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

September 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

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DALLAS — The lawyer for the family of a man who was gunned down at his home by a Dallas police officer is calling for her to be arrested and charged, saying the fact that she remains free days after the shooting shows she’s receiving favorable treatment. S. Lee Merritt, who is representing the family of 26-year-old Botham Jean, said Saturday that the family isn’t calling on the authorities to jump to conclusions or to deny Officer Amber Guyger her right to due process. But Merritt, flanked by members of the family and Mothers Against Police Brutality, said they want Guyger “to be treated like every other citizen, and where there is evidence that they’ve committed a crime, that there’s a warrant to be issued and an arrest to be made.” By Ryan Tarinelli. SENT: 680 words, photos, video.



BISMARCK, N.D. — A Rhode Island woman accused of funneling lottery scam money between the U.S. and Jamaica through her airline job goes on trial in federal court in North Dakota this week. She is the last of 27 defendants in the case that began seven years ago this month. Here’s a look at the case and the upcoming trial of Melinda Bulgin, which is expected to last up to 10 days. By Blake Nicholson. SENT: 819 words.


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AUSTIN, Texas — Alyssa Smith needs a recommendation. It’s her first time at Empowered Coffee in downtown Austin, and she’s not sure what to order. The Austin American-Statesman reports Barista William Mullican, 21, is ready to help. Get the Rwandan, he says. Iced. Smith accepts his suggestion and takes a sip. Empowered Coffee isn’t your average shop. It’s the first 100 percent inclusive for-profit company in Austin and among only a handful in the United States. All employees here have intellectual or developmental disabilities, including Mullican. The shop opened in March inside RunLab, a sports medicine and training facility. By Kristin Finan, Austin American-Statesman. SENT IN ADVANCE: 590 words, with photos. Moving on news & sports lines.


GOLIAD, Texas — Perhaps it’s the animated dance of the Attwater prairie chicken that inspires the noble efforts of folks who refuse to imagine a Texas landscape without this dappled bird. The Corpus Christi Caller-Times reports the grouse-like ground dweller that numbered as many as a million 120 years ago is profoundly endangered today. Its shrinking prairie habitat once spanned 6 million acres of virtually contiguous, coastal grasslands in Texas and Louisiana. Several years ago the wild population was estimated at fewer than 100, living exclusively on the Attwater Prairie Chicken National Wildlife Refuge near Eagle Lake, and on private lands in Goliad County. By David Sikes, Corpus Christi Caller-Times. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1,520 words, with photos.


— OFFICER PURSUIT-SHOOTING: Authorities have charged a 21-year-old man with assaulting a public servant after a pursuit in Austin in which a state trooper shot the man.



BOSTON — The Boston Red Sox and Houston Astros wrap up their three-game series, with Dallas Keuchel facing Rick Porcello. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. First pitch 8 p.m.


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