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

October 4, 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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ELECTION 2018-HOUSE-TEXAS-WOOING WOMEN

HOUSTON — Lizzie Pannill Fletcher was about to start her senior year of high school when she locked arms with other demonstrators and kept anti-abortion activists from overrunning a Planned Parenthood clinic near the Astrodome, where the 1992 Republican National Convention was in full swing. Now running for Congress as a political novice, Fletcher wants to win a seat representing some of Houston’s toniest enclaves that had already been Republican-controlled for 25 years on that scorching August day — and have remained so for the quarter century-plus since. Fletcher hopes that voters disillusioned with the president — especially well-educated women — can help her topple nine-term GOP incumbent Rep. John Culberson. By Will Weissert. SENT: 920 words, with photos, video. SENT on Thursday.

ROBOT BROTHEL

HOUSTON — A Canadian company’s plan to open a so-called robot brothel in Houston has been short circuited by city leaders. Houston’s City Council on Wednesday updated one local ordinance to specifically ban individuals from having sex with an “anthropomorphic device,” a device that resembles a human being, at a sexually-oriented business. But the change wouldn’t ban the company from selling the dolls for use elsewhere. The company, KinkySdollS, previously said it wanted to open a “love dolls brothel” in Houston in which people would be able to use its human-like dolls at a business that’s drawn comparisons to robotic hosts on the science fiction TV series “Westworld.” By Juan A. Lozano. SENT: 530 words. SENT on Wednesday.

NOBEL-MEDICINE

STOCKHOLM — Researchers from the U.S. and Japan won the Nobel Prize in medicine on Monday for discoveries that help the body marshal its cellular troops to attack invading cancers. James Allison of the University of Texas and Tasuku Honjo of Kyoto University will share the $1 million prize for 2018. Their parallel work concerned proteins that act as brakes on the body’s immune system. The discoveries by Allison, 70, and Honjo, 76, “absolutely paved the way for a new approach to cancer treatment,” Dr. Jedd Wolchok, chief of the melanoma and immunotherapeutics service at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, told The Associated Press. By Jim Heintz and David Keyton. SENT: 1,060 words, with photos. SENT on Monday.

POLICE SHOOTING OVERSHADOWED

DALLAS — The video of O’Shae Terry being shot to death by a Texas police officer seemed poised to go viral. But just hours after it was released, attention was already turning to the killing of Botham Jean, a 26-year-old black man shot in his Dallas apartment by a white off-duty police officer who was his neighbor. Now, the attorney for both men say the dynamic led to Terry’s killing being overshadowed by Jean’s. By Ryan Tarinelli. SENT: 900 words, with photos. SENT on Thursday.

DISASTERS-FIGHTING FEMA

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Communities starting the long recovery from Hurricane Florence will need to pay close attention to federal deadlines as they document the billions of dollars of damage it caused. An Associated Press analysis of records from the Federal Emergency Management Agency shows missed deadlines have been one of the most common reasons why FEMA’s top officials have denied appeals for public aid. By David A. Lieb. SENT: 950 words, with photos. SENT on Wednesday.

HOUSTON SCHOOLS AFTER HARVEY

HOUSTON — In the chaotic aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, Principal Jonathan Trinh feared the worst for his Houston high school. He took in 100 new pupils displaced by the 2017 storm, his students’ overwhelmingly low-income families were struggling with lost jobs and other distractions, and Trinh worried this would be the year that test scores sank enough to make his Wisdom High School a target for state intervention. But when the scores came out recently, there was only celebration. Wisdom and other Houston schools with some of the largest populations of at-risk students defied expectations and showed improvement in state scores. By Sally Ho. SENT: 920 words, with photos, video. SENT on Tuesday.

SELLING SCHOOL SECURITY

Security companies spent years pushing schools to buy more products — from “ballistic attack-resistant” doors to smoke cannons that spew haze from ceilings to confuse a shooter. But sales were slow, and industry’s campaign to free up taxpayer money for upgrades had stalled. That changed last February, when a former student shot and killed 17 people at a Florida high school. Publicly, the rampage reignited the U.S. gun-control debate. Privately, it propelled industry efforts to sell school fortification as the answer to the mass killing of American kids. By Reese Dunklin and Justin Pritchard SENT: 3,700 words, with photos.

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— SELLING SCHOOL-SECURITY-ABRIDGED, 1,000 words, with photos.

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EXCHANGE-TEXAS PECANS

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas pecan growers are about to find out what the front line of an international trade war is like. The Austin American-Statesman reports the 2018 harvest is gearing up amid widespread anxiety over the price of the official Texas state nut. By Bob Sechler, Austin American-Statesman. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1, 120 words, with photos. Moving on news & business lines.

EXCHANGE-OKLAHOMA-TEXAS TEACHER

FRISCO, Texas — On her son’s high school graduation day, Amy Hardesty hid in her bedroom. One room over, family from out-of-town celebrated the end of her youngest son’s senior year of high school. They congratulated Brent, Amy’s husband, on his soon-to-be empty nest. The Dallas Morning News reports Hardesty was on a virtual interview for a kindergarten teaching job in the Frisco, Texas, Independent School District — about 175 miles away. Amy Hardesty accepted the job that afternoon, knowing her husband, the senior pastor at Norman Community Church of the Nazarene, would stay behind in Oklahoma to lead his congregation. By Nanette Light, The Dallas Morning News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1,950 words, with photos. Not for online use in the Dallas area.

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EXCHANGE-AMMONIA PLANT

SAN LEON, Texas — Roy Lee Cannon stands on the deck of his shrimp boat docked at Eagle Point Fishing Camp during the golden hour of a summer evening. He looks out on Galveston Bay, his office for the last 44 years. The Houston Chronicle reports it’s the end of a long work day for Cannon, a shift that began before sunrise. The early-morning hours are harder for Cannon, who has a titanium plate in his arm from an accident and a pig valve in his chest. When Cannon heard an $800 million anhydrous ammonia plant was in the works for the shores of Texas City, he decided that another potential bay polluter should not proceed without protest. By Nick Powell, Houston Chronicle. SENT IN ADVANCE: 2,300 words, with photos.

EXCHANGE-A&M MASCOT-REVEILLE (NOTE: Moving to news & sports lines)

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — For the first time, the “First Lady of Aggieland” is being cared for by a woman. The Eagle reports sophomore Mia Miller is the first woman mascot corporal, whose role is to take care of Reveille, Texas A&M University’s beloved collie. Last year Miller was among the first women to join Company E-2, the Corps of Cadets’ mascot company, upon its gender integration. By Caitlin Clark, The Eagle. SENT IN ADVANCE: 890 words, with photos.

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