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MOVING ON Friday, Sept. 21:
DALLAS — Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke on Friday night square off for the first of three debates in a Senate race that long looked like a cakewalk for the incumbent but could be closer than expected. The forum will be held in Dallas. By Will Weissert. UPCOMING: 700 words, with photos.
MOVING ON Saturday, Sept. 22:
A Louisiana university is considering moving a greenhouse to make room for the state champion Montezuma cypress. The University of Louisiana at Lafayette already has torn out four concrete parking spaces and is working on plans to create a deck with seating around the big tree. The species is native to Mexico and Guatemala, and is also found in south Texas and New Mexico. Nobody’s really sure how this one came to be planted in Lafayette. It’s now 60 feet tall and 16 feet around. By Janet McConnaughey. UPCOMING: About 450 words.
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BORDER AGENT ARRESTED-SUSPECT
LAREDO, Texas — Juan David Ortiz appeared to be living a typical suburban life in a subdivision where rows of new homes stand next to fields of desert brush. The Navy veteran left the military nine years ago and became a Border Patrol agent, like many others in Laredo, a city in deep south Texas. He and his wife were raising two children. Neighbors saw him come and go and exchanged waves. But no one in Laredo could have imagined that Ortiz would someday be described as a serial killer. The 35-year-old is now charged with murder in the killings of four women who prosecutors say were sex workers. They were shot in the head and left on rural Texas roadsides. Ortiz is jailed on $2.5 million bond and on suicide watch. By Susan Montoya Bryan. SENT: 750 words, with photos. SENT on Thursday.
BORDER AGENT ARRESTED-HIRING
HOUSTON — The arrest of a Border Patrol supervisor on allegations that he killed four women in South Texas calls new attention to the agency’s problems keeping rogue officers off its force as it faces intense pressure to hire thousands more agents. Juan David Ortiz, who worked in the agency’s Laredo sector, is accused of targeting women believed to be prostitutes in what prosecutors say is the work of a serial killer. The Border Patrol and prosecutors portrayed Ortiz as an outlier who is not representative of the thousands of employees working for the agency around the country. By Nomaan Merchant. SENT: 800 words, with photos, video. SENT on Tuesday.
Twice in less than a year, the federal government has lost track of nearly 1,500 migrant children after placing them in the homes of sponsors across the country, federal officials have acknowledged. The Health and Human Services Department recently told Senate staffers that case managers could not find 1,488 children after they made follow-up calls to check on their safety from April through June. That number represents about 13 percent of all unaccompanied children the administration moved out of shelters and foster homes during that time. By Garance Burke. SENT: 720 words, photos. SENT on Wednesday.
MEXICO BORDER WALL-IMAGES
NEWARK, Ohio — The U.S. border wall with Mexico is frequently in the news, but few people have a chance to visit it up close, or to see details of the various sections. Kenneth Madsen, an Ohio State University geography professor and border wall expert, hopes his new photo exhibit will help bring the border closer to people at a time of heated discussion about the role of the wall, and of barriers in society overall. “Up Close with U.S.-Mexico Border Barriers” opened Wednesday at the LeFevre Art Gallery on the Ohio State campus in Newark. The free exhibit of 33 poster-sized pictures features border wall photos and maps. By Andrew Welsh-Huggins. SENT: 610 words, with photos. SENT on Tuesday.
DALLAS — Houston officials will spend up to $1.4 million to purchase ballistic vests for firefighters as they join a growing number of cities buying the vests to better protect firefighters who are more often encountering active-shooter or other deadly situations. Houston Fire Chief Sam Pena said in a statement Wednesday that, “We must now also consider protection against violent acts.” Houston joins a growing number of fire departments — Boston, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh among them — that have purchased the vests. John Montes with the National Fire Protection Association says firefighters and paramedics in many cases no longer wait for police to defuse a deadly situation before entering. By David Warren. SENT: 560 words. SENT on Wednesday.
ORLANDO, Fla. — SeaWorld and two former executives on Tuesday agreed to pay more than $5 million to settle federal fraud claims that they misled investors about the negative impact the 2013 documentary “Blackfish” had on business. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filed the complaint in New York as well as the proposed settlements, subject to court approval. The SEC’s complaint alleged SeaWorld, which has parks in San Antonio, and ex-CEO James Atchison made misleading and false statements or omissions in SEC filings, earnings releases and calls about the documentary’s impact on the company’s reputation and business from December 2013 to August 2014. By Mike Schneider. SENT: 330 words. SENT on Tuesday.
DEADLY ROSE DISEASE
NEW ORLEANS — An incurable rose disease once hailed as a possible way to eradicate an invasive plant is causing major damage to the nation’s $250-million-a-year rose business. Dr. David Byrne of Texas A&M University is leading a $4.6 million multistate project to study the virus and the wind-blown mite that spreads it, and to find roses that aren’t susceptible. He says one rose producer spent $1 million getting rid of rose rosette disease, and some smaller nurseries have had to destroy 10,000 plants. The virus has been found in at least 30 states. In Texas, the Fort Worth Botanic Garden removed 2,000 plants. The virus recently spread in northwest Louisiana. By Janet McConnaughey. SENT: 760 words, with photos. SENT on Wednesday.
