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

September 7, 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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MOVING on Friday, Sept. 7:


AUSTIN, Texas — In his bid to upset Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, Democrat Beto O’Rourke livestreams constantly, highlighting how the technology has created scenes once unthinkable for candidates seeking national office, but is nonetheless increasingly popular among underdogs desperate for attention. By Will Weissert. UPCOMING: 780 words, photos.

MOVING on Saturday, Sept. 8:


Carolyn Johnson is sure in her heart that her son is dead — but more than a decade after he first went missing in northwestern Louisiana, the uncertainty of not knowing what happened or where his body is never gets any easier. “You learn to live with it. But it’s always there,” she said in a phone interview from her home in Sturgis, South Dakota. Clinton Devon Nelson was last seen about 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 1, 2006, leaving a party in the unincorporated community of Princeton. Now he’s one of three missing people that Bossier Parish officials are asking the public to help them find. The others are a woman missing for 39 years, and a man last seen 18 years ago. By Janet McConnaughey. UPCOMING: About 750 words.




WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Thursday moved to abandon a longstanding court settlement that limits how long immigrant children can be kept locked up, proposing new regulations that would allow the government to detain families until their immigration cases are decided. Homeland Security Department officials said that ending the so-called Flores agreement of 1997 will speed up the handling of immigration cases while also deterring people from illegally crossing the Mexican border. The move angered immigrant rights advocates and is all but certain to trigger a court battle. By Colleen Long and Amy Taxin. SENT: 780 words, with photos. SENT on Thursday.


VALIER, Mont. — The searchers rummage through the abandoned trailer, flipping over a battered couch, unfurling a stained sheet, looking for clues. It’s blistering hot and a grizzly bear lurking in the brush unleashes a menacing growl. But they can’t stop. Not when a loved one is still missing. Ashley HeavyRunner Loring, a 20-year-old member of the Blackfeet Nation, was last heard from around June 8, 2017. Since then her older sister, Kimberly, has been looking for her. For many in Native American communities across the nation, the problem of missing and murdered women is deeply personal. By Sharon Cohen. SENT: 3,230 words, with photos, video. Also moved in advance. An abridged version also moved, 930 words. RESENT Wednesday.


— DEATH AND DISAPPEARNCE-REFORMING THE SYSTEM. By Mary Hudetz. SENT: 1,260 words, with photo.

— DEATH AND DISAPPEARANCE-LAWS. By Sharon Cohen. SENT: 660 words, with photo.

— DEATH AND DISAPPEARANCE-THE POSTERS — By Sharon Cohen and Mary Hudetz. SENT: 1,390 words, with photos.


WASHINGTON — Just two months before the midterm elections, bipartisan legislation to try to prevent foreign hacking into U.S. election systems is stalled in Congress as the White House and some Republicans worry it could exert too much federal control over the states. Supporters of the bill say the delay could embolden Russia, which targeted election infrastructure in at least 21 states in 2016. By Mary Clare Jalonick. SENT: 1,090 words, with photo. SENT on Tuesday.


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Hikers have embarked on a 500-mile expedition that will traverse New Mexico. The mission: Chart out the best route and identify what challenges might lay ahead as the state moves closer to establishing the Rio Grande Trail. Following in the footsteps of other states, New Mexico is looking to capitalize on its vistas, mild weather and culture with the creation of a long-distance trail along one of North America’s longest rivers. The Rio Grande stretches down the middle of the state, from the southern end of the Rocky Mountains near the Colorado state line to the bustling desert region where New Mexico and Texas intersect with the U.S.-Mexico border. By Susan Montoya Brown. SENT: 690 words, with photos. SENT on Thursday.


