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AP-TX--Texas News Digest 12 am, TX

July 30, 2018

Good morning! Here’s a look at AP’s general news coverage in Texas at this hour. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the Dallas AP at 972-991-2100, or, in Texas, 800-442-7189. Email: aptexas@ap.org.

Reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date. All times are Central.

For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

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TOP STORY:

HARVEY-FLOOD INSURANCE

HOUSTON — Federal data indicates the number of homes in Texas with flood insurance has risen in the year since Hurricane Harvey inundated the Houston area. But experts warn that the rise in homes insured likely won’t continue and that coverage in areas prone to flooding tends to drop off as residents become complacent. By Juan Lozano. UPCOMING: 850 words, photos and video by 3 a.m.

AROUND THE STATE & NATION

MICHAEL GRACZYK-RETIREMENT

HOUSTON — Associated Press journalist Mike Graczyk, who witnessed and chronicled more than 400 executions as a criminal justice reporter in Texas, will retire Tuesday after 45 years. Graczyk, 68, may have observed more executions than any other person in the United States since the Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976. Millions of readers in Texas and beyond relied on his coverage of capital punishment in America’s most active death penalty state. By Nomaan Merchant 700 words and photos

With MICHAEL GRACZYK-RETIREMENT PORTRAITS

HOUSTON— Before every Texas execution, Mike Graczyk has asked to talk to the convict scheduled to die. If the person said yes, he visited death row to interview and take a photo of them. He also contacts the family members of the person killed by the condemned inmate and the lawyers involved. Photo Gallery with 300 words.

TRUMP

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. — President Donald Trump said Sunday that he would consider shutting down the government if Democrats refuse to vote for his immigration proposals, including building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. By Darlene Superville. SENT: 930 words. Photos.

IMMIGRATION-DEBATING DETENTION

GOSHEN, Indiana — The sermon had been preached, the last prayers offered. Now, Mike Yoder decided, the time had come to share unsettling news. As congregants at Silverwood Mennonite Church chatted around a Sunday potluck spread, Yoder, a county commissioner for 13 years and a dairy farmer for much longer, huddled with Pastor Jeremy Shue at the edge of the hall. There was a very good chance, Yoder confided, that the nation’s newest immigration detention center would soon rise from a soybean field north of an Indiana town. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has long sought to consolidate immigrants held in scattered Midwest jails. Local governments in Texas and California recently canceled agreements to hold detainees for ICE even as other communities seek the jobs and dollars that doing so can generate. By Adam Geller. SENT IN ADVANCE: 2,740 words, with photos.

WEEKEND MEMBER EXCHANGES

EXCHANGE-PRISON-MURALS

CLEVELAND, Texas — Murals located around the Cleveland Correctional Center help to brighten the atmosphere and provide a more positive outlook thanks to former inmate Anthony Rose. The Houston Chronicle reports Rose is a graphic designer by trade and a mural artist by hobby. He is a Houston resident where he paints murals professionally for different clients. Prior to Rose’s current employment, his life took a tragic turn in Nov. 2013. A night of fun with friends ended as Rose says he was driving drunk and became involved in a vehicular accident. Although Rose survived the accident, his passenger was killed. By Jacob McAdams, Houston Chronicle. SENT IN ADVANCE: 700 words, with photo.

EXCHANGE-WILDLIFE REFUGE

ANGLETON, Texas — Marching out of the Discovery Center at Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge on a recent Tuesday, a dozen young people in bright blue shirts set to work shoveling dirt, maneuvering wheelbarrows, unraveling hoses and hefting 5-gallon pots. The Facts reports they were members of the Student Conservation Association, and their efforts were directed toward building a garden to sustain monarch butterflies. The association is a nonprofit organization based in Houston that connects youth to environmental service projects throughout the region. By Codi Kozacek, The Facts. SENT IN ADVANCE: 510 words, pursuing photos.

IN BRIEF:

__AMERICAN AIRLINES-GROUND STOP — The Federal Aviation Administration says no American Airlines flights were taking off nationally for about 40 minutes Sunday because of an outage at the carrier’s main operating system and dispatch operation.

—GOOD SAMARITAN SHOT — Harris County authorities say they’re seeking at least three suspects for the shooting death of a good Samaritan who tried to save a 16-year-old neighbor from being robbed at gunpoint.

—POLICE SHOOTING-SUNSET VALLEY — A 25-year-old man suspected of robbing a jewelry store in the Austin-area has been shot and wounded by a police officer after authorities say he fought with and then dragged the officer while trying to flee.

—SKIMMING ARRESTS — Three Austin men have been arrested on charges they used electronic devices known as skimmers on pumps at an East Texas gas station to obtain customers’ credit card information so they could steal from ATMs and make fraudulent card purchases.

—LEAK INVESTIGATION-ARRESTS — The 36-year-old boyfriend of the executive secretary of a small South Texas city has been arrested for impeding an investigation where she’s charged with leaking city information to drug dealers.

—PRISONER DEATH — East Texas authorities say a 55-year-old man jailed on a charge of capital murder after two people were fatally shot last week has taken his own life.

—ABANDONED CHILD— Suburban Austin authorities have detained a man suspected of fleeing the scene of a car crash and leaving behind his child at a swimming pool.

—BOX TRUCK-IMMIGRANTS — A truck driver has been arrested and Homeland Security authorities are investigating after 14 people in the country without legal permission were found hiding in a box truck at a South Texas Border Patrol checkpoint.

SPORTS REFER:

BBA--RANGERS-ASTROS

HOUSTON — Jurickson Profar had just taken a cleat to the face and blood was trickling down his left cheek when Texas manager Jeff Banister went out to check on him in the sixth inning Sunday. Before Banister could say anything, his young shortstop spoke. “He told me he wasn’t coming out of the game,” Banister said. Profar hit a go-ahead double deflected by the pitcher and stayed in despite his injury as the Rangers became the first team to sweep Houston this year, beating the Astros 4-3. By Kristie Rieken. SENT: 900 words. Photos.

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