AP-TX--Texas News Digest 1 pm, TX
Aug. 25, 2018
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EL PASO, Texas — Federal authorities' shift away from separating immigrant families caught in the U.S. illegally now means that many parents and children are quickly released, only to be fitted with electronic monitoring devices — a practice which both the government and advocacy groups oppose for different reasons. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is issuing thousands of 5.5-ounce (155-gram) ankle monitors that immigrants call grilletes, or electronic shackles, spelling big profits for GEO Group, the country's second largest private prison contractor. By Colleen Long, Frank Bajak and Will Weissert. SENT: 1,500 words, photos. Abridged version also moving.
HARVEY-FLOOD CONTROL-BOND ELECTION
HOUSTON — Voters in Houston and its surrounding county were marking Saturday's anniversary of Hurricane Harvey coming ashore by deciding whether to approve the issuance of $2.5 billion in bonds to fund flood-control projects that might mitigate the damage caused by future storms. Harvey, which made landfall as a powerful Category 4 storm on Aug. 25, 2017, killed 68 people and caused an estimated $125 billion in damage in Texas. Thirty-six of the deaths were in the low-lying Houston area, where days of torrential rainfall and decades of unchecked development contributed to the flooding of more than 150,000 homes and 300,000 vehicles. By Juan A. Lozano. SENT: 650 words, photos.
AROUND THE STATE & NATION:
CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM-TEXAS-OKLAHOMA
OKLAHOMA CITY — Lawmakers in Texas say their efforts to reduce prison sizes and costs offer lessons for Oklahoma, where corrections officials are seeking hundreds of millions of dollars to build new ones. Texas built $2 billion in prisons to house 103,000 new inmates between 1989 and 1996, but a state budget crunch and proposals to build even more prisons helped launch bipartisan criminal justice reform measures in 2007. Those have allowed the state to close eight prison facilities in the past seven years and dramatically reduce its incarceration costs. SENT: 250 words, photos.
WEEKEND MEMBER EXCHANGES:
HOUSTON — Randy Scales, a Harris County Environmental Crimes Unit lieutenant, and his team of nine investigators depend heavily on video cameras to crack down on illegal dumping, a crime that disproportionally affects the city's poorest neighborhoods. The City Council voted in June to add 22 cameras to create a portfolio of nearly 150, total. Precinct 1's nearly $600,000 program also includes a fleet of drones, as well as several full-time employees. It's paying dividends. By Elizabeth Myong, Houston Chronicle. SENT: 1000 words, photos moved Wednesday.
ANGLETON, Texas — When Brazoria County Historical Museum staff heard an Alabama monument had set the names of the county's lynching victims in stone, they began what has turned into months of research. So far, they've added five names to the four seemingly accurate names listed on the National Memorial for Peace and Justice monument through Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama. The additions bring to nine the number of people lynched in Brazoria County from 1888 to 1920 by the NAACP's definition. By Maddy McCarty, The Facts. SENT: 530 words, photos moved Wednesday.
EXCHANGE-LOVE AND MURDER
SANDPOINT, Idaho — The children of a modern-day Casanova who was slain in Sandpoint in 1979 are gathering for a family reunion in Texas. "This sort of thing only happens in books and made-for-TV movies," said Connie Hoye, one of the many offspring of Alton William "Dub" Barron. Barron, who was also known as Allan Kain, fathered at least 15 children. His rakish ways earned him the nickname Johnny Appleseed. Hoye suspects there are other children who remain unaccounted for. Hoye said Barron's children are gathering in their father's hometown of Tyler on Sept. 1. By Keith Kinnaird, Bonner County Daily Bee. SENT: 400 words moved Thursday.
— DEMOCRATS-2020 CONVENTION — The three cities vying to host the 2020 Democratic convention are courting party leaders and activists at their summer meeting in Chicago. Houston, Miami and Milwaukee are the finalists.
— BODIES IN YARD — Authorities say two people were found dead with gunshot wounds in the yard of a home near Austin.
LOS ANGELES — J.J. Watt could get his first playing time since last season when the Houston Texans visit the Los Angeles Rams, who plan to sit out Todd Gurley and most of their key starters for the third straight preseason game. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 3 p.m.
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