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

October 2, 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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HOUSTON — A spokeswoman for Republican Sen. Ted Cruz says a package addressed to Cruz’s Houston campaign headquarters caused a lockdown Tuesday. Authorities later lifted an evacuation order after saying two people were apparently exposed to a “white powdery substance.” The Houston Fire Department tweeted Tuesday that tests for hazardous substances were negative after the building floor where Cruz’s office is located was evacuated.SENT: 130 words. Developing.


HOUSTON — A human trafficking survivor from Texas sued Facebook this week, alleging the social media platform provides sex traffickers an unrestricted way to “stalk, exploit, recruit, groom, recruit, and extort children into the sex trade.” The lawsuit was filed on Monday in state district court in Houston against Facebook, the classified advertising site Backpage.com and the owners of two Houston hotels. The suit seeks at least $1 million in damages. By Juan A. Lozano. UPCOMING: 450 to 500 words.


HOUSTON — In the chaotic aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, Principal Jonathan Trinh feared the worst for his Houston high school. He took in 100 new pupils displaced by the 2017 storm, his students’ overwhelmingly low-income families were struggling with lost jobs and other distractions, and Trinh worried this would be the year that test scores sank enough to make his Wisdom High School a target for state intervention. But when the scores came out recently, there was only celebration. Wisdom and other Houston schools with some of the largest populations of at-risk students defied expectations and showed improvement in state scores. By Sally Ho. SENT: 920 words, with photos, video.


Security companies spent years pushing schools to buy more products — from “ballistic attack-resistant” doors to smoke cannons that spew haze from ceilings to confuse a shooter. But sales were slow, and industry’s campaign to free up taxpayer money for upgrades had stalled. That changed last February, when a former student shot and killed 17 people at a Florida high school. Publicly, the rampage reignited the U.S. gun-control debate. Privately, it propelled industry efforts to sell school fortification as the answer to the mass killing of American kids. By Reese Dunklin and Justin Pritchard SENT: 3,700 words, with photos.


— SELLING SCHOOL-SECURITY-ABRIDGED, 1,000 words, with photos.



FORT WORTH, Texas — The U.S. Supreme Court will allow a wrongful death and police brutality case in Texas to go to trial. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that the case involves the death of 34-year-old Jermaine Darden, who authorities say died in 2013 after Fort Worth officers shocked him with a stun gun during a drug raid. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words.


PHOENIX — Remnants of a tropical storm drenched parts of the desert Southwest on Tuesday, slowing morning commute in metro Phoenix as authorities prepared for possible flash flooding in the city, central Utah and elsewhere. Rosa, a hurricane that was downgraded to a tropical storm and then to a tropical depression, reportedly claimed at least one victim in northwestern Mexico before moving north into the U.S. SENT: 310 words, with photos.




LUBBOCK, Texas — The Texas woman who inspired the 1958 Buddy Holly song “Peggy Sue” has died at a Lubbock hospital. Peggy Sue Gerron Rackham of Lubbock died Monday at University Medical Center. She was 78. UMC spokesman Eric Finley said Tuesday the family gave him permission to confirm the death, but asked that no additional information be released. Holly died in a 1959 plane crash in Iowa that also killed Ritchie Valens and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson. SENT: 120 words, with photos. UPCOMING: 400 words.


— PRISON GUARD KILLED-TRIAL — Defense attorneys for a Texas prison inmate say he had a sexual relationship with the guard he’s accused of killing but contend her 2016 death was from cardiac arrest.

— MALL-PARKING LOT SHOOTING — Police in Houston say a man is dead and his girlfriend is in custody following a fatal shooting as the pair argued in a mall parking lot.

— PROJECT MANAGER-CONTRACT — Some leaders are questioning a contract for a Texas firm to manage construction projects at Zoo Atlanta and the Atlanta Hawks’ arena.



GREENVILLE, Texas — The annual “WWII Living History Day,” hosted by the Audie Murphy and American Cotton Museum in Greenville, gave people a chance to walk through history. The Greenville Herald-Banner reports members of the Able Company camped out in front of the museum in full gear from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday. The crew stayed at their camp until Sunday morning, when their gear had dried off from the muggy weather. By Hojun Choi, Greenville Herald-Banner. SENT: 460 words, pursuing photos.



AUSTIN, Texas — To see the progress in Texas, look no further than quarterback Sam Ehlinger. The Longhorns look like a Big 12 contender again and the sophomore is quietly putting together the kind of season that can earn a place in the school record book and wins games. By Jim Vertuno. UPCOMING: 650 words, with photos.


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