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

February 22, 2019

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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TOP STORIES

HOUSTON OFFICERS SHOT

DALLAS _ Prosecutors have dismissed one of the cases being re-examined because they involved a Houston officer accused of lying in an affidavit that led to a deadly drug raid last month. Court records show the drug case against Courtney Jacobs was dismissed Wednesday, the same day the Harris County District Attorney’s Office announced it will review more than 1,400 cases worked by Officer Gerald Goines. By Jake Bleiberg. SENT: 320 words, photos.

IMMIGRATION-SEPARATING FAMILIES

SAN DIEGO _ Months after the Trump administration announced an end to its wide-scale separation of migrant parents and children, the policy remains a heated issue in the courts and at the border as critics contend the government started breaking up immigrant families as far back as 2017 and is still doing so. In San Diego, a federal judge has indicated he was considering a request by the American Civil Liberties Union to hold the government accountable for the separation of potentially thousands more children after a watchdog report revealed the government’s policy was implemented as far back as July 2017. By Nomaan Merchant and Julie Watson. SENT: 1000 words, photos.

TEXAS GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:

TEXAS-VOTER ROLLS

AUSTIN, Texas _ Opposition has intensified against Texas’ new election chief as a key lawmaker said he won’t back Gov. Greg Abbott’s nominee, who called into question the U.S. citizenship of 95,000 voters using faulty data. A Senate committee punted on advancing Secretary of State David Whitley’s nomination for a second consecutive week, and civil rights groups stood in front of the Texas Capitol and called on Democrats to block his confirmation. By Paul J. Weber. SENT: 450 words, photos.

UTILITY HEARING-PHONY SUPPORTERS

NEW ORLEANS _ A utility giant will pay a $5 million penalty in the wake of a scandal over the use of paid, phony supporters for a new $210 million gas fired power plant, but it will also be allowed to go ahead with construction of the plant, the New Orleans City Council has unanimously decided. Entergy New Orleans, which is part of Entergy Corp., agreed to pay a $5 million penalty after revelations that its subcontractors secretly paid people to fill seats and speak in favor of the project at public hearings. But their agreement was contingent on the council not revoking its prior approval of the plant. Parts of Southeast Texas are in Entergy’s service area. By Kevin McGill. SENT: 550 words. Moved on general and financial news services.

Also:

_ ELECTION 2020-TRUMP-CORNYN _ President Donald Trump is endorsing Sen. John Cornyn for re-election in 2020, saying the chamber’s No. 2 Republican “has done an outstanding job for the people of Texas.” SENT: 130 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ ENRON-SKILLING _ Former Enron Corp. CEO Jeffrey Skilling has been released from federal custody. SENT: 130 words, photos.

_ JEFFERSON COUNTY SHERIFF INDICTED-TEXAS _ A judge has thrown out a felony record-tampering indictment against the first black woman elected sheriff in Texas. SENT: 130 words.

_ HUSBAND KILLED-FUGITIVE _ The Minnesota Attorney General’s office will review the case of a woman accused of killing her husband in southern Minnesota, then fleeing to Florida and killing a woman there before her arrest in Texas. SENT: 140 words.

_ MEDICAL EXAMINER-INVESTIGATION _ Prosecutors in Travis County will not allow a medical examiner to testify in criminal cases amid an investigation involving Texas Rangers and the Texas Medical Board into the examiner’s work at his new job in West Texas. SENT: 130 words.

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