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

May 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

Reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date. All times are Central.




WACO, Texas — Three years after a gunfight in Waco killed nine bikers, Texas prosecutors are struggling to convict anyone in the deadliest biker shooting in U.S. history. They’ve narrowed the number of cases to 25 from 154 bikers initially indicted but still face daunting problems. The lead prosecutor is a lame duck, having lost the Republican primary for re-election back in March. A new prosecutor won’t be elected until November. By Emily Schmall. SENT: 130 words, with photo. UPCOMING: 800 words.



HOUSTON — A man sentenced to life in prison for killing a Houston police officer more than 40 years ago has lost a federal court appeal challenging a change in Texas law that he argues unfairly makes it more difficult for him to be paroled. Inmate Richard Delain Kyles was convicted of fatally shooting officer Johnny Bamsch in 1975 and has been acting as his own lawyer in federal court appeals. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Wednesday rejected claims that his parole should be governed by laws on the books at the time of his 1976 conviction. By Michael Graczyk. SENT: 130 words, UPCOMING: 350 words, with photo.


WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The new U.S. National Hurricane Center director says learning about specific storm hazards is key to preparing for the upcoming Atlantic hurricane season. Ken Graham leads the U.S. government’s hurricane forecasting hub in Miami. At Florida’s annual state hurricane conference Thursday, Graham said teaching storm science to the public helps improve individual and governmental responses to approaching storms. Hurricane season runs June through November. By Jennifer Kay. SENT: 130 words, will be updated.


ATLANTA — As the midterm congressional primaries heat up amid fears of Russian hacking, an estimated 1 in 5 Americans will be cast ballots on machines that don’t produce a paper record of their votes. That worries voting and cybersecurity experts. Georgia, with its primary Tuesday, and four other states — Delaware, Louisiana, New Jersey and South Carolina — exclusively use touchscreen machines that provide no paper records for voters. Such machines are also used in more than 300 counties in eight other states: Arkansas, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Texas, according to Verified Voting, a nonprofit group. By Christina A. Cassidy. SENT: 870 words, with photos.


PORTLAND, Maine — The U.S. government says the number of American fish stocks that can be described as “overfished” has hit an all-time low. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration made the statement Thursday as part of its annual Status of Stocks report. The agency says six species are being removed from its list of overfished stocks, including popular commercially fished stocks of red snapper and New England flounder. SENT: 130 words, will be updated.


NEW YORK — J.C. Penney cut its outlook for the year as it trims costs to help offset declining revenue. The Plano-based company on Thursday reported the first-quarter loss is along the lines of what analysts had expected, and revenue topped expectations. But its outlook for the year is short of most projections. The quarterly loss narrowed to $78 million, or 25 cents per share. SENT: 250 words, with photos.


— GAS PRICES — Texas and nationwide retail gasoline prices are up this week.

— PROM DEATH-BARTENDER CHARGED — Prosecutors say a Houston bartender has been charged with serving 11 beers to a patron who later caused a wreck that killed a teenager returning home from prom.

— MARIJUANA PLANTS-DESTROYED — Authorities have destroyed more than 3,100 marijuana plants after an East Texas landowner reported finding an illegal campsite with trees cleared and an irrigated pot-growing operation.

— COMMANDER REASSIGNED-AIR FORCE — A commander at Dyess Air Force Base in West Texas has been reassigned after Air Force leaders lost confidence in his ability to command because he “created a toxic environment.”

— FATAL EXPLOSION-NEW MEXICO — An autopsy report says the three people from Texas who were killed in a tank battery explosion near Carlsbad, New Mexico, last year died of burns.



HOUSTON — Some neighbors in Houston recently watched as a remote-controlled hydraulic mover called a platypus carried a structure the size of a mobile home onto a lot in the Heights where it joined two others like it. Three more were on their way. The Houston Chronicle reports in about four months, these so-called modules — framed concrete slabs made in a warehouse in Navasota — will have been transformed into a 3,000-square-foot, architect-designed house clad in glass, siding and masonry blocks centered around a courtyard. The house is a project of Evolution Building Systems, a Houston company formed by husband and wife architects. By Nancy Sarnoff. SENT: 550 words, with photos. Moving on news & business lines.



DALLAS — Jordan Spieth headlines the AT&T Byron Nelson as his hometown event moves to the new links-style Trinity Forest course in Dallas. Billy Horschel was the last winner at the Four Seasons in suburban Irving. By Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.


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