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

May 3, 2019

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. David Warren is at the desk.

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ST. LOUIS _ The latest round of Midwestern flooding claimed at least three lives, closed hundreds of roads and forced residents of threatened towns to shore up threatened levees with sandbags as waters rose to record levels in some communities. The National Weather Service issued flood warnings Friday along a large swath of the Mississippi River, as well as flash flood watches for parts of Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas after recent rounds of heavy rain. By Jim Salter and Heather Hollingsworth. SENT: 710 words, with photos.


_ SOUTH CENTRAL STORMS-BODY FOUND _ Authorities in Northeast Texas say the body of a 44-year-old woman was found in a drainage ditch after her car became stranded in high water following severe thunderstorms that passed through the area. SENT: 130 words.



CONROE, Texas _ A former Houston-area Roman Catholic priest has been indicted on child indecency charges arising from child sex abuse allegations. A Montgomery County grand jury indicted Manuel La Rosa-Lopez on two of four counts that had led to his Sept. 1 arrest. The charges arise from allegations made by a female parishioner about an April 9, 2000, incident while La Rosa-Lopez was a priest at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Conroe. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.


GOLDEN, Colo. _ The lawyer for 23-year-old truck driver accused of causing a fiery interstate pileup that killed four people in Colorado says prosecutors have filed excessive charges against his client. Jefferson County District Attorney Pete Weir announced Friday a total of 40 charges, including four counts of vehicular homicide, against Rogel Lazaro Aguilera-Mederos of Houston. The charges also include six counts of first-degree assault and 24 counts of attempted first-degree assault. SENT: 130 words, will be updated.




EL PASO, Texas _ Federal authorities say an Alaskan company and its employees paid illegal kickbacks and bribes to a U.S. Army contractor in order to get government contracts for construction work at Fort Bliss in Texas. The company, Kikiktagruk Inupiat Corp., and its subsidiary, KIC Development LLC, last month agreed to pay more than $2 million as part of a settlement in a civil lawsuit filed by the U.S. government, the El Paso Times reports. UPCOMING: 250 words.


_ DEATH ROW CASE REVIEW _ A judge has signed an order declaring a former Texas death row inmate innocent of fatally shooting a Houston police officer nearly 16 years ago.

_ POLICE SHOOTING-NORTH TEXAS _ Police in suburban Dallas say a motorist was shot and killed by an officer following a chase that led to a brief standoff.

_ TEXAS FIREFIGHTER-SLAIN _ The widow of a Dallas-area firefighter faces a capital murder charge after prosecutors say new evidence led to the upgraded count in his 2016 fatal shooting. Pursuing photo.

_ TEXAS REPO DEATH _ Authorities say a tow truck driver has been arrested and charged after a 68-year-old Texas man died while trying to stop the driver from repossessing his SUV. With photo.

_ AMERICAN AIRLINES-DFW GROWTH _ American Airlines is opening 15 new gates at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport as it expands at its most profitable airport.



HOUSTON _ More than 100,000 people in the U.S. are stuck on an organ transplant wait list, hoping to find that perfect match to their blood type, body size and hospital location. But many — 20 per day, in fact — will die before receiving the organ they need. The Houston Chronicle reports imagine, then, if scientists could just print one for them using a method similar to 3D printing. Jordan Miller, a Rice University bioengineer, has been working toward this goal for the past five years. It’s more complicated than it sounds: 3D printing originally was created for use with plastics, which are not compatible with the human body. By Alex Stuckey, Houston Chronicle. SENT: 500 words, pursuing photos.

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HENDERSON, Nev. _ Thedrick Andres is preaching a culture of collaboration and inclusion after stepping in as acting Henderson police chief in March. He takes the helm during a turbulent time for the police department in Nevada’s second-largest city, rising to become the top after the chief who recruited him from Texas, LaTesha Watson, was placed on paid leave and then fired. It was the second time in less than two years that Henderson dismissed its police chief amid controversy, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports. By Blake Apgar. SENT: 710 words, with photos.



ST. LOUIS _ The Dallas Stars and St. Louis Blues play Game 5 in their rugged second-round series that is dead even at 2-2. By Joe Harris. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 8:30 p.m. CDT.


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