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

October 3, 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 — Houston’s city council has changed a city ordinance in a move that would essentially stop a so-called robot brothel from opening. A Canadian company had said it wants to open a “love dolls brothel” in Houston in which people would be able to use its human-like dolls on the premises. The Houston City Council on Wednesday unanimously approved a change to a city ordinance that regulates sexually-oriented businesses. The change would prevent individuals from being able to use devices designed for sexual gratification at such businesses. By Juan A. Lozano. SENT: 130 words, will be updated.


DALLAS — The video of O’Shae Terry being shot to death by a Texas police officer seemed poised to go viral. But just hours after it was released, attention was already turning to the killing of Botham Jean, a 26-year-old black man shot in his Dallas apartment by a white off-duty police officer who was his neighbor. Now, the attorney for both men say the dynamic led to Terry’s killing being overshadowed by Jean’s. By Ryan Tarinelli. UPCOMING: 900 words, with photos.


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Communities starting the long recovery from Hurricane Florence will need to pay close attention to federal deadlines as they document the billions of dollars of damage it caused. An Associated Press analysis of records from the Federal Emergency Management Agency shows missed deadlines have been one of the most common reasons why FEMA’s top officials have denied appeals for public aid. By David A. Lieb. SENT: 950 words, with photos.



JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri is down to one clinic providing abortions Wednesday, after the only other clinic in the state that performs the procedure failed to adhere to new state requirements. Federal appeals court judges ruled last month that Missouri can enforce a requirement that doctors must have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals before they can perform abortions. The judges issued a mandate Monday for that rule to officially take effect. Planned Parenthood affiliates had sued to block state requirements on admitting privileges and mandates that clinics meet hospital-like standards for outpatient surgery. The U.S. Supreme Court in 2016 struck down similar rules in Texas. By Summer Ballentine. SENT: 340 words, with photo.


BISMARCK, N.D — A federal judge’s decision on whether additional study of the Dakota Access oil pipeline adequately addresses the concerns of American Indian tribes does not appear likely for weeks if not months. The tribes’ lawsuit against the $3.8 billion, four-state pipeline built by Texas-based Energy Transfers Partners has lingered for more than two years. By Blake Nicholson. UPCOMING: 400 words.


— MURDER CONVICTION OVERTURNED — A judge in Fort Worth has signed an order that exonerates a man who spent 19 years in prison after being wrongly convicted of murder. With photo.

— HOUSTON-ARMED ROBBERIES — Police say four suspects have been arrested in the investigation of at least 30 armed robberies and two sexual assaults in the Houston area since June.

— DEADLY TRAFFIC WRECKS-SENTENCE — A Houston man has been sentenced to 80 years in prison for killing a military veteran and a 6-year-old boy in separate traffic collisions he caused while under the influence of drugs.

— OFFICER-STOLEN CHRISTMAS MONEY — A former Texas City police officer must serve 10 years of probation in a plea deal over more than $2,000 in Christmas present money stolen from a man who suffered a fatal heart attack.

— KING MACKEREL-GULF OF MEXICO — Federal authorities say the commercial king mackerel season in the Gulf of Mexico will end at noon local time Friday.

— BACKSTREET BOYS CONCERT-OKLAHOMA — The Backstreet Boys won’t be rescheduling an Aug. 18 concert in Thackerville, Oklahoma, that was postponed after fans were hurt when a storm damaged the venue, but will proceed with plans to perform in Dallas and Tulsa next year.



HOUSTON — The kitchen of Lily Lazarus’s home near Bellaire is sparkling: There’s not a smudge on her new stainless steel appliances, and the white counters and subway tile and gray cabinets look HGTV ready. The Houston Chronicle reports everything here in this three-bedroom home is designed with a different kind of resident in mind: short-term renters. Lazarus, like a growing number of Houston area residents, earns extra money renting out two homes to visitors through websites like Airbnb.com, VRBo.com and Home Away.com. By Diane Cowen, Houston Chronicle. SENT: 1,190 words, with photos. Moving on news & business lines.



NORMAN, Okla. — Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray is comfortable with all that comes with being a Heisman Trophy contender — it’s the kind of stuff the first-round Major League Baseball draft choice put off his baseball career for. In his first season as a starter, Murray ranks second in the nation in passing efficiency behind Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa. Murray will step onto his biggest stage yet Saturday when No. 7 Oklahoma plays No. 19 Texas at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. By Cliff Brunt. SENT: 760 words, with photos.


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