AP-TX--Texas News Digest 12 am, TX
AP-TX--Texas News Digest 12 am, TX
Aug. 29, 2018
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TEXAS OFFICER-MURDER TRIAL
DALLAS — Jurors are now deciding the fate of a former Texas police officer who was convicted of murder for fatally shooting a black, unarmed teenager last year in suburban Dallas. Wednesday marks the second day of the sentencing phase in the trial of Roy Oliver, who was convicted Tuesday for the 2017 slaying of 15-year-old Jordan Edwards. Edwards was killed when Oliver, a police officer in Balch Springs at the time, fired into a car full of black teenagers as it drove away from a house party. In a rare guilty verdict in a police shooting case, the Dallas County jurors were not swayed by Oliver's claim that he feared for his partner's life when he fired into the vehicle. His partner told jurors he didn't fear for his life. By Ryan Tarinelli. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 2 a.m. Will be updated.
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TEXAS GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:
AUSTIN, Texas — The owner of a Texas company that makes untraceable 3D-printed guns said Tuesday that he has begun selling the blueprints through his website to anyone who wants to make one, after a federal court order barred him from posting the plans online. Cody Wilson said at a news conference that he started selling the plans Tuesday morning and that he had already received nearly 400 orders. He said he'll sell the plans for as little as a penny to anyone in the U.S. who wants them. By Jim Vertuno and Martha Bellisle. SENT: 550 words, photos. Moved on general, financial, political and technology news services.
— HARVEY RECOVERY-TEXAS — A county judge on Texas' Gulf Coast has written to fellow Republican and state Land Commissioner George P. Bush, decrying that there's "no adequate relief in sight" a year after Hurricane Harvey's devastation. SENT: 130 words.
— ARMED ELECTION JUDGES-OPINION — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton says presiding election judges licensed to carry handguns may do so while working at polls in government buildings. SENT: 120 words.
— SUPREME COURT-WORKPLACE DISCRIMINATION-LEPAGE — Maine Republican Gov. Paul LePage has joined 15 other Republican leaders across the nation, including Texas, in asking the U.S. Supreme Court to rule that companies can fire their workers based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. SENT: 130 words.
AROUND THE STATE & NATION:
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — An independent safety panel that provides oversight of some of the nation's highest risk nuclear facilities voiced concerns Tuesday that new federal policies could limit inspections and curtail access to key information. The Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board peppered Energy Department officials with questions about the intent of the policies during a public hearing in Washington. By Susan Montoya Bryan. SENT: 470 words.
OIL PIPELINE-PROTESTER INJURY
BISMARCK, N.D. — A New York City woman who suffered a serious arm injury in an explosion while protesting the Dakota Access oil pipeline in North Dakota lost a legal battle to obtain evidence she wanted to bolster a civil rights lawsuit against law enforcement. Sophia Wilansky sued the federal government in February, seeking the return of shrapnel and clothing taken from her while she was hospitalized following her November 2016 injury, or an opportunity to have the items analyzed by a forensic scientist of her hiring. Her father, Wayne Wilansky, willingly surrendered the evidence, but her lawsuit argued in part that the government was keeping the seized property for an unreasonable length of time and violating her constitutional rights. By Blake Nicholson. SENT: 360 words.
OIL PIPELINE-ETP LAWSUIT
BISMARCK, N.D. — Twenty environmental and civil liberties groups are launching a task force aimed at fighting back against lawsuits they believe are aimed at limiting free speech and silencing critics. Among them are Greenpeace and the Center for Constitutional Rights, which have been fighting a racketeering lawsuit filed by the Dallas-based developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline. By Blake Nicholson. SENT: 450 words. Moved on general and financial news services.
RICHMOND, Texas — Lauren Hall sits atop a brown and white speckled horse, Santana. The Houston Chronicle reports the young woman's back is straight and her grin is wide. Her cheetah print boots, lined with pink, are flopped on either side of the horse's saddle. Hall is a much different rider than when she first got on the saddle four years ago. The 28-year-old was born with a rare genetic condition that affects almost every aspect of her daily life, and she can get anxious at times. After spending time at the SIRE Therapeutic Horsemanship's Richmond facility, Hall has become a confident and cheerful rider. By Brooke A. Lewis, Houston Chronicle. SENT: 910 words, photos.
— CHILD LEFT ALONE-CONCERT — A suburban Houston couple faces charges after being accused of leaving their 11-year-old daughter home alone so they could attend a concert in Detroit. SENT: 120 words.
— TROOPER SHOT-SENTENCING — A Texas woman has been sentenced to life in prison for shooting an Arkansas State Police trooper. SENT: 130 words.
— CENTERPOINT-VECTREN-ACQUISITION — Vectren Corp. shareholders have approved the Evansville, Indiana-based company's proposed merger into Houston-based CenterPoint Energy Inc. SENT: 130 words.
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