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

November 20, 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 Saturday, Nov. 24:


BROWNSVILLE, Texas — The newest member of a South Texas zoo goes by the name Bebop and joins other endangered white rhinos available to view. The Brownsville Herald reports Bebop joined Abby and Julie in the zoo’s crash, which is what a group of rhinos is called. UPCOMING: 250 words, with photos.

MOVING ON Sunday, Nov. 25:


HOUSTON — Repairs to a historic mural in Houston that was damaged in Hurricane Harvey are on hold as supporters work to raise more money for the project. Heavy rain from Harvey, which made landfall in August 2017, swamped parts of Houston. UPCOMING: 250 words, with photos.




HOUSTON — A judge has ordered the U.S. government not to enforce a ban on asylum for people who cross the southern border illegally, another court setback for the Trump administration’s efforts to impose new immigration restrictions without congressional approval. U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar agreed Monday with legal groups that immediately sued after President Donald Trump issued a Nov. 9 proclamation saying anyone who crossed the southern border between official ports of entry would be ineligible for asylum. The administration argued that caravans of migrants approaching the southern border made the new restrictions immediately necessary. By Nomaan Merchant. SENT: 810 words, with photos. SENT on Tuesday.


AUSTIN, Texas — Rep. Will Hurd, one of few Republican critics of President Donald Trump in Congress, narrowly won his re-election bid Monday in a sprawling Texas district that has been a perennial battleground. Democratic challenger Gina Ortiz Jones conceded Monday, nearly two weeks after Election Day, ending what had been one of the few remaining unresolved races of the 2018 midterm elections. Jones was trailing Hurd by about 1,100 votes in the 23rd Congressional District, which stretches from San Antonio to El Paso. Democrats had intensified efforts to flip the seat this year after Hillary Clinton carried the district in 2016. By Paul J. Weber. SENT: 340 words, with photo. SENT on Monday.


DALLAS — Union leaders say pilots will push American Airlines for more pay and schedule changes that they believe will reduce chronic flight delays at the world’s biggest airline. Daniel Carey, president of the Allied Pilots Association, said Monday that pilots will seek industry-leading wages when their current contract is due for renewal in January 2020. By David Koenig. SENT: 440 words. SENT on Monday.


NEW YORK — Joanna Gaines, known for her cozy-yet-cool designs including open-concept floor plans, farmhouse sinks and sliding barn doors, admits having to scale back on the vision of her own home in Waco, Texas, to allow her five children to add personality to their own spaces. Gaines says this principle especially applies to her two oldest children, son Drake, 13, and daughter Ella, 11. By Alicia Rancilio. SENT: 750 words, with photos. SENT on Tuesday.

And in sports:


Adrian Beltre of the Texas Rangers retired Tuesday after 21 seasons in a career in which he hit 477 home runs and became the first player from the Dominican Republic to have 3,000 hits. The 39-year-old third baseman announced his decision in a statement released by the Rangers, saying it is time for the “next chapter of my life.” Beltre was a .286 hitter with 1,707 RBIs in 2,933 career games. His 3,166 hits rank 16th on baseball’s career list, with his homers total 30th and RBIs 24th. He played 2,759 games at third base — only Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson had more. By Stephen Hawkins. SENT: 470 words, with photos. SENT on Tuesday.



FOR USE Sunday, Nov. 25, and thereafter:


MISSION, Texas — The federal government’s plan to run the planned border wall at the site of a historic mission along the Rio Grande would amount to an illegal government intrusion into the practice of religion, the Diocese of Brownsville says. The Corpus Christi Caller-Times reports at issue is a chapel in Mission, Texas, about 75 miles west of the mouth of the Rio Grande. The chapel, known as La Lomita Mission, served as sort of a regional hub beginning in the mid-1800s. By John C. Moritz, Corpus Christi Caller-Times. SENT IN ADVANCE: 720 words, with photos.


HOUSTON — A menacing hand reaches from above, pushing the small girl further underwater as she struggles for air. The Houston Chronicle reports that’s what 12-year-old Izzy Plunkett drew last October in a family friend’s home, adopted as her own, as her family rebuilt their Hurricane Harvey-flooded home in Cypress. Izzy’s dark drawing became the inspiration for her Silver Award project, the highest award that middle school-aged Girl Scouts can earn. By Emily Burleson, Houston Chronicle. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1,080 words, with photos.


TULSA, Okla. — A retired Tulsa surgeon remembers working in a Dallas hospital when President John F. Kennedy was fatally shot. It has been 55 years since the trauma emergency room at Dallas’ Parkland Memorial Hospital became the center of the known universe. Retired Tulsa surgeon Dr. Jerry Gustafson was among the small staff of doctors and others on duty at Parkland on Nov. 22, 1963. By John Klein, Tulsa World. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1052 words, pursuing photos.


FOR USE Monday, Nov. 26, and thereafter:


SAN ANTONIO — Tiffany Murgo and Katie Rakowitz met in an English class at Bradley Middle School and became fast friends. The San Antonio Express-News reports they remained close through high school and college, were in each other’s weddings and have raised their kids together. In 2011, after Rakowitz had her first child, she started looking for work she could do from home. She ended up acquiring a small baby-sitting business a year later from a woman she met through a moms’ group. Today, Time Out Sitters has about 250 babysitters and handle about 1,000 jobs a month. The partners also have added pet and house-sitting services. By Madison Iszler, San Antonio Express-News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 750 words, with photos.


BEAUMONT, Texas — Beaumont is on its way to becoming a more friendly place for bees with the City Council’s recent decision to become a Bee City USA. The Beaumont Enterprise reports Chris Jarmon of the City Manager’s Office, said the city was approached less than a year ago by a few members of the Magnolia Garden Club who asked if the city would consider adopting the designation and paying the required $500. By Kaitlin Bain, Beaumont Enterprise. SENT IN ADVANCE: 770 words, with photos.

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