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MOVING ON Friday, May 17:
SANTA FE, Texas _ Santa Fe High School will observe a Day of Remembrance and Resilience on Friday, May 17, in commemoration of the May 18, 2018 mass shooting on campus. A candlelight vigil at Galveston County Fairgrounds will close the day. UPCOMING: Member coverage on merits, photos, video.
MOVING ON Sunday, May 19:
CHURCH SHOOTING-NEW SANCTUARY
SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas _ A South Texas church where a gunman in November 2017 opened fire and killed more than two dozen congregants begins a new chapter in worship this weekend. First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs on Sunday will unveil an updated sanctuary made possible through millions of dollars in donations and other worldwide support following the shootings blamed on a military veteran, who killed himself to end the horrific attack. By Clarice Silber. UPCOMING: 500 words, with photos.
HOUSTON _ A longtime Houston bakery that was swamped by Hurricane Harvey in 2017 has lost its decades-long Kosher certification amid financial struggles. The Houston Chronicle reports the Three Brothers Bakery was preparing to celebrate its 70th anniversary this month when the owners were informed of the certification being revoked. Janice and Bobby Jucker took out federal disaster loans following the August 2017 storm and faced payments due so the bakery stayed open, instead of the required closing during the eight days of Passover, in order to make money to pay the debts. UPCOMING: 350 words, pursuing photos.
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DALLAS _ A Dallas man previously arrested in the death of an 81-year-old woman has been charged with killing at least six other elderly women whose jewelry and other valuables he stole, authorities said Thursday. Kim Leach, a spokeswoman for the Dallas County district attorney’s office, said 46-year-old Billy Chemirmir was indicted Tuesday on six more counts of capital murder in the deaths of women ranging in age from 76 to 94. Chemirmir, a Kenyan citizen who was living in the U.S. illegally, also is charged in nearby Collin County with two counts of attempted capital murder for similar attacks there, according to county court records. By David Warren. SENT: 490 words. SENT on Thursday.
HOUSTON _ Houston police have finished their criminal investigation into a deadly January drug raid that killed a couple and injured five officers and have turned over their findings to prosecutors, the department’s police chief announced Wednesday. “As stated at the onset, we will leave no stone unturned in our effort to determine the facts. Today is a major step in that direction and we continue to be committed to a relentless pursuit of truth, transparency, and accountability,” said Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo. He declined to comment on the investigation’s findings. By Juan A. Lozano. SENT: 420 words. SENT on Wednesday.
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. SENT on Wednesday.
NEW ORLEANS _ A federal appeals court heard arguments Tuesday on whether Texas had the right to cut off Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood clinics in the state _ a case that could also determine funding for the organization in Louisiana and Mississippi and that eventually may end up before the Supreme Court. The case involves Texas’ move to cut off funding for Planned Parenthood clinics following the release by anti-abortion activists of graphic, secretly recorded videos in 2015. It’s unclear when the 5th Circuit in New Orleans will rule. By Kevin McGill. SENT: 740 words, with photo. SENT on Tuesday.
Teens who have obesity surgery lose as much weight as those who have the operation as adults and are more likely to have other health problems such as diabetes and high blood pressure go away, a study finds. The results suggest there’s a benefit from not waiting to address obesity. Researchers say longer study is still needed to know lifetime effects of this radical surgery and that it’s a personal decision whether and when to try it. The study was published Thursday by the New England Journal of Medicine and presented at the Combating Childhood Obesity conference in Houston. By Marilynn Marchione. SENT: 470 words, with photos. SENT on Thursday.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. _ NASA’s chief said Tuesday that the Trump administration’s proposed $1.6 billion budget boost is a “good start” for getting astronauts back on the moon within five years. Administrator Jim Bridenstine addressed employees a day after the White House introduced the budget amendment. Mission Control is at Johnson Space Center in Houston. By Marcia Dunn. SENT: 560 words, with photo. SENT on Tuesday.
DENTON, Texas _ John Wetteland is stunned by and innocent of charges accusing him of child sex abuse, said an attorney for the former All-Star and World Series MVP pitcher. Attorney Derek Adame commented Monday after Wetteland attended an arraignment hearing in Denton County. The Texas Rangers Hall of Famer is staying strong in the face of the charges accusing him of abusing a child for two years starting in 2004 when the alleged victim was 4 years old, Adame said. SENT: 370 words, with photo. SENT on Tuesday.
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MISSION, Texas _ Father Roy Snipes may have saved his small historic chapel, La Lomita, from being walled off from its parishioners along the banks of the Rio Grande. But he’s far from declaring victory. The Dallas Morning News reports noting the rising number of migrants turning themselves in at the border and approaching 2020 elections, Snipes confesses a deep worry. At home, he seeks solace from his “guardian angels” _ three rescue dogs _ and peace by taking his boat on the Rio Grande. At church, the priest urges his parishioners to stand firm and defend their community and church, which receives support and monies from across the country, including the Catholic Diocese in Dallas. By Alfredo Corchado, The Dallas Morning News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1,950 words, with photos. Not for online use in the Dallas area.
HOUSTON _ Fluorescent lights beam down upon a group of 12 girls. The Houston Chronicle reports they stand in a circle inside the gray walls of the Harris County Juvenile Detention Center. Their eyes follow along as each girl says her name and describes how she is feeling, accompanied by a pose or gesture. Jessica whose full name is not being used, is feeling confident and juts her hip to the side and puts her hands on them. Brittney, feeling energetic, draws an invisible arch in the air with fingers spread in jazz hands. Throughout the next hour, Lizzie’s face gradually softens as she focuses on learning a hip-hop dance demonstrated by Houston Ballet instructors Jennifer Sommers and Lauren Anderson. By Massarah Mikati, Houston Chronicle. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1,570 words, with photos.
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WACO, Texas _ Rain gardens are becoming better known across the country for their downstream benefits of reducing flooding and river pollution. But the teenagers who built one at Live Oak Classical School have found it can also be a cure for senioritis. The Waco Tribune-Herald reports since February, a dozen seniors have been working on a stormwater mitigation project at the private school, which sprawls over several downtown blocks. Using a $5,000 grant, they are creating a crushed granite walkway leading to the cafeteria building on North Fourth Street and diverting stormwater from the roof that has long made for a soggy walk to lunch. By J.B. Smith, Waco Tribune-Herald. SENT IN ADVANCE: 730 words, with photos.
KERRVILLE, Texas _ Jason Scull fell into the art scene by accident. The Kerrville Daily Times reports a friend was in town, so Scull took him to the Cowboy Artists of America Museum, which is now the Museum of Western Art. While perusing the library, Scull got into a conversation with one of the workers about adult art programs. A few months later, he found himself in an introduction to sculpting class, hosted by the museum. By Jenna Carpenter, The Kerrville Daily Times. SENT IN ADVANCE: 640 words, with photo.
^The AP, Dallas