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

June 14, 2018

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

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AUSTIN, Texas — Texas abortion providers are suing to undo decades-old regulations on doctors and clinics that they say deserve a second look after a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling in 2016. The lawsuit filed Thursday challenges longstanding requirements over ultrasounds, waiting periods and licensing. Courts have already upheld some of the laws. But the abortion provider Whole Woman’s Health wants a federal judge to take a fresh look through the lens of a major Supreme Court decision that struck down a 2013 Texas anti-abortion law. By Paul J. Weber. SENT: 380 words.


WASHINGTON — In the year since House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and others were shot at a congressional baseball practice, mass shootings have occurred at a Texas church, a Las Vegas music festival and high schools in Parkland, Florida, and Santa Fe, Texas. Ohio Rep. Brad Wenstrup, a doctor who helped save Scalise’s life last June, has watched those attacks unfold with the acute sensitivity of a mass shooting survivor. The baseball practice attack one year ago gives special weight to the annual game Thursday night at Nationals Park, where Republicans and Democrats are gathering for the competition that dates to 1909. By Matthew Daly and Laurie Kellman. SENT: 970 words, with photo. Will be updated.




COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Texas A&M University is facing criticism for being too lenient in its handling of sexual assault allegations. A female student last week accused the school via Twitter of not doing enough to punish her alleged attacker. He was found responsible for misconduct in a Title IX ruling and suspended for one semester. The victim says that man has since rejoined the university’s swim team. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.


DALLAS — Prosecutors in Dallas say an ex-physician has been charged in the death of a woman left incapacitated after being sexually assaulted and strangled in 1988. Dallas County jail records show 56-year-old George Guo was being held Thursday on a capital murder charge with a $5 million bond. The Dallas County District Attorney’s Office says Guo was arrested Wednesday in Houston for the June 1988 attack on Dr. Katherine Bascone in Highland Park. The attack left Bascone blind and with a brain injury. She died in February. By Ryan Tarinelli. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words. Pursuing booking photo.


WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a Minnesota law that barred voters in the state from wearing a wide range of political hats, T-shirts and pins to the polls. Minnesota had defended its law as a reasonable restriction that keeps order at polling places and prevents voter intimidation. But the justices ruled 7-2 that the state’s law is too broad. Both Minnesota and the group challenging the law had said there are about 10 states with laws like Minnesota’s, though they disagreed significantly on which ones — agreeing only on Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Texas and Vermont. By Jessica Gresko. SENT: 450 words, with photo.


CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Spacewalking astronauts set up TV cameras Thursday for new crew capsules set to arrive in coming months. The International Space Station’s commander, Drew Feustel, and Ricky Arnold completed the installation — their main job — after struggling with a shield for protection against space debris. Mission Control is at Johnson Space Center in Houston. By Marcia Dunn. SENT: 270 words, with photos. Will be updated.


OKLAHOMA CITY — Part of the U.S. Air Force’s recently grounded bomber fleet is currently undergoing maintenance at Oklahoma’s Tinker Air Force Base. The Oklahoman reports that the commander of the Air Force Global Strike Command ordered a “safety stand down” of all B-1B Lancers last week. The order comes after an emergency landing in Texas last month prompted an investigation revealing problems with the long-range bomber’s ejection seats. 250 words.


HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania utility regulators voted Thursday to let a pipeline resume transporting liquid fuels in the Philadelphia suburbs, reversing an administrative law judge’s order, but they also upheld a halt to construction of two other, related pipelines. The Public Utility Commission voted 3-2 to allow Sunoco Pipeline LLC to resume use of the Mariner East 1 pipeline, with the chairman saying there was no new credible evidence to think it can’t be operated safely. Sunoco Pipeline is a subsidiary of Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners. By Mark Scolforo. SENT: 460 words.


— HARVEY-RECOVERY-GEORGE STRAIT — Country star George Strait leads a new tourism campaign for Hurricane Harvey-damaged Rockport and Fulton nearly 10 months after the storm devastated the area he sometimes calls home.

— TEXAS EXECUTION-APPEAL — A federal appeals court has rejected an appeal from a 45-year-old man on Texas death row for the 2004 suffocation of a retired TCU professor whose body was found in Oklahoma after she was abducted in Fort Worth.

— OFFICER-STOLEN GROCERIES — An off-duty Houston police officer has paid to replace groceries stolen from an ill man after he collapsed in a parking lot just after buying the items.

— ROLLOVER PASS-DEVELOPMENT — Texas is expected to seek more proposals to close the Rollover Pass manmade channel along the Gulf of Mexico after the lone bid was twice the projected cost. With photo.

— TWO DEAD CRASH — Authorities say two people — from New Mexico and Texas — are dead after two tractor-trailers crashed head-on in central Kansas.

— GAS PRICES — Retail gasoline prices in Texas and across the country declined this week.



CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Iris Vasquez had never surfed until this week. The Corpus Christi Caller-Times reports with a big smile on her face, Vasquez tensed up. She was nervous and afraid to jump into the waves at Schlitterbahn Corpus Christi’s Boogie-Bahn. But the female crowd cheered on. Fighting her nerves, Vasquez took a leap into the roaring waves and began to surf. The crowd went wild. More than 20 women, ages 8 to 70, attended free two-hour surf lessons Tuesday at the water park to celebrate National Women Learn to Surf Week. By Megan Falcon, Corpus Christi Caller-Times. SENT: 510 words, pursuing photos. Moving on news & sports lines.



OAKLAND, Calif. — Justin Verlander goes for his ninth victory when the Houston Astros wrap up their series against the Oakland Athletics. By Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 2:35 p.m. CDT.


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