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BC-TX--Texas Enterprise Digest, Advisory, TX

May 23, 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 Friday, May 24:


AUSTIN, Texas _ Texas authorities are expected to face sharp questions over a newly emerged cellphone video of Sandra Bland’s 2015 traffic stop in a case where the black woman was later found dead in jail in what officials determined was a suicide. A legislative panel holds a hearing Friday in Austin. By Paul J. Weber. UPCOMING: 600 words, with photos, video.

FOR USE Monday, May 27:


MOSBY, Mo. _ The residents of this small riverside town have become accustomed to watching floods swamp their streets, transform their homes into islands and ruin their floors and furniture. Finally fed up, 83-year-old Elmer Sullivan and nearly half of the homeowners in Mosby signed up in 2016 for a program in which the government would buy and then demolish their properties rather than paying to rebuild them over and over. They’re still waiting for offers, joining thousands of others across the country in a slow-moving line to escape from flood-prone homes. By David A. Lieb. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1,390 words, with photos.




HOUSTON _ Community leaders, elected officials and relatives of a Houston-area woman shot and killed by a police officer say her death must be a call to action. The Rev. Al Sharpton delivered a eulogy for 44-year-old Pamela Turner during a service Thursday at a Houston church. She was fatally shot during a struggle with a Baytown police officer, who is back on the job but has not returned to the streets. UPCOMING: 300 words, with photo. SENT on Thursday.


DALLAS _ The shooting deaths of two transgender women and the stabbing of a third are being investigated to determine whether they are connected, police in Dallas said Tuesday. No arrests have been made. The most recent killing occurred over the weekend. By Terry Wallace. SENT: 430 words, with photo. SENT on Tuesday.


ORLANDO, Fla. _ Big cities in the U.S. aren’t growing like they used to. Most of the nation’s largest cities last year grew by a fraction of the numbers they did earlier in the decade, according to population and housing unit estimates released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau. Perhaps no other city offers as stark an example of the trend than New York City, the nation’s most populous city with just under 8.4 million residents last year. Even though the city has grown by 223,000 residents since 2010, the most of any city over the past eight years except Houston, most of the growth was in the early part of the decade. By Mike Schneider. SENT: 420 words, with photos. SENT on Thursday.


RENO, Nev. _ NASA has launched the final stage of a four-year effort to develop a national traffic management system for drones, testing them in cities for the first time beyond the operator’s line of sight. Multiple drones took to the air at the same time above downtown Reno this week in a series of simulations testing emerging technology that someday will be used to manage small unmanned commercial aircraft delivering packages, pizzas and medical supplies. The Federal Aviation Administration has authorized individual test flights in cities before but never for multiple drones or outside the sight of the operator. The new round of tests continues this summer in Reno and Corpus Christi, Texas. By Scott Sonner. SENT: 700 words, with photos.


PLYMOUTH, Mass._ Companies specializing in nuclear demolition and radioactive waste storage are buying up aging U.S. reactors and promising to decommission them in dramatically less time than their utility owners had planned _ eight years instead of 60 in some cases. Viewed by experts as an emerging trend in the nuclear power industry, the sales of these retired or soon-to-be-retired reactors present a paradox for residents, state officials and nuclear watchdogs. Some firms have proposed interim waste storage facilities in Texas and New Mexico. By Bob Salsberg. SENT: 1,290 words, with photos, video. SENT on Tuesday.


The cemeteries of yore existed as much for the living as for the dead. People would picnic and relax there as they would in a park today. Now, a handful of 19th century graveyards are restoring the bygone tradition of cemetery gardening. Amy Lambert, for instance, volunteers at The Woodlands, a cemetery near her apartment in Philadelphia. She had been looking for a way to garden after she moved out of an Austin, Texas, house with a lush backyard. “This was an opportunity to get my hands dirty,” said Lambert, a 52-year-old architect. She’s one of about 150 “Grave Gardeners” tending cradle graves at The Woodlands, a 54-acre cemetery where 30,000 people are buried. By Tracee M. Herbaugh. SENT: 790 words, with photos. SENT on Wednesday.


NEW YORK _ The outlook for department stores got murkier Tuesday after J.C. Penney and Kohl’s reported fiscal first quarter results that showed they struggled at the start of the year. Texas-based Penney, which has been trying to turn around its business for several years after a disastrous reinvention plan, reported a wider than expected loss and sales declines during the quarter. Kohl’s sales momentum took a pause during the quarter as well. By Anne D’Innocenzio. SENT: 900 words, with photos. SENT on Tuesday.


