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

July 31, 2018

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

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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump says he is consulting with the National Rifle Association over whether it makes sense for a Texas company to publish downloadable blueprints for a 3D-printed gun. Trump tweeted Tuesday he is “looking into 3-D Plastic Guns being sold to the public,” adding that he “already spoke to NRA.” The president expressed doubt, saying “doesn’t seem to make much sense!” He did not offer further details. SENT: 350 words. Could develop.


— 3D GUNS-NEW ENGLAND — Two New England lawmakers are looking to ban the 3D printing of plastic firearms.


WASHINGTON — Top federal immigration officials went before Congress Tuesday to defend their handling of President Donald Trump’s now-abandoned policy of separating migrant children from their families, saying they keep records of children in their custody. They also said they can document decisions by hundreds of detained parents to willingly leave the U.S. without their children, an assertion that has drawn skepticism from lawmakers. By Alan Fram. SENT: 740 words, with photos.




SAN ANTONIO — Eight candidates are competing in a bipartisan special election to replace Democratic Texas state Sen. Carlos Uresti, who stepped down in June after being sentenced to 12 years in prison on federal fraud charges. Uresti’s term doesn’t expire until 2020 and his San Antonio district is heavily Democratic. But with such a crowded field Tuesday, no candidate may win a majority, forcing a runoff. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated. Polls close at 7 p.m.




PLANO, Texas — A North Texas bar loses its liquor license Wednesday in the aftermath of serving alcohol to a patron who later killed his estranged wife and seven other people at a Dallas-area home during a football watching party. The Local Public House in Plano has agreed to surrender its liquor license in the wake of the September 2017 shootings. The gunman was shot and killed by a police officer. UPCOMING: 250 words.


LEON VALLEY, Texas — A shark snatched from the San Antonio Aquarium and wheeled out in a baby stroller is back in its petting tank, and investigators say they’ve obtained confessions from two men involved in the deed. Surveillance video had shown two men and a woman carrying a baby sneaking the 2-to-3-foot-long gray horn shark from the aquarium in a stroller Saturday afternoon. They got away in a pickup truck, which police tracked down Monday evening. SENT: 270 words, with video.


BEEBE, Ark. — A city in central Arkansas is opening a police substation at a public school campus in response to recent school shootings. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that the Beebe Police Department will open the substation Friday. The station will be on the Beebe School District’s main campus, which includes a high school, primary school and district offices. District Assistant Superintendent Rick Duff says he came up with the idea following recent school shootings, including the Florida school shooting that killed 17 and a Texas high school shooting where 10 people were killed. UPCOMING: 250 words.


HOUSTON — Before every Texas execution, Mike Graczyk of The Associated Press has asked to talk to the convict scheduled to die. If the person said yes, he visited death row to interview and took a photo of them. He also attempted to contact the family members of the person killed by the condemned inmate and the lawyers involved. Graczyk retires Tuesday after a 45-year career in which he observed more than 400 executions. Here is a selection of the images and people Graczyk found to be particularly memorable. SENT: 870 words, with photos.


— PARKING GARAGE COLLAPSE — A portion of a suburban Dallas parking garage has collapsed, sending vehicles and rubble onto others below, but authorities say there are no apparent injuries.

— SCHOOL SHOOTING-TEXAS DONATIONS — A Houston-area school district where 10 people were shot to death in May has accepted about $220,000 worth of guns, ammunition and weapons training donated for its security staff.

— HOUSTON FIREFIGHTERS-PAY DISPUTE — The Houston firefighters union is suing city officials, accusing them of misusing public resources to oppose a ballot measure that would give firefighters pay similar to what Houston police officers receive.

— POLICE SHOOTING-TEEN KILLED — A judge has denied a request to move the trial of a white former suburban Dallas police officer who’s charged with murder in the 2017 shooting of a black teenager.

— MEN ARRAIGNED-ROBBERY ATTEMPT — Seven Mexican nationals are being held on charges they attempted to rob a jewelry store at a busy South Texas mall, setting off a panic among shoppers and warnings by law enforcement of an active shooter.

— GOLF BAGS-MARIJUANA — Border Patrol officers in South Texas have put a wedge between smugglers and $40,000 worth of marijuana stuffed in golf bags found abandoned along the Rio Grande. With photo. Moving on news & sports lines.

— HOBBS-UNITED AIRLINES — A southeastern New Mexico county and city are guaranteeing United Airlines a subsidy of $2.3 million for the airline to maintain commercial flight service to Houston.

— STAR WARS POSTER-AUCTION — A Dallas company reports rare draft poster for the “Star Wars” sequel “The Empire Strikes Back” has sold at auction for $26,400.



RENO, Texas — Texas has two Renos, and that’s no longer funny. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports misdelivered mail is stacking up. Callers are dialing the wrong number. Worst of all, fire or medical emergency calls are going to the wrong Reno 911. So after 140 years, leaders in the Parker County town of Reno might change its name, maybe to Reno Springs. In a larger town named Reno 160 miles away in northeast Texas, Mayor Bart Jetton answered a reporter’s phone call the way he has answered hundreds of calls from the 817 area code. “I hate to interrupt you,” he said wearily, “but — are you trying to reach the Reno in Parker County?” By Bud Kennedy. SENT: 550 words, pursuing photos.



SEATTLE — The Houston Astros send Charlie Morton to the mound on Tuesday night against the Seattle Mariners looking to snap Houston’s five-game losing streak. The Mariners have pulled back within three games of the Astros in the AL West. By Tim Booth. UPCOMING: 700 words, with photos. Game starts at 9:10 p.m. CDT.


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