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

February 26, 2019

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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WASHINGTON _ Democrats were poised Tuesday to ram legislation through the House blocking President Donald Trump from steering billions of extra dollars to his Southwest border wall, as top Republicans worked to keep GOP defections low enough to ensure that his inevitable veto would stand. By Andrew Taylor. SENT: 1,140 words, with photos. Developing.




WASHINGTON _ A House committee voted Tuesday to subpoena Trump administration officials over family separations at the southern border, the first issued in the new Congress as Democrats have promised to hold the administration aggressively to count. The decision by the Oversight Committee will compel the heads of Justice, Homeland Security and Health and Human Services to deliver documents to lawmakers. By Colleen Long. SENT: 550 words, with photos.




HOUSTON _ When police fatally shot a couple during a raid of their home in a working-class Houston neighborhood, friends and family members angrily dismissed allegations that the two were selling heroin and had fired on officers while defending an illicit business. Authorities have not cleared their names, even after alleging that an officer lied about the crime to obtain the search warrant justifying the Jan. 28 raid. The officer, Gerald Goines, has been suspended and more than 1,400 of his former cases are under review amid a civil rights investigation by the FBI. By Juan A. Lozano. SENT: 950 words, with photos.


WASHINGTON _ A federal appeals court on Tuesday cleared Dallas-based AT&T’s takeover of Time Warner, rejecting the Trump administration’s claims that the $81 billion deal will harm consumers and reduce competition in the TV industry. The ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington came in the high-stakes competition case, approving one of the biggest media marriages ever. It was already completed last spring, soon after a federal trial judge approved it. AT&T, a wireless carrier and TV and home internet provider, absorbed Time Warner, the owner of CNN, HBO, the Warner Bros. movie studio, “Game of Thrones,” sports programming and other shows. By Marcy Gordon and Tali Arbel. SENT: 720 words, with photo.



GALVESTON, Texas _ The student accused of killing 10 people at a Texas high school last year has made his first in-person court appearance as attorneys sparred over whether his trial should be moved out of Galveston. Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 18, is charged with capital murder for the May attack at Santa Fe High School. A defense attorney said Pagourtzis should receive the same treatment as others accused of mass murder. He cited Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh, Washington sniper Lee Malvo and serial killer Ted Bundy, who received changes of venue for their trials. SENT: 290 words, with photos.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ Southern Baptist officials have cleared seven churches accused of covering up sexual abuse just days after a top leader called for greater scrutiny following a joint newspaper investigation that uncovered rampant sexual misconduct. The Houston Chronicle and the San Antonio Express-News report that a Southern Baptist Convention working group announced only three churches should be at risk of losing membership over their handling of allegations of sexual abuse. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.


BISMARCK, N.D. _ A New York City woman who suffered a severe arm injury while protesting the Dakota Access oil pipeline in North Dakota says she deserves a chance to gather more evidence from government officials to prove her claim that she was intentionally targeted by an unknown law officer with a flashbang device. Attorneys for Sophia Wilansky in new court filings also dispute the government’s assertion that public statements officials made blaming her for her own injury were legally done in the course of their job duties. The pipeline is operated by a Dallas-based firm. By Blake Nicholson. UPCOMING: 400 words, photo.


_ WORKPLACE DEATH-LINCOLN COUNTY _ A federal agency is proposing to fine a company more than $89,000 for safety violations connected to the death of a worker from South Texas at a Nebraska asphalt plant.

_ YUMA POLICE CHIEF-SEARCH _ The search for a new police chief in Yuma, Arizona, is down to three candidates, including Patrick Melvin _ a retired police chief of Port Arthur, Texas.



ODESSA, Texas _ Troy Allan Chesnut found true happiness seven years ago on a dirt road leading into Sunyani, Brong-Ahafo Region, Ghana. The Odessa American reports Chesnut and an English Rotarian, Milton Frary, were on their way to give wheelchairs to 150 disabled Ghanaians when they drove onto an astonishing and very poignant sight. People were crawling or scooting on their backs to get to the distribution point. By Bob Campbell, Odessa American. SENT: 1,450 words, pursuing photos.



LAS VEGAS _ The Golden Knights host the Dallas Stars on Tuesday night. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 9 p.m. CST.


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