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BC-TX--Texas Enterprise Digest, TX

August 24, 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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HOUSTON — On the anniversary of Hurricane Harvey’s landfall, Houston-area residents were set to vote Saturday to decide the fate of a $2.5 billion bond referendum that would fund a variety of critical flood-control projects. The bond proposal took shape after local leaders indicated that flood mitigation became job one for the area following Harvey’s torrential rainfall, which flooded more than 150,000 homes in Harris County, where Houston is located. By Juan A. Lozano. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos. Will be updated after 7 p.m. Saturday poll close with voting results, if available.


EL PASO, Texas — The shift away from a policy that separated immigrant families crossing into the United States illegally now means that many parents and children are quickly released — but most aren’t fully freed. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is issuing thousands of ankle monitors that are a boon for a private prison firm. But how effective the devices are isn’t clear, and they’re opposed by immigrant advocates and by the Trump administration, which would rather keep immigrants locked up. By Colleen Long, Frank Bajak and Will Weissert. UPCOMING: 1450 words, photos. An 800-word abridged version also will be available.



PORT ARTHUR, Texas — Top Texas Republicans and powerful oil interests want the federal government to help protect the heart of the nation’s refining and petrochemical capacity along the Texas Gulf Coast against the more powerful future storms intensified by global warming. Many argue that such projects should be a national security priority. But others question whether taxpayers should have to protect refineries worth billions that scientists say helped exacerbate the effects of global warming with their emissions— especially in a state where top politicians still dispute the phenomenon’s very existence. After Hurricane Harvey’s destruction last summer, some $3.9 billion is being initially allocated for storm barrier and levee projects to protect the Gulf Coat — and areas with high concentrations of refineries and petrochemical plants are specifically being prioritized. By Will Weissert. SENT: 1,100 words, photos. Moved Wednesday.


HOUSTON — Hurricane Harvey has been described as the storm that didn’t discriminate, damaging the neighborhoods of rich and poor alike. But a year after Harvey, those having the hardest time recovering appear to be residents of many of the low-income areas hardest by the storm. Many residents in low-income neighborhoods in Houston and the coastal city of Port Arthur have still not been able to move back into their homes or are living in gutted, unsafe houses they are repairing one room at a time. A lack of information about where they can get help has also exacerbated the difficulties they’ve faced. Community organizers worry that many low-income residents won’t be able to rebuild, leading to gentrification and a reduction in affordable housing in their neighborhoods. By Juan A. Lozano. SENT: 850 words, photos. Moved Thursday.


Hurricane Harvey was massive and slow, and that led to what really distinguishes this monster storm from others: the massive amount of rain. Some parts of Texas got more than 5 feet of rain. The Category 4 storm killed 68 people and swamped coastal communities and Houston, the nation’s fourth largest city, inflicting an estimated $125 billion in damage. By Adam Kealoha Causey. SENT: 250 words.


— BC-US--HARVEY-PHOTO GALLERY — A collection of images of the storm, its damage and those affect by the crisis. Moved Thursday.


HOUSTON — Officials say that Texas overall is in a much better place a year after Hurricane Harvey made landfall. The storm killed nearly 70 people, damaged more than 300,000 structures and caused an estimated $125 billion in damage. Parts of Houston remained flooded for weeks after Harvey. But Houston’s mayor says the city has made great strides the past year. While some residents are still cleaning out their homes, the mounds of debris that lined many city streets are long gone. Houston officials say that overall, the city is running normally but that they’re aware that pockets of Houston are still struggling to recover and they remain focused on ensuring that the city will become more resilient before the next major storm. In Texas, nearly $14 billion has been distributed to those impacted by the storm through federal disaster assistance, loans and National Flood Insurance Program payouts. About $5 billion in federal housing aid is set to be distributed in the state later this year. By Juan A. Lozano. SENT: 500 words, photos. Moved Friday.


— BC-US--HARVEY-YEAR LATER-DONATIONS — Nonprofit organizations are still rebuilding homes, buying new furniture, and filling in the wide gap between what affected families need and what they received from official channels. By Nomaan Merchant. SENT: 400 words. Moved Friday.



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HOUSTON — Randy Scales, a Harris County Environmental Crimes Unit lieutenant, and his team of nine investigators depend heavily on video cameras to crack down on illegal dumping, a crime that disproportionally affects the city’s poorest neighborhoods. The City Council voted in June to add 22 cameras to create a portfolio of nearly 150, total. Precinct 1′s nearly $600,000 program also includes a fleet of drones, as well as several full-time employees. It’s paying dividends. By Elizabeth Myong, Houston Chronicle. SENT: 1000 words, photos moved Wednesday.


ANGLETON, Texas — When Brazoria County Historical Museum staff heard an Alabama monument had set the names of the county’s lynching victims in stone, they began what has turned into months of research. So far, they’ve added five names to the four seemingly accurate names listed on the National Memorial for Peace and Justice monument through Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama. The additions bring to nine the number of people lynched in Brazoria County from 1888 to 1920 by the NAACP’s definition. By Maddy McCarty, The Facts. SENT: 530 words, photos moved Wednesday.


SANDPOINT, Idaho — The children of a modern-day Casanova who was slain in Sandpoint in 1979 are gathering for a family reunion in Texas. “This sort of thing only happens in books and made-for-TV movies,” said Connie Hoye, one of the many offspring of Alton William “Dub” Barron. Barron, who was also known as Allan Kain, fathered at least 15 children. His rakish ways earned him the nickname Johnny Appleseed. Hoye suspects there are other children who remain unaccounted for. Hoye said Barron’s children are gathering in their father’s hometown of Tyler on Sept. 1. By Keith Kinnaird, Bonner County Daily Bee. SENT: 400 words moved Thursday.


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DALLAS — Dallas has almost always done a lousy job of remembering where it came from. That’s why even hard-core local sports fans probably don’t know that one of Major League Baseball’s greatest heroes grew up here. That sorry fact will change in September when a 6-foot bronze sculpture of Mr. Cub, Ernie Banks, is installed at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. By Sharon Grigsby, The Dallas Morning News. SENT: 900 words, photos moved Wednesday on general and sports news services.


COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Texas A&M biomedical sciences sophomore Clair Walsh’s love has spent 80 days training Halley’s Comet, a 5-year-old mustang mare. She plans to take the lessons she has heard into competition. The Extreme Mustang Makeover in Fort Worth gives participants 100 days to train and tame a wild American mustang and make it suitable for adoption. By Allyson Waller, The Eagle. SENT: 1250 words, photos moved Wednesday on general, sports and lifestyle news services.

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