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AP-TX--Texas News Digest 12 am, TX

October 12, 2018

Good morning! 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. Jamie Stengle is at the desk after 5:30 a.m.

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NEW YORK — A government witness at a college basketball corruption trial has testified that he made a secret $40,000 payment to the inner circle of a North Carolina State recruit through an assistant coach at the school. Testifying in federal court in Manhattan, self-described recruitment facilitator Thomas “T.J.” Gassnola told a jury he delivered the money in cash to the coach, Orlando Early, on a trip to Raleigh, North Carolina, in 2015. He said the coach told him he was going to give it to a personal trainer for highly touted point guard Dennis Smith Jr. as a way to get it to Smith’s family. Smith now plays for the Dallas Mavericks. By Tom Hays. SENT: 550 words. Moved on general, financial and sports news services.



Over the course of 12 months, the U.S. Army discharged more than 500 immigrant enlistees who were recruited across the globe for their language or medical skills and promised a fast track to citizenship in exchange for their service, The Associated Press has found. The decade-old Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest recruiting program was put on hold in 2016 amid concerns that immigrant recruits were not being screened sufficiently. The Army began booting out those enlistees last year without explanation. The AP has interviewed more than a dozen recruits from countries such as Brazil, Pakistan, Iran, China and Mongolia who all said they were devastated by their unexpected discharges or canceled contracts. “It’s just like you’re dropped from heaven to hell,” Panshu Zhao said earlier this summer after learning he was getting kicked out. The Chinese immigrant is a Ph.D. student at Texas A&M. By Martha Mendoza and Garance Burke. SENT: 830 words, photos. Moved on general and political news services.



AUSTIN, Texas — Democratic Congressman Beto O’Rourke of Texas, who is running against Republican Sen. Ted Cruz for a Senate seat, has not been charged with federal campaign finance violations as suggested in claims circulating online. The claims stem from a letter the Federal Election Commission sent the O’Rourke campaign, dated Sept. 30 , that identified potentially “excessive, prohibited and impermissible” contributions from supporters. O’Rourke raised nearly $24 million through the first half of 2018 in his challenge against Cruz, defying expectations and making the Senate race one of the most expensive of the midterm elections. By Paul J. Weber. SENT: 340 words, photos.



JUNCTION, Texas — Search crews are looking for a fourth day for four people missing since a West Texas recreational vehicle park was overrun by raging floodwaters. SENT: 130 words, photos.


NEW YORK — As Walmart, AT&T and Disney join stalwarts such as Netflix in streaming video and creating original shows, a reality sets in: Not all will survive. Over the past week, Walmart announced plans to partner with MGM Studios on original shows for Walmart’s video-on-demand service, Vudu, while AT&T’s WarnerMedia said it would create its own streaming service centered on HBO and Turner properties. Disney, meanwhile, is buying Fox’s entertainment businesses to beef up its planned streaming service, set to debut next year. Add to that some existing, but little-known services, such as Filmstruck, Sundance Now, Mubi and others that offer older movies or niche offerings to subscribers. By Technology Writer Mae Anderson. SENT: 550 words, photos. Moved on general, financial, entertainment, lifestyle and technology news services.


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Environmentalists are challenging a court ruling over whether water from the Rio Grande is being used in the most beneficial way as it flows through New Mexico’s most populated region. They say the state’s top water manager needs to do more to reduce use by farmers in the Middle Rio Grande Valley, but irrigation officials say they’re already doing the best they can as years of drought and meager snowpack have strained resources. By Susan Montoya Bryan. SENT: 500 words.


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