short-term stays, and difficulty in identifying and reuniting families. And backlogs at ports of entry may have pushed some into illegally crossing the U.S-Mexico border, the report found. While the Trump administration had been widely criticized for the policy, the criticism previously came mostly from political opponents and not from independent, nonpolitical investigators. By Colleen Long. SENT: 860 words, photos. Moved on lifestyle and political nws services.


HOUSTON — A human trafficking survivor from Texas sued Facebook this week, alleging the social media platform provides sex traffickers an unrestricted way to “stalk, exploit, recruit, groom, recruit, and extort children into the sex trade.” The lawsuit was filed on Monday in state district court in Houston against Facebook, the classified advertising site Backpage.com and the owners of two Houston hotels. The suit seeks at least $1 million in damages. By Juan A. Lozano. SENT: 550 words.


NEW YORK — J.C. Penney has named Jill Soltau, who most recently served as president and CEO of fabric and crafts chain Jo-Ann Stores, to be its next CEO, effective Oct. 15. Soltau, a 30-year retail veteran, succeeds Marvin Ellison, who resigned this past summer to take the top job at home improvement chain Lowe’s after less than four years at the helm. Ellison’s departure raised speculation that he wasn’t particularly optimistic about Penney’s prospects. The department store chain, which is based in Plano, Texas, is still struggling despite a stronger economy that has lifted sales at its peers like Macy’s and Kohl’s. By Retail Writer Anne D’Innocenzio. SENT: 400 words, photos.


FORT WORTH, Texas — The U.S. Supreme Court will allow a wrongful death and police brutality case in Texas to go to trial. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that the case involves the death of 34-year-old Jermaine Darden, who authorities say died in 2013 after Fort Worth officers shocked him with a stun gun during a drug raid. SENT: 360 words.


LUBBOCK, Texas — The Texas woman who inspired the 1958 Buddy Holly song “Peggy Sue” has died at a Lubbock hospital. Peggy Sue Gerron Rackham of Lubbock died Monday at University Medical Center. She was 78. UMC spokesman Eric Finley said the family gave him permission to confirm the death, but asked that no additional information be released. Holly died in a 1959 plane crash in Iowa that also killed Ritchie Valens and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson. SENT: 350 words, photos. Moved on general and entertainment news services.


— ELECTION 2018-SENATE-TEXAS DEBATES — Republican incumbent Ted Cruz and Democratic challenger Beto O’Rourke will take part in another hour-long debate as their U.S. Senate race nears Election Day. SENT: 120 words.

— TED CRUZ-OFFICE EVACUATED — A spokeswoman for Republican Sen. Ted Cruz says a package addressed to Cruz’s Houston campaign headquarters caused a lockdown, which was later lifted. The fire department tweeted that tests for hazardous substances were negative after the building floor where Cruz’s office is located was evacuated. SENT: 140 words.

— SHOOTING-AUSTIN-JUDGE — A 31-year-old Texas man has been sentenced to life in prison for a 2015 assassination attempt on a state judge outside her home. SENT: 120 words.

— HEROIN RING-SENTENCING — Prosecutors say a third brother who moved to Texas to run a heroin ring could join two siblings serving life behind bars in the Houston-based drug-trafficking case. SENT: 120 words.


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