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

May 15, 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

Reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date. All times are Central.




HOUSTON — The lure of drugs and sex was too enticing to ignore for a San Antonio rapper with a reputation for carrying a lot of cash and wearing flashy jewelry. What 19-year-old Tommy Garcia Jr. didn’t know was the proposition from a woman he knew was a setup for an ambush robbery plot that crumbled when he refused to surrender any money and was shot seven times by a man identified as the woman’s boyfriend. Juan Edward Castillo, convicted of killing Garcia, is set for execution Wednesday for the slaying more than 14 years ago. By Michael Graczyk. UPCOMING: 600 words.



SAN FRANCISCO — The Trump administration will try to convince a U.S. appeals court Tuesday afternoon that it was justified in ending an Obama-era immigration policy that shielded hundreds of thousands of young immigrants from deportation. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco will be the first federal appeals court to hear arguments about President Donald Trump’s decision to phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The Trump administration said it was forced to act because Texas and other states threatened to sue. By Sudhin Thanawala. SENT: 420 words, with photos. Will be updated.


WILLEMSTAD, Curacao — A lawyer for a subsidiary of Texas-based ConocoPhillips said a court in the Dutch Antilles has authorized it to seize $1.94 billion worth of assets held on Bonaire island by Venezuela’s state oil company, PDVSA. Houston-based Conoco is seeking to recover $2 billion in a dispute over expropriation of its oil projects by Venezuela’s economically struggling socialist government. The lawyer spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to speak to the media. By Derk Drayer. SENT: 120 words, will be updated.


BISMARCK, N.D. — Officials with a North Carolina-based private security firm attend a meeting of North Dakota’s Private Investigative and Security Board to try to settle an ongoing state lawsuit over the company’s work during protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline. The line is operated by a Dallas-based company. By Blake Nicholson. On merits.


— HERO DOGS-AWARD — Two police dogs, including one from Houston that made the ultimate sacrifice, have been named recipients of American Kennel Club hero awards. Pursuing photos.

— AMAZON HQ2-ARLINGTON — The city of Arlington has released details of its incentive package for Amazon after announcing it’s “no longer moving forward” in the selection process for the company’s second headquarters.

— TRADEMARK SPAT-LOGOS — A popular Texas travel center will argue in federal court that a competitor’s cartoon logo of an alligator licking its lips is too similar to the company’s signature logo illustration of a beaver wearing a baseball cap.

— BACK PAGE-PROSTITUTION — A January 2020 trial has been set for the founders of the classified advertising site Backpage.com, with operations in Dallas, and five of the site’s employees in what federal authorities have described as a scheme to knowingly publish ads for sexual services and launder money earned for the ads.

— BANK MERGER — Cadence Bank and State Bank Financial Corp. are announcing a merger in a deal that will mean about 100 branches serving Texas, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee and Mississippi.



REFUGIO, Texas — Joe Braman’s life changed forever last February as he stood in front of a large, gray and magnificent creature in South Africa. The Victoria Advocate reports the rhinoceros no longer had its trademark horns and was left barely breathing. Braman, a Refugio rancher and businessman, has partnered with a South African conservation alliance to help stop rhino poaching and bring back an animal population from the brink of extinction. Though he’s trained coonhounds to hunt animals such as bobcats, mountain lions and coyotes, Braman, with the help of retired K-9 handler and trainer Esequiel “Zeke” Ortiz, has trained 50 dogs to help hunt poachers. By Amber Aldaco, Victoria Advocate. SENT: 960 words, with photos.



ANAHEIM, Calif. — AL strikeouts leader Gerrit Cole makes his second career start in Angel Stadium when the Houston Astros (26-17) take on Los Angeles (25-16) and rookie Jaime Barria. The clubs are tied atop the AL West after the Angels’ win in the series opener. Cole grew up in Orange County and rooted on the Angels at almost every homestand with his parents, who had season tickets. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 9:07 p.m. CDT.


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