AP-TX--Texas News Digest 12 am, TX
Aug. 23, 2018
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HARVEY-YEAR LATER-INEQUITABLE RECOVERY
HOUSTON — Hurricane Harvey has been described as the storm that didn't discriminate, damaging the neighborhoods of rich and poor alike. But a year after Harvey, those having the hardest time recovering appear to be residents of many of the low-income areas hardest by the storm. Many residents in low-income neighborhoods in Houston and the coastal city of Port Arthur have still not been able to move back into their homes or are living in gutted, unsafe houses they are repairing one room at a time. A lack of information about where they can get help has also exacerbated the difficulties they've faced. Community organizers worry that many low-income residents won't be able to rebuild, leading to gentrification and a reduction in affordable housing in their neighborhoods. By Juan A. Lozano. SENT: 850 words, photos.
Hurricane Harvey was massive and slow, and that led to what really distinguishes this monster storm from others: the massive amount of rain. Some parts of Texas got more than 5 feet of rain. The Category 4 storm killed 68 people and swamped coastal communities and Houston, the nation's fourth largest city, inflicting an estimated $125 billion in damage. By Adam Kealoha Causey. SENT: 250 words.
— BC-US--HARVEY-PHOTO GALLERY, a collection of images of the storm, its damage and those affect by the crisis.
TEXAS GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:
WASHINGTON — The day after President Donald Trump was implicated in a federal crime, members of both parties dismissed talk of impeachment, with some Democrats expressing fears about such a politically risky step, and Republicans shrugging off the accusations or withholding judgment. Doug Deason, a Texas-based donor and major Trump supporter, said voters simply don't care that Trump behaves badly at times and has associated with people who broke the law. "In no way, shape or form did we think we were hiring St. Trump to repair the morals of the country," he said. By Lisa Mascaro and Steve Peoples. SENT: 1100 words, photos. Moved on general and political news services.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. — A federal appeals court has struck down an Alabama law that sought to ban the most commonly used second-trimester abortion procedure. The 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Atlanta affirmed a lower court's decision that the 2016 ban on the procedure known as dilation and evacuation was an unconstitutional restriction on abortion access. The ruling is the latest blow to efforts in some states to ban the second-trimester abortion procedure in which the fetus is removed in pieces with forceps. Courts have blocked similar laws in Kansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Texas, and Arkansas. By Kim Chandler. SENT: 500 words. Moved on general and health news services.
— SCHOOL SHOOTING-TEXAS-FUNDING — Gov. Greg Abbott has announced additional funding for the Houston-area community where a teenage gunman in May fatally shot eight students and two substitute teachers. SENT: 130 words.
AROUND THE STATE & NATION:
NEW ORLEANS — Louisiana and Mississippi are leading the nation in the number of people who have become seriously ill from West Nile virus this year. Louisiana had 18 cases of West Nile encephalitis or meningitis, out of a national total of 133. Mississippi had 15 "neuroinvasive" cases, Texas 14 and California 12. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 650 words. Moving on general and health news services.
— IDENTITY FRAUD-SENTENCING — A Minnesota man who authorities say falsely presented himself as a U.S. Navy pilot and defense analyst has been sentenced in Texas to 24 years in prison for stealing from various women he met online. SENT: 120 words.
— HELICOPTER CRASH-TWO KILLED — Jordanian military officials say a fighter pilot from the Middle Eastern nation was one of two people killed in a helicopter crash in Texas. SENT: 130 words.
— DALLAS OFFICER-ARRESTED — Dallas police say one of their own officers has been arrested on a charge of indecency with a child by contact. SENT: 120 words.
— STUDENT PROGRAM-THEFT — A longtime Texas Christian University employee has pleaded guilty to stealing $1,600 from an education program that helps high school students from low-income families. SENT: 130 words.
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