AP-TX--Texas News Coverage Advisory 8:30 am, TX
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TEXAS-PRISON GUARDS FIRED
HOUSTON — An officer with the Texas Department of Corrections has resigned amid an investigation into allegations he orchestrated the planting of two screwdrivers in an inmate’s cell apparently as part of a disciplinary quota system at the Ramsey Unit. The Houston Chronicle reports four other officers at the Brazoria County lockup were fired in connection with the investigation into the planted evidence. UPCOMING: 300 words.
— JIHAD ARREST — A Virginia man who told an FBI undercover employee he wanted to commit jihad has been sentenced to five years in prison for passport fraud and making false statements in his application to join the U.S. military in a case where investigators say the suspect expressed admiration for an Army officer who had killed 13 soldiers at Fort Hood, Texas.
SPOT MEMBER EXCHANGE:
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The white and brownish-black bird in the photo was covered in so many cactus spines, Alyssa Barrett could barely make out its color or species. But something about the crook in its beak made her pulse quicken. The Houston Chronicle reports it looked like a magnificent frigatebird, primarily found soaring over the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. Frigatebirds, with their 7-to 8-foot wingspan, did not frequent South Texas. But in the days following a hurricane as devastating as Harvey, which made landfall in South Texas last August, anything seemed possible to Barrett, the Texas State Aquarium’s wildlife care manager. She had just spent several sleepless nights keeping the facility’s multitude of animals alive. By Alex Stuckey, Houston Chronicle. SENT: 1,830 words, pursuing photos.
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