AP-TX--Texas News Digest 1 pm, TX
Sep. 11, 2018
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DALLAS OFFICER-MISTAKEN APARTMENT-CITY RESPONSE
DALLAS — In the days after an off-duty Dallas police officer fatally shot a man after she says she mistook her apartment for his own, police and city officials were quick to throw their support behind the victim's family, acting in some ways as advocates. The actions of the police chief, mayor and Dallas County district attorney appear to be a departure from other police shootings where law officers came to the defense of the officer. By David Warren and Jamie Stengle. UPCOMING: 500 words, with photos.
DALLAS OFFICER-MISTAKEN APARTMENT
DALLAS — Attorneys for the family of a black man who was shot and killed by a white Dallas police officer who says she mistook his apartment for hers are criticizing an affidavit that gives a narrative of what happened. The lawyers said the arrest affidavit released Monday contradicts neighbors' accounts. Amid their concerns, though, the district attorney said the case against Amber Guyger, who's charged with manslaughter, will get a hard look by prosecutors and be presented to a grand jury. The victim, Botham Jean, graduated from Harding University in Arkansas. By Ryan Tarinelli. SENT: 990 words, with photos, video.
AUSTIN, Texas — New York Times publisher A.G. Sulzberger on Tuesday afternoon speaks at an Associated Press Managing Editors conference in Austin, nearly a week after the newspaper published an anonymous editorial purportedly submitted by a member of the Trump administration. By Paul J. Weber. 500 words, pursuing photos.
AROUND THE STATE & NATION:
RALEIGH, N.C. — Hurricane Florence churned Tuesday toward the Eastern Seaboard as a storm of "staggering" size, forcing a million people to evacuate the coast. Many more were left to wonder where they might be safe if days of torrential rains unleash floods from the mountains to the sea. Two other storms were spinning in the Atlantic as the 2018 hurricane season reaches its peak. Isaac became a tropical storm again approaching the Caribbean, while Hurricane Helene was veering northward, no threat to land. In the Pacific, Olivia became a tropical storm again, on a path to hit the Hawaiian islands early Wednesday. Airlines, including Fort Worth-based American, Dallas-based Southwest, Delta and JetBlue, have begun letting affected passengers change travel plans without the usual fees. By Jonathan Drew. SENT: 1,050 words, with photos, video.
— TROPICAL WEATHER-THE LATEST
— TROPICAL WEATHER-TEXAS — Gov. Greg Abbott says Texas is preparing for a possible tropical storm system headed toward the Gulf of Mexico and meanwhile, in an unrelated system, the National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch for the Houston area and parts of Southeast Texas until Tuesday night amid rain and scattered street flooding. With photos.
FBI RAID-MAN KILLED
HOUSTON — The family of a kidnapped man who was fatally shot during a rescue mission in Houston is suing the FBI agent who killed him. The federal lawsuit filed by Ulises Valladares' family alleges illegal search and seizure, and wrongful death, The Houston Chronicle reports. SENT: 290 words.
— SUSPECTS CAUGHT-SCHOOL — Police captured three fleeing robbery suspects inside a Fort Worth high school where administrators say the trio dashed in through the main entrance but were quickly caught.
— DEPUTY ARRESTS-BEXAR COUNTY — A South Texas sheriff who's seen 18 deputies arrested this year on various charges says a staff psychologist will be hired to better screen applicants.
SPOT MEMBER EXCHANGE:
MCGREGOR, Texas — It may have taken more than 80 years but McGregor residents will finally get the shared community space they have long requested. The Waco Tribune-Herald reports the city plans to spend about $2 million to redevelop a disused fertilizer and grain facility into the area's first community center, able to host a variety of events and hopefully drive economic development, city leaders said. Dubbed The Exchange, it will be at the former Top Crop Grain & Fertilizer property at 204 W. Fourth St. The Central Texas city's annual Founder's Day is this Saturday. By Cassie L. Smith, Waco Tribune-Herald. SENT: 640 words, with photos. Moving on news & business lines. Note city's Founder's Day is this Saturday.
FORT WORTH, Texas — Ty Summers was an all-district dual-threat quarterback in high school. Since he started playing for No. 15 TCU, Summers has been on the other side chasing quarterbacks and making tackles all over the field. The school's active career tackles leader has gone from linebacker to starting end for the Horned Frogs, who are getting ready to play fourth-ranked Ohio State. By Stephen Hawkins. UPCOMING. 650 words, photos.
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