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AP-TX--Texas News Digest 12 am, TX

October 4, 2018

Good morning! 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. David Warren is at the desk after 5:30 a.m.

Reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date. All times are Central.

For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

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TOP STORIES:

TEXAS POLICE SHOOTING OVERSHADOWED

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 says the dynamic led to Terry’s killing being overshadowed by Jean’s. By Ryan Tarinelli. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by 2 a.m.

TEXAS GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:

TRUMP-MIDTERMS

WASHINGTON — The White House has a message for vulnerable House Republicans tiptoeing around President Donald Trump: Get on board or start packing. The warning comes in a memo from White House political director Bill Stepien, who argues that GOP candidates who try to distance themselves from the president are only doing themselves harm in the upcoming midterm elections. Officials acknowledge that Florida Rep. Carlos Curbello and Texas Rep. Will Hurd, among others, are keeping difficult races competitive while still keeping their distance from the president. But they cast those races as the exceptions to the embrace-Trump rule. By Zeke Miller. SENT: 680 words, photos.

IMMIGRATION:

IMMIGRATION-PUBLIC BENEFITS

NEW YORK — When she was struggling financially this past year, Laura Peniche traveled all over Denver to get free food from churches to feed her three young children. She was too scared to apply for government food assistance. When she was offered a chance a few weeks ago to get a reduced-rent apartment through a city program, she turned it down. Instead, she stretches her budget to pay several hundred dollars a month more to rent somewhere else. It was all because of rumors she heard that immigrants seeking green cards would be rejected if they had ever used government aid programs. Now the Trump administration has proposed a rule change that would codify some of those rumors, and immigrants and their advocates are scrambling to figure out what it means if it takes effect. They worry that the measure is a back-door attempt to restrict immigration by low-income people and that it could make immigrants fearful of using social services that they or their families need. By Deepti Hajela and Colleen Long. SENT: 1000 words, photos. Moved on general and political news services.

AROUND THE STATE & NATION:

ROBOT BROTHEL

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 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: 550 words.

HOMELESS BEATINGS

LOS ANGELES — Police say they will seek a fourth murder charge against a man suspected of killing mostly homeless victims in the Los Angeles area. Santa Monica police Lt. Saul Rodriguez says the fourth victim, who was not immediately identified, died late Saturday. He had been hospitalized since being struck in the head while sleeping on a sidewalk early on Sept. 24. Rodriguez says police will ask Los Angeles County prosecutors to file an additional murder charge against Ramon Escobar. The 47-year-old El Salvador native was charged last week with three counts of murder, five counts of attempted murder and four counts of second-degree robbery. Houston police also want to question Escobar in the disappearance of his aunt and uncle in Texas. SENT: 300 words, photos.

OIL PIPELINE

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. SENT: 240 words. Moved on national general and financial news services.

IN BRIEF:

— SCHOOL BUS CRASH-TEXAS — School officials say one child was killed and three others were injured after their school bus crashed in North Texas. SENT: 130 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. SENT: 130 words, photos.

— DOG KILLED BY ARROW — Houston-area authorities are trying to find the person who shot an arrow into a dog that later died from its injuries. SENT: 130 words.

— GRAND FORKS FATAL — Authorities have identified a Grand Forks Air Force Base airman who died in a crash on U.S. Highway 2 in northeastern North Dakota. The Air Force says 23-year-old David Pharaoh was assigned to the 319th Security Forces Squadron. He was a native of Atascocita, Texas. SENT: 90 words.

— 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. SENT: 100 words.

— 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. SENT: 130 words, photos. Moved on general, entertainment and weather news services.

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