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

August 2, 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 — A man suspected of killing one of former President George H.W. Bush’s doctors worked in law enforcement for more than 30 years and had also been a licensed real estate agent. Authorities on Thursday continued searching for 62-year-old Joseph James Pappas, who was described as armed, dangerous and possibly suicidal. By Juan A. Lozano. UPCOMING: 600 words, with photos.




SAN ANTONIO — The man accused of swiping a shark from a San Antonio-area aquarium says he did so because he was concerned about the sea creature’s wellbeing. Anthony Shannon is charged with felony theft for stealing the horn shark Saturday from the San Antonio Aquarium. The heist was captured on surveillance video. The shark was recovered Monday night from Shannon’s home. SENT: 310 words, with video.


The music streaming service Spotify says it has removed some episodes of “The Alex Jones Show” podcast for violating its hate content policy. The move followed a backlash on social media. “We take reports of hate content seriously and review any podcast episode or song that is flagged by our community,” the company said in a statement late Wednesday. Jones says his Texas-based shows, which are broadcast on radio, YouTube and other platforms, reach at least 70 million people a week. SENT: 230 words, with photos.


WASHINGTON — When an audience member at a town hall asked California Sen. Kamala Harris to reject corporate donations, her answer was decidedly non-committal. “Well, that depends,” she said. “Wrong answer,” the questioner responded. She later reversed and no longer accepts checks from corporate political action committees. Opposition to corporate PACs has developed as Democrats aim to tap into the anti-establishment sentiment that President Donald Trump successfully harnessed in 2016. When Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., started the “NO PAC Caucus” in July 2017, only two members joined his cause — including Rep. Beto O’Rourke, who’s now challenging Sen. Ted Cruz in Texas. By Lisa Lerer. SENT: 1,120 words, with photo.


TOPEKA, Kan. — Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s work against illegal immigration for small cities across the nation cost them millions for lengthy legal battles while powering his own political rise, according to a news report. The Kansas City Star and ProPublica account published Wednesday is based on open records requests placed with the towns Kobach represented and comes just days before the Aug. 7 Republican gubernatorial primary. He’s seeking to unseat Gov. Jeff Colyer. Kobach on Thursday called the report’s conclusions “ridiculous.” Kobach used his work in Valley Park to attract other clients, with what the investigation found were sometimes disastrous effects. Farmers Branch, Texas, wound up owing $7 million in legal bills. SENT: 640 words, with photo.


BISMARCK, N.D. — The Dallas developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline is battling the possible dismissal of a second defendant in its federal racketeering lawsuit against three environmental groups. UPCOMING: 300 words.


— PIPELINE EXPLOSIONS-TEXAS — The number of people injured in a series of explosions on a West Texas natural gas pipeline has risen to seven.

— GAS PRICES — Texas and nationwide retail gasoline price rose 2 cents per gallon this week.

— POLICE SHOOTING-AMARILLO — Officers in the Texas Panhandle trying to serve warrants for assault have fatally shot the suspect after police say he displayed a gun.

— SISTER SLAIN — An East Texas man convicted in the fatal shooting of his sister has been sentenced to 99 years in prison in an attack in which she called 911 and identified him before dying.

— SEX TRAFFICKING RING — A 26-year-old North Texas man must serve life in federal prison after being convicted of helping run a sex trafficking ring exploiting underage girls.

— ECOLOGICAL RESEARCH FUNDING — A $6.4 million federal grant for a New Mexico research project will provide funding for work looking at how climate change affects arid land ecosystems in efforts including Rice University in Houston.



DALLAS — With straw brooms and willpower, the pastor and a few congregants of First Fellowship Baptist Church in southern Dallas had to push out 2 inches of water taking over their place of worship. The Dallas Morning News reports a busted pipe had filled multiple rooms in the church, which doubles as a community center. The pews, made of particle board, were doused and destroyed. Pastor George Gregory and volunteers have worked for months to get their church back into shape. Gregory won’t be left a shepherd with nowhere to seat his flock. He found out about a month ago that Temple Shalom in North Dallas was giving away its original pews. By Stacy Fernandez, The Dallas Morning News. SENT: 550 words, with photos.



ARLINGTON, Texas — With Adrian Beltre still in the lineup, but some changes in the pitching staff, the Texas Rangers return home for the opener of a four-game series against the Orioles. Baltimore has the worst record in the majors. UPCOMING. 650 words, photos. Game starts 7:05 p.m. CDT.


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