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

August 10, 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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AUSTIN, Texas — Texas child welfare officials have opened an abuse and neglect investigation into reports that surfaced last week of a child dying after being released from a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility. The announcement came shortly after Texas officials appeared frustrated during a public hearing with lawmakers, saying immigration attorneys making the allegations had still not provided the child’s name and were being unresponsive. Hours later, the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services said it was given the name needed to launch an inquiry. By Paul J. Weber. SENT: 460 words, photos.




DALLAS — Federal prosecutors say Dallas Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway accepted more than $450,000 in kickbacks and bribes, in part through gambling money, trips to Las Vegas and elsewhere, and a phony consulting agreement. Court documents show Caraway, the second highest-ranking elected official in Dallas, has pleaded guilty to wire fraud and tax evasion. By Ryan Tarinelli. SENT: 470 words, photos.


WASHINGTON — The first documents from Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s time in George W. Bush’s White House were released as the Senate begins to review the judge’s unusually lengthy public record for confirmation hearings this fall. The 5,700 pages from Kavanaugh’s time in the White House counsel’s office were posted on the Senate Judiciary Committee’s website after being compiled by a lawyer representing the former president. By Lisa Mascaro and Mark Sherman. SENT: 940 words, photos.


WACO, Texas — Texas ranchers and several government agencies say a recent decision to ban a tool to treat a deadly tick could put cattle at risk. The Waco Tribune-Herald reports that Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller last month halted the use of 15 cattle fever tick spray boxes in South Texas for lacking ventilation. The boxes spray livestock with a chemical to eliminate ticks that spread bovine babesiosis. SENT: 300 words.


DALLAS — A years-long effort that included spending more than $8 million and formulating a blueprint of some 1,500 pages for how Austin uses its coveted land has ground to a halt. The Austin City Council has voted to stop a sweeping rewrite of the city’s land-use rules, taking action a week after Mayor Steve Adler said “the process has been misunderstood and poisoned,” in part by misinformation and outlandish claims like new zoning laws allowing for the random demolition of homes. By David Warren. SENT: 600 words, photos.


— TRUMP-PRISON REFORM — President Donald Trump has discussed prison reform with governors and state attorneys general at his New Jersey golf club. Among those attending was Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. By Jill Colvin. SENT: 120 words, photos.



GALVESTON, Texas — A Texas grand jury has indicted the 17-year-old student accused of fatally shooting 10 people at a Houston-area high school. Dimitrios Pagourtzis has been indicted on charges stemming from the May 18 attack, including capital murder of multiple persons. Under Texas law, capital murder carries an automatic sentenced of life imprisonment with a parole option for those under age 18. He also was indicted on a count of aggravated assault of a public servant for his nonfatal shooting of a school police officer. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words, photos by 6:30 p.m.


NEW YORK — Robert J. Danzig, who overcame difficult beginnings as a foster child during the Great Depression to become the head of Hearst Newspapers, has died, the company said. He was 85. Danzig lead the newspaper division at Hearst from 1977 to 1997, overseeing its growth to become the seventh largest newspaper company in the United States, the company said. He died Wednesday in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, after a long illness. The newspaper division acquired the Houston Chronicle, San Antonio Express-News and several community newspapers under Danzig’s leadership. By Alexandra Olson. SENT: 530 words, photos. Moving on general and financial news services.


— AMERICAN-STATESMAN CUTBACKS — The Austin American-Statesman is shutting down its weekly Spanish-language newspaper, Ahora Si, effective Oct. 11.It also is offering voluntary severance packages to all of the Statesman’s more-than-200 employees. SENT: 130 words. Moved on general and financial news services.

— GAS PRICES — The average retail gasoline price in Texas fell by rose 2 cents per gallon this week but remain the most expensive August prices since 2014. SENT: 120 words.

— SOLDIER SLAIN — A U.S. Army sergeant from San Antonio has been convicted of killing his soldier wife in 2015. SENT: 130 words.

— JC PENNEY-BABY SHOPS — J.C. Penney is expanding the baby products it sells at stores beyond clothing as the department store joins the many other chains trying to claim some of the Babies R Us sales up for grabs. SENT: 130 words.

— DOG-HANDLING SCHOOL RAIDED — Federal authorities have raided a San Antonio school that trains veterans on dog-handling. SENT: 130 words.

— EEOC-MUREX PETROLEUM — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a lawsuit in North Dakota accusing a petroleum company of subjecting a black employee to racial harassment. SENT: 120 words

— PET FOOD-FEATHERS — A Texas man has admitted involvement in a scheme where poultry feathers, feet and other items were passed off to pet food manufacturers, distributors and brokers as higher-quality ingredients. SENT: 130 words.


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