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

May 21, 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

Reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

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TOP STORIES:

XGR--SCHOOL SHOOTING-TEXAS

AUSTIN, Texas _ Texas lawmakers are set to approve new school safety measures a year after 10 people were killed in a mass shooting near Houston, at Santa Fe High School. UPCOMING: 300 words, with photos.

AROUND THE STATE & NATION:

WOMAN KILLED-DAUGHTERS ABDUCTED

AUSTIN, Texas _ A Central Texas man accused of fatally beating his girlfriend and kidnapping her daughters has been sentenced to 45 years in federal prison. Terry Allen Miles was convicted in February of several charges, including two counts of kidnapping. He was sentenced Tuesday. Authorities discovered the body of Miles’ 44-year-old girlfriend in a welfare check at their home in Round Rock near Austin in December 2017, after she didn’t turn up to work. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 350 words, with photos.

INMATE DEATH-SERGEANT CHARGED

ROSHARON, Texas _ A former Texas prison sergeant is slated to stand trial, accused of throwing a handcuffed prisoner onto a concrete floor so viciously that the inmate died. Lou Joffrion slammed inmate David Witt in August 2017 in an attack that was captured on video at the Darrington Unit in Rosharon, south of Houston. The Houston Chronicle reports that Joffrion will stand trial in September on an aggravated assault charge. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.

FBC--EX-AGGIES PLAYER-SLAIN

HOUSTON _ A Texas teenager is set to be tried again on capital murder charges in the shooting deaths of his mother and his father, who was a standout linebacker for Texas A&M University before having a short NFL career. The Harris County district attorney’s office says 19-year-old Antonio Armstrong Jr. is scheduled to go on trial Oct. 4. A judge in Houston last month declared a mistrial after a jury failed to reach a unanimous decision on whether the then-16-year-old shot Antonio and Dawn Armstrong in 2016 inside their townhome. SENT: 130 words. A longer version is not planned. Moving on news & sports lines.

INTERSTATE 70-FATAL PILEUP

DENVER _ Prosecutors want a judge to require a GPS monitor for the Texas truck driver accused of causing a fiery pileup that killed four people on a Colorado highway now that the man has posted bond. In the request filed on Monday, prosecutors say investigators believe Rogel Lazaro Aguilera-Mederos attempted to flee the scene of the collision. The filing says investigators learned this after a judge had set a $400,000 bond for the 23-year-old from Houston. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.

REMOVING REACTORS

PLYMOUTH, Mass._ Companies specializing in nuclear demolition and radioactive waste storage are buying up aging U.S. reactors and promising to decommission them in dramatically less time than their utility owners had planned _ eight years instead of 60 in some cases. Viewed by experts as an emerging trend in the nuclear power industry, the sales of these retired or soon-to-be-retired reactors present a paradox for residents, state officials and nuclear watchdogs. Some firms have proposed interim waste storage facilities in Texas and New Mexico. By Bob Salsberg. SENT: 1,290 words, with photos, video.

EARNS-RETAILERS

NEW YORK _ The outlook for department stores got murkier Tuesday after J.C. Penney and Kohl’s reported fiscal first quarter results that showed they struggled at the start of the year. Texas-based Penney, which has been trying to turn around its business for several years after a disastrous reinvention plan, reported a wider than expected loss and sales declines during the quarter. Kohl’s sales momentum took a pause during the quarter as well. By Anne D’Innocenzio. SENT: 900 words, with photos.

With:

_ EARNS-JC PENNEY

IN BRIEF:

_ TEXAS-GIRL ABDUCTED _ Authorities say police visited the motel room of a Texas man suspected of kidnapping an 8-year-old girl but didn’t see the child, who was eventually found safe about two hours later.

_ MEXICO-IMMIGRATION _ Mexico is studying a change in the way it handles the migrants who have been overwhelming its facilities near the border with Guatemala, and may try to keep more of them in newly constructed voluntary shelters rather than in detention facilities.

_ IMMIGRANTS-HIDDEN-FURNITURE _ A Houston-area man must serve nearly two years in prison for trying to smuggle immigrants in furniture after three people were found in a plastic-wrapped dresser that was nailed shut.

_ MORE THAN 600 GUNS STOLEN _ A federal prosecutor says authorities have recovered only 73 of the 654 guns stolen in 2017 in Springfield, Missouri, in a heist blamed on some suspects from Texas.

_ DUMP TRUCK CRASH-ARRESTS _ Authorities say they have arrested two Texas men who crashed a dump truck on a Wyoming highway and tried to flee from the wreck scene.

_ NRG-STREAM ENERGY _ NRG Energy plans to buy the retail electric and natural gas business of Dallas-based Stream Energy for $300 million.

_ AMERICAN AIRLINES-SPORTING GEAR _ Fort Worth-based American Airlines says it’s cutting the cost of checking oversized sporting gear and musical instruments on flights.

SPOT MEMBER EXCHANGE:

EXCHANGE-BAYLOR-MONITORING MOSQUITOES

WACO, Texas _ They bite, they feed, and they never actually leave, but researchers in Central Texas continue to study mosquitoes, tracking their local impact and studying ways to control them by hacking their genes. The Waco Tribune-Herald reports Baylor University faculty have operated a state-funded mosquito surveillance program with the city of Waco for the last 10 years, while also doing lab research. By Rhiannon Saegert. SENT: 1,100 words, pursuing photos.

SPORTS REFER:

BBA--WHITE SOX-ASTROS

HOUSTON _ Houston’s Justin Verlander looks for his fourth straight win and to help the Astros to their 12th victory in 13 games as they continue a four-game series with the Chicago White Sox. Dylan Covey will start for the White Sox, who have dropped two in a row. By Kristie Rieken. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m. CDT.

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