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

October 11, 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. Ken Miller is at the desk after 5:30 a.m.

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DALLAS — The 15 Catholic dioceses in Texas early next year will release the names of clergy who have served in a parish since 1950 who have been “credibly accused” of sexual abuse of minors. The move was announced in a statement by Bishop Edward Burns of the Catholic Diocese of Dallas. Texas bishops made the decision Sept. 30 to release the lists of names by Jan. 31 as part of their effort “to protect children from sexual abuse” while promoting “healing and a restoration of trust” in the church. By David Warren. SENT: 660 words, photos.





HOUSTON — The Department of Homeland Security has issued another waiver of environmental laws to build new border barriers in South Texas, this time for roughly 17 miles cutting through the National Butterfly Center and other sensitive areas. DHS posted a waiver that lists six sections where it plans to build “physical barriers and roads” in the Rio Grande Valley at the southernmost point of Texas. It follows another waiver posted Tuesday to build new gates to seal gaps in existing fencing, as the government moves forward with plans to fulfill President Donald Trump’s signature campaign pledge to build a border wall. By Nomaan Merchant. SENT: 360 words, photos


WASHINGTON — Congress has approved a sprawling bill to improve the nation’s ports, dams and harbors, protect against floods, restore shorelines and support other water-related projects. The massive Water Resources Development Act would authorize billions in spending for projects nationwide, including one to stem coastal erosion in Galveston, Texas, and restore wetlands damaged by Hurricane Harvey last year. By Matthew Daly. SENT: 470 words, photos. Moved on general and political news services.



NEW YORK — Dallas-based AT&T and WarnerMedia are joining the ever-expanding list of companies offering a streaming video service. They say the service due to launch in late 2019 will include films, TV shows, documentaries, animation and other offerings. No pricing was announced. By Technology Writer Mae Anderson. SENT: 160 words, photos. Moved on financial, entertainment and technology news services.


Betty Lavonne Grissom, the widow of astronaut Virgil “Gus” Grissom who successfully sued a NASA contractor after his death in the 1967 Apollo launch pad fire, has died at her home in Houston. She was 91. Mark Grissom said his mother had been in good health before her unexpected death Sunday. He said funeral services were pending, but that his mother will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery, where his father is interred. By Rick Callahan. SENT: 350 words, photos.


BOISE, Idaho — Idaho officials sought to force a Texas oil company to turn over records following an evaluation showing what the state calls “discrepancies” involving production records. The Idaho Oil and Gas Conservation Commission voted 5-0 to authorize subpoenas for Houston-based Alta Mesa to obtain documents and witnesses to appear before the commission. The action follows the evaluation by the Idaho Department of Lands of Alta Mesa natural gas and oil records dating back to 2014. The company has missed deadlines to turn over additional information following that evaluation. The state wants to know if Alta Mesa violated state laws involving the reporting of well production records. By Keith Ridler. SENT: 520 words. Moved on general and financial news services.


— TEXAS GIRL-LIFE SUPPORT — A judge has denied a family’s plea to extend a court order that has kept a 9-year-old North Texas girl on life support. SENT: 130 words.

— WEST TEXAS FLOODING — The search for four people missing after a West Texas recreational vehicle park was overrun by raging floodwaters has ended for the day. SENT: 130 words, photos, video.

— US MARSHALS-HOSPITAL SHOOTING — The U.S. Marshals Service says a federal detainee grabbed a correctional officer’s gun and killed himself at a West Texas hospital. SENT: 100 words.

— FATAL POLICE CHASE — A 15-year-old boy sought in the beating of his mother was killed when he crashed his mother’s sport utility vehicle car into a flatbed trailer while being chased by police. SENT: 140 words.

— SOUTHERN NEWSPAPER PUBLISHERS — Publisher Patrick Dorsey of the Austin American-Statesman has been elected chairman of the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association for 2018-19. SENT: 130 words.


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