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

September 14, 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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DALLAS — Friends and family remembered a man gunned down by a Dallas police officer as a deeply religious accountant who loved to sing and had confided to his uncle that he might one day want to be prime minister of his native Caribbean island country of St. Lucia. Those speaking at the service for 26-year-old Botham Jean at a suburban Dallas church mostly focused on the qualities of the caring man who always had time to help others. Some also spoke about the shocking way Jean, who was black, died — fatally shot on Sept. 6 by the white officer who said she mistook his apartment for her own. By Ryan Tarinelli. SENT: 580 words, photos.



AUSTIN, Texas — A Mexican national whose attorney said she used a cousin’s identity to live in the U.S. for decades and held a job assessing students in Houston schools is facing deportation after pleading guilty to illegally voting in the 2016 election. Laura Janeth Garza’s conviction comes more than a year after Republican Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office helped prosecute another Mexican national also facing deportation for illegal voting. But the circumstances of the cases differ and Garza’s attorney, John Cardenas, said she knew this was always a possibility. By Paul J. Weber. SENT: 400 words.


SAN DIEGO — The Trump administration has agreed to reconsider asylum claims of many parents and children who were separated at the Mexican border under an agreement to settle lawsuits over its “zero-tolerance” policy on illegal crossings. The settlement could give “well over 1,000 parents” a second chance at asylum, according to two groups involved in the litigation, Muslim Advocates and Legal Aid Justice Center. SENT: 210 words.



SANTA FE, Texas — The attorney for the parents of a teen accused in a Texas school shooting that left 10 people dead and 13 wounded is disputing allegations that they were negligent, saying they did what they could for their son. Attorney Ron Rodgers filed responses Monday to lawsuits against Rose Marie Kosmetatos and Antonios Pagourtzis, The Galveston County Daily News reported. The lawsuits allege they didn’t teach their son, 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis, respect for life and failed to secure their weapons. Dimitrios Pagourtzis has been indicted on capital murder charges in the May 18 shooting at Santa Fe High School. SENT: 300 words, photos.


EAST LANSING, Mich. — The son of a former Michigan State University athletic director said it’s a “fabrication” that his father would have covered up a rape allegation made against Larry Nassar in 1992. Pat Perles told ESPN that allegations in a lawsuit filed Monday against MSU seem to be aimed at getting a “quick payday.” Dozens of lawsuits have been filed in the past week, including one on behalf of 21 Jane Does who said they were sexually assaulted by the campus sports doctor. Some assaults were reported to have occurred at a U.S. National team training camp at the Karoyli Ranch in the Sam Houston Forest north of Houston. SENT: 380 words, photos. Moved on general and sports news services.


— 1973 WIFE’S DEATH — The husband of a woman who was killed along a little-traveled suburban Chicago road in 1973 has been sentenced to 75 years in prison. Rudd, an attorney and onetime school board member, was charged with murder in 2015 while living in Sugar Land, Texas. SENT: 130 words.

— SAN ANGELO-BOIL WATER — A boil-water notice has been lifted for a West Texas city of 100,000 residents where a broken main led to restrictions on consumption and other water usage. SENT: 100 words.

— BUS CRASH-TEXAS — Twenty people have been taken to El Paso hospitals for treatment after a charter bus ran off a road southeast of the city. SENT: 130 words.


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