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

May 22, 2019

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.

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DALLAS _ Police in Dallas say they are investigating whether the killings of two transgender women and an assault on a third are connected. Maj. Vincent Weddington said during a news conference that there are similarities in the three cases. No arrests have been made. The most recent killing occurred over the weekend. Twenty-three-year-old Muhlaysia Booker was found shot to death Saturday. Her death came a month after a cellphone video showed her being brutally beaten in a separate incident. By Terry Wallace. SENT: 430 words, photos.


AUSTIN, Texas _ Texas lawmakers are gearing up to pass new measures aimed at increasing campus security, adding more armed personnel and boosting student mental health resources a year after a mass shooting at a high school near Houston killed eight students and two substitute teachers. The move marks the first major action by state lawmakers since the May 2018 shooting at Santa Fe High School. But the bills’ progress came as one of Republican Gov. Greg Abbott’s top proposals following the shooting has been quashed with less than a week left before lawmakers adjourn until 2021. The bill would have created a new mental network in Texas focused on children. But it was opposed by some conservative activists over costs and parental rights, and unexpectedly, the bill was sunk on a procedural motion. By Clarice Silber. SENT: 540 words.



AUSTIN, Texas _ Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has signaled he’ll sign a contentious measure that Republicans call a defense of Chick-fil-A and religious freedom but was tearfully opposed by gay lawmakers. The Texas House has given final approval to the bill. It comes two months after San Antonio City Council members refused to let Chick-fil-A open an airport location. Some councilmembers said they were taking a stand against the fast-food chain owner’s support of anti-LGBT causes. By Paul J. Weber. SENT: 410 words, photos.


_ CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE-TEXAS _ The Texas Senate has passed a bill that would give child sexual abuse victims more time to sue in civil court after restoring a key provision that allows them to take on institutions. SENT: 130 words. Moved on general and political news services.



WASHINGTON _ Lawmakers have clashed over the Trump administration’s move to send hundreds of Transportation Security Administration employees to the U.S.-Mexico border, and one airport official warned it could lead to long checkpoint lines this summer. The TSA is asking federal air marshals, airport screeners and others to volunteer to support a buildup of federal agents along the border who are dealing with waves of migrants. SENT: 250 words, photos. Moved on general, political, financial and travel news services.


_ MEXICO-IMMIGRATION _ Mexico is studying a change in the way it handles the migrants who have been overwhelming its facilities near the border with Guatemala, and may try to keep more of them in newly constructed voluntary shelters rather than in detention facilities. SENT: 120 words.

_ IMMIGRANTS-DEADLY WRECK _ A South Texas man identified by prosecutors as leader of a human smuggling ring must serve nearly 22 years in federal prison over a 2015 wreck that left two immigrants dead. SENT: 130 words.



ST. LOUIS _ Dangerous storms in the Midwest have produced dozens of tornadoes for the second consecutive day, demolishing a racetrack grandstand and damaging buildings in a wild animal park in Missouri but mostly sparing St. Louis, the biggest city in its path. Two deaths, both in Missouri, were blamed on the severe weather that started in the Southern Plains Monday night and moved to the northeast. Missouri and parts of Illinois and Arkansas were in the crosshairs, but the storm will move into Great Lakes region by Wednesday where it will weaken. But another storm system was gathering steam for later this week, potentially covering an area from Texas to Chicago, according to the National Weather Service. By Jim Salter and Ken Miller. SENT: 830 words, photos, video. Moved on general and weather news services.




AUSTIN, Texas _ A man accused of fatally beating a Central Texas woman and kidnapping her daughters has been sentenced to life in federal prison. Forty-five-year-old Terry Allen Miles was convicted in February of several charges, including two counts of kidnapping. He was sentenced Tuesday. Authorities discovered the body of the woman during a welfare check at the home she shared with Miles in Round Rock near Austin in December 2017, after she didn’t turn up to work. SENT: 420 words, photos.


ROSHARON, Texas _ A former Texas prison sergeant is slated to stand trial, accused of throwing a handcuffed prisoner onto a concrete floor so viciously that the inmate died. Lou Joffrion slammed inmate David Witt in August 2017 in an attack that was captured on video at the Darrington Unit in Rosharon, south of Houston. The Houston Chronicle reports that Joffrion will stand trial in September on an aggravated assault charge. SENT: 380 words, photos.


DENVER _ Prosecutors say they only learned after a judge set $400,000 bond for a truck driver accused of causing a fiery pileup that killed four people on a Colorado highway that he had tried to flee the scene of the collision. In a filing Monday, they asked a judge to require that the now-released man be required to wear a GPS monitoring device. Rogel Lazaro Aguilera-Mederos, 23, of Houston, was released over the weekend after being charged with four counts of vehicular homicide and other crimes in the April 25 collision near Denver. By Kathleen Foody. SENT: 430 words, photos.


_ FATHER-DAUGHTER SLAYING _ Police now say a Texas Panhandle man shot and killed his 12-year-old daughter, set fire to his house, then shot and killed himself. SENT: 80 words.

_ EX-AGGIES PLAYER SLAIN _ A Texas teenager is set to be tried again on capital murder charges in the shooting deaths of his mother and his father, who was a standout linebacker for Texas A&M University before having a short NFL career. SENT: 130 words. Moved on general and sports news services.

_ CLEMENS’ SON-DRUNKEN DRIVING _ The 30-year-old son of retired pitcher Roger Clemens has been arrested on a drunken driving charge. SENT: 110 words. Moved on general and sports news services.

_ LASER POINTER-AIRCRAFT _ A federal grand jury has indicted a San Antonio-area man for pointing a laser at a San Antonio Police Department helicopter. SENT: 90 words.

_ SELF-DRIVING TRUCKS-MAIL _ A self-driving truck company has partnered with the U.S. Postal Service to test autonomous technology on the long-haul route between Phoenix and Dallas. SENT: 120 words. Moved on general, financial, technology and travel news services.

_ ROLLER COASTER RESCUE _ Firefighters had to rescue a dozen schoolchildren after their train of roller coaster cars stalled at a Texas Panhandle amusement park. SENT: 70 words.

_ AMERICAN AIRLINES-SPORTING GEAR _ Fort Worth-based American Airlines says it’s cutting the cost of checking oversized sporting gear and musical instruments on flights. SENT: 110 words, photos. Moved on financial and travel news services.


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