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

March 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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BOSTON _Fallout from a sweeping college admissions scandal swiftly spread Wednesday, with actress Lori Loughlin surrendering ahead of a Los Angeles court hearing and a Silicon Valley hedge fund replacing its leader. Loughlin and fellow actress Felicity Huffman headline the list of some 50 people charged in documents unveiled in Boston that describe a scheme to cheat the admissions process at eight sought-after schools, including the University of Texas. The parents bribed college coaches and other insiders to get their children into selective schools, authorities said. By Alanna Durkin Richer and Collin Binkley. SENT: 900 words, with photos, video. Will be updated. Moving on news & sports lines.




IOWA CITY, Iowa _ An Associated Press investigation finds that police departments routinely withhold video taken by body-worn and dashboard-mounted cameras that show officer-involved shootings and other uses of force. They often do so by citing a broad exemption to state open-records laws _ claiming that releasing the video would undermine an ongoing investigation. By Ryan J. Foley. 1,700 words, with photos, video. An Abridged version also is moving.


_ SUNSHINE HUB, an online transparency tool developed by AP for its customers’ use that tracks state legislative attempts to alter the flow of public information.



WACO, Texas _ Former Baylor University President Ken Starr says he raised money on behalf of a former Baylor football player who recently was acquitted of sexual assault. Starr told the Waco Tribune-Herald that he hosted a fundraiser at his home for the legal defense fund of Shawn Oakman, a former star defensive end for the Bears who was acquitted of rape on Feb. 28. He could not remember when the gathering was held. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words, with photos. Moving on news & sports lines.


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. _ New Mexico top water official says he will be working closely with the state attorney general’s office as the legal fight over management of the Rio Grande simmers with Texas and the U.S. government. State Engineer John D’Antonio appeared Wednesday for a confirmation hearing before a key Senate committee, winning praise from a bipartisan group of lawmakers for the work he has done over a decades-long career in water. The full Senate was expected to confirm his appointment. By Susan Montoya Bryan. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 350 words.


NEW ORLEANS _ A federal appeals court in New Orleans is hearing arguments Wednesday on a 1978 law giving preference to Native American families in foster care and adoption proceedings involving Native American children. A federal district judge in Texas last year struck down the Indian Child Welfare Act in a victory for opponents, including adoptive parents, who say it is racially motivated and unconstitutionally discriminatory. By Kevin McGill. SENT: 630 words, with photos. Will be updated.


HONOLULU _ Hawaiian Airlines has dropped prices for some flights as Southwest Airlines enters the Hawaii market. The Honolulu-based airline was offering low airfares Monday for flights between Oahu and Maui starting next month, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported. The airline listed low airfares for most days in May as well, matching Southwest’s lowest price. Dallas-based Southwest is beginning daily flights between the islands in late April. It’s making its trans-Pacific debut Sunday with a flight from Oakland, California, to Honolulu. SENT: 320 words.


NEW YORK _ A climbable sculpture called The Vessel, made up of 154 twisting flights of stairs, is scheduled to open Friday as the decorative centerpiece of Hudson Yards, an ambitious development project on Manhattan’s far West Side that includes a shopping mall, office and condo towers, and a performance space on wheels. The New York City project includes a Neiman Marcus, the upscale retailer based in Dallas. By Verena Dobnik. UPCOMING: 600 words, video.


_ SEVERE WEATHER-SOUTHERN PLAINS _ Severe thunderstorms in North Texas have left at least one person hurt, damaged buildings and flipped small planes at a suburban airport. With photos.

_ TROOPER INJURED-TRAFFIC STOP _ A Texas Department of Public Safety trooper is in stable condition after being injured in a hit-and-run collision near Houston.

_ POLICE OFFICER CHARGED _ Sheriff’s officials in Texas have charged a police officer with two counts of sexual abuse amid allegations that he inappropriately touched an underage girl. Pursuing photo.

_ $1 MILLION LOTTERY WIN _ A Fremont man has claimed his $1 million Powerball prize from the Nebraska Lottery while another $1 million ticket was sold in Texas.

_ MEXICO-HUMAN RIGHTS _ A new human rights report says Mexican marines improperly used a helicopter-mounted minigun that fires 3,000 rounds per minute in a 2018 border city shooting that killed three civilians.



Border Patrol Agent Joe Romero looks across into Anapra, Mexico, his gaze fixed on a woman and two children walking with determination past Monument One, an official border marker for the spot where New Mexico, Texas and Chihuahua converge. “If you don’t mind turning yourself in, this is a great place to do it and easy way to do it,” Romero said of the stretch at Sunland Park that has become a busy crossing point for Central American families. As elected officials grapple with the policy implications of tens of thousands of migrant families and unaccompanied children seeking refuge at our nation’s southwestern border, agents like Romero are on the front lines watching the chaos unfold. By Angela Kocherga, Albuquerque Journal. SENT: 1,950 words, with photo.



HOUSTON _ James Harden and the Houston Rockets try to extend their winning streak to 10 games when Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors, who are coming off a loss to Phoenix, visit. By Kristie Rieken. 750 words. Photos. Game starts at 8:30 p.m. CDT.


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