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MOVING on Monday, May 21:
TEXAS PRIMARY RUNOFF
AUSTIN, Texas — Texas kicked off the 2018 midterms with its March 6 primary — then waited months for Tuesday’s runoff election to decide races featuring crowded fields where no candidate won at least 50 percent of the vote. Thirty-four runoffs are taking place. Likely to standout are Democratic showdowns for governor and a U.S. House seat in Houston, and GOP congressional districts that could flip. By Will Weissert. UPCOMING: 800 words, with photos.
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WACO, Texas — Texas prosecutors who have failed to convict a single person in the three years since a Waco shooting left nine bikers dead are trying a new tact of targeting fewer cases, but attorneys for the bikers say the evidence is so shaky and the lead prosecutor’s credibility so damaged that it will be difficult to make the remaining charges stick. The May 17, 2015, shooting also left 20 wounded and nearly 200 arrested at the Twin Peaks restaurant. Investigators say it was sparked by rivalries between the Bandidos and Cossacks motorcycle clubs ahead of a meeting. Waco police monitoring the gathering said officers opened fire after fights and gunfire broke out. Ballistics evidence shows that police bullets struck four of the nine dead, at least two of them fatally. By Emily Schmall. SENT: 920 words, with photos. SENT on Thursday.
LAS VEGAS — Six states — including Texas — have sued the maker of the opioid OxyContin of using deceptive marketing to boost drug sales that fueled opioid overdose deaths. Drugmaker Purdue Pharma minimized risks and overstated benefits of long-term use of narcotic opioids, according to a civil complaint filed in Nevada state court in Las Vegas. Similar unfair and deceptive trade practices lawsuits were also filed in Florida, North Carolina, North Dakota and Tennessee. Purdue, based in Stamford, Connecticut, denied the claims and said it will defend itself. By Ken Ritter. SENT: 500 words, with photos. SENT on Tuesday.
HOUSTON — Tensions between many Texas cities and counties and Gov. Greg Abbott over the use of the state’s $11 billion rainy day fund to pay for costs associated with Hurricane Harvey resurfaced Wednesday after a group of local officials sent a letter to the governor asking for money. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, who was among the nearly 60 leaders of communities hit hard by Harvey who sent the letter to Abbott, said Wednesday that it wasn’t intended to be antagonistic toward the governor but to highlight that many local governments need help. Tuesday’s letter asked that Abbott tap the fund to help match federal grants for use on flood mitigation projects. By Juan A. Lozano. SENT: 660 words. SENT on Wednesday.
HOUSTON — Houston leaders on Wednesday approved new rules outlining additional community benefits companies seeking tax breaks for development projects will need to provide in order to get financial incentives from the city. The new benefits — including improved training and affordable housing for the local workforce — are geared in part toward helping development in economically challenged communities. By Juan A. Lozano. SENT: 490 words. SENT on Wednesday.
WASHINGTON — The Health and Human Services Department is considering housing at military bases those children picked up crossing the U.S. border illegally either alone or after being separated from their parents by the government, according to two U.S. officials. One official said the department is looking at four bases in Texas and Arkansas. The officials discussed the plan Tuesday on condition of anonymity because it has not been made public or made final. By Lolita C. Baldor and Alan Fram. SENT: 740 words, with photos. SENT on Wednesday.
SAN DIEGO — President Donald Trump is wrongly blaming Democrats for a law that he says is forcing migrant children to be taken from their parents at the border. The decision to separate families was made by the Trump administration, according to The Associated Press. By Elliot Spagat. SENT: 620 words, with photo. MOVED on Wednesday.
ELECTION SECURITY-NO PAPER TRAIL
ATLANTA — As the midterm congressional primaries heat up amid fears of Russian hacking, an estimated 1 in 5 Americans will be cast ballots on machines that don’t produce a paper record of their votes. That worries voting and cybersecurity experts. Georgia, with its primary Tuesday, and four other states — Delaware, Louisiana, New Jersey and South Carolina — exclusively use touchscreen machines that provide no paper records for voters. Such machines are also used in more than 300 counties in eight other states: Arkansas, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Texas, according to Verified Voting, a nonprofit group. By Christina A. Cassidy. SENT: 870 words, with photos. SENT on Thursday.
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — Recovering addict Judith Anderson figures if she hadn’t entered a program that caught and treated the hepatitis C she contracted after years of intravenous drug use, she wouldn’t be alive to convince others to get checked out. The 74-year-old resident of Sallisaw, Oklahoma — about 160 miles east of Oklahoma City near the Arkansas border — said the potentially fatal liver disease sapped her of energy and “any desire to go anywhere or do anything.” But things changed for Anderson, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, because she took advantage of the tribe’s aggressive program to test for and treat hepatitis C. Federal officials say it could serve as a national model in the fight against the infection. By Justin Juozapavicius. SENT: 730 words, with photos.
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ROSHARON, Texas — Kenny Calliham sat alone in the dark of a prison cubicle when it finally hit him: He couldn’t live like that anymore. He needed something different, something better. The Houston Chronicle reports years of drugging and fighting had gotten the Greenspoint man where he was, in the middle of a 45-year prison sentence for aggravated robbery. He’d squandered a shot at probation, destroyed relationships with those around him and gotten into “all the worst that prison had to offer.” But Calliham has started the process of rebuilding. He was among 35 prisoners recently graduating from the four-year seminary at Darrington Unit. By Keri Blakinger, Houston Chronicle. SENT IN ADVANCE: 940 words, with photos.
LUFKIN, Texas — St. Cyprian’s Episcopal School students from second to eighth grade have a chance at nocking another skill in their quiver: archery. The Lufkin News reports physical education instructor Billy Duncan said the school runs a weekly after-school club for archers in addition to its archery section in the P.E. curriculum. The curriculum begins at second grade, but the after-school club begins at third grade. Since its 2010 inception, the club has been made up of many students from various grades and is a part of the National Archery in School Programs. By Grace Juarez, The Lufkin News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 470 words, with photos.
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DALLAS — Near the intersection of University Boulevard and Central Expressway in Dallas, you’ll see DART tracks, a body shop and a big parking garage. A gas station. A Jack in the Box. And you’ll smell the delicious aroma of freshly baked bread. The Dallas Morning News reports Empire Baking Company occupies a warehouse-looking building where the front and side doors are always locked. It’s Willy Wonka’s version of bread-making: busy and even a little magical, and not open unless you’ve been invited. By Sarah Blaskovich, The Dallas Morning News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 900 words, with photos.
TYLER, Texas — A jury of 12 eighth-graders, six from Bishop T.K. Gorman Regional Catholic School and six from All Saints Episcopal School, sentenced a man to 30 months in federal prison and two years of supervised release for bringing a firearm into a federal courthouse. The Tyler Morning Telegraph reports a metal detector near the entrance of the U.S. Eastern District of Texas Courthouse went off as Sam Sleuth walked into the building. He was immediately detained by a U.S. marshal, was indicted by a grand jury, was arraigned, pleaded innocent and stood trial in the Eastern District of Texas during a mock trial. It was part of a Law Day event for 80 eighth-grade students to get a hands-on experience with the federal court system. By LouAnna Campbell, the Tyler Morning Telegraph. SENT IN ADVANCE: 650 words, with photos.
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