Tuesday, August 19, 2014
The Hearst News Service will file or has filed these news and feature stories for Wednesday. If you have questions, please call Dan Freedman or David McCumber at 202-263-6400. After 8 p.m. EDT, call Dan Freedman at 240-461-5405.
NATIONAL ("a'' category)
PERRY-CASE (Austin, Texas) — Gov. Rick Perry might be booked Tuesday on felony charges that he abused his power by trying to force Democratic Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg out of office after a messy drunken driving arrest. His defense lawyers have signaled he'll play up his appearance and one group is planning a rally in his support. Meanwhile, Perry plans to keep up a busy travel schedule including Washington and New Hampshire appearances, and Democrats are questioning the use of taxpayer money for his defense. By PEGGY FIKAC.
VESTS (Houston) — Citing a decline in federal grant funding, Harris County is putting together money to buy hundreds of bulletproof vests for its nine law enforcement agencies, where many officers are wearing damaged or outdated protective body armor — or none at all. By KIAH COLLIER.
UH-TEXTS (Houston) — In a lengthy exchange of text messages with state Sen. John Whitmire last weekend, University of Houston Chancellor and President Renu Khator went from defending a plan to require freshmen to live on campus to telling Whitmire she had killed the idea. By BENJAMIN WERMUND.
BARAJAS (Angleton, Texas) — The family of David Barajas brought life-size images of his sons, killed by a drunken driver, to the steps of the Brazoria County courthouse. They wore homemade buttons and T-shirts with images of the boys, whose father now stands accused of gunning down the man who struck and killed them. The cardboard images weren't allowed in the courthouse and the judge ordered the buttons removed. He said the buttons would be an unfair influence to the jurors. Even before the murder trial began, the emotions were obvious — two families struggling with pain and the death of a loved one. The families of David Barajas and the drunken man he is accused of killing — Jose Banda — filled the courtroom, some likely seated together. By ANITA HASSAN.
BADEN (Albany, N.Y.) — Dr. Michael Baden, who performed an autopsy on the victim of a police shooting in Ferguson, Mo., is a New Yorker who spent much of his career as the head of the State Police forensics unit. Baden has been a national figure for at least two decades — thanks primarily to his role as a defense expert in the O.J. Simpson murder trial. By CASEY SEILER.
REDISTRICTING (Albany, N.Y.) — Good-government groups find themselves divided over the fall ballot proposal that would amend the redistricting process. On Tuesday, opponents announced a lawsuit challenging the language of the ballot amendment that will be put before voters. Supporters of the change held a teleconference boosting it as major progress on the issue. By CASEY SEILER.
WOMEN-PAY (Undated) — Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., will join the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women in sharing experiences regarding the gender pay gap and unequal economic opportunities for women, and discussing legislative efforts to end the outdated inequity. Blumenthal will urge passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act of 2014, which has support from a majority of senators. By BILL CUMMINGS.
HEART-RATES (Undated) —The rates of U.S. hospitalizations and deaths from heart disease and stroke patients dropped significantly in the last decade, more so than for any other condition. By AMANDA CUDA.
BUSINESS/FINANCIAL NEWS ("f'' category)
ARMY-HELICOPTER (Washington) — The Army has selected two industry teams to compete for a lucrative contract to build the service's next-generation helicopter. Sikorsky Aircraft of Stratford, Conn., is on one team and Bell Helicopters, whose main production plant is in Fort Worth, is on the other. The Army plans to use the two prototypes as part of its evaluation of a wider helicopter replacement program known as Future Vertical Lift that the Pentagon estimates could cost $100 billion. By DAN FREEDMAN.
OIL-SPILL-LIABILITY (Washington) — The Coast Guard is seeking to boost liability limits for spills from oil tankers, deepwater ports and other vessels. The administrative move —- which would amount to an 8.2 percent increase for offshore facilities and a 15.6 percent boost for those onshore — is designed to make sure the liability caps keep up with inflation. By JENNIFER A. DLOUHY.
QUEBEC (Albany, N.Y.) — A fiery train crash of a crude oil train in Quebec that killed 47 people last summer was caused by a cascade of 18 separate causes and factors, according to a report by Canadian regulators. By BRIAN NEARING.
ENTERTAINMENT ("e'' category)
MOVIEREVIEW-FRANK (Undated) — Review of "Frank," comedy starring Michael Fassbender, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Domnhall Gleeson. Directed by Lenny Abrahamson. (Not Rated. 94 minutes) 3 STARS OUT OF 4 STARS. By THOMAS LEE. (Already filed)
MOVIEREVIEW-ONE (Undated) — Review of "The One I Love," sci-fi romantic comedy starring Mark Duplass and Elizabeth Moss. Directed by Charlie McDowell. (R. 91 minutes.) By MICK LaSALLE. (Already filed)
MOVEREVIEW-RICH (Undated) — Review of "Rich Hill," documentary directed by Tracy Droz Tragos and Andrew Droz Palermo. (Not rated. 91 minutes.) 3 STARS OUT OF 4 STARS. By DAVID LEWIS. (Already filed)
MOVIEREVIEW-LIFE (Undated) — Review of "Life After Beth," horror comedy written and directed by Jeff Baena. With Aubrey Plaza, Dane DeHaan, John C. Reilly, Molly Shannon, Paul Reiser, Anna Kendrick. (Not rated, 89 minutes.) 2 1/2 STARS OUT OF 4 STARS. By WALTER ADDIEGO. (Already filed)
MOVIEREVIEW-TAKEI (Undated) — Review of "To Be Takei," documentary directed by Jennifer Kroot and Bill Weber. With George Takei. (Not rated. 93 minutes.) 3 STARS OUT OF 4 STARS. By DAVID LEWIS. (Already filed)