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FOR USE Friday, Aug. 31, after 2:01 a.m. CDT:
Ports and ground terminals in nearly every state handle goods that are now or will likely soon be covered by import tariffs. Port executives worry that this could mean a slowdown in shipping that would have ripple effects on truckers and others whose jobs depend on trade. The Associated Press analyzed government data and found that from the West Coast to the Great Lakes and the Gulf of Mexico, at least 10 percent of imports at many ports could face new tariffs if President Donald Trump’s proposals take full effect. By David Koenig. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1,250 words, with photos.
MOVING on Monday, Sept. 3:
CHILD SEX TRAFFICKING-SHELTER
DALLAS — The need for long-term and specialized care to treat child sex-trafficking victims is increasing as the focus across the U.S. shifts from punishment to treatment. This past week, a residential facility in Texas began taking in girls amid a makeshift response nationwide to a growing population of child sex-trafficking victims. Twenty-four states and the District of Columbia have eliminated criminal liability for minors — with all but one state making the change since 2010. Experts say some other states are reluctant to follow suit due to lack of services for the children. By Jamie Stengle and Emily Schmall. UPCOMING: 780 words, photos.
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TEXAS OFFICER-MURDER TRIAL-DIFFERENCES
Every case is unique, as is every jury. Experts say several factors seemed to stack up against ex-Texas police officer Roy Oliver this week when, in an extremely rare outcome, he was convicted of murder for a shooting that occurred while on duty. Criminal justice experts tell The Associated Press that fewer than 90 officers have been charged with murder or manslaughter for such shootings since 2005. Less than half were convicted or pleaded guilty to lesser charges. Even more rare is a guilty verdict on a murder charge: That has happened only five other times in the last 13 years in cases involving non-federal law enforcement officers — and four of those convictions were overturned, according to a Bowling Green State University criminologist. By Claudia Lauer. SENT: 870 words, with photos. SENT on Wednesday.
HOUSTON — Amid its ongoing recovery from Hurricane Harvey, the city of Houston announced Wednesday it’s been accepted to become a member of a global initiative designed to help cities become more resilient to events like natural disasters, as well as to socio-economic challenges faced by urban areas. Mayor Sylvester Turner said Houston has been accepted into the New York-based Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities program. The program offers financial and logistical support to member cities to help them develop proactive plans to deal with shocks and stresses from both natural disasters and negative socio-economic trends like aging infrastructure and high unemployment. By Juan A. Lozano. SENT: 470 words. SENT on Wednesday.
NEW YORK — The political network created by the billionaire Koch brothers announced plans to support eight House Republicans on Thursday, pledging financial resources and activists to help re-elect several vulnerable congressmen deemed “principled” conservatives. The first wave of endorsements includes a handful of sometime-critics of President Donald Trump, particularly on immigration and spending. The candidates backed by the network’s political arm, Americans for Prosperity, include eight men from seven states: Reps. Rod Blum and David Young of Iowa, Dave Brat of Virginia, Ted Budd of North Carolina, Steve Chabot of Ohio, Will Hurd of Texas, Erik Paulsen of Minnesota and Peter Roskam of Illinois. By Steve Peoples. SENT: 560 words, with photo. SENT on Thursday.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — For the first time in 50 years, an astronaut-in-training is quitting NASA. Astronaut candidate Robb Kulin has resigned halfway through his two years of training at Johnson Space Center in Houston. NASA spokeswoman Brandi Dean said his departure is effective Friday and that he is leaving for personal reasons that the space agency cannot discuss due to privacy laws. Kulin was among 12 new astronauts chosen last summer from a record 18,300 applicants. By Marcia Dunn. SENT: 150 words, with photo. SENT on Tuesday.
Never get between a university and its trademarks. That’s the lesson dozens of people learn every year when they unwittingly provoke the wrath of big universities and the lawyers they hire to protect their mascots, slogans and logos. Records gathered by The Associated Press show that some major universities send their lawyers after even slight perceived threats to their brands, sending flurries of letters threatening legal action or trying to block new trademarks deemed too close to their own. By Collin Binkley. SENT: 960 words, with photos. SENT on Tuesday.
