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DALLAS (AP) — Finalists have been announced in the 2017 Texas Associated Press Broadcasters contest.

The list of finalists was released Wednesday by the TAPB board of directors.

The awards in actual order of finish — first and second places — will be announced on Saturday, April 21 at the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters Awards Banquet at the Headliners Club in Austin. Banquet registration information will be posted to http://discover.ap.org/contests/texas-broadcast .

Thirty-seven TV stations and 11 radio stations submitted 789 entries in the 2017 Texas Associated Press Broadcasters contest, which featured newscasts and sportscast entries from 2017.

The Associated Press is a not-for-profit news cooperative representing 1,400 newspapers and 5,000 broadcast stations in the United States.

Finalists in the 2017 Texas Associated Press Broadcasters contest:

TV Division I:

Commentary-Editorial: Bob Ballou, KEYE-TV, Austin, "What Ballou Me Away"; Randy Beamer, WOAI-TV, San Antonio, "San Antonio's Voice."

Feature (Light): Marvin Hurst, Michael Humphries, KENS-TV, San Antonio, "We Don't Want to Let it Die"; Greg T. Johnson, Jobin Panicker, WFAA-TV, Dallas-Fort Worth, "Amen."

Investigative Report: Charlotte Huffman, Mark Smith, WFAA-TV, Dallas-Fort Worth, "Criminal Caretakers"; KHOU-TV, Houston, "Holding for Help."

Photojournalism-Station: KENS-TV, San Antonio, "Un Año Negro y Azul"; KHOU-TV, Houston.

Photojournalism-Individual: Michael Botsford, WFAA-TV, Dallas-Fort Worth, "A Year in Images"; Kyle Porter, KHOU-TV, Houston, "Portervision."

Sports Story: Bob Ballou, Anthony Geronimo, KEYE-TV, Austin, "Copeland Strong"; Daniel Gotera, Mike Orta, KHOU-TV, Houston, "Fishing with an Angel."

Documentary/Magazine or Special: KHOU-TV, Houston, "Missing Pieces"; KXAN-TV, Austin, "Fallen."

Series: KHOU-TV, Houston, "Selling Girls"; KXAN-TV, Austin, "Fallen."

Specialty or Beat Reporting: Scott Noll, KHOU-TV, Houston, "Investigating After Harvey "; Ryan Wolf, KABB-TV, San Antonio, "Cash for Kindness."

Reporter: Bettie Cross, KEYE-TV, Austin, "There's No Such Thing as too Much Natural Sound "; Foti Kallergis, KTRK-TV, Houston, "What a Year!"

General Assignment: Tanya Eiserer, Brandon Mowry, WFAA-TV, Dallas-Fort Worth, "So Much Pain"; Stef Manisero, Robert Vaughn, Spectrum News-TV, Austin, "Sign Says Open."

Sportscast: Spectrum News-TV, Austin, "Sports Night."

Continuing Coverage: Sandra Ibarra, Emily Baucum, WOAI-TV, San Antonio, "Deadly Church Bus Crash"; Scott Noll, Stephanie Kuzydym, KHOU-TV, Houston, "Hurricane Harvey Investigations."

Digital: KPRC-TV, Houston; WFAA-TV, Dallas-Fort Worth.

Deadline Editing: General News: Brian Bell, Bettie Cross, KEYE-TV, Austin, "Living Small"; Brian Bell, Melanie Torre, KEYE-TV, Austin, "Organized Chaos."

Feature Editing: General News: Bill Carruthers, KPRC-TV, Houston; Kyle Porter, KHOU-TV, Houston.

Online/Special Content: KENS-TV, San Antonio, "Ingram Square Fire: A Hero Dies, a Suspected Arsonist Speaks"; WFAA-TV, Dallas-Fort Worth, "7/7 The Mobile Experience."

Sports Anchor or Anchor Team: Mike Barnes, KVUE-TV, Austin, "Barnestorming."

Sports Special: Or Moyal, Dale Hansen, WFAA-TV, Dallas-Fort Worth; Daniel Gotera, Mike Orta, KHOU-TV, Houston, "Pearland Oilers."

Weathercast: Jim Spencer, KXAN-TV, Austin, "Tracking Harvey"; Chikage Windler, KEYE-TV, Austin, "Tracking Harvey."

Morning Newscast: Jennifer Luna, Josh Larson, KABB-TV, San Antonio, "Firefighter Dies Fighting Strip Mall Fire Overnight"; KHOU-TV, Houston.

Daytime Newscast: Roxanne Gass, Lorrie Cook, KABB-TV, San Antonio; Katie Kreider, KEYE-TV, Austin, "Lawmakers Ambushed."

News Anchor or Anchor Team: Kristopher Gutierrez, KXAS-TV, Fort Worth, "Gutz & Boots"; Chris Saldana, KEYE-TV, Austin.

Spot Coverage-Station: KPRC-TV, Houston, "Hurricane Harvey: Days of Devastation"; KVUE-TV, Austin, "UT Stabbing."

Spot Story-Individual: Courtney Schoenemann, German Cortez, KEYE-TV, Austin, "That's What Neighbors are for "; Brandi Smith, Mario Sandoval, KHOU-TV, Houston, "A Trucker's Rescue."

Feature (Serious): Tanya Eiserer, Michael Botsford, WFAA-TV, Dallas-Fort Worth, "Family Secret"; Stef Manisero, Robert Vaughn, Spectrum News-TV, Austin, "Adaptation."

Newscast: Alicia Guerrero, Evan Henson, WOAI-TV, San Antonio, "Sutherland Springs Church Massacre"; Jessica Headley, Ryan Wolf, KABB-TV, San Antonio, "Las Vegas Massacre."

