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August 17, 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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SANTA FE, Texas — Students in Santa Fe, Texas, will begin a new school year Monday with additional security measures in place following a mass shooting in May that left 10 people dead. UPCOMING: 350 words, photos.



LOS ANGELES — Immigration courts from Boston to Los Angeles have been experiencing fallout from a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision that has caused some deportation orders to be tossed and cases thrown out, bringing more chaos to a system that was already besieged by ballooning dockets and lengthy backlogs. The little-known ruling addressed what might seem like a narrow procedural issue over how to properly provide notices to immigrants to appear in court for deportation proceedings. But it is having broader implications in immigration courts that are in charge of deciding whether hundreds of thousands of people should be allowed to stay in the United States. By Amy Taxin. SENT: 950 words, photos. Moved Monday on national general news services.


WASHINGTON — A state review into the treatment of immigrant teens held at a Virginia detention center confirmed the facility uses restraint techniques that can include strapping children to chairs and placing mesh bags over their heads. The incidents are described in sworn statements from six Latino teens included in a class-action lawsuit filed in November and are alleged to have occurred from 2015 to 2018, under both the Obama and Trump administrations. The teens who made those initial complaints were subsequently transferred by federal authorities to other facilities or deported to their home countries. A separate class-action lawsuit filed on behalf of immigrant children housed at a nonprofit facility in Texas alleged the residents were routinely administered psychotropic drugs without their parents’ consent, keeping them in a sedated “chemical strait jacket.” Last month a federal judge found staff at the Shiloh Treatment Center outside Houston had violated federal law by drugging the children. By Michael Biesecker. SENT: 1150 words, photos. Moved Monday on national political news services.


Six Roman Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania joined the list this week of those around the U.S. that have been forced to face the ugly truth about child-molesting priests in their ranks. But in dozens of other dioceses, including in Dallas, there has been no reckoning, leading victims to wonder if the church will ever truly take responsibility or be held accountable. By Denise Lavoie. SENT: 850 words, photos. Moved Wednesday.


Madison Kocian and Kyla Ross watched the women they won Olympic gold with step forward one by one over the last 18 months to detail their abuse at the hands of disgraced former USA Gymnastics national team doctor Larry Nassar. The more their Olympic teammates talked, the more Kocian and Ross began to examine their own interactions with Nassar. Over time they realized their experience mirrored those of hundreds of other women who were abused by Nassar under the guise of treatment. They realized they hadn’t been spared but instead were victims, too. By Will Graves. SENT: 850 words, photos. Moved Thursday on general and sports news services.



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BEAUMONT, Texas — From its beginnings in the years after the Civil War, Beaumont’s oldest black church has witnessed the establishment of the area’s first black public school, weathered desegregation and this year will celebrate 150 years as a “beacon of light in the community.” ″Born and raised” in St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church, Walter McCloney said he strives to keep his “commitment (to the church) palatable.” The Beaumont Enterprise reports the 79-year-old church trustee said St. Paul A.M.E Church is a part of the legacy and vision of the “spiritual builders” who founded the church in 1868. By Phoebe Suy, Beaumont Enterprise. SENT IN ADVANCE: 710 words, with photos .


WACO, Texas — Much of the history of La Salle Avenue sits in plain sight. The Waco Tribune-Herald reports on the south end, an iconic burger joint and a drive-in theater-turned-flea market greet motorists heading to the traffic circle. On the other end, Baylor University athletics facilities and student apartments hug the Brazos River. In between are numerous antique shops, memorial stores and restaurants that date back to the decades when La Salle was the main route for Dallas-to-Austin traffic. Now business owners are writing a new chapter for the 2.6-mile thoroughfare as tourism picks up downtown and at the nearby Magnolia Table restaurant that HGTV stars Chip and Joanna Gaines opened on the circle. By Phillip Ericksen, Waco Tribune-Herald. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1,460 words, with photos. Moving on news, entertainment & business lines.


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DALLAS — Patti Fitch never thought to record videos of her mother. The Dallas Morning News reports of course, she knew the stories, about her mother’s Polish heritage or job at AT&T. But she never captured them on camera — to preserve her voice, mannerisms and tales for future generations. Today, Patti’s mother, Irene Skurla, lives at The Village at Mapleshade, an assisted living center in Plano. She’s 85 years old with short white hair and purple glasses. Thanks to an app created in Dallas, on some afternoons, Irene will tell a story. By Brendan Meyer, The Dallas Morning News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 940 words, with photos. Moving on news & business lines. Not for online use in the Dallas area.


SAN ANTONIO — Pulling into the driveway of James Helm’s rural Wilson County home, one can easily hear the forge that heats the steel he hammers into knives. With large, beefy arms and a long beard, Helm looks perfectly at home hammering glowing orange metal into blades. The barn is sticky-hot even after he turns off the propane-fueled forge. Such is the life of this bladesmith, the term for those who use blacksmith techniques — heat, steel, hammer — to craft knives, swords, daggers and other cutting tools. It’s an age-old art that is enjoying something of a renaissance, especially in Texas. By Richard A. Marini, San Antonio Express-News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1,190 words, with photos.

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