AP-TX--Texas News Digest 1 pm, TX
Aug. 30, 2018
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TEXAS OFFICER-MURDER TRIAL
DALLAS — A white former North Texas police officer convicted of murder in the fatal shooting of a 15-year-old black boy was being held in jail isolation Thursday in Dallas a day after being sentenced to 15 years in prison. Prosecutors say they will consider whether to move forward on other pending charges against Roy Oliver, who was fired by the Balch Springs Police Department days after the April 2017 death of Jordan Edwards. The victim's relatives say the punishment was too lenient for Oliver. By Ryan Tarinelli. SENT: 680 words, with photos. Will be updated.
AROUND THE STATE & NATION:
BOSTON — A judge in Massachusetts ruled Thursday that the federal government can end a temporary housing voucher program for Puerto Rican hurricane evacuees living in hotels across the U.S., saying he didn't believe it was the right thing to do but his hands were tied by the law. Attorneys for the evacuees claimed FEMA had provided housing assistance in a "discriminatory manner" because they weren't doing enough for Puerto Rican evacuees compared to how it treated Texas residents after Hurricane Harvey last year. By Alanna Durkin Richer. SENT: 390 words.
NEW YORK — The political network created by the billionaire Koch brothers announced plans to support eight House Republicans on Thursday, 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.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A small air leak has developed on the Russian side of the International Space Station. NASA and Russian space officials stressed Thursday that the six astronauts are in no danger. But both the crew and ground controllers are working hard to isolate the leak. Russian officials say the pressure leak was detected Wednesday night and may be the result of a micrometeorite strike. Mission Control is at Johnson Space Center in Houston. By Marcia Dunn. SENT: 260 words, with photo.
FARMERSVILLE, Texas — Plans for a Muslim cemetery in North Texas continue as the U.S. Department of Justice investigates whether Farmersville violated the law by banning the religious use of the land. UPCOMING: 250 words.
GYM--DOCTOR-SEXUAL ASSAULT-MICHIGAN STATE
EAST LANSING, Mich. — The NCAA has cleared Michigan State University of any rules violations in the Larry Nassar sexual-assault scandal, the school announced Thursday. The school said it got a letter this week from the NCAA's vice president for enforcement. Nassar, 55, pleaded guilty to assaulting girls and women while working as a campus sports doctor for Michigan State athletes and gymnasts in the region. Victims included U.S. Olympians who trained at Indianapolis-based USA Gymnastics. He's been sentenced to decades in prison. Former gymnastics coach Kathie Klages, a longtime Nassar ally, appeared in court Thursday on charges of lying to investigators. SENT: 300 words, with photo. Moving on news & sports lines.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — When "Sons of Anarchy" debuted in 2008, creator Kurt Sutter heard the same comparison: it was the poor, white working class version of the HBO mob series, "The Sopranos." Now that "Sons of Anarchy" spin-off "Mayans M.C." is set to launch, Sutter says he's prepared for it to inevitably be called the Latino rendition of the popular motorcycle gang drama. "But it's more than that," Sutter, the new series co-creator, told The Associated Press. Yes, "Mayans M.C." focuses on similar motorcycle outlaw themes of crime, contradictions and divided devotions as its artistic predecessor. Yet, it aims to tackle the conflicted world along the U.S.-Mexico border. By Russell Contreras. SENT: 850 words, with photos.
— GAS PRICES — Retail gasoline prices in Texas and across the country have moved in opposite directions leading into the Labor Day holiday weekend.
— FORT WORTH-SHOOTINGS — Police say one person has been killed and three were wounded in overnight gunfire outside a North Texas adult entertainment club.
— 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.
— 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.
— HOUSTON ZOO-BLACK BEARS — North American black bears named Belle and Willow have more room to roam at the Houston Zoo when an expanded exhibit opens to the public on Friday. Pursuing photos.
SPOT MEMBER EXCHANGE:
PECOS, Texas — Ted and Murlene Godfrey nearly tripled the size of their RV park, and people are still clamoring to live there. The Midland Reporter-Telegram reports as oil field-related jobs draw people to Reeves County, the Godfreys receive up to 30 inquiries per day. The Godfreys started Duval Road RV Park in 2013, a time when they said few spaces for the vehicles existed in the area. What started as a way for the pair to earn income became a venture that continued to expand. By Simone Jasper, Midland Reporter-Telegram. SENT: 1,540 words, pursuing photos.
HOUSTON — The Houston Texans on Thursday night host the Dallas Cowboys in the final preseason game for both teams before the regular season begins next month. UPCOMING: 600 words, with photos.
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