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AP-TX--Texas News Digest 1 pm, TX

September 28, 2018

Good afternoon! 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

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HOUSTON — Anita Hill says one of the things that stood out to her from Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s hearing was how his emotional and angry testimony compared to the calm testimony of the woman accusing him of sexual assault. Hill gave Senate testimony in 1991 about her allegations of sexual harassment by then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas. Hill spoke Friday in Houston at a gathering of women technologists, one day after Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee. By Nomaan Merchant. SENT: 410 words, with photo.


AUSTIN, Texas — The lackluster Texas governor’s race, which has played out in near obscurity, gets a rare spotlight Friday night in the first and only debate between Republican Gov. Greg Abbott and Democratic challenger Lupe Valdez. The forum will be in Austin. By Paul J. Weber. UPCOMING: 550 words, with photos.


AUSTIN, Texas — The second debate between Democratic U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke and Republican Sen. Ted Cruz has been postponed because the Senate may be in session this weekend to vote on Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court. Organizers announced Friday that Sunday night’s event at the University of Houston was off while they work with both sides to possibly reschedule. O’Rourke and Cruz debated last week in Dallas and were set to meet a third time in San Antonio on Oct. 16. SENT: 130 words, with photos. A longer version is not planned.


HOUSTON — Texas has set a voter registration record of 15.6 million people ahead of the highly anticipated Senate race between Republican Sen. Ted Cruz and Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke. Texas Secretary of State Rolando Pablos tells the Houston Chronicle that the state’s voter rolls have grown by 1.6 million since the last midterm election in 2014. 250 words.



MIAMI — The National Hurricane Center says Tropical Storm Kirk is likely to dissipate after dropping heavy rain and causing flooding in the eastern Caribbean. Forecasters say the storm will likely lose its organization and be downgraded to a tropical depression by early Saturday. The remnants will move across the eastern and central Caribbean through the weekend. Officials in the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe closed schools, and thunderstorms hit Barbados. SENT: 120 words. Will be updated.


— FBH--TEXAS HIGH SCHOOL-SHOOTING — Police in Carrollton say a 31-year-old man is hospitalized in critical condition after being shot during a junior varsity football game. Moving on news & sports lines

— SCHOOL BUS OVERTURNS — Authorities say one person has been slightly hurt in a two-vehicle wreck in which a Dallas-area school bus overturned.

— SCHOOL OFFICIAL SUSPENDED-TWEET — A school administrator in North Texas has resigned after being suspended for his profane online message criticizing the lawyer for porn actress Stormy Daniels.

— VAL KILMER-TUMBLEWEED SCULPTURES — A Texas artist is suing Val Kilmer, saying the actor co-opted his work.



PORT ARANSAS, Texas — The iconic Tarpon statue cast a watchful eye over the Marine Science Institute on a recent Tuesday, standing guard just as it did in August 2017 when Hurricane Harvey steamrolled the 72-acre Port Aransas campus. The Houston Chronicle reports looking at that statue, seemingly untouched by time or weather, it might be easy to think the University of Texas at Austin institute fared well during Harvey. But a sign taped to the door of the building behind it reads: “Sorry. Temporarily closed.” The closure, however, has been anything but. By Alex Stuckey. SENT: 950 words, pursuing photos.



BALTIMORE — Houston Astros right-hander Gerrit Cole seeks his 16th victory, facing the Baltimore Orioles in the rain-delayed opener of a four-game series. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 6:05 p.m. CDT.


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