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

September 17, 2018

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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LAREDO, Texas — A U.S. Border Patrol supervisor who confessed to killing four women and assaulting a fifth who managed to escape remained in jail Monday, police said in court records. Juan David Ortiz is being held in Laredo on $2.5 million bond on four counts of murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and unlawful restraint. According to affidavits , the 35-year-old Ortiz “provided a voluntary verbal confession” early Saturday in the deaths of the women. SENT: 570 words, with photos, video. Will be updated. 2 p.m. CDT law enforcement news conference.



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. UPCOMING: 250 words, with photo.


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.


HAWTHORNE, Calif. — SpaceX is on the verge of announcing the name of person who would be the first private passenger on a trip around the moon. The identity of the traveler will be revealed at SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California, during an event Monday evening. SpaceX founder and chief executive Elon Musk last year said two people who know each other approached the company about a weeklong flight to the moon and back. Astronauts last visited the moon during NASA’s Apollo program. Twenty-four men flew to the moon from 1968 through 1972 and half of them made it to the lunar surface. SENT: 350 words, with photo. Will be updated with announcement from event at 8 p.m. CDT.


BOSTON — It’s an expansive and quintessentially Kennedy photo album. Here’s a young, shirtless JFK, baring six-pack abs and smirking poolside while striking an un-presidential pose. There’s Rose Fitzgerald not-yet-Kennedy in her Sunday best, long before she’d become the family matriarch and trade girlhood grins for imperious stares. There’s little Teddy Kennedy on the playground, sporting skinned knees. The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum has completed an 18-month project to catalog and digitize more than 1,700 vintage family snapshots, and they’re now all viewable online. JFK was assassinated in Dallas in November 1963. By William J. Kole. SENT: 530 words, with photos.


— 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. With 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.

— CAR IN CREEK-FATALITY — Atchison County authorities say a Missouri teenager has died and another teenager from Texas is in critical condition after a car they were in went into a creek in northeast Kansas during the weekend.



SAN ANTONIO — Six weeks ago, Army Spc. Alec Alcoser and his working dog, Alex, turned the corner of a street outside Bagram Airfield and saw a young Afghan coming toward them. The San Antonio Express-News reports two Afghan and three Czech soldiers moved between Alcoser and the civilian to conduct a search while he called the dog back and bent down to get a cigarette. Suddenly, there was a bright flash. Alex yelped. Alcoser went down. Both were wounded. On Friday, they were together once more, this time at the South Texas Veterans Health Care System’s Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center in San Antonio. By Sig Christenson, San Antonio Express-News. SENT: 980 words, with photos. Note event was Friday.



HOUSTON — The Houston Astros enter the day 4½ games ahead of Oakland for the AL West lead and look for their third straight win as they meet the Seattle Mariners in the opener of a three-game series. Houston’s Framber Valdez opposes Seattle’s Wade LeBlanc. By Kristie Rieken. UPCOMING: 650 words, with photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m. CDT.


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