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BC-TX--Texas News Digest 1 pm, TX

May 14, 2019

Good afternoon! 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. David Warren is at the desk.

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BAYTOWN, Texas _ Police in Texas say a Hispanic officer who shot and killed an African American woman moments after she seems to say “I’m pregnant” in a videotaped altercation has been placed on paid administrative leave. Baytown Lt. Steve Dorris says the officer shot 44-year-old Pamela Turner around 10:40 p.m. Monday after trying to arrest her at an apartment complex in the community about 25 miles east of Houston. Dorris declined to identify the officer but said he is Hispanic.




NEW ORLEANS _ A federal appeals court in New Orleans heard arguments Tuesday on whether Texas had the right to cut off Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood clinics in the state _ a case that could also determine funding for the organization in Louisiana and Mississippi and that eventually may end up before the Supreme Court. The case involves Texas’ move to cut off funding for Planned Parenthood clinics following the release by anti-abortion activists of graphic, secretly recorded videos in 2015. By Kevin McGill. SENT: 590 words, with photo.



WASHINGTON _ Homeland Security officials considered arresting thousands of migrant families who had final deportation orders and removing them from the U.S. in a flashy show of force, but the idea was tabled as the Trump administration grappled with straining resources and a growing number of Central Americans crossing the border. Two Homeland Security officials and two other people familiar with the proposal described it to The Associated Press. They were not authorized to speak publicly and requested anonymity. The idea was to arrest parents and children in 10 cities with large populations of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally. By Colleen Long. SENT: 490 words, with photo.


DENTON, Texas _ An attorney for former All-Star and World Series MVP pitcher John Wetteland says he’s innocent of charges in Texas that he sexually abused a child. The former Texas Rangers act made his first court appearance Monday following his indictment in March on three counts of continuous sexual assault of a child. His attorney, Derek Adame, says Wetteland “was completely shocked” by the allegations, the Denton Record-Chronicle reports. UPCOMING: 250 words, photo. Moving on news & sports lines.


_ HOUSTON BARGE COLLISION _ Texas health officials have advised people not to fish or eat seafood from parts of some Houston-area bays as cleanup continues following last week’s tanker and barges accident and toxic leak. With photos.

_ WIFE’S BODY IN CAR _ Police in Arizona say a detective making a traffic stop on Interstate 10 was speaking to a driver from Oklahoma when he noticed the man’s dead wife in the passenger seat and the driver said the 70-year-old woman had died in Texas.

_ FORMER FOOTBALL PLAYER-ARREST _ A judge in New Hampshire has set bail at $50,000 for a former New England Patriots player, who lives near Houston, accused of violating a protective order. Greg Spires said he was innocent in a video arraignment from jail in Concord, New Hampshire on Monday. SENT: 130 words, with photo. Moving on news & sports lines.



NACOGDOCHES, Texas _ Downtown walking tours of Nacogdoches boast a unique new component this year. The Daily Sentinel reports one of the stops on the tour, the Milam Masonic Lodge No. 2, recently completed a second-floor museum displaying artifacts such as the sword of Henry C. Hancock, killed at the Battle of Mansfield. The oldest masonic lodge in Texas to meet in the same town, the Milam Lodge’s members included three signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence, Thomas J. Rusk among them. By Nicole Bradford, The Daily Sentinel. SENT: 440 words, with photos.



DETROIT _ Ryan Carpenter starts for a depleted Detroit rotation against Wade Miley and the Astros. By Baseball Writer Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 6:10 p.m. CDT.


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