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

September 12, 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 — The Dallas police chief said she has called for a full review and plans to meet with protest leaders after learning about reports that police used pepper-spray projectiles at a demonstration over a black man’s death. Chief U. Renee Hall said in a statement that the projectiles, which are called pepper balls and usually contain the chemical in pepper spray, should only be used if there is an immediate threat to the public or if an on-scene commander calls for them to be used. The projectiles irritate the nose and eyes. Hall said she wants to meet with protest leaders to “address their concerns.” By Ryan Tarinelli. SENT: 650 words, photos, video.


DALLAS — Dallas police swiftly admitted that a white officer who shot a black man in his own apartment last week had made a mistake. They expressed contrition, turned the case over to independent investigators and reached out to the victim’s family. That proactive approach appeared to tamp down anger in the community in the first few days after the killing on Sept. 6. There have been protests but not large-scale unrest since the death of Botham Jean, a native of the Caribbean island of St. Lucia who went to a Christian university in Arkansas and worked in Dallas for accounting firm PwC. By David Warren. SENT: 750 words, photos.



AUSTIN, Texas — The publisher of The New York Times said the decision to run an anonymous opinion piece criticizing President Donald Trump’s leadership “added to the public understanding of this administration and the actions and beliefs of the people within it.” Publisher A.G. Sulzberger defended running the op-ed to a gathering of U.S. news leaders in Austin, Texas. He provided no clues about the author, who the Times identified as a senior administration official. By Paul J. Weber. SENT: 520 words, photos.


WASHINGTON — The Trump administration has moved closer to rolling back Obama-era rules reducing oil and gas industry leaks of methane gas, one of the most potent agents of climate change. The Environmental Protection Agency formally released its proposed substitute for a 2016 Obama administration rule that aimed to step up detection and elimination of methane leaks at well sites and other oil and gas facilities. The agency’s move is part of a broad Trump administration effort to undo President Barack Obama’s legacy programs to fight climate change by cutting emissions from oil, gas and coal. By Ellen Knickmeyer and Matthew Brown. SENT: 620 words, photos. Moved on genera, financial and political news services.



HOUSTON — The U.S. government will expand its tent shelter for immigrant minors crossing the southwest border to 3,600 beds and keep it open through the end of this year, an agency spokesman said. The facility at Tornillo, Texas, which originally opened with a 360-bed capacity for 30 days, is being expanded based on how many children are in the care of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, agency spokesman Kenneth Wolfe said in a statement. By Nomaan Merchant. SENT: 420 words, photos.



SALT LAKE CITY — A woman convicted of helping a former street preacher kidnap Elizabeth Smart in 2002 will be freed from prison more than five years earlier than expected, a surprise decision that Smart has called “incomprehensible.” Wanda Barzee, 72, will be released Sept. 19 after the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole determined it had miscalculated the time she previously served in federal custody, board spokesman Greg Johnson said. Barzee pleaded guilty to kidnapping Smart and helping keep her captive for nine months before then-teenager was found and rescued. Barzee was sent to the Utah state prison in April 2016 after finishing a federal sentence in Texas. By Brady McCombs. SENT: 450 words, photos.


— RANDLE-RAPE CHARGE — Former Dallas Cowboys running back Joseph Randle has been charged with rape in Wichita. SENT: 130 words.

— JET TRAINER ACCIDENT — The U.S. Air Force says two pilots were injured slightly after ejecting when a twin-jet training aircraft veered off a runway before takeoff at a northwestern Texas Air Force base. SENT: 130 words.

— MOTHER-DAUGHTER SLAIN — A 23-year-old Southeast Texas man has pleaded guilty to killing his girlfriend, whom authorities say was stabbed more than 50 times. SENT: 130 words.

— TEXAS STATE SENATOR-CEO SENTENCE — The former CEO of a Texas fracking sand company must serve 15 years in federal prison over a $6 million Ponzi scheme that also landed an ex-lawmaker behind bars. SENT: 130 words.

— SUSPECTS CAUGHT-SCHOOL — Police captured three fleeing robbery suspects inside a Fort Worth high school where administrators say the trio dashed in through the main entrance but were quickly caught. SENT: 130 words.


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