AP-TX--Texas News Digest 12 am, TX
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IMMIGRATION-TEEN DETENTION CAMP
As lawmakers call for stricter background checks and a public hearing to further investigate problems at a massive detention camp for migrant teens, the agency responsible for the shelter said it could take as long as a month to complete FBI fingerprint scans for the 2,100 staffers working there. More than 2,300 teens are being held at the remote tent city in Tornillo, Texas, which opened in June as a temporary, emergency shelter. It now appears to be becoming more permanent, with ongoing construction at costs that can reach $1,200 per child per day, The Associated Press reported Tuesday. By Martha Mendoza and Garance Burke. SENT: 650 words, photos. Moved on general and political news services.
DALLAS — A 78-year-old inmate who says he killed about 90 people as he moved around the country for nearly four decades offered his confessions as a bargaining chip to be moved from a California prison, authorities say. The FBI said in a statement that Samuel Little offered the deal in exchange for being moved from California State Prison in Los Angeles County, but it didn’t say why he requested the transfer, where he asked to go or whether his offer was accepted. It did say that Little, who is in poor health and relies on a wheelchair, will likely stay in jail until his death in Texas, where he was brought in September to face charges in the 1994 killing of a woman in Odessa. By David Warren. SENT: 700 words, photos.
DALLAS — The CEO of Dallas-based AriseBank was arrested Wednesday by the FBI in a cryptocurrency scheme that tricked hundreds of investors out of more than $4 million, according to a federal prosecutor. Jared Rice Sr. was indicted on three counts of wire fraud and three counts of securities fraud, U.S. Attorney Erin Nealy Cox’s office said in a statement. By Ryan Tarinelli. SENT: 230 words.
TIJUANA, Mexico — Aid workers and humanitarian organizations are expressing concerns about the unsanitary conditions at the sports complex in Tijuana where more than 6,000 Central American migrants are packed into a space adequate for half that many people and where lice infestations and respiratory infections are rampant. As a chill rain fell, the dust that coated everyone and everything in the open-air stadium turned to mud, making the already miserable conditions worse. On one side of the complex, a mud pit grew where people took outdoor showers next to a line of foul-smelling portable toilets. By Christopher Sherman. SENT: 900 words, photos.
SAN DIEGO — No criminal charges will be filed against any of the 42 people associated with a caravan of Central American migrants who were arrested in a clash that ended with U.S. authorities firing tear gas into Mexico, The Associated Press has learned. The decision not to prosecute comes despite President Donald Trump’s vow that the U.S. will not tolerate lawlessness and extensive preparations for the caravan, which included deployment of thousands of active-duty troops to the border. Rodney Scott, chief of the Border Patrol’s San Diego sector, has said those arrested for illegal entry included 27 men, with the rest being women and children. By Elliot Spagat. SENT: 650 words, photos.
AROUND THE STATE & NATION:
DALLAS — Southwest Airlines says its pilots will get more instruction on an automated anti-stall system on certain new Boeing jets, and American Airlines pilots are also seeking more training. The system is under scrutiny after a deadly crash in Indonesia. The developments came after Boeing technical experts met separately with pilots from both airlines. By Airlines Writer David Koenig. SENT: 500 words, photos.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — A new report by Georgetown’s Center for Children and Families says the number of uninsured children in the United States has increased for the first time in nearly a decade. In Florida, the uninsured rate went from 288,000 in 2016 to 325,000 in 2017. South Dakota, Utah, Texas and Georgia also saw significant increases. By Kelli Kennedy. SENT: 570 words. Moved on general and health news services.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.— America’s next moon landing will be made by private companies — not NASA. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine announced that nine U.S. companies will compete in delivering experiments to the lunar surface. Bridenstine says NASA will buy the service and let private industry work out the details on getting there. Mission Control is at Johnson Space Center in Houston, where astronauts train. By Aerospace Writer Marcia Dunn. SENT: 600 words, photos.
BLOWOUT-COASTAL OIL BUILDUP
PORT ARANSAS, Texas — To the east, the Gulf of Mexico stretches out, blue-green and sparkling. To the west and north, flounder and trout meander in a chain of bays. People flock here to fish. Others come to this beach town near Corpus Christi to kayak, parasail or admire the hundreds of bird species on the barrier island, which is deep into rebuilding efforts after Hurricane Harvey damaged or destroyed 85 percent of the buildings here last year. A perfect location, from a certain point of view, to put not one but two crude-oil export terminals for ships so big they’re called supertankers. By Jamie Smith Hopkins of The Center for Public Integrity and Kiah Cooper of The Texas Tribune. SENT: 2450 words, photos. An 860-word abridged version also is available. Moved on general and financial news services.
NOT ENOUGH BOWLS
Army is ranked for the first time in 22 years and the Cadets would win 11 games for the first time in school history if they beat Navy next week and follow that up with a win in a bowl game. The catch? Army, ranked No. 23 with a 9-2 record, is not guaranteed a bowl bid. For all the complaints about too many bowls, this is the second straight season there will be more eligible teams (at least 81) than available bids (78). That has put Army and BYU (6-6), a fellow independent that also has a large following, in the strange position of tracking results from all over the country in recent weeks. Both head into bowl selection Sunday with postseason plans more uncertain than most. If Oklahoma wins the Big 12 and reaches the playoff that would put Texas in the Sugar Bowl and leave the Armed Forces Bowl in Fort Worth, Texas, with an open spot. Perfect for Army, presumably. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 1000 words, photos. Moved on national general and sports news services.
— AIRLINE EMPLOYEE-NAME MOCKING — A woman says a Southwest Airlines agent in Southern California mocked her 5-year-old daughter’s ‘Abcde’ name when they were preparing to board a flight home to Texas. SENT: 140 words. Moved on national general and travel news services.
— SEVERE WEATHER — Forecasters say a strong storm system is expected to bring hail, heavy rain and possibly tornadoes to parts of Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas. SENT: 90 words.
— PANTEX PLANT-TEXAS A&M — The Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station will provide technical advice and workforce training at the nation’s top site for assembly, disassembly and maintenance of nuclear weapons. SENT: 130 words. Moved on general and financial news services.
— COLD CASE CONVICTION — The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld the conviction of a Texas man in the 2006 death of a man in Oklahoma. SENT: 120 words.
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