TV-MAYANS MC (NOTE: Series debuts Tuesday, Sept. 4)
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — When “Sons of Anarchy” debuted in 2008, creator Kurt Sutter heard the same comparison: it was the poor, white working class version of the HBO mob series, “The Sopranos.” Now that “Sons of Anarchy” spin-off “Mayans M.C.” is set to launch, Sutter says he’s prepared for it to inevitably be called the Latino rendition of the popular motorcycle gang drama. “But it’s more than that,” Sutter, the new series co-creator, told The Associated Press. Yes, “Mayans M.C.” focuses on similar motorcycle outlaw themes of crime, contradictions and divided devotions as its artistic predecessor. Yet, it aims to tackle the conflicted world along the U.S.-Mexico border. By Russell Contreras. SENT: 850 words, with photos. SENT on Thursday.
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FOR USE Saturday, Sept. 1 and thereafter:
EXCHANGE-WEB SERIES ANIMATOR
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Brandon Reed could be any young man playing video games in his basement. But this laid-back 25-year-old South Bend, Indiana, resident actually might be exchanging thoughts with a comedian, an agent, an artist or celebrity halfway across the country. One thing that’s certain about this guy is that he hasn’t changed much since he became a YouTube star about two years ago as the animator of the popular animated web series “Lil Ron Ron,” which he works on with writer and voice artist Ron Bush of Mobile, Alabama. The South Bend Tribune reports the strip is seen by viewers across the globe, and is especially popular in Texas, Georgia, Florida and Illinois. By Ed Semmler, South Bend Tribune. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1,220 words, with photos.
FOR USE Sunday, Sept. 2 and thereafter:
COTULLA, Texas — The life-sized statue of a young Lyndon Baines Johnson shows him in suit and tie, a heavy book in his left hand, and pointing sternly with his right. His hair is parted in the middle, his ears are not noticeably large and he isn’t smiling. The San Antonio Express-News reports sometime next year, the gleaming Johnson statue will be dedicated at the Welhausen School on Cotulla’s east side. Sculptor Armando Hinojosa’s creation in bronze depicts the future president as a young school teacher in South Texas. By John MacCormack, San Antonio Express-News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1,190 words, with photos.
EXCHANGE-HOUSTON-TRIBAL GROUNDS (Moving on news & entertainment lines)
HOUSTON — A Grateful Dead “Steal Your Face” sticker adorns the front window. Tie-dyed shirts and dresses sway in the wind outside. The smell of incense can be detected before you get out of your car. The Houston Chronicle reports this is Tribal Grounds. Donald Bingham has been slinging exotic goods from his store on Montrose longer than some of his regular customers have been alive. In other words, it’s been a bastion of incense and hippiedom in Houston for quite a while. But as the neighborhood has evolved around it, Bingham’s outpost has largely stayed the same, wherever it was. By Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle. SENT IN ADVANCE: 750 words, with photos.
FOR USE Monday, Sept. 3 and thereafter:
FORT WORTH, Texas — On a recent afternoon, the C.R. Smith Museum at American Airlines’ Fort Worth campus was alive with laughter, as children raced the clock to get suitcases loaded into a cargo hold. The Dallas Morning News reports nearby, a girl sat behind the controls in an MD-80 cockpit, while others sat huddled around computer screens in a mock operations center. Two years ago, the scene wouldn’t have been possible. That’s changed thanks to a multimillion-dollar makeover that has seen the museum’s exhibits reimagined for the 21st century, coupling the romance of a bygone Jet Age with new, interactive displays that convey the complexity of a modern airline. By Conor Shine, The Dallas Morning News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 790 words, with photos. Not for online use in the Dallas area.
PAINT ROCK, Texas — His hands darkened with coal, and his forehead beaded with sweat, Randy Kiser shifted the embers as smoke bellowed from the forge. The San Angelo Standard-Times reports he lifted a reddened rod from the flames, and beat the malleable metal with a hammer. He inspected the edges and moved to a machine that tapers them. When he stopped, he had shaped the handle of a carbon-steel skillet. Kiser’s workshop is set in the back portion of a rustic building on Moss Street in Paint Rock, the seat of government for Concho County. The front looks like an antiquer’s treasure trove, and serves as a showroom for Kiser’s 3Nail Ironworks. By Yfat Yossifor, San Angelo Standard-Times. SENT IN ADVANCE: 680 words, with photos.
The AP, Dallas