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

August 8, 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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HOUSTON — Opponents of a President Barack Obama-era program shielding young immigrants from deportation will go before a federal judge who they hope will rule that the program cannot continue. Three federal judges have ruled against President Donald Trump’s administration’s efforts to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. But a new lawsuit was filed in Texas before U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen, the same judge who ended another Obama effort to expand protections for immigrants in the U.S. illegally. Hanen will hear arguments on the case Wednesday. By Nomaan Merchant. UPCOMING: 130 words by 2 a.m. Will be updated from 10 a.m. hearing.


HOUSTON — The American Civil Liberties Union says it has sued the U.S. government over its efforts to prevent immigrants from seeking asylum due to domestic and gang violence in their home countries. The ACLU’s lawsuit asks a judge to invalidate Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ June 11 decision to restrict the kinds of cases that qualify for asylum. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of 12 parents and children who the ACLU says were wrongly found not to have a credible fear of return. If Sessions’ memo stands, the lawsuit argues, people “desperately seeking safety will be unlawfully deported to places where they fear they will be raped, kidnapped, beaten, and killed.” By Nomaan Merchant and Amy Taxin. SENT: 550 words.


SAN LUIS, Ariz. — The 3-year-old boy with a bowl haircut clung to his father in the back of a U.S. Border Patrol truck. Father and son had just been apprehended at a canal near a border fence in Arizona in July. Before the father, son and two older children could make it any farther, a Border Patrol agent directed them through a border gate. The father had documents that showed gang members committed crimes against his family, one of the ways immigrants who seek asylum try to prove their cases. He and his children were transported to a Border Patrol station in Yuma. The encounter witnessed by The Associated Press illustrates how families are still coming into the U.S. amid Trump administration zero-tolerance immigration policies. Border Patrol spokesman Jose Garibay said migration patterns are largely controlled by the cartels that smuggle people across. The Mexican state of Tamaulipas that borders the Rio Grande has been experiencing extreme violence by drug cartels that the head of U.S. Customs and Border Protection recently said are fighting for “every inch” of control of the river where migrants are often smuggled in Texas. By Astrid Galvan. SENT: 1090 words, photos.


PASADENA, Calif. — A legal challenge to the Trump administration’s planned border wall hinges on whether the state of California and environmental groups can even fight such a project in lower courts. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struggled with a law that gave the Homeland Security secretary broad authority to waive all laws to expedite constructing sections of border wall. The law also restricted some legal challenges to the Supreme Court. By Brian Melley. SENT: 550 words, photos.


PHOENIX — A federal appeals court has ruled that a Border Patrol agent who fatally shot a Mexican teen on the other side of the border doesn’t have immunity and can be sued by the boy’s family. The ruling came almost two years after the agent’s attorney argued he was immune from a civil lawsuit because the U.S. Constitution didn’t extend to 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez. By Astrid Galvan. SENT: 530 words, photos.



AUSTIN, Texas — Former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill did not say “the fascists of the future will call themselves anti-fascists,” as suggested by a meme shared online by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. The quote, which appears with a picture of Churchill and the words “CHURCHILL ON THE LEFTWING(sic)” was tweeted by Abbott on his personal account, along with the comment: “Some insights are timeless.” SENT: 250 words, photos.


— TEXAS GOVERNOR-BAIL REFORM — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says changes to the state’s bail system are needed after a man who was out on bond allegedly shot and killed a state trooper on Thanksgiving. SENT: 130 words.



JACKSON, Miss. — A train crash into a tour bus that killed four in Mississippi last year stemmed from the railroad and the city failing to improve an unsafe rail crossing, federal safety regulators have concluded. The March 2017 crash also injured 38 Texas tourists when their bus got stuck on a steep Biloxi rail crossing and was hit by a CSX Corp. freight train. By Jeff Amy. SENT: 650 words, photos.


HOUSTON — Court records show a Houston man accused of fatally slitting his children’s throats told authorities his 8-year-old son pleaded for mercy before he was killed. Jean Pierre Ndossoka is charged with two counts of capital murder in connection to the deaths of the children, Marcel Ndossoka and 1-year-old Anna-Belle Faith Ndossoka. By Ryan Tarinelli. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words. Pursuing photos.


BILLINGS, Mont. — Conservationists claim a Trump administration committee that’s been reviewing royalties paid by companies that extract fossil fuels from public lands is stacked with industry supporters who conduct some meetings in secret. The Western Organization of Resource Council asked a federal judge in Montana to disband the U.S. Interior Department’s Royalty Policy Committee and strike down its recommendations. By Matthew Brown. SENT: 350 words, photos. Moved on general and financial news services.


DETROIT — Detroit police allege that a murder suspect who was released after his case was botched 15 years ago is also being investigated as a suspect in homicides in two other states. James Matthews, 65, is a suspect in two homicides in Michigan, three in Texas and one in New York, police told The Detroit News. SENT: 350 words.


— HARVEY-CHEMICAL PLANT — Texas executives indicted for releasing toxic chemicals during Hurricane Harvey have had their bonds set at $20,000 each. SENT: 130 words. Moved on general and financial news services.

— GALVESTON BEACH-BODY FOUND — A grand jury has indicted the mother of a 4-year-old boy whose naked body was found on a Texas beach last year. SENT: 130 words.

— CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES-TEXAS — Nearly 100 firefighters from across Texas are heading to California to help battle raging wildfires. SENT: 130 words, photos.

— HARVEY-FLOOD-CONTROL PROJECTS — Flood control officials in the Houston-area have released a list of projects to be funded by the county’s $2.5 billion flood infrastructure bond proposal. SENT: 130 words.

— DEADLY SHOOTING-SAN FRANCISCO BRIDGE — The family of a man who was fatally shot on a San Francisco bridge early Monday say he was an aspiring rapper visiting from Mesquite, Texas. SENT: 130 words.

— MEXICO-SECURITY — Mexico’s president-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is promising justice to the families of victims of violence at a “pacification and reconciliation” forum in the northern border city of Ciudad Juarez, across from El Paso, Texas. SENT: 130 words.

— SEAWORLD LAYOFFS — SeaWorld Entertainment is eliminating 125 positions, despite recent increases in attendance and revenue at its parks in San Antonio and elsewhere. By Mike Schneider. SENT: 130 words. Moved on general, financial and travel news services.


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