BC-TX--Texas News Digest 6:15 pm, TX
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WOMEN’S HEALTH TEXAS
BORDER AGENCY MISCONDUCT
SURF RESORT AMOEBA
STATE SENATOR CONVICTED
GEORGE H.W. BUSH-TEXAS
WEST TEXAS FLOODING
VOTER REGISTRATION BATTLE
AUSTIN, Texas — Democrat Beto O’Rourke said Friday that he raised a record-breaking $38.1 million in the last three months, more than tripling the haul of his Republican opponent, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, in a Texas race that’s become one of the country’s hottest — if not its closest. O’Rourke said the funding came from more than 800,000 donors nationwide despite refusing donations from outside political groups and declining to hire consultants and pollsters. The El Paso congressman has become a star in national liberal circles, and his totals through Sept. 30 broke quarterly Senate fundraising records for non-self-funded campaigns. By Will Weissert. SENT: 830 words, photos.
HOUSTON — Texas health officials say they’re canceling $6 million in troubled contracts with an anti-abortion group that was hired after the state cut off Planned Parenthood and are investigating questionable expenses. The Texas Health and Human Services Commission announced Friday that more than $1 million in costs billed by the Heidi Group are under review. By Paul J. Weber. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 wors by 8 p.m.
WEST TEXAS FLOODING
JUNCTION, Texas — Crews searched along a West Texas river Friday for two people who were swept away from an RV park by crushing floodwaters, after the bodies of two of their companions were found a day earlier. Texas A&M Forest Service spokeswoman Christi Powers said that while “we never lose hope,” the search has turned from rescue to recovery. SENT: 230 words, photos.
BORDER AGENCY MISCONDUCT
WASHINGTON — The Border Patrol sector in Laredo, Texas — where two agents were accused this year of multiple murders in separate cases — disciplined employees more on average over two years than any other major sector, according to data released by U.S. Customs and Border Protection on Friday. The findings were part of a comprehensive look at misconduct at the 60,000-employee law enforcement agency that includes the Border Patrol. The data showed overall there was a decline in substantiated complaints of misconduct and fewer arrests of agents between the budget years 2016 and 2017. By Colleen Long and Noman Merchant. SENT: 760 words, photos.
SOC--COLUMBUS CREW MOVE
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Cleveland Browns owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam are part of group exploring the purchase of the Columbus Crew to keep the MLS team in the city. Major League Soccer said in a statement Friday that the ownership group is moving forward to acquire the team, which appeared headed to Austin, Texas, after 22 years in central Ohio. Details, which include plans for a new stadium, still have to be worked out. By Mitch Stacy. SENT: 590 words.
WACO, Texas — A New Jersey man who died from a rare “brain-eating amoeba ” was likely exposed to it during his visit to a Texas water resort last month, health officials said Friday. The Waco-McLennan County Public Health District said testing done by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found evidence of Naegleria fowleri — a rare but deadly amoeba that can cause a brain infection — at one of the four attractions at the BSR Cable Park and Surf Resort in Waco, and conditions favorable for its growth at the other three. SENT: 380 words.
TEXAS GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:
VOTER REGISTRATION BATTLE
PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas — Democrats in Waller and Harris counties are pressuring officials to update the status of Prairie View A&M University students whose voter registrations are in jeopardy over an address issue. The Houston Chronicle reports that Waller County officials say the Texas Secretary of State’s office is restricting them from fixing the registrations. But Democrats say Waller County incorrectly registered the Prairie View students, arguing that students shouldn’t have to fill out change-of-address forms. SENT: 420 words.
AROUND THE STATE & NATION:
BOSTON — Robots delivering room service, check-in kiosks with facial recognition technology and “smart” speakers that serve as an in-room concierge. The hotel of the not-so-distant future sounds like something out of a sci-fi novel, but it’s drawing real world anxiety for some of the thousands of Marriott hotel workers on strike across the U.S. this month. By Philip Marcelo. SENT: 920 words, photos.
NEW ORLEANS — Louisiana and Arkansas have stepped up boll weevil trapping because two of the destructive, long-snounted beetles were found in northern Mississippi. The head of Mississippi’s boll weevil eradication program says he thinks the two males probably hitched a ride on a vehicle, though nobody knows for sure how they arrived in Batesville. Farrell Boyd says intensive trapping within a mile of the spot where they were found in a trap on Sept. 29 hasn’t turned up any more weevils. By Janet McConnaughey. SENT: 630 words, photos.
SULPHUR SPRINGS, Texas — At 22 years old, 5-foot-5-inches with a petite frame, Michelle Good is fighting her way to local wrestling entertainment fame. The Hopkins County native grew up watching professional wrestling with her family and friends. After being away from it during her teen years, she’s not just watching it now, she’s living it. By Jillian Smith. SENT: 1,900 words, photos.
— LT-TROPICAL WEATHER-SERGIO — Tropical Storm Sergio has hit the Baja California coast around Bahia de Ballenas and is weakening fast as it crosses the peninsula.
— APARTMENT COMPLEX-SHOOTING — Police say a Michigan State University student from Texas has been fatally shot during a fight at an off-campus student apartment complex. With photos.
—FUGITIVE CAPTURED — A South Texas man who had been on the run from authorities for seven years after he fled in the middle of his murder trial is back behind bars.
—GUN ROBERY — Police have arrested three men accused of cutting a hole in the side of a Texas firearms dealership and making off with nearly 20 guns.
—STATE SENATOR CONVICTED — A former Texas state senator who had already been convicted on federal fraud charges has pleaded guilty to a separate charge of bribery.
—GEORGE HW BUSH-TEXAS — Former President George H.W. Bush is back in Texas after spending the summer in Maine.
BOSTON — Chris Sale leaves his relief work behind and gets back to his real job, starting for the Boston Red Sox in the ALCS opener Saturday night against the World Series champs. Justin Verlander goes for the Houston Astros, facing the team with baseball’s best record this year. By Jimmy Golen. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.
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