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

July 15, 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. Michael L. Graczyk is on the desk. Email: aptexas@ap.org

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Some immigrant U.S. Army reservists and recruits who enlisted in the military with a promised path to citizenship are being abruptly discharged . A few said the Army informed them they had been labeled as security risks because they have relatives abroad or because the Defense Department had not completed background checks on them. Throughout history, immigrants have served and earned praise for their actions in battle despite reservations about their immigration status and loyalties. Here are some examples. By Russell Contraras. SENT: 760 words. AP Photos.


SAN DIEGO — A federal judge, responding to a plan to reunify children separated at the border, said he was having second thoughts about his belief that the Trump administration was acting in good faith to comply with his orders. The Justice Department on Friday filed a plan to reunify more than 2,500 children age 5 and older by a court-imposed deadline of July 26 using “truncated” procedures to verify parentage and perform background checks, which exclude DNA testing and other steps it took to reunify children under 5. By Elliott Spagat. SENT: 370 words. AP Photos.


DES MOINES, Iowa — Even before the specter of a trade war with China and other countries threatened to cost them billions of dollars, American farmers were feeling the squeeze from fluctuating crop prices and other factors that have halved their overall income in recent years. The threat of counter-tariffs on U.S. farm goods and the impact of President Donald Trump’s other policies on immigration and biofuels, though, have some farmers more worried than ever about their ability to continue eking out an existence in agriculture. By David Pitt. SENT: 820 words. AP Photos.


—SMALL PLANE CRASH — Authorities say two people have died in the crash of a small experimental aircraft as it was trying to land in Southeast Texas.

—ZETAS CARTEL LEADER-TRIAL — A 38-year-old man authorities describe as a former leader of the Zetas drug cartel in Mexico is scheduled for a federal court trial starting Monday in Waco on charges of conspiracy to traffic drugs inland through South Texas, conspiracy to possess firearms and laundering millions of dollars in drug proceeds.

—WARRANTS RESOLVED — More than 1,200 people have shown up to resolve open arrest warrants for low-level misdemeanor crimes in a program operated by Harris County prosecutors, public defenders and community agencies and volunteer attorneys.

—FREEWAY STUNT-WRECK — Police in a Dallas-Fort Worth suburb blame a crash that shut a freeway on stunts being performed by a group of about 100 motorcyclists.

—POLICE SHOOTING-DILLEY —Texas Rangers are investigating the fatal shooting of a man by police at a South Texas park.

—POLICE SHOOTING-HARRIS COUNTY — Harris County sheriff’s officials say a man has been shot and wounded by a deputy responding to a call about a disturbance between a boyfriend and girlfriend.



DALLAS — You’ll find it in an abandoned stretch of downtown Dallas’ maze of tunnels underneath Thanks-Giving Square. The Dallas Morning News reports there’s no sign pointing toward it. You have to know where to go or have Chad Houser as your guide. It’s in this forgotten space — vacated long ago by a Lone Star Credit Union and one of those anything-goes restaurants serving everything from ham sandwiches to Chinese spring rolls — that Houser has targeted for the next phase of Cafe Momentum. By Nanette Light, The Dallas Morning News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 810 words, with photos. Not for online use in the Dallas area.


KILGORE, Texas — Actors parade onto the Van Cliburn Auditorium stage at Kilgore College, draped in colorful costumes matching periods of history. The Tyler Morning Telegraph reports from the Shakespearean attire of “King John” costars Tim Sailer and Joan Korte to the Great Depression-era threads donned by “110 in the Shade” actors Connor Sullivan and Anna Baker, the costume work is a part of what helps bring the shows to life. The Texas Shakespeare Festival in Kilgore continues through July 29. At it, actors will perform in a variety of original, classic and Shakespearean plays. By James Hartley, Tyler Morning Telegraph. SENT IN ADVANCE: 560 words, with photos.



FRISCO, Texas — Oklahoma won another Big 12 title and made it to the College Football Playoff again in its first season without coach Bob Stoops on the sideline. The Sooners, who have won the past three Big 12 titles with quarterback Baker Mayfield, will now be trying to do it again without the Heisman Trophy winner under center. Even with Mayfield preparing for his first NFL season, 11-time Big 12 champion Oklahoma goes into the league’s football media days as the preseason pick to win another title ahead of West Virginia. Lincoln Riley, Oklahoma’s offensive coordinator for two years before succeeding Stoops last summer, will be the last of the five coaches who will take the main podium Monday for the first half of media days at the Dallas Cowboys’ headquarters in suburban Frisco north of downtown Dallas. By Stephen Hawkins. SENT: 790 words. Photos.


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