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

September 27, 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, Sept. 29:


AUSTIN, Texas — County icon Willie Nelson, a longtime Democratic activist, holds a concert Saturday night for U.S. Senate hopeful Beto O’Rourke in the congressman’s long-shot bid to topple Republican Ted Cruz — despite online backlash from some fans. Nelson has shrugged off the criticism saying “We’re not happy ’til they’re not happy.” By Will Weissert. UPCOMING: 600 words, with photos.

MOVING ON Sunday, Sept. 30:


HOUSTON — GOP U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and Democratic challenger, U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, square off Sunday night in Houston for the second of three debates in their closer-than-expected Texas Senate race. By Will Weissert. UPCOMING: 800 words, with photos.




WASHINGTON — The Atlantic’s warmer waters triggered the unusual number of major hurricanes last year, according to a new study that predicts the region could see a couple of extra whopper storms each year by the end of the century. Six major hurricanes — with winds of at least 111 mph — spun around the Atlantic last year, including Harvey, Irma and Maria which hit parts of the United States and the Caribbean. Since 2000, the Atlantic has averaged three major hurricanes a year. Before that the average was closer to two. It may go up to five to eight major hurricanes a year around the year 2100, according to a study in Thursday’s journal Science. By Seth Borenstein. SENT: 570 words, with photo. SENT on Thursday.


— TEXAS RAINFALL-FLOODING — Decades of additional weather data have led federal officials to reconsider rainfall totals in Texas that define 100-year weather events and caution that extreme rainstorms will strike the state more frequently, according to a study by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. By David Warren, 450 words. SENT on Thursday.


AUSTIN, Texas — Ted Cruz is talking again about chaos in Washington, only this time he’s not the one causing it. Five years ago, the same Ted Cruz rode a wave of tea party outrage to the Senate with the declared intention of wreaking havoc on status quo. And he did, for establishment Republicans as much as President Barack Obama — helping to spark a government shutdown, calling the chamber’s majority leader a liar and inciting a pack of conservatives that later toppled House Speaker John Boehner. After an anonymous New York Times op-ed piece and journalist Bob Woodward’s book portraying a reckless president, polls have shown the GOP’s ability to hold the House increasingly in doubt. Cruz finds himself in a surprisingly close race against Democratic challenger Beto O’Rourke, a member of the U.S. House. By Will Weissert. SENT: 810 words, photo. SENT on Wednesday.


AUSTIN, Texas — Republican Sen. Ted Cruz accused Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke of making offensive comments about police officers during their first debate of the Texas Senate race. The attack came amid heightened attention in Texas on fatal shootings involving police officers. Last month, a white Dallas police officer shot and killed her unarmed black neighbor, whose apartment she says she mistook for her own. The officer, who was fired from her job Monday, is free on bond after being booked on a preliminary charge of manslaughter in the slaying of 26-year-old Botham Jean. By Paul J. Weber. SENT: 430 words, with photos. SENT on Tuesday.


AUSTIN, Texas — The founder of a Texas company that sells blueprints for making untraceable 3D-printed guns has resigned from the firm after being arrested on charges of having sex with an underage girl, the company announced Tuesday. Cody Wilson tendered his resignation to his own company Friday evening to tend to “personal matters,” said Paloma Heindorff, director of development for Austin-based Defense Distributed. The company is at the center of a lawsuit filed by several states trying to shut down the firm. Investigators allege Wilson met the 16-year-old in Austin through the website SugarDaddyMeet.com. Wilson was arrested in Taiwan and extradited last weekend. By Will Weissert. SENT: 400 words, with photos. SENT on Tuesday.


Shortly after last year’s shooting massacre on the Las Vegas strip, Ohio Gov. John Kasich convened a working group to explore possible reforms to state gun laws. A Republican, Kasich wanted to be sure the panel’s members clearly supported the Second Amendment. Yet it also was to be bipartisan, with members from across the political spectrum. The panel’s work accelerated after the Valentine’s Day slaughter at a high school in Parkland, Florida, and it eventually produced a legislative package of what Kasich labeled “sensible changes that should keep people safer.” The legislation was introduced by a Republican lawmaker in the GOP-dominated Legislature. It went nowhere. By Ryan J. Foley. SENT: 1,870 words, with photos. SENT on Wednesday.




The gunman in the Las Vegas mass shooting was armed with 23 AR-style weapons, 14 of them fitted with “bump stocks” that allowed them to mimic fully automatic fire. The devices were little-known before they were used in the Oct. 1 rampage, the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. And in the immediate aftermath, there were calls from a wide spectrum of lawmakers and advocates on firearms issues to have them banned. Slide Fire Solutions, America’s largest bump stock manufacturer, closed its website in June and stopped taking orders. However, its remaining stock of the devices is now being sold by another company, RW Arms, based in Fort Worth, Texas. By Lisa Marie Pane. SENT: 400 words, photos, video. SENT on Wednesday.




