AP-TX--Texas News Digest 1 pm, TX
AP-TX--Texas News Digest 1 pm, TX
Jul. 30, 2018
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KATY, Texas — Houston suffered the brunt of Hurricane Harvey when it pummeled Texas last August. Harvey dumped nearly 50 inches of rain on parts of the flood-prone city. The storm killed nearly 70 people, damaged more than 300,000 structures and caused an estimated $125 billion in damage. Harris County Judge Ed Emmett, the top elected county official, says more than 100,000 flooded homes in Harris County didn't have flood insurance. According to FEMA, 80 percent of all households affected by Harvey weren't covered for floods. An Associated Press analysis found fewer than one in five properties in high-risk flood zones had coverage. By Juan A. Lozano and Meghan Hoyer. SENT: 860 words, with photos.
AROUND THE STATE & NATION:
HOUSTON — Associated Press journalist Michael Graczyk of Houston, who witnessed and chronicled more than 400 executions as a criminal justice reporter in Texas, will retire Tuesday after nearly 46 years with the news service. Graczyk, 68, may have observed more executions than any other person in the United States since the Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976. Millions of readers in Texas and beyond relied on his coverage of capital punishment in America's most active death penalty state. By Nomaan Merchant. SENT: 690 words, with photos.
AP POLL-YOUNG AMERICANS
WASHINGTON — Young people are looking for a change this election season — a generational change. A poll by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and MTV found that most Americans ages 15 to 34 think voting in the midterm elections gives their generation some say about how the government is run, and 79 percent of this group say leaders from their generation would do a better job running the country. By Laurie Kellman and Hannah Fingerhut. SENT: 860 words, with photo.
GOSHEN, Indiana — Immigration and Customs Enforcement has long sought to consolidate immigrants held in scattered Midwest jails. Since 2011, contractors have proposed detention centers in seven communities near Chicago, from the exurb of Crete, Illinois, to the steel center of Gary, Indiana. Local governments in Texas and California recently canceled agreements to hold detainees for ICE even as other communities seek the jobs and dollars that doing so can generate. But demand for those facilities is rising. By Adam Geller. SENT: 2,740 words, with photos. NOTE: An abridged, version, 930 words, has also moved.
LINCOLN, Neb. — The State Department is seeking public input on its draft study of the Keystone XL pipeline's environmental impact in Nebraska. The announcement on Monday marks another step in pipeline developer TransCanada's quest to finish the Canada-to-Texas oil pipeline. By Grant Schulte. UPCOMING: 300 words.
BISMARCK, N.D. — A legal team helping opponents of the Dakota Access oil pipeline is launching an effort to help people sought on protest-related arrest warrants resolve their cases. The Water Protector Legal Collective is planning an "outreach tour" this month. The pipeline developer is based in Dallas. UPCOMING: 300 words.
— HOUSTON-STOLEN AMBULANCE — Police say a woman suspected of stealing an unoccupied ambulance parked at a Houston hospital has been seriously hurt after rolling the emergency vehicle.
— MEXICO-DISAPPEARANCES — Federal prosecutors in Mexico say soldiers have found a stash of placards like those used in anti-navy protests alongside a stash of guns at a house in the northern border city of Nuevo Laredo.
SPOT MEMBER EXCHANGE:
HOUSTON — It takes a smooth and practiced hand to load container ships at Port Houston. With two joysticks and myriad buttons, crane operators must hoist cargo over the side of an expensive vessel and onto an already massive stack of metal shipping containers. The Houston Chronicle reports developing that touch takes time, a luxury no longer afforded to the increasingly fast-paced maritime sector. There's little patience for trainees slowing down operations. So to increase a workforce crucial to the port's future, the West Gulf Maritime Association and Port Houston spent more than $500,000 on two simulators. By Andrea Leinfelder, Houston Chronicle. SENT: 700 words, with photos. Moving on news & business lines.
FBN--COWBOYS-ELLIOTT'S NEW YEAR
OXNARD, Calif. — Ezekiel Elliott doesn't dwell much on the cloud of a looming suspension that hung over him at training camp a year ago. Trust his position coach, though. The star running back of the Dallas Cowboys is "completely different" with the drama behind him. By Pro Football Writer Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos.
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