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

September 7, 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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DALLAS — A Dallas police officer returning home from work shot and killed a neighbor after she said she mistook his apartment for hers, authorities said Friday. The officer called dispatch to report she shot the man Thursday night, police said. She told responding officers that she believed the victim’s apartment was her own when she entered it. The victim was 26-year-old Botham Jean, a 2016 graduate of Harding University in Arkansas. Police haven’t released the name of the officer, who’ll be placed on administrative leave. By Ryan Tarinelli. SENT: 420 words, with photos. Developing.




AUSTIN, Texas — Most ardent supporters know where Beto O’Rourke stands on single-payer health care (he’s for it), legalizing marijuana (ditto) and a border wall (against). But anyone watching his Facebook Live feed as the Democratic Senate candidate tossed wet laundry into the dryer on a recent Sunday learned a far more intimate detail. “Somebody asked, ‘Boxers or briefs?’” O’Rourke said holding up a wet, gray undergarment for the cellphone camera at a South Texas laundromat. “These are like boxer-briefs.” In his bid to upset Republican Ted Cruz, O’Rourke livestreams constantly, highlighting how the technology has created scenes once unthinkable for candidates seeking national office. By Will Weissert. SENT: 780 words, photos.



DALLAS — Authorities say the brother-in-law of a Dallas woman found raped and slain in 1996 as her infant daughter slept nearby has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for the killing. The Dallas Morning News reports Victor Serrano, who was arrested last year in Utah, pleaded guilty to murder Thursday in the death of Manuela Dominguez. The victim’s now-grown daughter had used Facebook to locate relatives in an effort to possibly use DNA in the investigation. UPCOMING: 250 words, pursuing photos.


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Rarely has art attempted to link the plight of refugees in the Middle East with those in Central America. Refugees in both regions face similar challenges: they are often fleeing violence and political upheaval and share similar journeys in crossing heavily armed borders with no certain future. But the differing cultures, religions even social classes sometimes mask some of the human elements that make the heart-wrenching migration universal. Three new documentaries set to air this month on PBS hope to make this connection as part of the third season of Doc World, a PBS/WORLD Channel series focusing on international issues. By Russell Contreras. SENT: 5520 words, with photo.


— SPECIAL EDUCATION-TEXAS — Thousands of additional children in Texas soon will be eligible for special education services and a primary concern for educators is finding about 9,000 special education teachers to instruct the children.

— HOT CAR-BABY DEATH — A 6-month-old East Texas girl has died after being left in a hot car and officers arrested her father on a charge of criminal negligent homicide. With booking photo.

— MAIL CARRIER-SHOT — A second person must serve 20 years in federal prison for her role in the 2017 shooting and robbery of a South Texas mail carrier.

— REFINERY EXPLOSION-WISCONSIN — Some contract workers from Texas and Louisiana are are suing Husky Energy for injuries they received in an explosion at the company’s oil refinery in northern Wisconsin this year.

— MEXICO-VIOLENCE — Prosecutors in the northern Mexico state of Chihuahua say four state police officers are dead and six are wounded following an ambush overnight in a rural part of the state.



HOUSTON — Birney “Chick” Havey remembers rolling up to the Dachau concentration camp in Germany in April 1945. It was near the end of World War II, just days before Germany would surrender, and he and his Army comrades had arrived in tanks to liberate the camp’s prisoners. The Houston Chronicle reports for nearly 75 years, Havey has lived with what he saw that day — the piles of dead bodies, the “walking skeletons” who had survived, the overwhelming smell of death and defecation, sickness and rot. Havey, who lives in Seabrook, and 35 other Texas veterans were honored Thursday at Holocaust Museum Houston for rescuing prisoners. By Alyson Ward, Houston Chronicle. SENT: 1,200 words, pursuing photos.



DALLAS — No. 16 TCU on Friday night visits Dallas-Fort Worth rival SMU with the Horned Frogs favored by more than three touchdowns in a series they have dominated since the demise of the Southwest Conference. By Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m. CDT.


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