AP-TX--Texas News Digest 1 pm, TX
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DALLAS — Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday addressed the Southern Baptist Convention annual national meeting in Dallas. UPCOMING: 400 words, with photos.
WASHINGTON — A Republican congressman from Texas has asked President Donald Trump to attend the annual congressional baseball game Thursday night at Nationals Park. Rep. Roger Williams, who is coaching the Republican team, tells The Associated Press that Trump agreed to attend. Thursday is the one-year anniversary of the shooting rampage at a GOP practice in which House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and others were wounded. Thursday is also Trump’s 72nd birthday. By Laurie Kellman. SENT: 240 words, with photo.
HOUSTON — Prosecutors tell jurors the husband of a former Texas sheriff’s deputy was the aggressor in a deadly confrontation involving the couple outside a Houston-area restaurant in which he placed a man in a chokehold that resulted in his death. However, defense attorneys for Terry Thompson countered their client was simply trying to subdue somebody who had attacked him. Testimony began Wednesday in Thompson’s murder trial. His wife, Chauna Thompson, is set for trial in October. The couple is accused of holding down 24-year-old John Hernandez in a chokehold during a May 2017 confrontation. He died three days later. By Juan A. Lozano. UPCOMING: 400 to 500 words, with photos.
AROUND THE STATE & NATION:
DPS TRAFFIC CITATIONS-ICE REFERRALS
SAN ANTONIO — Civil rights advocates say Texas law enforcement officers providing immigration authorities with details of motorists who have been cited and are suspected of being in the country illegally could amount to racial profiling. The San Antonio Express-News reports the Department of Public Safety has shared the names of hundreds of people with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement over the past two years. SENT: 330 words.
PROPHET CARTOON CONTEST-NEW TRIAL
PHOENIX — An Arizona man convicted of plotting a 2015 attack on a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest in suburban Dallas is seeking a new trial, arguing prosecutors didn’t reveal at trial that an undercover FBI agent who witnessed the shooting had exchanged messages about the contest with an accused recruiter for the Islamic State terror group. By Jacques Billeaud. UPCOMING: 130 words, then longer version.
TEC--AT&T-TIME WARNER-FUTURE MEDIA DEALS
NEW YORK — Comcast will likely bid for Fox’s entertainment business as early as Wednesday now that a federal judge has cleared Dallas-based AT&T’s $85 billion takeover of Time Warner. f Comcast succeeds in outbidding Disney for Fox, a major cable distributor would control even more channels on its lineup and those of its rivals. There are fears that it could lead to higher cable bills or hinder online alternatives. But U.S. District Judge Richard Leon cleared the AT&T deal Tuesday despite similar concerns. The ruling signaled that federal regulators might have a hard time stopping companies from getting bigger by gobbling up rivals and the content they own. By Mae Anderson. SENT: 750 words, with photos. Could develop.
— TRACTOR-TRAILER-PEOPLE TRANSPORTED — More than 50 people, including some children, have been discovered in a tractor-trailer in San Antonio.
— MEAT RECALL — A Texas company is recalling more than 205 tons of beef smoked sausage due to an ingredient issue.
— ODD-_COCKROACHES-COUNCIL MEETING — A South Texas woman gave a small bag of dead cockroaches to a city official to protest newly planted palm trees that she blames for more unwanted bugs in her neighborhood.
— EXXON MOBIL-PERMIAN BASIN — Oil giant Exxon Mobil Corp. and Plains All American Pipeline have agreed to build a pipeline to transport crude from the Permian Basin to the Texas Gulf Coast.
SPOT MEMBER EXCHANGE:
EXCHANGE-AUSTIN PUBLIC TV-RELOCATING
AUSTIN, Texas — KLRU, the public TV station that’s operated from the University of Texas since it went on the air in 1962, will move to Austin Community College’s Highland campus in 2020, where it will have more space as well as an expanded role in community initiatives and workforce development. “This is going to be a great collaboration,” Richard Rhodes, ACC’s president and CEO, told the Austin American-Statesman. Studio 6A was for 36 years the home of “Austin City Limits,” the longest-running music performance show in TV history, until the show moved downtown to the Moody Theater. By Ralph K.M. Haurwitz, Austin American-Statesman. SENT: 950 words, pursuing photos.
AUSTIN, Texas — Texas second baseman Kody Clemens had launched another massive postseason home run when he and stared hard into opposing dugout and flashed the “Hook’em Horns” hand signal. Like his father Roger Clemens did more than 30 years ago, Kody Clemens has led the Longhorns back to the to College World Series with talent, bravado and the ability to deliver big in the biggest moments. By Jim Vertuno. 650 words, photos.
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