WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump is heading to the Lone Star State. Trump will be headlining a campaign rally in Dallas Thursday evening after holding a fundraiser in Fort Worth and touring a new Louis Vuitton leather workshop nearby. Texas is a Republican stronghold and a GOP candidate can’t win the White House without its 38 electoral college votes. Trump carried the state by 9 points in 2016, but Democrats have pointed to demographic trends as well as the fact that Republican Sen. Ted Cruz won reelection by just over 2 points last year as evidence the second most populous state in the nation could soon be in play. On Tuesday, Trump’s campaign held a preview event in San Antonio featuring the president’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr.
FORT WORTH (AP) – The killing of a black woman in her home by a white Fort Worth officer has shattered the trust police have been trying to build with communities of color. The Texas city has long had complaints of unjustified shootings and racially unequal policing. Experts warn that Atatiana Jefferson’s death could set off a vicious circle: The mistrust leads community members to stop reporting crimes and cooperating with officers. That, in turn, makes the police less effective and produces more mistrust. Yashunn Hale says he is less likely to dial 911 since the deadly shooting over the weekend. He says he’s not scared of the police, but “you just don’t know who you’re going to catch on the wrong day.”
SAN ANTONIO (AP) – Federal prosecutors say a sporting goods retailer violated the law by selling an AR-15-style rifle and large capacity magazine to a man who used them to kill more than two dozen worshippers at a Texas church. The Department of Justice said Tuesday in a San Antonio court fling that Devin Kelley presented a Colorado driver’s license at an Academy Sports + Outdoors store in Texas to buy the rifle and ammunition. Prosecutors say federal law requires Academy to comply with Colorado statutes that would have prohibited the sale. Academy declined comment Thursday. Prosecutors want to add Academy as a responsible third party in an ongoing lawsuit. Kelley fired at least 450 rounds in the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs in November 2017. Authorities say he shot himself to death.
DALLAS (AP) — Southwest Airlines has again pushed back the return of its Boeing 737 Max jets as Boeing tries to fix the aircraft following two deadly crashes. Southwest said Thursday that it will keep its Max out of its schedule until Feb. 8, about a month longer than previously planned. The airline says it’s monitoring information from Boeing and the Federal Aviation Administration about software improvements and pilot-training requirements that will be part of returning the plane to flight. Without the planes, Southwest says it will cancel about 175 flights each weekday. Southwest had 34 MAX planes when they were grounded in March and had expected more to be delivered this year. American and United have taken their Maxes out of the schedule until at least January.