AP-TX--Texas News Digest 1 pm, TX
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MISSING GIRL-BODY FOUND
DALLAS — A woman who lives at a Texas home where the body of a young child was found buried in a flower garden had a 4-year-old son who more than a decade ago was fatally beaten. Thirty-five-year-old Virginia Ann Adams was being held Monday at the Brazos County jail on a charge of interfering with the custody of a child. Authorities say she was uncooperative when questioned on the whereabouts of her 3-year-old daughter, Rayven Shields, who was last seen in June. Investigators found a decomposed body buried at Adams’ Bryan home Friday, but haven’t yet identified the remains. By David Warren. UPCOMING: 350 words. Pursuing photos.
LONDON — Facebook says it has taken down four pages belonging to rightwing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, including two featuring his “Infowars” show, for violating its hate speech and bullying policies. The social media giant said in a statement Monday that it also suspended Jones’ account for 30 days because he repeatedly posted content that broke its rules. Facebook is the latest tech company to take action against Jones, the Austin, Texas-based “Infowars” host, after facing growing social media backlash. SENT: 250 words, with photo.
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DEATH PENALTY-US POLITICS
MINNEAPOLIS — Pope Francis’ decree that the death penalty is “inadmissible” in all cases could pose a dilemma for Roman Catholic politicians and judges in the U.S. faced with whether to strictly follow the tenets of their faith or the rule of law. The decree is unlikely to slow the nation’s busiest death chamber in Texas, where Republican Gov. Greg Abbott — a devout Catholic — has previously said there was no conflict between his faith and support for the death penalty. His spokeswoman did not return messages about whether the pope’s statement might shift Abbott’s view. The next execution in Texas is set for Sept. 12. By Amy Forliti. SENT: 930 words, with photos.
OIL PIPELINE-ETP LAWSUIT
BISMARCK, N.D. — A federal judge says the developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline can’t sue the entire Earth First environmental movement. U.S. District Judge Billy Roy Wilson’s decision came less than two weeks after he dismissed BankTrack from the $1 billion racketeering lawsuit filed by Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners, leaving Greenpeace as the lone defendant. By Blake Nicholson. UPCOMING: 350 words.
A growing number of companies are rolling out products and services that allow employees to receive a portion of their pay when they need it. This can help workers, especially those making hourly wages or working irregular schedules, to avoid unpleasant and potentially costly options such as borrowing from loved ones, running up credit card debt, selling possessions or taking out payday or other high-interest loans when bills come due or emergencies arise before the next paycheck. Could this be the future of payday? By Sarah Skidmore Sell and Alexandra Olson. SENT: 1,030 words, with photos.
— SALES TAX HOLIDAY — Texas shoppers will get a tax break later this week as children prepare to return to school.
— CHURCH SHOOTING-TEXAS-MEMORIAL GALLERY — Framed obituaries and stuffed animals are part of a museum exhibit to remember the more than two dozen people slain last fall during gunfire at a South Texas church. With photos.
— TEXAS CRASH-TEENS KILLED — A Houston-area convenience store clerk has been charged with selling alcohol to a 17-year-old driver before a July wreck that killed two of the teen’s classmates.
— VICTORIA-TEEN KILLED — Authorities say a 15-year-old boy has been arrested after a 16-year-old boy who had been shot was found dead in Victoria.
— MS-13-LEADERSHIP-PROSECUTION — A man identified by prosecutors as the East Coast leader of the MS-13 gang, including some operations in Texas, says he’s suffering from his Long Island jail lockdown.
SPOT MEMBER EXCHANGE:
SANTA FE, Texas — Substitute teacher Flo Rice was watching over a gym class at Santa Fe High School on May 18 when a fire alarm sounded. The Galveston County Daily News reports she walked from the gym into a hallway near an art classroom and into a killing zone. Rice was shot in both legs. Her left femur was broken. She managed to get outside the school building, where police were exchanging fire with a gunman who ultimately would kill 10 people and wound 13 before being apprehended. By John Wayne Ferguson, The Galveston County Daily News. SENT: 1,100 words, with photos.
ARLINGTON, Texas — Martin Perez, with an unexpected extra day of rest, pitches for the Rangers in the opener of a three-game series against the scuffling Seattle Mariners. By Stephen Hawkins. UPCOMING. 650 words, photos. Game starts 7:05 p.m. CDT.
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