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BC-TX--Texas Enterprise Digest,ADVISORY, TX

August 3, 2018

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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MEMBER STORIES:

MOVING on Saturday, Aug. 4:

SOUTHERN INTERSTATE

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Supporters of a new interstate that would connect communities in five southern states say it would reduce poverty and improve the lives of residents along the route. The proposed Interstate 14 would run from west Texas across Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and into Georgia. In Georgia, it would connect Columbus with Macon and Augusta. Information from The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. UPCOMING: 400 words.

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HARVEY-FLOOD INSURANCE

KATY, Texas — Houston suffered the brunt of Hurricane Harvey when it pummeled Texas last August. Harvey dumped nearly 50 inches of rain on parts of the flood-prone city. The storm killed nearly 70 people, damaged more than 300,000 structures and caused an estimated $125 billion in damage. Harris County Judge Ed Emmett, the top elected county official, says more than 100,000 flooded homes in Harris County didn’t have flood insurance. According to FEMA, 80 percent of households affected by Harvey weren’t covered for floods. An Associated Press analysis found fewer than one in five properties in high-risk flood zones had coverage. By Juan A. Lozano and Meghan Hoyer. SENT: 860 words, with photos. SENT on Monday.

EPA-HARVEY-AIR QUALITY

WASHINGTON — An internal watchdog at the Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday it will review whether federal and state officials kept the public appropriately informed last year about potential air quality threats after Hurricane Harvey ravaged southeastern Texas. The office of EPA Inspector General Arthur Elkins issued notice of the audit, which will scrutinize the agency’s response following several high-profile accidents and spills following the August 2017 storm and the resulting flooding in the Houston metro area. By Michael Biesecker. SENT: 410 words, with photo. SENT on Thursday.

DEAD ZONE-GULF OF MEXICO

NEW ORLEANS — This year’s Gulf of Mexico “dead zone” is surprisingly small, but the oxygen-depleted water rose higher toward the surface than usual, scientists said Tuesday. Dead zones are areas in which water at and above the sea floor holds too little oxygen to support marine life. This dead zone is the fourth-smallest ever measured in Louisiana, and is only about 40 percent the average size predicted earlier this year based on nitrogen and other nutrients flowing down the Mississippi River. The dead zone often stretches into Texas waters and occasionally reaches east of the Mississippi. By Janet McConnaughey. SENT: 470 words, with photo. SENT on Tuesday.

DEMOCRATS-CORPORATE MONEY

WASHINGTON — When an audience member at a town hall asked California Sen. Kamala Harris to reject corporate donations, her answer was decidedly non-committal. “Well, that depends,” she said. “Wrong answer,” the questioner responded. She later reversed and no longer accepts checks from corporate political action committees. Opposition to corporate PACs has developed as Democrats aim to tap into the anti-establishment sentiment that President Donald Trump successfully harnessed in 2016. When Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., started the “NO PAC Caucus” in July 2017, only two members joined his cause — including Rep. Beto O’Rourke, who’s now challenging Sen. Ted Cruz in Texas. By Lisa Lerer. SENT: 1,120 words, with photo. SENT on Thursday.

AP POLL-YOUNG AMERICANS

WASHINGTON — Young people are looking for a change this election season — a generational change. A poll by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and MTV found that most Americans ages 15 to 34 think voting in the midterm elections gives their generation some say about how the government is run, and 79 percent of this group say leaders from their generation would do a better job running the country. By Laurie Kellman and Hannah Fingerhut. SENT: 860 words, with photo. SENT on Monday.

MICHAEL GRACZYK-RETIREMENT

HOUSTON — Associated Press journalist Michael Graczyk of Houston, who witnessed and chronicled more than 400 executions as a criminal justice reporter in Texas, retired Tuesday after nearly 46 years with the news service. Graczyk, 68, may have observed more executions than any other person in the United States since the Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976. Millions of readers in Texas and beyond relied on his coverage of capital punishment in America’s most active death penalty state. By Nomaan Merchant. SENT: 690 words, with photos. SENT on Monday.

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WEEKEND MEMBER EXCHANGES:

FOR USE Sunday, Aug. 5 and thereafter:

EXCHANGE-GALVESTON FAMILY-FAITH

GALVESTON, Texas — Keith, Karla, Kemuel, Keturah, Kenan, Kilion, Keziah, Kishon, Kelaiah, Koa, Kaleb, Kamron, Kendra and Kyla White. This family of 14 has created a little legacy in Galveston. The Galveston County Daily News reports Keith and Karla White moved to Galveston to start a life of ministry in Keith’s hometown in 2003. Fifteen years later, they have 12 children spreading the word of God along with them. By Kelsey Walling, The Galveston County Daily News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 710 words, with photos.

EXCHANGE-GRACE MUSEUM (NOTE: exhibit through Aug. 11. Also send to New Mexico)

ABILENE, Texas — “Do not touch.” Aw, but you want to. You really want to. The Abilene Reporter-News reports the “Art + Science = Wonder” exhibition at The Grace Museum draws in viewers to the point that fingers inch closer, and closer, and closer ... Any second, though, rapper MC Hammer is likely to jump out with this friendly reminder: “U Can’t Touch This.” A greatly visual and highly irresistible exhibition pairs artists Rusty Scruby and Shawn Smith, whose styles vary but objectives are similar, downstairs. On the second floor, the intriguing work of Conan Chadbourne and Paul Sokal are found. By Greg Jaklewicz, Abilene Reporter-News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 820 words, with photos.

EXCHANGE-FRACKING SAND

DODDRIDGE, Ark. — Mining 61.8 million tons of sand from the Red River near Doddridge for hydraulic fracturing in Texas and Louisiana will not require explosives, an official said. “Unlike sand-mining operations in other states throughout the country, there will be no blasting techniques used in the company’s mining program,” said Ryan McMaster, sales and business director for Performance Proppants, the company mining the sand. The sand deposit in Doddridge allows Performance Proppants to produce the coarser mesh product its customers seek, McMaster said. By Jim Williamson, The Texarkana Gazette. SENT IN ADVANCE: 645 words.

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FOR USE Monday, Aug. 6 and thereafter:

EXCHANGE-PHYSICIANS-POVERTY

HOUSTON — In a stuffy conference room, tucked deep in the Texas Medical Center, dozens of well-heeled future doctors nervously await the start of poverty. The Houston Chronicle reports in truth they will face only make-believe hardship, a few hours of stress as they play-act the life and hard choices that flow from never having quite enough money to make ends meet. But the hope behind this mandatory exercise is to make it feel real enough for the third-year medical students that one day they will think twice before criticizing poor patients for not heeding advice, refilling prescriptions or putting health care last on the priority list. By Jenny Deam, Houston Chronicle. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1,420 words, with photos.

EXCHANGE-HOT WELLS-BATHHOUSE

SAN ANTONIO — The ruins of an early 1900s bathhouse, where sulfur-laden hot water lured the rich and famous in search of its curative powers, will soon rise from the dead. The San Antonio Express-News reports crews have been stabilizing the walls of the abandoned bathhouse at the former Hot Wells resort and hotel. It will become the centerpiece of a county park that will open in the fall and pay tribute to San Antonio’ s little-known historic ties to the early film industry. By Scott Huddleston, San Antonio Express-News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 730 words, with photos.

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