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DALLAS OFFICER-MISTAKEN APARTMENT-VICTIM
DALLAS — A 26-year-old black man killed in his apartment by a white Dallas police officer who said she mistook his residence for her own was remembered Thursday as a devout Christian who loved to sing at church and always had time to help others. “He was always in the service of others, even when it wasn’t convenient for him,” Alexis Stossel, a friend of Botham Jean from college said at his funeral in a suburban Dallas. Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and Dallas Police Chief U. Renee Hall were in attendance at the funeral. The officer who fatally shot Jean has been charged with manslaughter. By Ryan Tarinelli. SENT: 520 words, with photos. SENT on Thursday.
HOUSTON — As U.S. Catholic leaders head to the Vatican to meet with Pope Francis about a growing church abuse crisis, the cardinal leading the delegation has been accused by two people of not doing enough to stop a priest who was arrested this week on sexual abuse charges. The two people told The Associated Press that they reported the priest and met with Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. One of them says she was promised in a meeting with DiNardo, several years after she first reported abuse, that the priest would be removed from contact with children, only to discover that the priest remained in active ministry at another parish 70 miles away. The priest was arrested Tuesday by police in Conroe. By Nomaan Merchant. SENT: 1,300 words, with photos. SENT on Wednesday.
SAN DIEGO — U.S. border authorities arrested dramatically more immigrant families at the Mexico border in August compared to previous months in a spike that a Trump administration official said Wednesday was the result of “legal loopholes” allowing children to avoid immediate deportation to their homelands in Central America. The number of families arriving at the Mexico border reached 15,955, up from 12,274 in July, according to Customs and Protection. Families accounted for more than one-third of people who were stopped at the border. By Elliot Spagat. SENT: 540 words, with photo. SENT on Wednesday.
HOUSTON — The U.S. government will expand its tent shelter for immigrant minors crossing the southwest border to 3,800 beds and keep it open through the end of this year, an agency spokesman said Tuesday. The facility at Tornillo, Texas, which originally opened with a 360-bed capacity for 30 days, is being expanded based on how many children are in the care of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, agency spokesman Kenneth Wolfe said. Wolfe said the announced expansion was not due to the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance policy, which led to the separations of more than 2,500 children from their parents. By Nomaan Merchant. SENT: 450 words, with photo. SENT on Tuesday.
TAX OVERHAUL-PART TWO
WASHINGTON — House Republican leaders have unveiled their proposal to expand the massive tax law they hustled through Congress last year. They’re aiming to make permanent the individual tax cuts and small-business income deductions now set to expire in 2026. With midterm elections barely two months away, the second crack at tax cuts outlined Monday is portrayed as championing the middle class and small businesses. Republican Rep. Kevin Brady of Texas, who heads the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee, is looking toward a vote by the House this month. By Marcy GorDon. SENT: 720 words, with photo. SENT on Monday.
The United States may have reclaimed the title of the world’s biggest oil producer sooner than expected. The U.S. Energy Information Administration said Wednesday that, based on preliminary estimates, America “likely surpassed” Russia in June and August after jumping over Saudi Arabia earlier this year. By David Koenig. SENT: 460 words, with photos. SENT on Wednesday.
NEW ORLEANS — A German zoo is sending its last orangutan to Louisiana, and he’s already learning some English. Jambi is a 22-year-old Sumatran orangutan, a critically endangered species of the red-haired Asian great apes. He’ll travel 5,000 miles from Hannover Adventure Zoo to the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans, where he will join three females. But first, Jambi must spend about a month out of view at the Dallas Zoo, which is approved by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a quarantine location for imported primates. By Janet McConnaughey. SENT: 470 words, with photo. SENT on Monday.
AUSTIN, Texas — The American Society of News Editors and Associated Press Media Editors, whose membership of newsroom leaders and educators make them among the most significant organizations in media, have agreed to merge and will become the News Leadership Association. The two groups announced the merger plan on Tuesday, after their members voted to approve the move at their joint News Leadership Conference in Austin. SENT: 340 words. SENT on Tuesday.
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HOUSTON — After a long day of tackling pint-sized opponents for the Northside Braves football team, 7-year-old Kevonte’ desperately needed a nap. The Houston Chronicle reports without a bed, he passed out on the floor of the near-empty second bedroom in his mother’s apartment. One room away, his 4-year-old sister, Zanaya, snoozed away on the living room sofa, after a long day cheering for the Braves from the sidelines. Since outgrowing toddler beds, now given away to other family, they’ve alternated between sleeping on the couch, sharing a bed with their mom, or sleeping on the floor. Now, Kevonte’ and Zanaya have a new normal: Sleeping in bunk beds installed by volunteers from the nonprofit Sleep in Heavenly Peace. By Emily Burleson, Houston Chronicle. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1,040 words, with photos.
WACO, Texas — Those who believe in the power of art, as well as its unexpected consequences, may want to consider the impact of a rat spray-painted on a San Francisco building, whose audience went from sidewalk passers-by to tens of thousands across the country and now in Waco through Sept. 29. The Waco Tribune-Herald reports the beret-wearing, marker-wielding rat, properly called “Haight Street Rat,” a 2010 piece of street art by British artist and arts provocateur Banksy, is an exhibition at downtown Waco’s Cultivate 7twelve arts space. By Carl Hoover, Waco Tribune-Herald. SENT IN ADVANCE: 920 words, with photo. Note event through Sept. 29.
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RICHARDSON, Texas — Aaliya Jaleel was preparing for her first year of college, not work as a children’s book illustrator. The Dallas Morning News reports but her work kept showing up under the “hijab” and “hijabi” tags on the microblogging website Tumblr, and that’s just where Cheryl Klein had taken her talent search. Klein, editorial director for Lee & Low books, was in need of an artist for the upcoming children’s book Under My Hijab in the summer of 2017. The story focuses on the different ways women wear the Islamic head covering, so Klein wanted to recruit a Muslim, hijab-wearing woman for the job. By Hannah Ortega, The Dallas Morning News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 790 words, with photos. Not for online use in the Dallas area.
SAN ANTONIO — As the days shorten and the summer heat subsides, bakers turn their attention to the tastes of the season: pumpkin and apple for Halloween treats and Thanksgiving pies; chocolate, pecans and peppermint for winter festivities. The San Antonio Express-News reports so, too, do the nation’s thriving subculture of craft breweries. That’s why when Kevin Johnson, CEO of San Antonio-based Johnson Brothers Bakery, saw the city sprout more and more brewpubs and taprooms — largely a result of state legislation passed in 2013 allowing small brewpubs to sell both on-site and to retailers — he decided it was time to expand his one-stop-shopping bakery supply model. By Lynn Brezosky, San Antonio Express-News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1,200 words, with photos.
EXCHANGE-ROGER MILLER-TRIBUTE ALBUM
OKLAHOMA CITY — A tribute album honors Oklahoma musician Roger Miller. Produced by Colby Barnum Wright and Roger Miller’s son Dean Miller, “King of the Road: A Tribute to Roger Miller” was released recently on BMG. The album spans 36 tracks of his songs, performed by some of the most famous and respected musical artists not just in the country music arena but in the pop, alternative rock, musical theater, bluegrass and gospel realms. By Brandy McDonnell, The Oklahoman. SENT IN ADVANCE: 796 words.
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