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January 4, 2019

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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MOVING ON Sunday, Jan. 6:


AUSTIN, Texas _ The last time ended with one Texas lawmaker threatening to shoot another after calling immigration agents on Hispanic protesters, and the NFL issuing warnings over a “bathroom bill” targeting transgender people. Now comes a test: Whether a humbling 2018 for Texas Republicans will soften one of the most hard-right statehouses in the country. The Texas Legislature convenes on Tuesday. By Paul J. Weber. UPCOMING: 600 words.


SANTA FE, Texas _ A Southeast Texas church has become much more than just a place to worship in the wake of last May’s shootings at a school that left 10 people dead. The Galveston County Daily News reports Aldersgate United Methodist Church is home to the Santa Fe Strong Resiliency Center, which was established following the deadly gunfire. Officials say the counseling center has had an increase of clients in the months since the shootings at Santa Fe High School in an attack blamed on a student. UPCOMING: 250 words.

MOVING ON Monday, Jan. 7:


AUSTIN, Texas _ The Republican-controlled Texas Legislature hears how the state’s economy is expected to fare and how much money there’ll be to spend over the next two years, as lawmakers prepare to head back to work vowing to fix a troubled school finance system even while slashing property taxes that classrooms depend on and hammer out how to cover the costs of cleanup and recovery from Hurricane Harvey’s 2017 devastation. By Paul J. Weber. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.




WASHINGTON _ The Department of Homeland Security has asked the military to provide more help securing the U.S.-Mexico border, a defense official said Friday amid a political standoff over President Donald Trump’s demand for more money to build a border wall. The acting secretary of defense, Pat Shanahan, has not decided how to respond to the DHS request, but in the past the Pentagon has provided help when asked. At one point last fall there were nearly 5,900 active-duty troops along the border in Texas, Arizona and California to assist border patrol agents and to erect wire barriers. That number now is about 2,350. By Robert Burns. SENT: 240 words. SENT on Friday.


PHILADELPHIA _ Over the past four months, Roman Catholic dioceses across the U.S. have released the names of more than 1,000 priests and others accused of sexually abusing children in an unprecedented public reckoning spurred at least in part by a shocking grand jury investigation in Pennsylvania, an Associated Press review has found. More than a dozen dioceses have hired outside consultants to review their files. Dioceses previously secretive are coordinating to release statewide lists in such places as Texas and New Jersey. Bishop Anthony B. Taylor of the Little Rock Diocese in Arkansas disclosed the names of 12 priests in September and announced the hiring of a consultant to review diocesan files. By Claudia Lauer. SENT: 1,240 words, with photos. SENT on Thursday.


A company that owns two national for-profit college chains said Thursday that it will erase nearly $500 million in debt incurred by former students as part of a settlement with 48 states and the District of Columbia. The deal with Career Education Corporation will resolve allegations that it lied about job placement rates and misled potential students to get them to enroll. State attorneys general began investigating the company in 2014 following complaints from students and a damning report by the U.S. Senate. Company officials on Thursday said they deny any wrongdoing but called the settlement an “important milestone.” By Collin Binkley. SENT: 580 words. SENT on Thursday.


DALLAS _ Not many CEOs dress up as Elvis Presley, settle a business dispute with an arm-wrestling contest, or go on TV wearing a paper bag over their head. Herb Kelleher did all those things. Along the way, the co-founder and longtime leader of Dallas-based Southwest Airlines also revolutionized air travel by practically inventing the low-cost, low-fare airline. Kelleher died on Thursday. He was 87. Southwest confirmed his death but did not indicate the cause. By David Koenig. SENT: 840 words, with photo. SENT on Thursday.



FOR USE Sunday, Jan. 6, and thereafter:


BRONTE, Texas _ Just after sunset on a chilly December night, a stranger rides into town. The Dallas Morning News reports Jerry Andrews coaxes his bay gelding, Speck, to a left turn at the only stoplight and down Main Street toward the old Texas Theater. He has been riding for days from his home in Oklahoma to San Angelo, nearly 300 miles, because God told him to deliver a Christmas gift to a friend in need. It would have been quicker to take a bus, but Andrews had no one to take care of Speck. Now, just starting his long trek back home, Andrews decides to stop at the only cowboy church in Coke County. By Charles Scudder, The Dallas Morning News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1,520 words, with photos. Not for online use in the Dallas area.


COLLEGE STATION, Texas _ It’s a daily occurrence at H-E-B at Tower Point in College Station. The Eagle reports customers walk up to the pharmacy, see the name and photo of the pharmacist on the wall, then ask the same question when that pharmacist appears behind the window. “Are you the football player?” He is not the football player. He is Shane Lechler, a 39-year-old Texas A&M graduate who shares the same name as the 42-year-old Texas A&M graduate and ex-Houston Texans and Oakland Raiders punter. By Rob Clark, The Eagle. SENT IN ADVANCE: 590 words, with photos.


DAVENPORT, Iowa _ Looking at the photo, one can hardly believe it’s real. An abandoned farmhouse rises from the middle of a rutted expanse of land in which absolutely nothing is growing. The Quad City Times reports there’s only the house and the land, both barren. Titled “Abandoned Farm, Tractored Out,” the photo of a Texas farm in 1938 is one of hundreds taken by Dorthea Lange (1895-1965) when she worked for the Farm Security Administration. She captured landscapes and faces directly affected by the Dust Bowl and the economic Depression. This photo is one of 63 works acquired by Figge Art Museum in 2018 as the Davenport cultural institution continues to build its collection in key and affordable areas. By Alma Gaul, Quad-City Times. SENT IN ADVANCE: 750 words, with photo.


FOR USE Monday, Jan. 7, and thereafter:


VICTORIA, Texas _ He didn’t have to look at a map to know the way. “It’s the house with a big tree pushing up the concrete,” Jonathan Hein said. The Victoria Advocate reports he leaned forward in his seat, put his nondescript white car into park, grabbed a clipboard from the center console and walked on the uneven concrete to the front door. He was only inside for a few moments, but he’s learned that moments of connection are precious to those with a mental illness. Hein is a Victoria police officer. By Jessica Priest, Victoria Advocate. SENT IN ADVANCE: 560 words, with photos.


HOUSTON _ Anthony Snoddy was first to climb the 18-foot ladder. The Houston Chronicle reports as the kid who found the tallest trees and front-flipped off buildings, Snoddy, 36, wasn’t worried about the height. He knew it would be part of his job maintaining and repairing wind turbines. Instead, he was focused on the safety clamps and procedures for climbing the ladder. These weren’t part of his riskier youthful forays, but they were essential in graduating from MIAT College of Technology and entering a workforce expected to grow 96 percent between 2016 and 2026. By Andrea Leinfelder, Houston Chronicle. SENT IN ADVANCE: 590 words, with photos. Moving on news & business lines.

^The AP, Dallas

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