AP-TX--Texas News Digest 1 pm, TX
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AUSTIN, Texas — An alliance of U.S. education groups expressed shock Tuesday that the Trump administration will let schools purchase metal detectors and police patrols through a $1.1 billion education program that the White House and Congress have used to defend their response to school shootings. By Paul J. Weber. UPCOMING: 600 words by 3 p.m.
DALLAS — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has told the Southern Baptist Convention that America faces a crisis as some people try to “silence the faithful and remove God from the public square.” Abbott spoke Tuesday in Dallas as part of the two-day annual meeting of the SBC, which is the largest Protestant denomination in the U.S. with more than 47,000 churches. Vice President Mike Pence will address the meeting Wednesday. By David Crary and Ryan Tarinelli. SENT: 610 words, with photos. Will be updated.
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KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine — George H.W. Bush of Houston is celebrating his birthday in Maine as the first former U.S. president to turn 94. Bush was relaxing in Kennebunkport on Tuesday, eight days after being released from a hospital where he was treated for low blood pressure. Chief of Staff Jean Becker said several of his children are with him, including former President George W. Bush of Dallas. The Central Intelligence Agency also marked the birthday by releasing declassified material related to th elder Bush’s tenure as director. SENT: 270 words, with photos.
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WASHINGTON — The fate of the AT&T-Time Warner merger, a massive media deal opposed by the government that could shape how much consumers pay for streaming TV and movies, rests in the hands of a judge. U.S. District Judge Richard Leon is expected to announce Tuesday afternoon his decision in the biggest antitrust trial in years. It’s a high-stakes bet by Dallas-based AT&T Inc. on the synergy between companies that produce news and entertainment and those that funnel it to consumers. By Marcy Gordon. SENT: 740 words, with photo. Will be updated.
— TEXAS EXECUTION-APPEAL — The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has rejected an appeal from a death row inmate who was part of the notorious “Texas 7” gang of escaped prisoners who killed an Irving police officer in 2000.
— FATAL CRASH-CHARGES — A man accused of killing a 17-year-old girl while driving while intoxicated in Houston has been charged with a second murder after the teenager’s father died of injuries suffered in the crash.
— FBI AGENT-PASSPORT FRAUD — An ex-FBI agent in West Texas must serve four years of probation for lying about personal information in 2014 while seeking a passport.
— IMMIGRATION-SHELTERS-VIOLATIONS — State regulators found approximately 150 health violations at more than a dozen shelters across Texas housing children taken into custody while attempting to cross the border illegally.
— TEXAS-VOTER SENTENCED — A Texas judge has denied a new trial for a woman previously sentenced to five years in prison for voting in the 2016 presidential election when she was ineligible because she was on probation.
— GUATEMALA VOLCANO-TEXAS HOSPITAL — A Southeast Texas hospital treating six Guatemalan children severely burned when a volcano erupted last week says four of the children are in critical condition and two others are in good condition.
— HARVEY-FLOODED DOG PARK — A Houston dog park heavily damaged by Hurricane Harvey has reopened to the delight of some canine owners and their pets. With photos.
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SAN ANTONIO — Real estate tycoon and cowboy extraordinaire James F. Cotter died as he lived, sowing confusion among the people he loved. Since his death from cardiac arrest Jan. 25, 2017, his estate has been the subject of much dispute and legal maneuvering among his surviving widow, five children, his lenders, creditors and the IRS. The San Antonio Express-News reports Cotter died at 83 without a valid will. The bulk of his estate, valued at about $288 million 13 months before his death, includes 66 properties in six states. In San Antonio, it includes the twin Alamo Towers and the two Petroleum Towers, plus property in Oklahoma. By Patrick Danner, San Antonio Express-News. SENT: 1,960 words, with photo. Moving on news & business lines.
OAKLAND, Calif. — Lance McCullers Jr. goes for his eighth victory when the Houston Astros open a series against the Oakland Athletics. By Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 9:05 p.m. CDT.
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