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

May 15, 2019

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. David Warren is at the desk.

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TOP STORIES:

CHURCH SEX ABUSE-TEXAS

DALLAS _ Authorities say a police investigation that began last year into sexual abuse allegations against a former priest uncovered abuse claims against others, leading to a decision to search the Catholic Diocese of Dallas. Police Maj. Max Geron told reporters Wednesday that the diocese headquarters, a storage building and the offices of a church were being searched. Geron says the events began last August with the investigation of Edmundo Paredes, a former priest who is believed to have fled Texas following claims that he abused three teenagers. By David Warren. SENT: 130 words, pursuing photos. Will be updated.

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XGR--PIPLINE PROTESTS-TEXAS

AUSTIN, Texas__ Lawmakers in Texas are considering a bill that would stiffen penalties for damaging or trespassing around pipelines as states around the country are taking up similar measures to address pipeline protests. By Clarice Silber. UPCOMING: 450 words, with photos.

AROUND THE STATE & NATION:

FAA-HOUSE HEARING

WASHINGTON _ The nation’s top aviation regulator assured Congress on Wednesday that the Boeing 737 Max, grounded after two deadly accidents, will only return to flying when a government analysis shows it’s safe. The Federal Aviation Administration is under scrutiny for how it relied on Boeing to certify the Max and then didn’t ground the plane until after the second crash, in March. Acting FAA chief Daniel Elwell told the House aviation subcommittee that his agency “welcomes scrutiny that helps make us better.” The Dallas Morning News reports American Airlines pilots pressed Boeing in November _ after the first Max crash _ on potentially grounding the planes and pushed for a quick software fix. SENT: 730 words, with photos. Developing.

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IMMIGRATION-VIDEO COUNSELING

HOMESTEAD, Fla. _ The U.S. government is providing long-distance video counseling to teens housed at the country’s largest child migrant detention center as officials struggle to accommodate increasing numbers of minors illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. Some mental health experts and human rights advocates say that’s the wrong way to help the young people, who arrived in a strange country with no parents and few belongings and often encountered gang violence or became ill on the way to the U.S. A private company contracted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to run the center in Homestead is piloting the program and has hired clinical counselors and case managers in Texas. By Adriana Gomez Licon. SENT: 880 words, with photos.

OF NOTE:

_ BORDER PATROL-RESCUE _ New photos capture the dramatic rescue of a 7-year-old boy from Honduras who nearly drowned in the river separating the U.S. and Mexico until Border Patrol agents rescued him, near Eagle Pass, Texas. SENT: 130 words, with photos. A longer version is not planned.

IN BRIEF:

_ CHURCH SHOOTING-LAWSUIT _ A federal judge says he’ll rule soon on whether to dismiss claims filed in several lawsuits against the U.S. Air Force in connection with a 2017 massacre at a South Texas church that killed more than two dozen people in an attack blamed on a veteran.

_ BAPTIST LEADER REMOVED-WINDOWS _ Stained-glass windows honoring some religious leaders who helped shift the Southern Baptist Convention to a more conservative stance have been removed from a North Texas chapel. Pursuing photos.

_ MILITARY DOG-TRAINER-REUNITED _ A former military dog trainer and his now-retired canine partner have been reunited in an emotional petting and face-licking encounter in San Antonio. With photos.

_ CARNIVAL VENDORS KILLED _ A Texas woman has admitted to her role in the deaths of a couple who were killed at a Kansas fair after one suspect ordered the killings as part of a “carnival mafia” initiation.

_ FATAL CRASH-DICKEY COUNTY _ The North Dakota Highway Patrol says a man from Texas was killed when he lost control of his SUV on a gravel road.

_ DEADLY CRASHES-KANSAS _ Authorities say four people died in two separate crashes in the same northeast Kansas county with the victims including a Texas woman and her two children.

SPOT MEMBER EXCHANGE:

EXCHANGE-SCHOOL SHOOTING-TEXAS-OFFICER

SANTA FE, Texas _ The softball skittered across the diamond as the 11-year-old shortstop charged forward and scooped it into her glove. “All right, Riley!” John Barnes cheered, as his daughter pivoted and fired toward first, easily making the out. The Houston Chronicle reports it was a hot, sunny Sunday. And under different circumstances, it would have been a typical suburban weekend. But for Barnes, a former school police officer, and other victims of the Santa Fe school shooting on May 18, 2018, nothing seems normal anymore. By St. John Barned-Smith, Houston Chronicle. SENT: 3,100 words, pursuing photos.

SPORTS REFER:

BBA--RANGERS-ROYALS

KANSAS CITY, Mo. _ Texas plays Kansas City as the teams continue their series at Kauffman Stadium. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 7:15 p.m. CDT.

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BBO--BELTRE-AFTER BASEBALL

DALLAS _ Adrian Beltre thought he would miss baseball more when he retired. The former Texas Rangers third baseman is doing just fine as a family man. By Stephen Hawkins. UPCOMING. 550 words, photos

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