AP-TX--Texas News Digest 12 am, TX
Aug. 31, 2018
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TEXAS GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:
NEW YORK — The political network created by the billionaire Koch brothers has announced plans to support eight House Republicans, pledging financial resources and activists to help re-elect several vulnerable congressmen deemed "principled" conservatives. The first wave of endorsements includes a handful of sometime-critics of President Donald Trump, particularly on immigration and spending. The announcement comes a month after Trump assailed the Koch brothers as "a total joke in real Republican circles." Candidates backed by the network's political arm, Americans for Prosperity, include eight men from seven states — including Will Hurd of Texas. By Steve Peoples. SENT: 560 words, with photo.
— CHARTER SCHOOLS-LAWSUIT — Two teachers unions are suing the Texas Education Agency and its commissioner over the handling of a law that allows school districts to let charter school operators take over struggling public school campuses. SENT: 120 words. Moved on general and political news services.
AROUND THE STATE & NATION:
SALT LAKE CITY — A Mormon man who has led a campaign criticizing the church's practice of allowing closed-door, one-on-one interviews of youth by lay leaders where sexual questions sometimes arise said he has been summoned to a disciplinary council. A letter posted online by Sam Young of Houston said he could be facing excommunication because he encouraged others to vote against leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and has organized more than one public action that expressed opposition. Young, 65, recently finished a 23-day hunger strike in Salt Lake City near church headquarters to bring attention to his cause. By Brady McCombs. SENT: 560 words, photos.
FARMERSVILLE, Texas — Federal officials may sue a Texas town over its decision to halt a religious association's plans to build a Muslim cemetery. The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating whether Farmersville violated a law designated to stop municipalities from discriminating against land use decisions, the Dallas Morning News reported. The U.S. Attorney General's Office "has approved the filing of a lawsuit against the city under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act," according to a city statement. SENT: 280 words.
LANSING, Mich. — A lawyer for a former Michigan State University gymnastics coach has suggested that politics played a role in the charges filed against her in the Larry Nassar sexual-assault scandal. Kathie Klages, 63, appeared in court by video a week after she was charged with lying to investigators. She's accused of denying that female gymnasts had ever complained of assaults by Nassar. SENT: 300 words, photos. Moved on general and sports news services.
— TEXAS-VOTER SENTENCED — A North Texas woman convicted in state court of illegal voting has been sentenced to 10 months in federal prison for violating her parole from a fraud case by casting a ballot. SENT: 120 words.
— ENRON-SKILLING — Former Enron Corp. CEO Jeffrey Skilling has been moved from a federal prison to a halfway house. SENT: 130 words. Moved on general and financial news services.
— NEWTOWN SHOOTINGS-INFOWAR — A judge has denied conspiracy theorist Alex Jones' request to dismiss a lawsuit surrounding the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre that he has called a hoax. SENT: 130 words.
— HEROIN TRAFFICKING RING — Authorities say they have arrested 13 Las Cruces residents suspected of participating in a heroin trafficking circle with ties to New Mexico and Texas. SENT: 140 words.
— ROBBERY-SUSPECT-SHOT — Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan says the four police officers involved in the shooting of an unarmed robbery suspect in Brattleboro this spring will not face charges in the case involving a North Texas man. SENT: 130 words.
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