AP-TX--Texas News Digest 12 am, TX
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TEXAS OFFICER-MURDER TRIAL
DALLAS — A Dallas jury has issued a 15-year prison sentence for a white former police officer convicted of murder for fatally shooting an unarmed, black teenager as he left a house party last year. Roy Oliver was sentenced a day after he was convicted in the 2017 death of 15-year-old Jordan Edwards. The verdict marked an extremely rare murder conviction for shootings involving on-duty officers. Oliver faced between five and 99 years in prison. His lawyers are expected to appeal. By Ryan Tarinelli. SENT: 500 words, photos, video.
TEXAS OFFICER-MURDER TRIAL-DIFFERENCES
Experts say the murder conviction of a former Texas police officer in an on-duty shooting is rare. There have been only a handful of such convictions since 2005, and all but one were overturned on appeal. Some factors in the case against Roy Oliver, who’s white, that differ from other cases include the age of the unarmed black victim — he was only 15 — and body-camera footage that showed Oliver lied about what happened the night of the 2017 shooting. A jury in Dallas has sentenced Oliver to 15 years in prison. By Claudia Lauer. SENT: 850 words, photos.
AUSTIN, Texas — A Texas Republican Party tweet recalling Democratic Senate hopeful Beto O’Rourke’s past arrests has triggered a partisan mugshot melee online. The state GOP was chiding O’Rourke for failing to yet settle on dates for a series of debates with Republican incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz when it tweeted an O’Rourke photo on Tuesday night that appeared to be a mugshot from a previous arrest. O’Rourke was arrested in his native El Paso in 1995, but misdemeanor burglary charges were later dropped. In 1998, he was arrested there again, this time for driving while intoxicated. That case was dismissed when O’Rourke attended driver classes. By Will Weissert. SENT: 400 words, photos.
TEXAS GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:
— GEORGE W BUSH-BURIAL PLANS — Former President George W. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush have decided they’ll be buried at his presidential library in Dallas instead of the Texas State Cemetery in Austin. SENT: 130 words, photos.
AROUND THE STATE & NATION:
HOUSTON — The city of Houston has announced it’s received a $1.8 million grant to help it become more resilient to events like natural disasters but also to such ongoing issues as an overtaxed transportation system and unemployment. It’s been a year since Hurricane Harvey-related flooding swamped parts of Houston. By Juan A. Lozano. SENT: 480 words.
PORTLAND, Ore. — Federal prosecutors in Oregon have charged six people with running two ‘vast’ interstate trafficking operations that they say delivered marijuana grown in Oregon to Texas, Virginia and Florida. U.S. Attorney Billy J. Williams said Wednesday that proceeds from the black market sales returned to Oregon as cash stuffed in airplane luggage or through the U.S. mail. By Gillian Flaccus. SENT: 500 words, photos.
— WOMAN-DOORBELL — Authorities in Texas say they’ve found a woman who was captured on video ringing a doorbell in the middle of the night, her wrists shackled in what appeared to be broken restraints. SENT: 140 words.
— WASTE MANAGEMENT-IMMIGRANT WORKERS — Waste Management has agreed to pay the federal government $5.5 million to settle allegations that it made a practice of using labor in the U.S. illegally. SENT: 140 words.
— BOSTON MARATHON-SUSPECT’S FRIEND — A college friend of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been released from prison and handed over to federal immigration officials, who plan to deport him to his native Kazakhstan. Dias Kadyrbayev was transferred by the federal Bureau of Prisons to ICE custody in Texas on Wednesday and faces “imminent” deportation. SENT: 130 words.
— PIPELINE PROTESTS-SENTENCES — The first people to be sent to jail for protesting the Dallas company-operated Dakota Access oil pipeline in North Dakota have lost their appeals to the state’s Supreme Court. SENT: 130 words. Moved on general and financial news services.
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