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TEXAS PRISONS-SUICIDE ATTEMPTS
AUSTIN, Texas — The attempted suicide rate inside Texas prisons has doubled in four years, a trend that some experts call “concerning” and others see as a positive sign the Texas Department of Criminal Justice is getting more serious about tracking mental health issues. It’s not entirely clear what’s behind the shift. Some experts point to staff turnover and an increasingly mentally ill prison population. But according to TDCJ, the four-year increase all stems from a 2013 push for better suicide prevention training that could have broadened the understanding of what counts as an attempt, the Houston Chronicle reports. UPCOMING: 300 words.
OIL PIPELINE-PROTESTER INJURY
BISMARCK, N.D. — A New York City woman who suffered a serious arm injury while protesting the Dakota Access oil pipeline in North Dakota is suing the federal government to obtain evidence, hoping it will bolster an eventual lawsuit she plans to file against law enforcement seeking monetary damages. The pipeline is operated by a Dallas company. By Blake Nicholson. UPCOMING: 400 words.
BISMARCK, N.D. — An environmental activist from Seattle faces sentencing Tuesday for targeting an oil pipeline in North Dakota during a coordinated pipeline protest in four states in October 2016. Michael Foster faces up to 21 years in prison. By Blake Nicholson. UPCOMING: 300 words.
SPOT MEMBER EXCHANGE:
HOUSTON — Light peeking through stained glass windows illuminated the melancholy faces of the men of United Orthodox Synagogues as they put on their traditional tefillin and tallit to prepare for the temple’s last morning prayer. The Houston Chronicle reports after suffering damage from three floods in as many years, the synagogue’s board of directors made a decision to demolish the sanctuary, school wing and offices. More than 150 congregation members gathered or tuned in to a web stream for the Feb. 4 final service. The board of directors is exploring all viable options for a new building, such as rebuilding with elevated facilities or moving to a new location. By Autumn Rendall. SENT: 900 words. Pursuing photos.
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