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

November 8, 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-O’ROURKE-WHAT’S NEXT

EL PASO, Texas — Was Beto O’Rourke’s loss in Texas, for the U.S. Senate seat held by Republican Ted Cruz, close enough for the Democratic congressman from West Texas to launch a future national campaign? By Will Weissert. SENT: 850 words, photos. SENT on Wednesday.

ELECTION 2018-RACE

WASHINGTON — For all the many successes among candidates of color, the midterm elections also proved to some the enduring power of racism, with minority politicians’ intelligence and integrity called into question by their opponents and President Donald Trump in what were widely seen as coded appeals to white voters. Several Democratic strategists have said the outcome showed the need for the party to recalibrate its strategy heading into 2020 and beyond. To win, they said, the party must expand its base of black and brown voters while also calling out racism more directly and doing more to persuade white voters to reject bigotry. By National Writer Errick Haines Whack. SENT: 650 words, photos. SENT on Wednesday.

ELECTION 2018-HOUSTON HISTORY

AUSTIN, Texas — A 27-year-old immigrant in Houston with no political experience is now the top elected official in the nation’s third-largest county — Harris County — as part of a local Democratic sweep that carries broader ramifications for Texas. By Paul J. Weber. SENT: 500 words, photos. SENT on Wednesday.

ELECTION 2018-FLORIDA GREYHOUND RACING

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Florida voters decided to phase out greyhound racing in the state by 2021, meaning thousands of dogs will soon need new homes. The state voted 69 to 31 percent Tuesday to pass Amendment 13. About 50 tracks closed nationally over the past 30 years because of shrinking crowds and accusations that dogs are mistreated. Florida’s 11 dog tracks constitute almost two-thirds of those remaining nationally. Two tracks remain in West Virginia and one each in Alabama, Arkansas and Iowa. In Texas, three tracks rotate an annual meet. By Terry Spencer. SENT: 740 words, with photos. SENT on Thursday.

DEADLY FIGHT-TEXAS

HOUSTON — The husband of a former sheriff’s deputy has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for the strangulation death of a man the couple confronted outside a Houston-area restaurant. Prosecutors argued Terry Thompson wanted to kill 24-year-old John Hernandez and kept him in a chokehold even when he stopped resisting after Thompson confronted Hernandez about urinating in the parking lot of a Denny’s restaurant in May 2017. By Juan A. Lozano. SENT: 640 words, photos. SENT on Wednesday.

OIL PIPELINE

BISMARCK, N.D. — The Standing Rock Sioux is challenging new government conclusions that the $3.8 billion Dakota Access oil pipeline, operated by a Dallas-based company, poses no significant environmental threats to American Indian tribes in the Dakotas. The Army Corps of Engineers in August finished more than a year of additional study ordered by a federal judge. The agency said the work substantiated its earlier determination that the chances of an oil spill are low, any impacts to tribal hunting and fishing will be limited and that the project does not pose a higher risk of adverse impacts to minority and low-income people. By Blake Nicholson. SENT: 390 words, with photo. SENT on Monday.

HOMEBUILDERS-UNDER PRESSURE

WASHINGTON — Homebuilders took a beating Thursday as rising interest rates and home prices discourage potential buyers. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday that the average rates on 30-year, fixed rate mortgages hit 4.94 percent, a 7-year high. The average rate a year ago was 3.9 percent. Also Thursday, Texas-based builder D.R. Horton said home deliveries in the first quarter will come in below what Wall Street was expecting. It cited home prices and mortgage rates. By Matt Ott. SENT: 260 words, with photo. SENT on Thursday.

POLAND-US-GAS

WARSAW, Poland — Poland’s main gas company signed a long-term contract Thursday to receive deliveries of liquefied natural gas from the United States as part of a larger effort to reduce its energy dependence on Russia. The state company PGNiG signed the 24-year deal with American supplier Cheniere during a ceremony in Warsaw attended by U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry and Polish President Andrzej Duda. The gas will be delivered by ship from terminals in Louisiana and Texas. Perry is a former Texas governor. By Monika Scislowska. SENT: 430 words, with photos. SENT on Thursday.

