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

May 24, 2019 GMT

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 authorities are disputing accusations of withholding evidence in a heated exchange with lawmakers over why cellphone video of Sandra Bland’s 2015 traffic stop never publicly surfaced until now. Bland’s mother, Geneva Reed-Veal, attended the hearing Friday at the Texas Capitol. Her 28-year-old daughter was found hanging in a jail cell near Houston three days after being stopped for not signaling a lane change. The death was ruled a suicide. By Paul J. Weber. SENT: 200 words, with photo. Developing.




LITTLE ROCK, Ark. _ Gov. Asa Hutchinson has directed the Arkansas National Guard to send high-water rescue teams to the western part of the state in anticipation of what’s expected to be record flooding on the Arkansas River this weekend. The governor said Friday that he directed the Guard to send two, 13-member rescue teams to western Arkansas by Saturday morning. Hutchinson says the team will follow the floodwaters as they move to the southeast through the state. SENT: 300 words, with photos. Developing.





Here are the top paid CEOs by state for 2018, as calculated by The Associated Press and Equilar, an executive data firm. The survey considered only publicly traded companies with more than $1 billion in revenue that filed their proxy statements with federal regulators between Jan. 1 and April 30. Not every state has such a company headquartered there. The survey includes only CEOs who have been in place for at least two years, but it does not limit the survey to companies in the S&P 500, as the AP’s general compensation study does. That’s why it includes such CEOs as Tesla’s Elon Musk. Median pay for S&P 500 CEOs was $12 million last year. SENT: 560 words, with photos.



HUTCHINSON, Kan. _ Restored mission control consoles used by NASA to guide trips to the moon will soon be shipped from Kansas to the control room in Texas where they were used from the 1960s through the 1990s. The Hutchinson News reports that Cosmosphere’s SpaceWorks experts have restored 19 consoles in Hutchinson over the last month and a half. NASA picked up 10 of the consoles last year, and the remainder will be sent to Johnson Space Center in Houston on May 31. The consoles will be unveiled in June ahead of the 50-year anniversary celebration of Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the moon. SENT: 290 words.


CHICAGO _ Decades later, the crash of American Airlines Flight 191 moments after it took off from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport remains the deadliest aviation accident in U.S. history. The DC-10 was destined for Los Angeles when it lost one of its engines May 25, 1979, killing what investigators later determined were 273 people. The AP is republishing journal Marc Wilson’s original report to mark the 40th anniversary of the disaster. American is based in Fort Worth, Texas. UPCOMING: 1,290 words, photos.


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. _ The Starz drama “Vida” returns for its second season on Sunday with an even deeper exploration of an issue facing many U.S. Latino communities: gentrification. The show follows Emma and Lyn, played Mishel Prada and Melissa Barrera respectively, who have inherited from their late mother an East Los Angeles apartment building and a lesbian bar. Currently, tensions are high in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Boyle Heights, where anti-gentrification activists have participated in aggressive protests. Hispanic activists in Albuquerque’s South Valley and Houston’s Northside also are speaking out against gentrification efforts they say displaces poor Latinos. By Russell Contreras. SENT: 620 words, with photos.


_ HOUSTON BARGE COLLISION _ Texas health officials have lifted some advisories that warned against eating seafood from parts of two Houston-area bays following a maritime accident and toxic spill this month.

_ ZEBRA MUSSELS-TEXAS _ Experts say 15 Texas lakes have invasive zebra mussels and boaters are urged to clean, drain and dry watercraft after use.

_ DEADLY BRIDGE JUMP _ Authorities say a Texas driver and his passenger are dead after they tried to jump the ramps on a closed drawbridge in Louisiana and their vehicle crashed into the water.



IRVING, Texas _ Just look at the photos on Google or Instagram: The most recognized landmark in Irving is the Towers at Williams Square. The Dallas Morning News reports that’s the Las Colinas high-rise complex with the sculpture of wild mustangs out front. Any time of the day or night, you can find visitors taking Facebook photos or selfies on the stone plaza that surrounds the horses. Soon they’ll be romping through a park, not a field of granite, at the site about 10 miles northwest of downtown Dallas. By Steve Brown, The Dallas Morning News. SENT: 850 words, with photos. Moving on news, business & sports lines. Not for online use in the Dallas area.



HOUSTON _ Chris Sale start for the Red Sox as they try to win their third straight when they open a three-game series with the Houston Astros who will send Wade Miley to the mound. By Kristie Rieken. UPCOMING: 750 words, with photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m. CDT.


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