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

October 1, 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

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STOCKHOLM — Researchers from the U.S. and Japan won the Nobel Prize in medicine on Monday for discoveries that help the body marshal its cellular troops to attack invading cancers. James Allison of the University of Texas and Tasuku Honjo of Kyoto University will share the 9-million-kronor ($1.01 million) prize for 2018. Their parallel work concerned proteins that act as brakes on the body’s immune system. The discoveries by Allison, 70, and Honjo, 76, “absolutely paved the way for a new approach to cancer treatment,” Dr. Jedd Wolchok, chief of the melanoma and immunotherapeutics service at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, told The Associated Press. By Jim Heintz and David Keyton. SENT: 1,060 words, with photos.





AUSTIN, Texas — Texas is one of just eight states still offering “straight-ticket” voting, a shortcut that allows voters to click one box at the top of the ballot and automatically register votes for a single party’s candidates in every race — as many as 100 offices in some counties. The Houston Chronicle reports it’s a practice that’s going out of style across the U.S., but one proven to help Texas Republicans sweep statewide elections over the past two decades. UPCOMING: 250 words.


WACO — Health officials conducted tests at a landlocked surf resort in Central Texas after a man who visited there died from what is commonly known to as a “brain-eating amoeba.” Waco-McLennan County Public Health District spokesman Kelly Craine told The Associated Press on Monday that results of testing by a team from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are expected later this week. UPCOMING: 250 words, photo.


NEW YORK — Cellular companies such as Verizon are looking to challenge traditional cable companies with residential internet service that promises to be ultra-fast, affordable and wireless. Using an emerging wireless technology known as 5G, Verizon’s 5G Home service provides an alternative to cable for connecting laptops, phones, TVs and other devices over Wi-Fi. It launches in four U.S. cities on Monday — parts of Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles and Sacramento, California. By Mae Anderson. SENT: 860 words, with photo.


— MOSQUE FIRE-REOPENING — A South Texas mosque that was torched early last year has reopened thanks to support from around the world and more than $1 million in donations. Pursuing photos.

— TEXAS POLICE SHOOTING-TRUCK ALARM — The Dallas County District Attorney’s Office says it plans to retry a former suburban Dallas police officer for the 2017 shooting of an unarmed black man.

— HELICOPTER CRASH — The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended its search for possible survivors of a helicopter crash in southeast Alaska in an in accident on a flight from Texas.

— MICHIGAN GRANT-ACTIVE LEARNING — Boosting student engagement in science, technology, engineering and math classrooms is the aim of a federal grant going to the University of Michigan and other schools, including the University of Texas.



ABILENE, Texas — At one point in her then-very young life, Barbara Pierce Bush thought that everyone’s grandfather, George H.W. Bush included, got an inauguration. “I didn’t know what it meant to be president, so I thought that when you were a grandfather, you got an inauguration,” she said, recently speaking with her sister, Jenna Bush Hager, at the Sisters First Dinner, an event for the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health. The Abilene Reporter-News reports the institute in Abilene works closely with Hendrick Health System to expand programs and opportunities that meet the needs of women. By Brian Bethel, Abilene Reporter-News. SENT: 910 words, with photo.


HOLT, Mich. — It’s a Saturday in June, and the sound of rhythmic drumming echoes off the basement walls of Andrew Tkaczyk’s house in Holt, Michigan. Tkaczyk, 30, nods to the beat, keeping time as his arms, one of which is covered in tattoos, move, sticks in hand, from the cymbals to the drums. Tkaczyk’s at home in his new digs after spending just over two years at his parent’s house in Charlotte, where he adjusted to life as an amputee. A horrific collision between his band’s tour bus and a semi outside El Paso, Texas, in 2015 left Tkaczyk’s body broken. In the aftermath, his and his bandmates’ music careers with metal core group The Ghost Inside have been in limbo. By Rachel Gregco, Lansing State Journal. SENT: 1,910 words.



ARLINGTON, Texas — Whoever the Texas Rangers pick as their manager will have a talented but still-developing group of young 20-something position players. After deciding who will replace Jeff Banister, general manager Jon Daniels is going to have to find the new field boss some starting pitchers. By Stephen Hawkins. UPCOMING. 650 words, photos.


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