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HOUSTON — As U.S. Catholic leaders head to the Vatican to meet with Pope Francis about a growing church abuse crisis, the cardinal leading the delegation has been accused by two people of not doing enough to stop a priest who was arrested this week on sexual abuse charges. The two people told The Associated Press that they reported the priest and met with Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. One of them says she was promised in a meeting with DiNardo that the priest would be removed from any contact with children, only to discover that the priest remained in active ministry at another parish 70 miles away. The priest, Manuel LaRosa-Lopez, was arrested Tuesday by police in Conroe. By Nomaan Merchant. SENT: 1,150 words, with photos.


DALLAS — As demonstrators planned to gather Wednesday for further protests over the shooting death of a black man in his apartment by a white off-duty police officer, Dallas' police chief said she plans to meet with protesters after an officer used pepper balls during a rally Monday in violation of police department rules. The victim, 26-year-old Botham Jean, was a 2016 graduate of Harding University in Arkansas. By Ryan Tarinelli. UPCOMING: 250 words, with photos.



AUSTIN, Texas — The State Board of Education is backing away from an advisory group's curriculum recommendation to remove "heroic defenders" when describing those who fought at the Alamo, following a barrage of criticism. SEND: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words.


HARTFORD, Conn. — Eleven states, including Texas, are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear Connecticut's appeal in Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel's murder case and reinstate his conviction. The states filed a friend-of-the-court brief on Monday, saying a ruling in Connecticut's favor is needed to thwart excessive appeals that focused on mistakes made by defense lawyers. The court has not yet decided whether to hear Connecticut's appeal. The state court in 2016 upheld Skakel's conviction 2002 murder conviction in the bludgeoning death of Martha Moxley in their wealthy Greenwich neighborhood in 1975, when they were teenagers. But the court reversed that ruling in May and vacated the conviction. By Dave Collins. SENT: 550 words.


MADISON, Wis. — Gov. Scott Walker said Wednesday that it would be easier to reconvene the state Senate after the November election to vote on an incentive package that might keep Texas-based Kimberly-Clark from shutting down one of two Wisconsin plants, but the Kleenex tissue-maker said it wants action by the end of this month. Walker told The Associated Press that he's working hard to reach a deal that could get the necessary Senate votes to pass such a package. By Scott Bauer. SENT: 640 words.


— HOUSTON-GAS LEAK-SCHOOL — Emergency personnel say more than a dozen students and staff have been transported to hospitals to be checked out after a gas leak near a Houston charter school.

— BUSH-ELECTION CAMPAIGNING — Former President George W. Bush of Dallas will visit Florida this week to raise money for Gov. Rick Scott's U.S. Senate campaign as Republicans try to maintain their control of Congress in the midterm elections. With photos.

— TEXAS OFFICER-MURDER TRIAL — A judge has dismissed assault charges against a white former Dallas-area police officer sentenced to 15 years in prison for the 2017 fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager.

— DALLAS OFFICER-DWI ARREST — Suburban Dallas police have arrested an off-duty Dallas police officer on a charge of driving while intoxicated.

— SNIPER SCHOOL — A Louisiana sheriff's office is holding sniper school this week for officers from six departments, including one in Texas, as part of response to active shooters.

— GYM--GYMANSTICS COACH-ARRESTED — An arrest warrant for a gymnastics coach facing sex abuse charges in Texas and Oklahoma alleges he put his hands inside girls' leotards. Moving on news & sports lines.



HOUSTON — Young Vanessa Wyche sat hunched over a piece of paper, drawing the childish outline of a U.S. president in crayon for a class assignment. The Houston Chronicle reports when it came time to shade in the two-dimensional man's face, Wyche instinctively reached for the brown crayon. It was her skin tone, after all: why couldn't it be a president's? But her second-grade teacher was furious. It was the early 1970s and South Carolina schools had just been desegregated. A black man could not be president, her teacher said. It's the first time that Wyche — now 54 and second in command at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston — can remember her parents, both educators, standing up for her in the face of oppression. By Alex Stuckey, Houston Chronicle. SENT: 1,190 words, with photo.



DETROIT — Gerrit Cole takes the mound for the AL West-leading Astros against Detroit. By Baseball Writer Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game started at 12:10 p.m. CDT.


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