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BC-TX--Texas News Digest 12 am, TX

October 5, 2018

Good morning! 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. David Warren is at the desk after 5:30 a.m.

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HOUSTON — Lizzie Pannill Fletcher was about to start her senior year of high school when she locked arms with other demonstrators and kept anti-abortion activists from overrunning a Planned Parenthood clinic near the Astrodome, where the 1992 Republican National Convention was in full swing. Now running for Congress as a political novice, Fletcher wants to win a seat representing some of Houston’s toniest enclaves that had already been Republican-controlled for 25 years on that scorching August day — and have remained so for the quarter century-plus since. Fletcher hopes that voters disillusioned with the president — especially well-educated women — can help her topple nine-term GOP incumbent Rep. John Culberson. By Will Weissert. SENT: 920 words, photos, video.


DALLAS — It’s the kind of shooting that spurred national interest before: A police officer shot into a vehicle, leaving a black man dead. The Sept. 1 killing of 24-year-old O’Shae Terry in Arlington brought to mind the shooting of Jordan Edwards elsewhere last year. The 15-year-old Edwards and four other black teenagers were in a car and leaving a house party in Balch Springs when a white officer shot into the moving vehicle, killing the high school freshman. The officer was fired, convicted of murder and sentenced to 15 years in prison. Then attention turned to the Sept. 6 shooting of another black man, killed by a white off-duty officer who lived in the same Dallas apartment complex. By Ryan Tarinelli. SENT: 870 words, photos.


— SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-SECURITY-TEXAS — A Houston Democratic congresswoman has fired an unpaid intern after he was arrested by the U.S. Capitol police for allegedly posting online the home addresses of Republican senators backing Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court. SENT: 130 words.



HOUSTON — A third person has accused a Houston-area priest of fondling him when he was a teenager, in a case that has called attention to high-profile Cardinal Daniel DiNardo’s response to sexual abuse within the church. DiNardo is already accused by two other people of disregarding their reports against Manuel La Rosa-Lopez, the pastor at St. John Fisher Catholic Church in the Houston suburb of Richmond. La Rosa-Lopez was arrested in September and charged with four counts of indecency with a child. By Nomaan Merchant. SENT: 480 words, photos.


MESQUITE, Texas — A deadly school bus crash happened after the rear wheels of the bus slid off the pavement and went onto a grassy slope. Dallas-Fort Worth television station KXAS reports the driver then over corrected, pulled the bus into on-coming traffic before turning the opposite direction to avoid the traffic. School officials say one child was killed and three others were injured after their school bus crashed and burned in North Texas. The Mesquite Independent School District says a bus carrying 42 students from Terry Middle School crashed Wednesday afternoon. Aerial video showed the bus lying on its side in a ditch with its rear half showing scorch marks. SENT: 220 words, photos, video.


WASHINGTON — Ramping up wind power in America would also dial up the nation’s temperatures, a new study out of Harvard found. While wind energy is widely celebrated as environmentally friendly, the researchers concluded that a dramatic, all-out expansion in the number of turbines could warm the country even more than climate change from burning coal and other fossil fuels, because of the way the spinning blades disturb the layers of warm and cold air in the atmosphere. Some parts of the central United States are already seeing nights that are up to 2 degrees Fahrenheit warmer because of nearby wind farms, said study lead author Lee Miller, an environmental scientist at Harvard. By Science Writer Seth Borenstein. SENT: 800 words, photo. Moved on general and science news services.


JACKSON, Miss. — Four Louisiana men have been indicted on charges that they tried to bribe a Mississippi sheriff with $2,000 in casino chips to give them lucrative jail contracts. The September indictments just unsealed are a long-delayed continuation of the corruption investigation surrounding former Mississippi Corrections Commissioner Christopher Epps. He’s currently in a federal prison in Texas, serving a nearly 20-year sentence after he admitted taking more than $1.4 million in bribes from private contractors. By Jeff Amy. SENT: 780 words.


— BORDER AGENT ARRESTED-WOMEN KILLED — Prosecutors say crime scene evidence suggests a U.S. Border Patrol agent used his service handgun to kill four women whose bodies were found along remote roadsides in South Texas. SENT: 120 words.

— FOOTBALL PLAYER-MURDER CONVICTION — A former college football player has been convicted of killing a North Texas man from whom he was trying to steal marijuana. SENT: 130 words. Moved on general and financial news services.

— OFFICER-INVOLVED SHOOTING-INVESTIGATION — Prosecutors say no charges will be filed against the Colorado State trooper who shot and killed a Texas woman armed with a shotgun near Alamosa in August. SENT: 130 words.

— VIETNAM-PILOT-TEXAS — The remains of a Navy pilot from West Texas will be returned to his family more than 50 years after he and his jet disappeared during a Vietnam War combat photo mission. SENT: 130 words.

— BACK TO SCHOOL-MAN ARRESTED — A 25-year-old man accused of posing as a 17-year-old student and Hurricane Harvey evacuee so he could play basketball at a Dallas high school has been indicted. SENT: 130 words.


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