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

February 13, 2019

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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DECATUR, Texas _ Four malnourished children are in foster care after authorities found two of them locked in a dog cage and two more smeared with excrement in a North Texas barn. A Texas Department of Family and Protective Services official says the children were released from a hospital Monday night. Law enforcement found the children earlier in the day on the property near Rhome, about 20 miles north of Fort Worth. The children’s mother and a man have been charged with child endangerment. She’s also charged with aggravated assault. SENT: 300 words, with photos, video, audio.


WASHINGTON _ Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has missed a month of Supreme Court arguments following lung cancer surgery. She’s not the first justice to be away for a while. The day before the Supreme Court began its term in October 1949, Justice William Douglas broke 14 ribs when he was thrown from his horse in Washington state. He didn’t return to the bench for nearly a half year. There’s a suggestion in news accounts that other justices were irritated by the length of his absence. Douglas returned in time to hear Thurgood Marshall argue that Texas’ refusal to accommodate a black student in its whites-only law school was unconstitutional. Marshall, the nation’s most prominent civil rights lawyer, prevailed. By Mark Sherman. SENT: 850 words, with photos.



AUSTIN, Texas _ A federal jury in Central Texas has convicted a 45-year-old man of kidnapping and other charges after authorities say he took two sisters from a home where their mother was found dead from blunt force trauma and transported the girls to Colorado. Prosecutors say Terry Allen Miles of Round Rock killed Tonya Ellen Bates before kidnapping her daughters in 2017 but they opted to prosecute him on the kidnapping and related charges. UPCOMING: 350 words.


TEXARKANA, Ark. _ Authorities say an inmate who was serving a life sentence for killing a Texarkana police officer in 1977 has died in prison. The Arkansas Department of Correction says 57-year-old John Lohbauer died Saturday. Spokeswoman Janie Runkle tells the Texarkana Gazette that Lohbauer’s death appears to be of natural causes but a medical examiner will make the final determination. Lohbauer was 15 when he fatally shot Texarkana Police Officer Ed Worrell during a burglary. He received a life sentence plus 40 years. SENT: 220 words.


NEW YORK _ Romantic partners who are also business partners can find there’s a lot of tough talk, listening, learning and compromising needed as they run a company, a personal relationship and often a family. Sometimes, working well together takes brutal honesty. Cynthia Smoot remembers struggling with her husband Randy for several years after she joined his advertising agency, Gangway Advertising, in 2008. Part of the problem was too much closeness — being together 24/7 didn’t work. So, they transitioned from sharing a home office to two separate rooms in different parts of their house in Dallas. By Joyce M. Rosenberg. SENT: 1,000 words, with photos.


NEW YORK _ First-time documentary filmmakers Tina Brown and Dyana Winkler lugged their cameras to Central Park in New York one day to capture the last few people still passionate about roller skating. The activity seemed dead. Two young African-American skaters approached them and asked them what they were doing. “They said, ‘Skating’s not dead. It just went underground,’” Winkler recalled. Five years and 500 hours of footage later, they’ve emerged with the HBO film “United Skates,” a fascinating look at the rich African-American subculture of roller skating. Cities have different skate dance styles _ Baltimore has “Snapping,” Atlanta has the “Jacknife” and in Texas you do the “Slow Walk.” By Mark Kennedy. SENT: 790 words, with photo.


_ ATM-ROBBERIES-RING _ Federal prosecutors say 27 Houston residents have been indicted in the investigation of nearly $2.8 million stolen from ATMs in robberies targeting technicians servicing cash machines.

_ TIGER-POT SMOKERS _ A woman who called Houston’s non-emergency dispatch line after discovering a tiger inside a cage at an abandoned home told the shocked dispatcher: “I’m not lying.” With photos.

_ SCHOOL DISTRICT-EXHUMATION _ A Houston-area county will work with educators to possibly buy school district land where remains believed to be about 95 African-American prisoners were found during construction. Pursuing photos.

_ LIBRARY-PROM CLOTHES-LGBTQ _ The Dallas Public Library is offering more than just books with free new or gently used prom gowns and other elegant clothing available for high school girls including LGBTQ students.



DENNING, Texas _ When David and Ann Nix moved to the San Augustine County hamlet of Denning in 2012, they didn’t expect that within seven years they’d have their own kind of empire spanning three counties and more than 1,800 square miles. The Daily Sentinel reports two years ago, the Nixes founded the Denning Animal Rescue, which they intended to be a small operation rescuing cats. David, a disabled veteran and Ann were both fond of animals, and had spent years rescuing animals, rehoming them with the support of various organizations in the places where David was stationed. Their efforts have since expanded. By Tim Monzingo, The Daily Sentinel. SENT: 860 words, with photos.



DALLAS _ The Heat visit the Mavericks in the final game before the All-Star break for both teams. It’s the second-to-last meeting of two-time Finals foes Dwyane Wade and Dirk Nowitzki, who will be honorary All-Stars this weekend. By Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 7:30 p.m. CST.


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