Anyone who imagines that modernist houses across the United States are a homogeneous collection of sleek glass boxes may want to look again. At its best, modernism has always meant to commune with the landscape and reflect the lifestyle of each homeowner. So modernist homes in the United States have tended to reflect regional differences, say the authors of new books on the movement. In “Texas Made/Texas Modern: the House and the Land” (The Monicelli Press, October 2018, photos by Casey Dunn), author Helen Thompson shows how architects in Dallas, for example, adapted European modernism to the topography, climate and culture of Texas. By Katherine Roth. SENT: 740 words, with photos. SENT on Tuesday.
BOSTON — It’s an expansive and quintessentially Kennedy photo album. Here’s a young, shirtless JFK, baring six-pack abs and smirking poolside while striking an un-presidential pose. There’s Rose Fitzgerald not-yet-Kennedy in her Sunday best, long before she’d become the family matriarch and trade girlhood grins for imperious stares. There’s little Teddy Kennedy on the playground, sporting skinned knees. The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum has completed an 18-month project to catalog and digitize more than 1,700 vintage family snapshots, and they’re now all viewable online. JFK was assassinated in Dallas in November 1963. By William J. Kole. SENT: 530 words, with photos. SENT on Monday.
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FOR USE Sunday, Sept. 23 and thereafter:
EXCHANGE-AUSTIN BOMBINGS-LAW ENFORCEMENT
AUSTIN, Texas — During the three weeks of bombings in Austin, more than 300 law enforcement officers from around the country worked on the investigation. The Austin American-Statesman and KVUE-TV report that all along, the SWAT team, which specializes in hostage negotiations and taking high-risk suspects into custody, faced the possible task of arresting the bomber once detectives figured out who and where he was. His name was Mark Conditt. By Tony Plohetski, Austin American-Statesman, and KVUE-TV. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1,560 words, pursuing photos.
McALLEN, Texas — As Sister Norma Pimentel’s profile continues to explode, and a day after receiving a national award halfway across the country, she surprisingly received a $27,000 donation from the Jewish community for her work assisting immigrants. The Monitor reports Pimentel has become well-known for helping immigrant families, and under President Donald Trump, immigration along the United States-Mexico border has been a focus. By Mitchell Ferman, The Monitor. SENT IN ADVANCE: 440 words, pursuing photos.
OKLAHOMA CITY — As football stadiums and other sports venues have expanded their food offerings, Amundsen Commercial Kitchens has seen its business grow to keep up with demand. The company, which sells restaurant-grade kitchen equipment including refrigeration units and large ovens and grills, owns two buildings in Oklahoma City and is looking to open a permanent space in the Dallas metro. Amundsen’s stadium kitchen work started in 2002 when the city of Oklahoma City built Chesapeake Energy Arena. By Molly M. Fleming, Journal Record. SENT IN ADVANCE: 735 words.
FOR USE Monday, Sept. 24 and thereafter:
HOUSTON — Most Houstonians associate the stretch of San Felipe between River Oaks and the Memorial area with the ritzy mansions, restaurants and shopping centers that line this prosperous thoroughfare often used as an alternate east-west route when traffic clogs Westheimer and Interstate 10. What many Houstonians don’t realize, however, is that the full extent of the path taken by this street represents one of the earliest thoroughfares that connected the state’s most famous colony — San Felipe de Austin, near present-day Sealy — and the port city of Harrisburg (precursor to the city of Houston). The Houston Chronicle reports the eastern movement of cotton and the westward immigration of German immigrants along the San Felipe Trail would eventually lay the foundation for the two predominant styles of Texas barbecue. By J.C. Reid, Houston Chronicle. SENT IN ADVANCE: 640 words, with photos.
WACO, Texas — An asteroid was named after a Midway Independent School District student after his success at the 2018 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair this summer. The Waco Tribune-Herald reports Midway junior Remi Labeille came up with a science project idea far more advanced than your average volcano fueled by baking soda reacting with vinegar. “I thought of an idea of increasing biofuel in algae,” Labeille said. His project could have a real-world impact in developing countries. By Lauren Dodd, Waco Tribune-Herald. SENT IN ADVANCE: 430 words, with photo.
TULSA, Okla. — In the future, Bob Wills will have a presence on both sides of Tulsa’s Main Street. The Tulsa World reports that groundbreaking is expected to occur this fall for the Oklahoma Museum of Popular Culture (OKPOP), which will be across the street from Cain’s Ballroom. Thousands of Wills-related items will be on display because a Texas filmmaker donated one of the world’s largest Wills collections to OKPOP. Wills transformed Cain’s Ballroom decades ago into the Carnegie Hall of Western swing. By Jimmie Tramel, Tulsa World. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1576 words, with photos.
The AP, Dallas