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

September 28, 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. Ken Miller is at the desk after 5:30 a.m.

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HUNTSVILLE, Texas — A Texas inmate has been executed for fatally running over his girlfriend in a jealous rage more than 18 years ago. It was the state’s second execution in as many days. Daniel Acker was condemned for the March 2000 slaying of Marquetta George of Sulphur Springs. Prosecutors said he ran over George with his truck in rural northeast Texas because he believed she had been unfaithful to him. By Juan A. Lozano and Michael Graczyk. SENT: 730 words, photos.


DALLAS — Decades of additional weather data has led federal officials to reconsider rainfall totals in Texas that define 100-year weather events and caution that extreme rainstorms will strike the state more frequently. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has released a study finding that in the Houston area, for instance, 100-year estimates increased from 13 inches to 18 inches for a 24-hour period. Rainfall previously classified as 100-year events are now more frequent 25-year events. By David Warren. SENT: 430 words.


— MORE MAJOR HURRICANES — The Atlantic’s warmer waters triggered the unusual number of major hurricanes last year, according to a new study that predicts the region could see a couple of extra whopper storms each year by the end of the century. Six major hurricanes — with winds of at least 111 mph — spun around the Atlantic last year, including Harvey, Irma and Maria which hit parts of the United States and the Caribbean. Since 2000, the Atlantic has averaged three major hurricanes a year. Before that the average was closer to two. It may go up to five to eight major hurricanes a year around the year 2100, according to a study in journal Science. By Science Writer Seth Borenstein. SENT: 560 words, photos.


HOUSTON — A so-called “robot brothel” being proposed for Houston is getting pushback from local officials and community groups, with the mayor saying the city is reviewing its ordinances to determine if they address public safety and health concerns potentially associated with the business. Mayor Sylvester Turner says he’s not trying to be the “moral police” but that this is not the type of business he wants opening in the city. Canada-based Kinky S Dolls says it’s opening a “love dolls brothel” in Houston. It opened a similar venue in Toronto in 2017. By Juan A. Lozano. SENT: 640 words. Moved on general, financial and technology news services.



AUSTIN, Texas — Julius Whittier, the first African-American football letterman at the University of Texas whose family later sued the NCAA on behalf of college players who suffered brain injuries, has died. The school announced his death, citing family. No cause of death or age was given. Whittier was among the first black athletes to receive a scholarship to Texas. The Longhorns had the last all-white national championship team in 1969. Whittier was an offensive tackle for the Longhorns from 1970-71 and moved to tight end as a senior in 1972. He earned a law degree from Texas and became a prosecutor in Dallas. By Jim Vertuno. SENT: 640 words, photos. Moved on general and sports news services.


BISMARCK, N.D. — An American Indian tribe that has led opposition to the Dakota Access oil pipeline, operated by a Texas company, for more than two years has formally pledged its support for protests against three other pipeline projects. The Standing Rock Sioux Council approved resolutions this month supporting efforts by other tribes to oppose the Enbridge Line 3 project in Minnesota, the Keystone XL pipeline in Montana and South Dakota, and the Bayou Bridge pipeline in Louisiana. The resolutions do not come with any promise of money or other aid but are a payback of sorts for other tribes’ support of Standing Rock’s struggle against Dallas-based Dakota Access. By Blake Nicholson. SENT: 280 words. Moved on general and financial news services.


— TEXAS POLICE SHOOTING-TRUCK ALARM — A hung jury has forced a mistrial in the case of a former suburban Dallas police officer charged in the shooting of an unarmed black man. SENT: 130 words.

— TODDLER-FACE GLUED — Police say a 1-year-old West Texas girl whose eyes and mouth were glued shut has been discharged from a hospital as her father faces charges of attacking the toddler. SENT: 130 words.

— STAR-TELEGRAM PUBLISHER — A West Coast executive in the McClatchy news organization has been named publisher of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. SENT: 130 words.


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