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

August 10, 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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STAFF STORIES:

MOVING on Sunday, Aug. 12:

2018 MIDTERMS-MONEY

AUSTIN, Texas — Donors are pouring dollars into longshot Democratic races like never before, including Texas, where little-known challengers winning the money race in solidly GOP districts. By Paul J. Weber. 850 words, with photos.

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IMMIGRATION-DETENTION CENTER

DILLEY, Texas — A little boy with closely cropped hair was sitting quietly and grinning when he suddenly sprang to his feet and tried to swipe a brownie off a nearby tray. He couldn’t quite reach it, though, instead sending crumbs and napkins in all directions and eliciting happy squeals from two children nearby. It’s a scene that could play out in elementary school cafeterias nationwide as youngsters prepare to head back to class. But inside the Dilley immigration lockup, it’s a glimpse of the epicenter of family immigration detention policies that the Trump administration has sought to tighten. By Will Weissert. SENT: 850 words, with photos. SENT on Friday.

DALLAS MAYOR PRO TEM-CORRUPTION

DALLAS — Dallas Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway accepted more than $450,000 in kickbacks and bribes, in part through a phony consulting agreement, gambling money and trips to Las Vegas and elsewhere, federal prosecutors said Thursday. Caraway, the second highest-ranking elected official in Dallas, pleaded guilty to two charges in the public corruption case and has resigned from the Dallas City Council. Federal court records show he received kickback funds from Robert Leonard, president and owner of Force Multiplier Solutions, and Leonard’s business associate. The technology company puts cameras on school buses. By Ryan Tarinelli. SENT: 470 words, with photos. SENT on Thursday.

CONTROLLING GROWTH-AUSTIN

DALLAS — A yearslong effort that included spending more than $8 million and formulating a blueprint of some 1,500 pages for how Austin uses its coveted land has ground to a halt. The Austin City Council voted Thursday to stop a sweeping rewrite of the city’s land-use rules, taking action a week after Mayor Steve Adler said “the process has been misunderstood and poisoned,” in part by misinformation and outlandish claims like new zoning laws allowing for the random demolition of homes. The council approved a resolution saying the proposed land-development code, known as CodeNext, “is no longer a suitable mechanism to achieve its stated goals.” By David Warren. SENT: 590 words, with photo. SENT on Thursday.

BUS-TRAIN CRASH-MISSISSIPPI

JACKSON, Miss. — A train crash into a tour bus that killed four in Mississippi last year stemmed from the railroad and the city failing to improve an unsafe rail crossing, federal safety regulators concluded Tuesday. The March 2017 crash also injured 38 Texas tourists when their bus got stuck on a steep Biloxi rail crossing and was hit by a CSX Corp. freight train. By Jeff Amy. SENT: 650 words, with photos. SENT on Tuesday.

DEATH PENALTY-US POLITICS

MINNEAPOLIS — Pope Francis’ decree that the death penalty is “inadmissible” in all cases could pose a dilemma for Roman Catholic politicians and judges in the U.S. faced with whether to strictly follow the tenets of their faith or the rule of law. The decree is unlikely to slow the nation’s busiest death chamber in Texas, where Republican Gov. Greg Abbott — a devout Catholic — has previously said there was no conflict between his faith and support for the death penalty. His spokeswoman did not return messages about whether the pope’s statement might shift Abbott’s view. The next execution in Texas is set for Sept. 12. By Amy Forliti. SENT: 930 words, with photos. SENT on Monday.

FLEXIBLE PAY

A growing number of companies are rolling out products and services that allow employees to receive a portion of their pay when they need it. This can help workers, especially those making hourly wages or working irregular schedules, to avoid unpleasant and potentially costly options such as borrowing from loved ones, running up credit card debt, selling possessions or taking out payday or other high-interest loans when bills come due or emergencies arise before the next paycheck. Could this be the future of payday? By Sarah Skidmore Sell and Alexandra Olson. SENT: 1,030 words, with photos. SENT on Monday.

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WEEKEND MEMBER EXCHANGES:

FOR USE Sunday, Aug. 12 and thereafter:

EXCHANGE-WOMEN-MILITARY

SAN ANTONIO — Maj. Bri Peterson and her husband, Grant, awaken before dawn on work days to care for their young son before they head off in different directions from their New Braunfels home. The San Antonio Express-News reports Bri, a T-1 instructor pilot, commutes to Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, where she is the 12th Training Squadron’s staff director. Grant drives to a camera exchange store on San Pedro Avenue in San Antonio. Bri brings their toddler, 18-month-old Gavin, to an on-base day care center. By Sig Christenson, San Antonio Express-News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 2,610 words, with photos.

EXCHANGE-BEACHES-SAVING STRANDED

CRYSTAL BEACH, Texas — Bolivar Peninsula beaches have been like sugar this summer, people who watch that sort of thing report. The Galveston County Daily News reports dry weather has left the sand especially loose. For front-wheel-drive cars, it’s a trap. Fortunately, someone is watching out for beachgoers who get stuck. Peninsula residents have organized an ad hoc group with Jeeps, trucks, golf carts and other vehicles to help drivers get out of the ruts they’re stuck in — at no charge. By John Wayne Ferguson, The Galveston County Daily News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 780 words, with photos.

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FOR USE Monday, Aug. 13 and thereafter:

EXCHANGE-POLICE ROBOTS

DALLAS — There’s a robotic battalion in North Texas on standby, ready to combat crime and defuse potentially deadly situations. The Dallas Morning News reports when they can, police departments prefer to send this team in. It’s safer — and can be more effective — to have robots handle suspicious packages, stray grenades, barricaded people and more. In July 2016, the Dallas Police Department’s bomb squad used one to transport C4 that was detonated to end an hours-long standoff and kill the man who had earlier gunned down five officers in a downtown ambush. By Claire Z. Cardona, The Dallas Morning News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1,240 words, with photos. Not for online use in the Dallas market.

EXCHANGE-RACING FAMILY

VICTORIA, Texas — Three-quarters of the Fitch household have now raced their cars at the Texana Raceway in Edna. The Victoria Advocate reports Jason Fitch, 41, of Inez, has been racing his stock car in area events for as long as his kids — Jaycee, 11, and Kylie, 16 ) — can remember, and now they’re following in his footsteps without skipping a beat. Kylie is relatively quiet in the moments leading up to the race, going back and forth between the family’s mobile car workshop and her blue, well-worn stock car. Eventually, she and Jason are called to a drivers’ meeting as race preparations start ramping up. By Matthew Westmoreland, Victoria Advocate. SENT IN ADVANCE: 510 words, with photos.

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