NEW YORK — Offers of training and stock in their new employer weren’t enough to keep four out of his five staffers when Dennis Chow sold his information technology firm in 2016. Chow and the buyers learned one of the hard lessons of a business sale — despite their best efforts, some employees will leave. People departed from both companies when SCIS Security acquired Chow’s Houston-based Xtec Systems, most of them workers who didn’t like their new assignments. As the number of small business sales keeps rising, staff retention is a priority. By Joyce M. Rosenberg. SENT: 920 words, with photos. SENT on Wednesday.


NEW YORK — Pictures of mice lounging around an anti-rodent device designed to make them flee were cited by a judge who let a class-action lawsuit proceed Wednesday against a company that sells and markets them. “It is often said that a picture is worth a thousand words,” U.S. District Judge William H. Pauley III wrote above three pictures depicting mice near and, in one case, resting on top of the device. “And, in this case, three photographs from a study conducted by plaintiffs’ expert are worth even more.” The 2015 lawsuit was filed by women in Palm Desert, California, and Woodville, Texas. They sought unspecified damages and wanted to represent others who’d purchased over 2.4 million devices. By Larry Neumeister. SENT: 470 words, with photo. SENT on Wednesday.



FOR USE Sunday, Sept. 9 and thereafter:


HOUSTON — Sandra Calderon and her kids were not feeling well. The Houston Chronicle reports it was nearly a year after Hurricane Harvey hit, particularly devastating the East side of Houston where she lived, and she felt her health crumbling. Calderon, who was born in Fort Worth but lived in Mexico until 13 years ago, hadn’t seen a doctor in two years. She doesn’t have insurance. She normally works in the service industry, but is currently unemployed. Her options seemed nonexistent. While picking up donated backpacks for her kids at her church, Christian Tabernacle on Wallisville Road, she came across United Health Partners, which is trying to fill health care needs in northeast Houston. By Massarah Mikati, Houston Chronicle. SENT IN ADVANCE: 910 words, with photos.


BOERNE, Texas — The handsome, two-story building that fronts Main Street just up the road from downtown is impressive in its own right. Recently renovated from top to bottom, it has a history as colorful as any other in the Hill Country. The San Antonio Express-News reports built in 1851 as a small frontier home, it was added onto through the years and served as a restaurant, boarding house, bordello, old folks home and, when Debbie Gracy bought it in 2005, an office building. It’s now had a makeover. But what makes the limestone and blue-painted Texas Polo Club Hotel truly special is that it once hosted what some say — and what Gracy insists — were the first polo players ever to play the sport in the U.S. By Richard A. Marini, San Antonio Express-News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 920 words, with photos. Moving on news & sports lines.


FOR USE Monday, Sept. 10 and thereafter:


AUSTIN, Texas — Alyssa Smith needs a recommendation. It’s her first time at Empowered Coffee in downtown Austin, and she’s not sure what to order. The Austin American-Statesman reports Barista William Mullican, 21, is ready to help. Get the Rwandan, he says. Iced. Smith accepts his suggestion and takes a sip. Empowered Coffee isn’t your average shop. It’s the first 100 percent inclusive for-profit company in Austin and among only a handful in the United States. All employees here have intellectual or developmental disabilities, including Mullican. The shop opened in March inside RunLab, a sports medicine and training facility. By Kristin Finan, Austin American-Statesman. SENT IN ADVANCE: 590 words, with photos. Moving on news & sports lines.


GOLIAD, Texas — Perhaps it’s the animated dance of the Attwater prairie chicken that inspires the noble efforts of folks who refuse to imagine a Texas landscape without this dappled bird. The Corpus Christi Caller-Times reports the grouse-like ground dweller that numbered as many as a million 120 years ago is profoundly endangered today. Its shrinking prairie habitat once spanned 6 million acres of virtually contiguous, coastal grasslands in Texas and Louisiana. Several years ago the wild population was estimated at fewer than 100, living exclusively on the Attwater Prairie Chicken National Wildlife Refuge near Eagle Lake, and on private lands in Goliad County. By David Sikes, Corpus Christi Caller-Times. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1,520 words, with photos.

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