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

August 3, 2018

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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HOUSTON — Friends and neighbors of a Houston man accused of killing one of former President George H.W. Bush’s doctors say that much of the suspect’s life was a mystery to them, describing him as respectful and polite, but withdrawn. State records show that Joseph James Pappas had worked in law enforcement for more than 30 years and was also a licensed real estate agent. The search continues for Pappas, who’s described by authorities as armed, dangerous and possibly suicidal. By Juan A. Lozano. SENT: 650 words, photos.


DALLAS — An elite Texas gymnastics coach was arrested in Indiana after being accused of sexually assaulting three girls at a Fort Worth gym, police said. Skipper Glenn Crawley, described as an elite-level team gymnastics coach, is accused of sexually assaulting the victims at Sokol gymnastics in Fort Worth, police said. Authorities arrested him on Wednesday after executing a warrant at an Indianapolis residence. He is being held at an Indiana jail, pending extradition. Crawley, a former assistant coach at the University of Oklahoma, had been wanted for the continuous sexual abuse of a child, along with two counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child. By Ryan Tarinelli. SENT: 420 words, photos. Moved on general and sports news services.



PHOENIX — Federal authorities allege that a former youth care worker at a Phoenix-area facility for immigrant youths sexually abused eight teenage boys, one of several cases brought to light in recent weeks as thousands of immigrant children have been detained around the country. Court documents show Levian Pacheco faces several charges stemming from incidents that allegedly took place between August 2016 and July 2017 at a Southwest Key facility in Mesa. The case was first reported by ProPublica. The Texas-based nonprofit organization, the largest contracted by the U.S. government to house immigrant children, has come under scrutiny for its practices at its various shelters around the Southwest. Many of the over 2,000 children who were separated from their parents after crossing the border illegally have been held at Southwest Key facilities. By Astrid Galvan. SENT: 490 words. Moved on national general news services.


SAN DIEGO — The Trump administration and the American Civil Liberties Union have revealed widely divergent plans on how to reunite hundreds of immigrant children with parents who have been deported since the families were separated at the U.S.-Mexico border. President Donald Trump’s administration puts the onus on the ACLU, asking that the organization use its “considerable resources” to find parents in their home countries, predominantly Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras. The U.S. Justice Department said in a court filing that the State Department has begun talks with foreign governments on how the administration may be able to aid the effort. The ACLU, which sued on behalf of separated parents, called for the government to take “significant and prompt steps” to find the parents on its own. By Elliot Spagat. SENT: 640 words, photos. Moved on general and political news services.


TOPEKA, Kan. — Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s work against illegal immigration for small cities across the nation cost them millions for lengthy legal battles while powering his own political rise, according to a news report. The Kansas City Star and ProPublica account published Wednesday is based on open records requests placed with the towns Kobach represented and comes just days before the Aug. 7 Republican gubernatorial primary. He’s seeking to unseat Gov. Jeff Colyer. Kobach called the report’s conclusions “ridiculous.” Kobach used his work in Valley Park to attract other clients, with what the investigation found were sometimes disastrous effects. Farmers Branch, Texas, wound up owing $7 million in legal bills. SENT: 640 words, photos. Moved on general and political news services.


— IMMIGRATION-DETENTION-HUNGER STRIKE — An immigration advocacy group has released a letter it says is from inside a detention facility where men and their children are protesting how they’re being treated. SENT: 130 words.



WASHINGTON — An internal watchdog at the Environmental Protection Agency has announced it will review whether federal and state officials kept the public appropriately informed last year about potential air quality threats after Hurricane Harvey ravaged southeastern Texas. The office of EPA Inspector General Arthur Elkins issued notice of the audit, which will scrutinize the agency’s response following several high-profile accidents and spills following the August 2017 storm and the resulting flooding in the Houston metro area. By Michael Biesecker. SENT: 500 words, photos. Moved on political and health news services.


— 3D GUNS-CALIFORNIA — California is joining a lawsuit against the federal government to block the release of blueprints that show how to make 3D-printed plastic guns. Attorney General Xavier Becerra said he will join other attorneys general challenging a settlement the Trump administration reached with a Texas-based company to release the plans on the Internet. SENT: 130 words. Moved on general, financial and technology news services.



BISMARCK, N.D. — The developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline is battling to avoid dismissal of a second defendant in its federal racketeering lawsuit against three environmental groups. Attorneys for Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners argue in court documents filed Wednesday that Earth First should be held accountable for “eco-terrorist activities” because it’s a legal entity that can be sued, and that the company at the very least should be able to add a publication associated with it as a defendant. By Blake Nicholson. SENT: 400 words. Moved on general and financial news services.


— DAY CARE-STANDOFF-TEXAS — Authorities say officers rescued eight children from a Houston-area home day care after a suspect barricaded himself inside before eventually surrendering peacefully. SENT: 130 words.

— BALMORHEA POOL-DAMAGE — Crews will start repairing the Balmorhea State Park pool in West Texas after what’s touted as the world’s largest spring-fed swimming pool collapsed during cleaning. SENT: 130 words.

— JET-ATTEMPTED THEFT-ARKANSAS — Police say an Arkansas man accused of trying to steal a commercial jet told investigators he thought piloting the plane would involve little more than pushing buttons and pulling levers. SENT: 130 words.

— PIPELINE EXPLOSIONS-TEXAS — The number of people injured in a series of explosions on a West Texas natural gas pipeline has risen to seven. SENT: 120 words.

— POLICE SHOOTING-AMARILLO — Officers in the Texas Panhandle trying to serve warrants for assault have fatally shot the suspect after police say he displayed a gun. SENT: 130 words.

— SEX TRAFFICKING RING — A 26-year-old North Texas man must serve life in federal prison after being convicted of helping run a sex trafficking ring exploiting underage girls. SENT: 130 words.

— COLORADO-HIKING ACCIDENT — A 72-year-old Texas man has died after tripping and falling in a hiking accident this week in Colorado. SENT: 100 words.


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