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May 9, 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, May 5:


RIO GRANDE DEL NORTE NATIONAL MONUMENT, N.M. _ Rafting and angler guides are predicting a good season for Rio Grande tourism in New Mexico thanks to strong runoff generated by a good snowmelt this year. UPCOMING: 350 words, photos.


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. _ Throughout U.S. history, private, armed groups have been hired or appointed themselves to police the U.S-Mexico border for a variety of reason, ranging from preventing Chinese immigrants from crossing over illegally to preventing runaway slaves from fleeing. By Russell Contreras. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos.




CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico _ For thousands of asylum seekers, there are many ways to wait _ and wait, and wait _ at the threshold of the United States. Parents and children sleep in tents next to bridges leading to Texas for weeks on end, desperately hoping their names and numbers are called so they can be let in. By Elliot Spagat, Nomaan Merchant and Patricio Espinoza. SENT: 2950 words, photos, graphic. A 1350-word abridged version also is available. Moved Thursday.


LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. _ Immigration officials will train dozens of U.S. border patrol agents to start screening immigrants arriving on the southwest border for asylum amid a surge in the number of families seeking the protection, a government official said Wednesday. L. Francis Cissna, director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, said his agency will train about 60 border agents over the next few months to join in conducting the screenings on the U.S.-Mexico border. The first group of 10 agents will start receiving training in Los Angeles next week. By Amy Taxin. SENT: 400 words. Moved Wednesday.


WASHINGTON _ Beto O’Rourke has hired one of the masterminds behind Barack Obama’s unlikely 2008 primary victory, part of the Democratic candidate’s efforts to balance his freewheeling style with the organizational demands of a presidential campaign. Delegate guru Jeff Berman began working for O’Rourke in April. In his role as senior adviser for delegate strategy, Berman will oversee the campaign’s efforts to navigate the complicated process of amassing enough delegates to secure the Democratic nomination. His work in a similar role is credited with helping catapult Obama past favorite Hillary Clinton during the 2008 race. By Washington Bureau Chief Julie Pace. SENT: 380 words, photos. Moved Thursday.


AUSTIN, Texas _ Nearly a year after a mass shooting at a Southeast Texas high school killed eight students and two substitute teachers, lawmakers in this gun-friendly state are close to passing new measures to “harden” campuses with more armed school personnel, beefed up security plans and a boost in student mental health resources. A suspect remains in custody in last May’s fatal shootings at Santa Fe High School. By Jim Vertuno. SENT: 830 words, with photo. SENT on Wednesday.


WASHINGTON _ The Justice Department’s ability to charge minors for supporting terrorist groups has been hampered by a 2018 Supreme Court decision, forcing prosecutors to hand off at least one such case to local authorities in a state without anti-terrorism laws. The court’s decision in a case unrelated to terrorism opened a loophole that could allow young supporters of groups like the Islamic State to skate on charges from the federal government. The legal gap was highlighted by the case of Matin Azizi-Yarand, who was sentenced in a Texas state court last month after plotting to shoot police officers and civilians at a suburban shopping mall. He was 17 at the time and considered a minor. By Jake Bleiberg and Michael Balsamo. SENT: 700 words, with photo. SENT on Tuesday.


JACKSON, Miss. _ The Mississippi Lottery Corporation announced Wednesday that it is hiring an experienced executive as its first president. Thomas N. “Tom” Shaheen, 66, begins June 1 and will oversee operations as Mississippi prepares to join most other states in offering scratch-off tickets and other games of chance. Shaheen most recently was vice president and chief policy officer of a lottery technology company, Linq3. He was executive director the North Carolina Education Lottery from 2005 to 2010, and before that was chief executive officer of the New Mexico Lottery. He also worked for lotteries in Georgia, Texas and Florida. By Emily Wagster Pettus. SENT: 400 words, with photos. SENT on Wednesday.


NEW YORK _ Companies of any size can make marketing mistakes _ think Coca-Cola’s infamous “New Coke,” a reformulation that bombed in 1985. The makers of Homebase, software that helps employers with staffer scheduling, offered customers a chance to win Amazon.com gift cards if they completed a survey about using the program. “The response was understandably negative _ Homebase is used by other small businesses, and many regard Amazon as a ruthless competitor,” Homebase marketing director Ravi Dehar says. The Houston-based company learned its lesson and now uses Visa gift cards. By Joyce M. Rosenberg. SENT: 940 words, with photos. SENT on Wednesday.



FOR USE Sunday, May 12, and thereafter:


DENTON, Texas _ A year ago, a memorial opened in Alabama to remember what Denton County and other communities around the country worked hard to keep secret: decades of racial terror and lynchings at the hands of community leaders. Stories in the Denton Record-Chronicle helped keep those secrets, even while reporting the news. In the past year, University of North Texas history students spent months combing through old Record-Chronicle stories following the revelation of a lynching in Denton County in 1922. The two men who were lynched in Pilot Point are among 4,000 remembered at the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama. But a year into the search to identify the two men, their names remain unknown. By Peggy Heinkel-Wolfe, Denton Record Chronicle. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1030 words, photos.


WACO, Texas _ Chris Garcia worries about the widening of Interstate 35 near his front door. “I understand Exit 338-A is supposed to be moving,” said Garcia, who manages Collin Street Bakery on I-35 near Bellmead. “It may move forward or it may move backward. One way it hurts, the other it doesn’t so much.” The Waco Tribune-Herald reports in either case, Garcia sees the $341 million project spread over four to five years evolving into a slow-motion nightmare. Diversions could mean “no easy on-and-offs,” and motorists struggling to retain their bearings. By Mike Copeland, Waco Tribune-Herald. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1250 words, photos. Moving on general, financial and entertainment news services.


FOR USE Monday, May 13, and thereafter:


DALLAS _ R u in danger? In Dallas, u can now txt 911. The Dallas Morning News reports Dallas recently became the latest in North Texas to offer the text-to-911 service after years of discussion and technological constraints. While phone calls are preferred, city officials say the option for emergency texting will help those who are deaf, hearing-impaired or in a situation where talking will put them at risk. Maj. Israel Herrera, who oversees emergency communication, said the system used in 2017 was unable to process texts. After the city upgraded its communication service, the department had the ability to use text-to-911. By Cassandra Jaramillo, The Dallas Morning News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 740 words, photos. Not for online use in the Dallas market.


QUINLAN, Texas _ Even as students grow into adulthood and get ready to leave high school, educators at the Quinlan Independent School District embrace the responsibility to make every last second a teaching experience. The Greenville Herald-Banner reports ond one of those lessons is the dangers of drunk and distracted driving, which leads to tens of thousands of deaths each year. To achieve that goal, the district organized its third-ever “Shattered Dreams” event. School administrators collaborated with the district’s police department – as well as other first responders in Hunt County – to organize reenactments that showed students how big an impact their actions can have in the real world. By Hojun Choi, Greenville Herald-Banner. SENT IN ADVANCE: 490 words, photos.

^The AP, Dallas