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HEALTH CARE LAWSUIT
The latest push to scrap the Affordable Care Act once and for all pressed ahead Wednesday in federal court in Fort Worth as Republican-controlled states asked a judge to finish what Congress started last year and bring the law that insures 20 million Americans to a halt. By Paul J. Weber. UPCOMING: 500 words. Developing.
TRUCK CRASH-FOX TV STATION
DALLAS — Jail records show the 34-year-old man police say rammed a pickup truck into the downtown building of Dallas’ Fox television affiliate has a criminal history dating back more than 15 years. Dallas police say Michael Chadwick Fry was taken into custody Wednesday morning after he intentionally crashed into the building and scattered papers outside with information on a police shooting. Police say it doesn’t appear the man was targeting the media in the crash into the KDFW-TV building. By Ryan Tarinelli. SENT: 300 words, with photos, video.
— TRUCK CRASH-FOX TV STATION-THE LATEST
AROUND THE STATE & NATION:
DAUPHIN ISLAND, Alabama — Tropical Storm Gordon never became a hurricane but it was deadly all the same, killing a child by blowing a tree onto a mobile home as it made landfall. The storm later weakened into a depression on Wednesday but remained dangerous, dumping rain, spawning tornadoes and kicking up heavy surf. The National Hurricane Center said Gordon was weakening on a path into Arkansas. Meanwhile, Hurricane Florence has formed in the Atlantic Ocean, on a path toward Bermuda. By Jay Reeves. SENT: 820 words, with photos, video.
— TROPICAL WEATHER-THE LATEST
HOUSTON — Authorities have arrested nearly a dozen members of the MS-13 gang who they say are suspects in several Houston slayings, including one in which the victim was hacked with a machete. UPCOMING: 250 words.
OIL PIPELINE-ETP LAWSUIT
BISMARCK, N.D. — Greenpeace, the lone remaining environmental group facing a racketeering lawsuit filed by the developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline, is asking a judge to be dismissed from the case. Meanwhile, Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners wants the judge to reconsider his order that the company identify 20 unnamed individual defendants. By Blake Nicholson. 350 words.
SMALLBIZ-SMALL TALK-AFTER THE ACQUISITION
NEW YORK — Offers of training and stock in their new employer weren’t enough to keep four out of his five staffers when Dennis Chow sold his information technology firm in 2016. Chow and the buyers learned one of the hard lessons of a business sale — despite their best efforts, some employees will leave. People departed from both companies when SCIS Security acquired Chow’s Houston-based Xtec Systems, most of them workers who didn’t like their new assignments. As the number of small business sales keeps rising, staff retention is a priority. By Joyce M. Rosenberg. SENT: 920 words, with photos.
— FUGITIVE LAWYER — A lawyer facing investment fraud charges in Florida has pleaded guilty to fleeing prosecution after he was caught in Mexico in a case with ties to Laredo, Texas.
SPOT MEMBER EXCHANGE:
KEMAH, Texas — The Kemah Police Department is on a mission to stop drunk drivers before they commit felonies. The Galveston County Daily News reports several local bar owners and the police department have teamed up in recent months to combat drunk driving by communicating about patrons’ state of inebriation and working to get them into taxis and Ubers instead of driving on the road, Police Chief Chris Reed said. The effort, which first started about a year ago and developed into its current form about six months ago, has been enormously successful for both police and bar owners, said Harry White, who owns Voodoo Hut. By Matt DeGrood, The Galveston County Daily News. SENT: 540 words, pursuing photos.
HOUSTON — J.J. Watt has played just eight games over the last two seasons because of injuries leaving everyone cautiously optimistic that the three-time Defensive Player of the Year can return to form for the Houston Texans this year. A first look will come on Sunday in a big test with a trip to New England to face Tom Brady and the Patriots. By Kristie Rieken. UPCOMING: 600 words, with photos.
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