SMALLBIZ-SMALL TALK-SOURED PARTNERSHIPS

NEW YORK — Nearly a year after Courtney Jackson launched her clothing business, she took on a partner to help manage the company’s growth. Jackson’s partner was supposed to handle half the company’s workload, but that didn’t happen. Under their partnership agreement, drawn up without an attorney, dividing the company’s assets would have weakened it financially. The partners decided to close. Jackson lost her company. Owners are so caught up in the idea of finding a partner to get investment money, help and expertise that they don’t do the kind of due diligence they would do before hiring an employee, says Michael Howard, a management professor at Texas A&M University’s Mays Business School. By Joyce M. Rosenberg. SENT: 950 words, with photos. SENT on Wednesday.

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EXCHANGE-EXOTIC PRODUCE

COOPER, Texas — On a dark, muddy, will-it-ever-stop-raining Friday, Roy and Sofia Martinez took shelter in the hoop house at Rae Lili Farm in Cooper with chef Matt McCallister and his team. The Dallas Morning News reports they were taking a break for lunch — a big bowl of posole — after a stormy morning of planting a field of fall crops like rapini, romanesco, cauliflower and purple broccoli. The Martinezes have been organically growing vegetables for McCallister (of the former FT33 restaurant and upcoming Homewood restaurant) and other Dallas-area chefs for about six years. By Erin Booke, The Dallas Morning News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 750 words, with photos. Moving on news & business lines.

EXCHANGE-ADOPTION-APPEAL

ODESSA, Texas — Adopting or foster parenting a child is an enormous responsibility, but it’s one some Permian Basin couples find more rewarding than demanding. And the Rev. Aaron Zapata, Dr. Richard Bartlett and the Rev. Darrell Trout say multiple children just amplify the returns. The Odessa American reports the Rev. Zapata, children’s pastor at Grace Christian Fellowship, and his wife Julie began as foster parents and then adopted two 5-year-old boys and an 18-month-old boy. “It’s one of those things you feel called to and it’s hard not to follow through,” said Zapata. “We’ve had 17 kids in our home. We both have fertility issues and knew from an early age, before we were married, that we wanted to adopt. By Bob Campbell, Odessa American. SENT IN ADVANCE: 720 words, with photos.

EXCHANGE-CLASS RING-RETURNED

MIAMI, Okla. — A Miami High School 1966 Wardog class ring with a sparkling blue stone tucked away in a safe deposit box for 52 years was returned to the Wardog who wore it proudly for a brief time. The ring was placed back in the hands of Robert O. Choate, now of Nacogdoches, Texas, through the efforts of many, including Miami Public Library’s Barbara Becker. The ring was placed on the Miami High School alumni’s finger for the last time in July of 1966. By Melinda Stotts, The Miami News-Record. SENT IN ADVANCE: 782 words.

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EXCHANGE-WACO HISTORY

WACO, Texas — Anyone who cannot get enough Waco history, or who simply wants to fill their ears with it while driving, exercising or doing chores, Randy Lane and Stephen Sloan have a podcast for you. The Waco Tribune-Herald reports the two produce the Waco History podcast, titled “Waco’s Known and Unknown Stories,” which offers in-depth dives into stories from Waco’s past roughly twice a month. For Sloan, director of Baylor’s Institute for Oral History, the podcast is the latest expansion of local history on a digital platform, joining the Waco History phone app that he helped produce with the Texas Collection, and the website www.wacohistory.org . By Carl Hoover, Waco Tribune-Herald. SENT IN ADVANCE: 780 words, with photos.

EXCHANGE-CHEAPSIDE-GHOST TOWN

CHEAPSIDE, Texas — If a soundtrack of life was created for a former settlement along Farm-to-Market Road 2067, the sounds recorded would be crickets, an occasional moo, wind whistling through trees and overgrown grass and the roar of a passing oil field truck. The Victoria Advocate reports tucked quietly away between U.S. 87 and U.S. 183, the town of Cheapside is mostly desolate, with the exception of a church, a small community center and leftover buildings from the town’s past. “There’s really not much out there anymore, except for the church and the people who live on the ranches surrounding the area,” said Sandra Wolff, a Gonzales County historian. “It’s pretty much a ghost town.” By Amber Aldaco, Victoria Advocate. SENT IN ADVANCE: 890 words, pursuing photos.

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