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BLOWOUT-TEXAS OIL BOOM
MIDLAND, Texas — Drilling booms have come and gone in this oil town for nearly a century. But the frenzy gripping it now is different. Overwhelming. Drilling rigs tower over suburban backyards. There’s a housing crunch so severe that rents are up 30 percent in the last year alone. This boom is engulfing the rest of West Texas, extending to areas that drilling hasn’t touched before. As communities welcome new jobs and business, they’re struggling with an onslaught of problems from spikes in traffic accidents to student homelessness. By Kiah Collier Of The Texas Tribune and Jamie Smith Hopkins and Rachel Leven Of The Center For Public Integrity. SENT: 2700 words, photos. An 860-word abridged version also is available.
SAN ANTONIO — Beto O’Rourke’s improbable U.S. Senate campaign has challenged expectations of what was thought possible by a Democrat in Texas. But with just weeks before Election Day doubts remain over whether he can pull off another crucial feat: getting a surge of Latinos to the polls. Republican Sen. Ted Cruz is aiming to survive one of the most expensive Senate races of 2018 by rallying his base of white conservatives. His campaign has made no conspicuous courtship of Latino voters, including no Spanish-language television ads or a Spanish version of his campaign website. And, save for a dramatic about-face this summer on the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policies of separating children from parents, Cruz has maintained a tough line on immigration. By Paul J. Weber. SENT: 760 words, photos.
ELECTION 2018-SENATE-TEXAS-O’ROURKE’S RICHES
AUSTIN, Texas — With an unassuming air and a black Toyota Tundra he says was “the first new vehicle I’ve ever purchased,” Beto O’Rourke has campaigned thousands of miles across Texas and risen to national prominence on a workaday image that aligns with his politics, but not his personal finances. The son of a onetime Republican county judge and a longtime furniture store owner, the Democratic congressman from El Paso married into the family of one of his hometown’s most prominent developers and has assembled real estate investments worth millions. By Will Weissert. SENT: 1000 words, photos. Moved Wednesday on general and political news services.
AMERICAN AIRLINES-STRANDED PASSENGERS
DALLAS — American Airlines is telling employees to think twice before rebooking stranded customers on rival airlines, and regular economy-class passengers are the most likely to suffer when there are long delays or canceled flights. A new policy at American directs airport agents not to rebook economy passengers on competing airlines — with no stated limit on how long they must wait for a seat on another American flight. By Airlines Writer David Koenig. SENT: 820 words, photos. Moved Monday on general, financial and travel news services.
People travel in Lou Berney’s books, although not always because they want to do so. “November Road,” his new novel, is set in 1963. It tells of an Oklahoma woman on the run from her husband, an underling to New Orleans-based mobster Carlos Marcello, who is trying to make himself vanish in the wake of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination. They’re both heading West, and encounter each other in Las Vegas, where JFK was known to spend some free time. By National Writer Hillel Italie. SENT: 800 words, photos. Moved Monday on national entertainment news services.
NEW YORK — Close to one in five Americans who’s 65 or older is still working, the highest percentage in more than half a century. And the one who’s still working may be better off. As more and more Americans delay retirement, it’s those with a college degree that find it easiest to keep working past 65. Their less-educated peers, meanwhile, are having a more difficult time staying in the workforce. Beverly Morris, 58, wants to work but finding a job isn’t easy. The Austin, Texas, resident used to have a good job filing insurance claims, but she recently began taking care of her six grandchildren after her daughter ran into trouble with drugs. That meant she couldn’t work nights anymore. Morris said that during job interviews she can tell her age and lack of a college degree are hindering her, based on the questions asked. In the meantime, she does work for delivery services such as GrubHub and Doordash to make ends meet. By Stan Choe and Sarah Skidmore Sell. SENT: 1200 words, photos. Moved Monday on national general, financial and lifestyle news services.
IMMIGRATION-THE BATTLE FOR ALEXA
As the deportees were led off the plane onto the steamy San Salvador tarmac, an anguished Araceli Ramos Bonilla burst into tears, her face contorted with pain: “They want to steal my daughter!” It had been 10 weeks since Ramos had last held her 2-year-old, Alexa. Ten weeks since she was arrested crossing the border into Texas and U.S. immigration authorities seized her daughter and told her she would never see the girl again. What followed — one foster family’s initially successful attempt to win full custody of Alexa — reveals what could happen to some of the infants, children and teens taken from their families at the border under a Trump administration policy earlier this year. By Garance Burke and Martha Mendoza. SENT: 3750 words, photos, video. A 980-word abridged version also is available. Moved Tuesday on national general and political news services.
BORDER-ABANDONED MIGRANT FAMILIES
PHOENIX — Smugglers in recent weeks have been abandoning large groups of Guatemalan and other Central American migrants in Arizona’s harsh cactus-studded Sonoran Desert near the border with Mexico, alarming Border Patrol officials who say the trend is putting hundreds of children at risk. Collectively, more than 1,400 migrants have been left by smugglers in the broiling desert — or in one case in a drenching thunderstorm — in remote areas by the border since Aug. 20. One group was as large as 275 people. By Anita Snow. SENT: 880 words, photos.
