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April 4, 2019

Here is the list of enterprise stories in Texas. If you have questions, please call Texas News Editor Kim Johnson at 972-991-2100 or, in Texas, 800-442-7189.

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MOVING ON Saturday, April 6:


GALVESTON, Texas _ Developers plan to turn a former railroad freight depot in Southeast Texas into an interactive museum focusing on a 1900 hurricane that killed thousands of people and devastated part of the Gulf coast. The Galveston County Daily News reports information presented at the landmark former depot in Galveston will also show how the city recovered and efforts that led to building a massive seawall that still stands. UPCOMING: 350 words, pursuing photos.

MOVING ON Sunday, April 7:


AUSTIN, Texas _Texas lawmakers are considering whether to expand DNA laws and allow samples to be taken from more defendants in criminal investigations. The Austin American-Statesman reports current Texas law only requires DNA to be collected from people indicted for certain felony offenses. A bill filed by state Rep. Reggie Smith, R-Van Alstyne, would expand DNA collection practices to require swabs be taken from more felony offenders. The plan would also call for DNA samples to be taken at the time of arrest, in an effort to help law officers solve more cases. UPCOMING: 350 words, pursuing photos.




HOUSTON _ Prosecutors said Wednesday they are dropping a murder charge against a former deputy who had been accused, along with her husband, in the strangulation death of a man they confronted outside a Houston-area restaurant. The Harris County District Attorney’s Office said that after reviewing all the evidence in the case, prosecutors could not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Chauna Thompson had committed a crime. Chauna Thompson and her husband, Terry, were both indicted for murder in the May 2017 death of John Hernandez. Her trial was set to begin April 26. By Juan A. Lozano. SENT: 560 words. SENT on Wednesday.


WASHINGTON _ Barbara Bush didn’t bite her tongue in recent years when it came to Donald Trump: She just didn’t like him. But a new biography of the former first lady, who died last year in Houston, finds that her disdain for the Republican president, who transformed the party her own family had embodied for generations into his likeness, dates as least as far back as a 1990s diary entry. She referred to Trump in the entry as “the real symbol of greed in the 80s.” By Darlene Superville. SENT: 490 words, with photos. SENT on Monday.


NEW YORK _ Fifty years and five books since he left the newspaper business, Robert Caro gets a familiar feeling every time he hunts down a document, makes an extra phone call or asks just one last question. “I still think of myself as a reporter,” says Caro, the former investigative journalist for Newsday known to millions for his Robert Moses biography, “The Power Broker,” and his four books on former President Lyndon B. Johnson. Caro’s most recent Johnson biography, “The Passage of Power,” came out in 2012, and the next remains ever in progress. Fans eager to hear from him _ to hear anything from him _ now have “Working.” By HILLEL ITALIE. SENT: 1,060 words, with photo. SENT on Wednesday.


Hundreds of ads on Facebook promised U.S. homeowners that they were eligible for huge state tax breaks if they installed new solar-energy panels. There was just one catch: None of it was true. The scam ads used photos of nearly every U.S. governor — and sometimes President Donald Trump — to claim that with new, lucrative tax incentives, people might actually make money by installing solar technology on their homes. Facebook users only needed to enter their addresses, email, utility information and phone number to find out more. Those incentives don’t exist. Facebook yanked ads featuring images of governors in Texas, Illinois, Colorado, Arizona, South Carolina and other states. By Amanda Seitz and Mae Anderson. SENT: 890 words, with photos. SENT on Tuesday.


FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. _ Arizona Native American tribes on the hunt for animal hides, antlers, teeth and other parts for cultural and religious use have a unique new resource: the state’s wildlife agency. A new program allows Arizona’s nearly two dozen tribes to make requests to the state Game and Fish Department for animals that have died from poaching or natural causes, or after being hit by a vehicle. Agency game managers, researchers and other employees then keep an eye out for the carcasses. The plan is to allow tribes in a broader area _ including parts of Texas and Oklahoma _ to draw from the repository if Arizona tribes don’t need what’s there. By Felicia Fonseca. SENT: 740 words, with photos. SENT on Monday.