NEW ORLEANS — A federal appeals court panel has ruled that a Louisiana law requiring that abortion providers have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals does not violate women’s constitutional abortion rights. The 2-1 ruling from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals notes a U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down an admitting privileges law in Texas — a case known as Whole Woman’s Health. But, the majority said, Louisiana’s law does not impose the same “substantial burden” on women as the Texas law. The ruling reversed a Baton Rouge-based federal judge’s ruling in the case and ordered the lawsuit by opponents of the law dismissed. By Kevin McGill. SENT: 330 words. SENT on Wednesday.


NEW YORK — Sales are so strong at women’s clothing company Leota that owner Sarah Carson is asking manufacturers for more inventory for the holidays, a change from last year. Leota, which sells dresses, tops, pants and skirts to stores and on its own website, has been getting reorders from retailers in mid-season, unlike recent years when customer demand was weaker. But taking on more inventory isn’t something Carson’s doing lightly; she doesn’t want a big surplus that she’ll need to mark down Dec. 26. Many small and independent retailers are more upbeat about the fourth quarter and holiday season than in recent years because customers are more confident and spending freely. By Joyce M. Rosenberg. SENT: 880 words, with photos. SENT on Wednesday.



FOR USE Sunday, Sept. 30, and thereafter:


TERLINGUA, Texas — In 1918, Howard Perry, the wealthy owner of the Chisos Mining Co., persuaded his wife Grace to join him here in one of the bleakest and most remote corners of the country. The San Antonio Express-News reports Perry had built and lavishly furnished a large stone mansion on a hilltop above the mines where 1,000 or more Mexicans toiled for $1.50 a day, extracting and smelting mercury ore. But after traveling by train from New England and arriving on a freight wagon, Grace decided desert life near the Mexican border wasn’t for her. After the mines played out in the 1940s, Perry went broke. Today, a century after Grace Perry’s hasty flight back to civilization, Terlingua is booming. By John MacCormack, San Antonio Express-News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 2,350 words, with photos.


MASON, Texas — A dozen conservationists clad in khaki and forest green march into the Hill Country brush. The Dallas Morning News reports noontime sun hasn’t broken through the clouds. The prickly pears are full of ripe purple fruit. Late summer rain has kept the grasses green and red dirt damp. Conditions are ideal for this rescue mission as the procession moves wordlessly onward. In their hands are cameras and clear deli cups, the kind used to take home leftover potato salad. Inside each are tiny lizards, about the size of a quarter and only a few weeks old. They are the latest, greatest hope for bringing their species back from the brink. By Charles Scudder, The Dallas Morning News. SENT IN ADVANCE: xxx words, pursuing photos. Not for online use in the Dallas area. SENT IN ADVANCE: 2,970 words, with photos.


FOR USE Monday, Oct. 1, and thereafter:


PORT ARTHUR, Texas — Looking across a 1,500-acre reach of coastal marsh on the J.D. Murphree Wildlife Management Area on a late-summer afternoon in 2018, it would be hard to reconcile the robust wetland in Southeast Texas’ Jefferson County with what stood there just a few years ago. The Houston Chronicle reports today, the publicly-owned tract just west of Sabine Lake and part of the largest continuous estuarine marsh system in Texas is a mosaic of thick stands of cordgrass, bulrush and other soil holding/building vegetation peppered with shallow ponds vibrating with aquatic and avian life. A decade ago, it was a dying marsh. By Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1,200 words, with photos.


LUFKIN, Texas — Students at St. Cyprian’s Episcopal School are thinking up new and improved ways to care for their chickens and gardens. The Lufkin News reports over the summer, environmental science teacher Michelle Haney said she was working in the garden when she saw a bobcat approaching the chicken coop. It was then that she decided the class had better find new ways to protect their chickens, so she tasked sixth-grader Alex Tiu with a project. By Grace Juarez, The Lufkin News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 690 words, pursuing photos.


MIAMI, Okla. — A group of Boy Scout Explores reunited in New Mexico more than 50 years after a Boy Scouts trip. It was 50 years ago a group of nine teenage Miami Boy Scout Explorers set out on a 12-day test of endurance at the Philmont Scout Ranch and Explorer Base near Cimarron, New Mexico. Six of those Scouts, now in their sixties, including David Price of Miami, Oklahoma, met back up at Philmont this summer to reminisce and share stories about their time together there. By Melinda Stotts, The Miami News-Record. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1416 words.

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