NEW YORK _ Meloney Perry once worked at a traditional big law firm with a formal, corporate atmosphere, and knew she wanted a different culture at her own firm. “I learned the ‘old school’ way, but it’s changed,” says Perry, founder of Perry Law in Dallas. “Nowadays, with the employees coming in younger, you do have to have more of a family feel.” That means allowing more casual attire when clients aren’t around, and giving staffers laptops so they don’t have to work long hours at their desks. Small businesses’ cultures are becoming a bigger priority as more owners respond to the dramatically different expectations of a younger work force and a low unemployment rate. By Joyce M. Rosenberg. SENT: 990 words, with photos. SENT on Wednesday.


NEW YORK _ Brittany K. Barnett and MiAngel Cody are warrior attorneys with a mission: freeing nonviolent drug offenders serving life in a federal system the lawyers are working to reform. When it comes to the cause, their energy is boundless, Barnett through her Buried Alive Project and Cody as founder of The Decarceration Collective. And they’re immensely grateful to Kim Kardashian West for joining the fight, catching some headlines in the process. Barnett, who lives in Dallas, and Cody, based in Chicago, have spent years in the prison reform struggle, both after spending time in corporate law. By Leanne Italie. SENT: 1,000 words, with photos.



FOR USE Sunday, May 26, and thereafter:


HOUSTON _ Zainab Altameemi stood in the outdoor pool of the Trotter Family YMCA in west Houston on a recent Monday, donning a black burkini, a swimsuit that covers her hair and entire body. The Houston Chronicle reports Altameemi’s swim instructor, Kirby, was trying to get her to float on her back. The Iraqi refugee has been taking swimming lessons since January, along with half a dozen other refugee women. For many, coming from more conservative societies in Iraq and Syria, this is one of the first times they’ve had the opportunity to learn to swim. By Massarah Mikati, Houston Chronicle. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1,040 words, pursuing photos.


VICTORIA, Texas _ Pete Villarreal calls her his lab partner, but to be honest, she doesn’t have to do much work other than be herself. The Victoria Advocate reports on this day, she’s interested in a great horned owl in an enclosure nearby. She purrs and paces, her eyes focused on flapping wings, wondering if he is what’s next on the menu. She’s a 1-year-old Eurasian lynx named Nova, one of several animals the Texas Zoo is collaring for short periods of time. It’s an ambitious undertaking for a zoo that flooded less than two years ago by Hurricane Harvey and operates on a budget of $650,000. By Jessica Priest, Victoria Advocate. SENT IN ADVANCE: 410 words, pursuing photos.


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. _ The Medical Center of South Arkansas of El Dorado plans to start construction next month on a $3.5 million cancer center. The cancer center building is part of a $15 million investment in El Dorado health care, an outlay that began last year with renovations at the 166-bed hospital, said CEO Scott Street. The medical center will partner with Landmark Cancer Centers of Grapevine, Texas, to operate the cancer center, which will be on the first floor of a three-story 50,000-SF medical office building, Street said. The building also will house the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences’ regional health education center. The cancer center is expected to open in the summer of 2020. By Mark Friedman, Arkansas Business. SENT IN ADVANCE: 657 words.


FOR USE Monday, May 27, and thereafter:


FORT WORTH, Texas _ Between them, the Schieffer brothers of Fort Worth have moderated presidential debates, anchored network newscasts for 35 years, built a pro baseball stadium and team, and served America as one of our leading diplomats. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports from their upbringing 10 years apart in River Oaks and Benbrook, Bob and Tom Schieffer became Fort Worth’s emissaries to Washington, D.C., and the world. Bob Schieffer, now 82, was the calm voice delivering even-handed CBS News reports as an anchor and host from 1975 until as recently as a “Face the Nation” appearance April 21. Former Ambassador Tom Schieffer, 71, was a one-time Texas House Democrat who ran the Texas Rangers. By Bud Kennedy, Fort Worth Star-Telegram. SENT IN ADVANCE: 850 words, pursuing photos.


AUSTIN, Texas _ Millions knew him as Jonathan Bower in the popular 1980s and 1990s TV series “Who’s the Boss,” in which he starred alongside Tony Danza and Alyssa Milano. Photographers snapped him on red carpets. He was even interviewed by Oprah. The Austin American-Statesman reports but as glamorous as it all might sound, former child actor Danny Pintauro, now 43, said he’s only now living out his true dream job _ as a vet tech and cat care attendant at Austin Pets Alive. By Kristin Finan, Austin American-Statesman. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1,170 words, with photos.


OKLAHOMA CITY _ Stevie “Dr. View” Johnson wants to elevate the lives of young people of color, one beat, one rhyme and one doctorate degree at a time. A 29-year-old music producer from Longview, Texas, who put roots down in Oklahoma City with his wife and young son, Johnson recently earned his doctorate in adult and higher education administration from the University of Oklahoma. Listening is a key principle in Johnson’s work. His 250-page dissertation explores black experiences at historically white colleges. By Josh Dulaney, The Oklahoman. SENT IN ADVANCE: 630 words, with photos.

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