Ask Elizabeth Stuart Design founder Muffie Faith about how to decorate around a backyard pool and she’ll answer you with a question of her own: How are you going to use it? And do you love to garden and want the pool in a lush setting or do you hate to garden and prefer hardscape and beautiful pots with less maintenance? Taking your time with questions like these, Faith says, “will help you to design your area around the pool, which I would say is almost as critical as the pool design itself.” Designers Jade Joyner, co-founder of Metal+Petal design in Athens, Georgia, and Abbe Fenimore, founder of Studio Ten 25 in Dallas, agree. By Melissa Rayworth. SENT: 960 words, with photos. SENT on Wednesday.


DETROIT _ Kibbles for Fido? Nope. These days he’s getting diced chicken with sweet potatoes and spinach. U.S. pet owners are increasingly feeding fresh food to their dogs and cats. Some order pre-proportioned meals of meat and vegetables or frozen raw meat online. Others find them at big retailers like Arkansas-based Walmart. Later this spring, Petco and its partner, California-based JustFoodForDogs, will open a kitchen at its flagship store in New York. Jesse, a pit bull lab mix from Austin, Texas, suffered from diarrhea, vomiting and itchy skin for most of her seven years. NomNomNow developed a specialized diet for Jesse and sends her recipes. The dog’s health has improved. By Dee-Ann Durbin. SENT: 970 words, with photos, video. SENT on Wednesday.



FOR USE Sunday, April 7, and thereafter:


HUNTSVILLE, Texas _ Laverne Gambrell bent over the giant blue container of plastics left for recycling, plucked a bottle, gave it a shake and heard the tell-tale slosh. The Houston Chronicle reports with a quick, effortless untwisting motion, he unscrewed the cap, dumped the contents, in this case protein powder, and tossed the empty bottle into the baling machine. Gambrell, who’s an ordained minister, repeats this task, day-in and day-out and with a sense of purpose as a worker at the city of Huntsville recycling drop-off center. By Andrea Leinfelder, Houston Chronicle. Moving on news & business lines. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1,570 words, with photos.


CANTON, Texas _ The sun is going down and cars are trickling into the driveway of the Van Zandt County Library. The Tyler Morning Telegraph reports the library closed its doors 15 minutes ago, but the Wi-Fi connection is still on. In a white sedan, a woman has parked and unbuckled her seatbelt. She sits cross-legged in the driver’s seat leaning over her laptop that’s perched on the center console. The screen glows through the tinted windows. Across East Texas, small-town librarians say this is a common scene in their parking lots at night, as residents without broadband connections at home come to do work, access their email on their phone and browse social media. By Erin Mansfield, Tyler Morning Telegraph. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1,010 words, with photos. Moving on news & business lines.


TEXARKANA, Ark. _ With the Texarkana Regional Airport now possessing a historic Cold War site, of which there are only seven still existing in the country, some recognition may be in order. At least that’s the verdict of at least two Texarkana, Ark., city officials during a recent Airport Authority Board meeting. Arkansas-side City Planner Mary Beck and Assistant City Planner Kayla Flovin approached the board about the possibility of placing the airport’s former Air Force radar dome on the National Register of Historic Places. By Greg Bischof, Texarkana Gazette. SENT IN ADVANCE: 580 words. With photo.


FOR USE Monday, April 8, and thereafter:


CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas _ Dori Contreras was living in Houston and working as an accountant when she decided to make a life change and go to law school. The Corpus Christi Caller-Times reports she was married and had two daughters at the time, and couldn’t afford to quit her job. So she kept working, all while attending part-time night classes at the University of Houston Law Center. That continued for a year and a half, until she got to go to the school full time. Eventually Contreras graduated and had been practicing law for about five years when she decided to run for judge. By Eleanor Dearman, Corpus Christi Caller-Times. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1,330 words, with photos.


GALVESTON, Texas _ When Stephen Curley first arrived at Texas A&M at Galveston, the Pelican Island campus consisted of two buildings _ one that housed all the administrative offices and classrooms, the other a windowless engineering machine shop. The Galveston County Daily News reports Curley, the school’s regents professor of English, was 26 years old and that was 46 years ago. Now, Texas A&M University at Galveston enrolls about 2,600 students a year in a wide range of undergraduate and graduate studies and is one of the select places to study all things sea-related. On April 17, the university will honor Curley with a retirement reception. By Kathryn Eastburn, The Galveston County Daily News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 700 words, with photo.

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