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AP-TX--Texas News Digest 1 pm, TX

July 24, 2018

Good afternoon! 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

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HOUSTON — A federal court has rejected an appeal from a female former Naval Academy midshipman serving a life sentence in Texas for the 1995 slaying of the high school girlfriend of her former Air Force Academy boyfriend also convicted of murder in the teenage love triangle. Diane Zamora appealed to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals after a lower court refused her civil rights lawsuit against Texas prison officials. By Michael Graczyk. SENT: 140 words. UPCOMING: 300 words, with photos.


DALLAS — Police records say a man accused in a fatal crash that killed a Dallas police officer had consumed nine alcoholic beverages in the hours before operating his vehicle. Adrian Breedlove faces charges of intoxication manslaughter and unlawful carrying of a weapon in the death of 55-year-old Senior Cpl. Jamie Givens. Givens was fatally struck Saturday while blocking a Dallas interstate as part of a funeral escort. SENT: 120 words. UPCOMING: 350 words.



PHOENIX — California’s power grid operators called for cutbacks in electricity usage as parts of the U.S. Southwest braced Tuesday for another day of scorching heat. In Texas, forecasts called for a high of 108 degrees along the border from Del Rio to Laredo and up to 101 in Central Texas and the Big Bend. However, temperatures were only expected to top out in the upper 90s over much of the state. Parts of Utah were also issued an excessive heat warning. By Anita Snow. SENT: 470 words, with photos.


WASHINGTON — House Republicans have launched an effort to expand the massive tax law they muscled through Congress last year, aiming to make permanent the individual tax cuts and small-business income deductions now set to expire in 2026. The push before the midterm elections, which clicked into gear Tuesday, is portrayed as championing the middle class and small businesses. Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, who heads the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee, said making the tax cuts permanent would build on the tax law’s economic boost by adding 1.5 million new jobs and increasing wages. By Marcy Gordon. SENT: 130 words. Developing.


DERBY LINE, — While the Trump administration fortifies the southern border, there’s growing concern over the number of foreigners entering the country illegally across the porous northern border with Canada. People crossing the border between Vermont and Quebec have paid smugglers up to $4,000, usually payable when the immigrants reach their U.S. destination, according to officials and court documents. By Wilson Ring. SENT: 1,090 words, with photos, video.


FORT RUCKER, Ala. — An Alabama woman has made history as the first black female pilot in the state National Guard’s history. News outlets report that 2nd Lt. Kayla Freeman of Huntsville graduated from Fort Rucker’s Army Aviation School last month, following her 2016 graduation from Tuskegee University where she was enrolled in the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps. Freeman is currently at Fort Hood in Texas, where she is preparing to deploy to the Middle East as a platoon leader in the Alabama National Guard’s 1-169th Aviation Battalion. SENT: 210 words.


JetBlue shares plunged 9 percent — among its worst one-day declines in a decade — after the airline reported a $120 million second-quarter loss on higher fuel expenses and gave a cautious outlook for the rest of 2018. Executives of JetBlue, the nation’s sixth-biggest airline, said Tuesday they will respond by reducing planned growth and redirecting some West Coast flying to more profitable transcontinental routes. By David Koenig. SENT: 500 words.


— TYLER-SHOOTINGS — Police are seeking an armed man seen fleeing from an East Texas house after gunfire that’s left two people dead and one wounded.

— TEXAS HOTEL-CARBON MONOXIDE — Authorities say a carbon monoxide leak at a South Texas hotel blamed on a water heater has sent 12 guests to a hospital but all should recover.

— TEXAS WILDFIRES — Fire officials say a grass fire “burned through” a dynamite storage facility but that the explosives were untouched.

— CHILD KIDNAPPED-3 ARRESTED — Three people have been arrested on allegations they kidnapped an 11-year-old boy in San Antonio and conspired to sexually assault the child before later trying to sell him for drugs.

— OYSTER BACTERIA-DEATH — South Texas health officials say a person died after becoming infected with bacteria while wade fishing in the Gulf of Mexico.

— RACIST MESSAGE-NO TIP — A waiter at a West Texas steakhouse who said a customer wrote a racist message on a receipt now says he made up the story.



DALLAS — The average Texan drops more than $127 on electricity costs each month, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The Dallas Morning News reports that number’s on the shy side for the summer — Dallas is in the midst of a record-setting, blistering July. And for the area residents lucky enough to live in a home as big as Lynn Rush’s 4,688-square-foot house in Addison, those bills will require a prettier penny. But that doesn’t bother Rush, and it shouldn’t bother whomever buys her home, which hit the market in late June. That’s because her modernist, open-concept pad is LEED Platinum certified by the U.S. Green Building Council, only awarded to the country’s most energy efficient buildings and homes. By Arren Kimbel-Sannit, The Dallas Morning News. SENT: 660 words, with photos.



DENVER — With their seven game win streak over, the Colorado Rockies return home for a two-game series with reigning World Series champion Houston on Tuesday. Lefty Tyler Anderson starts for the Rockies against Houston’s Gerrit Cole. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 7:40 p.m. CDT.


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