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IMMIGRATION-BILLION DOLLAR BUSINESS
SAN ANTONIO — Detaining immigrant children has morphed into a surging industry in the U.S. that now reaps $1 billion annually — a tenfold increase over the past decade, an Associated Press analysis finds. Health and Human Services grants for shelters, foster care and other child welfare services for detained unaccompanied and separated children soared from $74.5 million in 2007 to $958 million dollars in 2017. The agency is also reviewing a new round of proposals amid a growing effort by the White House to keep immigrant children in government custody. By Martha Mendoza and Larry Fenn. SENT: 1,050 words, with photos. SENT on Thursday.
IMMIGRATION-WHAT THEY CARRY
MATAMOROS, Mexico — Migrants attempting to cross the U.S.-Mexico border often arrive with little more than the clothes on their backs. But the few belongings they bring often include evidence intended to help them seek asylum, including audio recordings, crime-scene photos, police paperwork and even medical examiner records. Immigrant families hope these documents help demonstrate to U.S. authorities the dangers they are trying to escape back home. By Emily Schmall. SENT: 1,100 words, with photos.
HOUSTON — Officials in the Texas county hardest hit by Hurricane Harvey said Monday that $5 billion in federal funding that’s been awarded to Texas in the wake of last year’s deadly storm will finally help them finish major flood control projects, some of which have been under construction for years. Harris County, where Houston is located, is getting about $500 million to finish the widening and other modifications of four watersheds. By Juan A. Lozano. SENT: 590 words. SENT on Monday.
NEW ORLEANS — Lawyers for three University of Texas professors have asked a federal appeals court to revive their lawsuit challenging a law allowing concealed handguns on university campuses. Two of the professors were in the New Orleans courtroom Wednesday as attorney Renea Hicks argued that there is a very real fear the free exchange of ideas in the classroom would be endangered if instructors and others worry that some students are armed. Jason LaFond of the Texas Solicitor General’s office said a lower court’s dismissing of the suit should stand. By Kevin McGill. SENT: 360 words, with photo. SENT on Wednesday.
DALLAS — A man wrongly identified by Dallas police as a suspect in the 2016 fatal shooting of five police officers has sued the city and its police department. The federal lawsuit filed Monday alleges Dallas police detained Mark Hughes and his brother, Cory, without reasonable suspicion or probable cause. Both are listed as plaintiffs in the lawsuit, which says the brothers were interrogated “without proper Miranda warnings” following the July 7, 2016, ambush that killed four Dallas police officers and one transit officer. By Ryan Tarinelli. SENT: 280 words. SENT on Wednesday.
OIL PIPELINE PROTEST-SHOOTING
BISMARCK, N.D. — A Denver woman accused of shooting at officers during protests in North Dakota against the Dakota Access oil pipeline, operated by a Texas company, was sentenced Wednesday to four years and nine months in federal prison. Red Fawn Fallis, 39, was accused of firing a handgun three times while resisting arrest on Oct. 27, 2016. No one was hurt. Fallis pleaded guilty Jan. 22 to civil disorder and illegal possession of a gun by a convicted felon. She has a 2003 conviction in Colorado for being an accessory to a felony. By Blake Nicholson. SENT: 650 words, with photo. SENT on Wednesday.
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GALVESTON, Texas — Galveston’s Congregation B’nai Israel is a lighthouse. The Galveston County Daily News reports a cornerstone of the island’s faith community, the synagogue is — like other places of worship — a place of sanctuary and comfort. Its members and leaders have included mayors and civic leaders. The names in Galveston’s history books, memorials and street names; also hang on the walls of the synagogue’s hallways. The synagogue has also, at times, acted as a beacon for weary people seeking shelter from pain and trouble, and for people looking for a place they can call home. It is a light that’s been shining now for 150 years. By John Wayne Ferguson, The Galveston County Daily News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1,000 words, with photos.
HOUSTON — For Rick Carruth, it started with “Star Wars.” The Houston Chronicle reports a lifelong fan of the franchise, he wanted to watch the original three films in their unaltered, theatrical versions. But those versions have never been released on DVD, so Carruth, 39, sought out what he wanted on VHS. The boxy black tapes brought back memories from his 1980s childhood, and soon he wanted more movies on VHS. By Alyson Ward, Houston Chronicle. SENT IN ADVANCE: 880 words, with photos. Moving on news & entertainment lines.
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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.
EXCHANGE-TEXAS SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL (NOTE: Thru July 29)
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.
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