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

September 3, 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

Reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

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TOP STORIES:

TEXAS SENATE-O’ROURKE’S RISE

AUSTIN, Texas — If elections were decided by viral videos and fawning media profiles, Democrat Beto O’Rourke would win Texas’ Senate race in a landslide. Video of the candidate defending NFL players’ right to protest during the national anthem had been viewed by millions even before NBA star LeBron James called it a “must-watch.” Another of O’Rourke, a three-term congressman, thrashing through a Whataburger parking lot on a skateboard is almost as popular, increasing the onetime punk rocker’s already considerable street cred. By Will Weissert. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

CHILD SEX TRAFFICKING-SHELTER

DALLAS — The need for long-term and specialized care to treat child sex-trafficking victims is increasing as the focus across the U.S. shifts from punishment to treatment. This past week, a residential facility in Texas began taking in girls amid a makeshift response nationwide to a growing population of child sex-trafficking victims. Twenty-four states and the District of Columbia have eliminated criminal liability for minors — with all but one state making the change since 2010. Experts say some other states are reluctant to follow suit due to lack of services for the children. By Jamie Stengle and Emily Schmall. UPCOMING: 780 words, photos.

AROUND THE STATE & NATION:

EXCHANGE-LBJ STATUE

COTULLA, Texas — The life-sized statue of a young Lyndon Baines Johnson shows him in suit and tie, a heavy book in his left hand, and pointing sternly with his right. His hair is parted in the middle, his ears are not noticeably large and he isn’t smiling. The San Antonio Express-News reports sometime next year, the gleaming Johnson statue will be dedicated at the Welhausen School on Cotulla’s east side. Sculptor Armando Hinojosa’s creation in bronze depicts the future president as a young school teacher in South Texas. By John MacCormack, San Antonio Express-News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1,190 words, with photos.

EXCHANGE-HOUSTON-TRIBAL GROUNDS

HOUSTON — A Grateful Dead “Steal Your Face” sticker adorns the front window. Tie-dyed shirts and dresses sway in the wind outside. The smell of incense can be detected before you get out of your car. The Houston Chronicle reports this is Tribal Grounds. Donald Bingham has been slinging exotic goods from his store on Montrose longer than some of his regular customers have been alive. In other words, it’s been a bastion of incense and hippiedom in Houston for quite a while. But as the neighborhood has evolved around it, Bingham’s outpost has largely stayed the same, wherever it was. By Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle. SENT IN ADVANCE: 750 words, with photos. Also moving on entertainment lines.

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