NBA DIVERSITY-FRONT OFFICES
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich sees one simple way for both the NBA and women to mark real progress in the league. Hire more women in positions of power. “I think there just has to be more, more of the same,” said Popovich, who during the offseason promoted assistant coach Becky Hammon, moving her one step closer to a head coaching seat. “There are more Beckys out there, they just have to be noticed and given the opportunity by people who are wise enough and courageous enough to do it and not just sit in the old paradigm.” By Teresa M. Walker. SENT: 960 words, photos. Moved on national general, financial and sports news services.
FAIRFIELD, Conn. — On the new satellite campus of Sacred Heart University, the helicopter landing pad remains as one of the few reminders that the wooded, 69-acre property served until recently as the global headquarters for General Electric. Where Jack Welch sat at the pinnacle of corporate America, professors now lead classes inside the sleek, 1970s buildings on the campus purchased by the university following GE’s departure for Boston in 2016. Across the country, office parks that have lost their luster with employers are being repurposed as school buildings, including in Texas. By Michael Melia. SENT: 860 words, photos. Moved Wednesday on general and financial news services.
NEW YORK — As Walmart, AT&T and Disney join stalwarts such as Netflix in streaming video and creating original shows, a reality sets in: Not all will survive. Over the past week, Walmart announced plans to partner with MGM Studios on original shows for Walmart’s video-on-demand service, Vudu, while AT&T’s WarnerMedia said it would create its own streaming service centered on HBO and Turner properties. Disney, meanwhile, is buying Fox’s entertainment businesses to beef up its planned streaming service, set to debut next year. Add to that some existing, but little-known services, such as Filmstruck, Sundance Now, Mubi and others that offer older movies or niche offerings to subscribers. By Technology Writer Mae Anderson. SENT: 550 words, photos. Moved on general, financial, entertainment, lifestyle and technology news services.
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DALLAS — It’s an obscure bit of Dallas history: Club Reno — or the Reno Lounge, as it was referred to in 1952′s “U.S.A. Confidential,” a tabloid-scented paperback that sneered at Dallas’ “queers” and “queens,” ″fairies” and “middle-class deviates.” The story of “the first gay bar in all of Texas,” according to Karen Wisely’s University of North Texas master of arts thesis, is just part of a story unknown to many Dallasites that is now the bronzed narrative on a historical marker planted Wednesday in front of another iconic gay bar: JR’s Bar & Grill on Cedar Springs Road in the Oak Lawn neighborhood of Dallas. The unveiling, years in the making, is, well, a landmark moment. It will make Dallas the first city in the state with an official Texas Historical Commission subject marker acknowledging a longstanding gay and lesbian community. By Robert Wilonsky, The Dallas Morning News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 840 words, photos. Moving on general and lifestyle news services.
HOUSTON — Paris Williams burst into a northeast Houston laundromat in late 2016, pistol in hand, and fired into the air. He wanted cash. Instead, the storekeeper dove for the ground, locking the door to the plexiglass-enforced area behind the cash register. Stymied, Williams, and his accomplice, Gabriel Howard, fled moments later. They wore masks and left few clues. This time, however, an officer picked up the forgotten bullet casing and gave it to evidence analysts to compare against a federal ballistics database called the National Integrated Ballistics Information Network, known as NIBIN. Soon they had a lead: the casing matched one from another shooting in a park the day before. Two months later, the suspects were behind bars, nabbed by one of the 2,000 leads in Houston and southeast Texas that have generated more than 100 arrests since federal officials began pushing NIBIN for tackling repeat gun crime. By St. John Barned-Smith, Houston Chronicle. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1300 words, photos. Moving on general and technology news services.
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SAN ANTONIO — As a teenager growing up on San Antonio’s South Side in the 1970s, Robert Chavez looked longingly at the clothes in the Frost Bros. department store at North Star Mall. “I was in awe,” he said. “Of course, I couldn’t afford it.” Today, Chavez is the president and CEO of Hermes of Paris, where he oversees business operations and represents the 181-year-old luxury brand on a global scale. He returned to San Antonio recently to speak at Burbank High School, wearing an orange tie to reflect his alma mater’s colors, the San Antonio Express-News reported. Chavez was the valedictorian and the ROTC colonel in the class of 1973 and used to walk down Edwards Street to and from school every day. By Madison Iszler, San Antonio Express-News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 800 words, photos. Moving on general, financial and lifestyle news services.
TEXARKANA, Texas — Street food lovers everywhere have sampled tacos from classic food trucks, but in the Liberty-Eylau section of Texarkana, one couple is serving them up from their taco bus. Lance and Stacee Lovell own and operate Lovell’s, which serves street tacos to the crowds that line up outside their converted school bus, even in the rain. “I’m really shocked at how popular it got so fast, really,” she told the Texarkana Gazette. They opened the bus for business in August, originally selling snow cones. Then, taco magic happened. “We introduced the food two weeks later and since then, it’s just been nonstop,” Lance Lovell said. By Jennifer Middleton, Texarkana Gazette. SENT IN ADVANCE: 550 words, photos. Moving on general, food, lifestyle and small business news services.
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