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TV Division II:

Feature (Light): Bobby Schuyler, Adam Schumes, KIDY-TV, San Angelo, "Juddy -- Fighter"; Lonnie Valencia, Samantha Lewis, KFOX-TV, El Paso, "Boyd Sanatoriam."

Investigative Report: Angel San Juan, Drue Barrilleaux, KFDM-TV, Beaumont, "Harvey 911 Calls"; Christian Von Preysing, KRGV-TV, Weslaco, "Life for Sale."

Photojournalism-Individual: Nick Bradshaw, KTXS-TV, Abilene; Andrew Wood, KJTV-TV, Lubbock.

Sports Story: Jessica Morrey, KCEN-TV, Temple, "V is for More Than Victory"; Henry Ramos, Andrew Wood, KJTV-TV, Lubbock, "Frenship Homecoming- Nick's Special Date."

Documentary/Magazine or Special: Steve Carmack, KBTX-TV, Bryan-College Station, "60 Years of KBTX"; Sylvia Villarreal, Matt Hines, KXXV-TV, Waco, "Remembering Jarrell: 20 Years Later."

Series: Genevieve Curtis, Juan Cazares, KFOX-TV, El Paso, "Becoming the Badge"; Stephanie Valle, KVIA-TV, El Paso, "Born Addicted."

Specialty or Beat Reporting: DeAnn Lopez, Chris Duesler, KOSA-TV, Midland-Odessa, "Marine Boot Camp"; Tara Mergener, Clint Webb, KWTX-TV, Waco, "What's your Story?"

Reporter: Bill Churchwell, KIII-TV, Corpus Christi, "Covering the Coastal Bend"; Tara Mergener, KWTX-TV, Waco, "Breaking News and Beyond."

General Assignment: Lonnie Valencia, Kezhal Dashti, KFOX-TV, El Paso, "Deadly Canal "; DeAnn Lopez, Michael Rodriguez, KOSA-TV, Midland-Odessa, "Exclusive with Accused Killer."

Sportscast: Jessica Morrey, KCEN-TV, Temple; Evan Nemec, KTXS-TV, Abilene.

Continuing Coverage: Bill Churchwell, KIII-TV, Corpus Christi, "Landfall"; KRIS-TV, Corpus Christi, "Hurricane Harvey Hits the Texas Coast."

Digital: Doug Myers, Jamie Burch, KTXS-TV, Abilene; KXII-TV, Sherman.

Deadline Editing: General News: Sam Gauna, KRGV-TV, Weslaco, "Delia's Tamales"; Kathleen Serie, KWTX-TV, Waco, "Stolen Keepsakes Mysteriously Returned."

Feature Editing: General News: Noelle Bellow, KBTX-TV, Bryan-College Station, "Love Always"; Senora Scott, KIDY-TV, San Angelo, "The Crucible -- A Flight that Heals."

Online/Special Content: Leslie Aguilar, Amanda Alaniz, KRGV-TV, Weslaco, "Special Report: A Last Hope"; Paul Livengood, Jillian Angeline, KCEN-TV, Temple, "Returning Fort Hood Soldier Surprises Kids at School."

Sports Anchor or Anchor Team: Jake Gadon, KOSA-TV, Midland-Odessa; Kurtis Quillin, KCEN-TV, Temple.

Sports Special: KBTX-TV, Bryan-College Station, "Aggie Gameday: Alabama"; KRIS-TV, Corpus Christi, "District 30-5A High School Football Championship Game."

Weathercast: Matt Hines, KXXV-TV, Waco, "New Year's Eve Freeze"; Brady Taylor, KWTX-TV, Waco.

Morning Newscast: KVIA-TV, El Paso; KVIA-TV, El Paso.

Daytime Newscast: Julie Hays, KWTX-TV, Waco; KXII-TV, Sherman.

News Anchor or Anchor Team: Stephania Jimenez, KRIS-TV, Corpus Christi; Karla Castillo, Rusty Surette, KBTX-TV, Bryan-College Station.

Spot Coverage-Station: KWTX-TV, Waco, "DPS Trooper Killed"; KWTX-TV, Waco, "Hurricane Harvey."

Spot Story-Individual: Nick Bradshaw, Will Jensen, KTXS-TV, Abilene, "Right Before our Eyes"; Angelo Vargas, KRGV-TV, Weslaco, "Traveling Troubles."

Feature (Serious): Patricia Maese, Oscar Almaraz, KDBC-TV, El Paso, "Hiding in Plain Sight- the Desiree Skaf Story"; Erika Castillo, Oscar Almaraz, KFOX-TV, El Paso, "Skyjacked."

Newscast: Chris Rogers, KCEN-TV, Temple; KVIA-TV, El Paso.

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RADIO Division I:

Commentary-Editorial: David Brown, KUT-FM, Austin.

Spot News by a Reporter: Cameron Fairchild, KRLD-AM/FM, Dallas, "Northlake College Shooting"; L.P. Phillips, KRLD-AM/FM, Dallas, "Paramedic Shooting."

Spot Coverage-Station: KRLD-AM/FM, Dallas, "Northlake College Shooting."

Use of Actuality-Production: Mose Buchele, KUT-FM, Austin, "Turtle Funeral"; Matt Largey, KUT-FM, Austin, "ATXplained Blue Flaps."

General Assignment: Becky Fogel, KUT-FM, Austin, "State Caseworkers Navigate Risks"; Syeda Hasan, KUT-FM, Austin, "Criminal Background Housing."

Sports Story or Sports Series: Jimmy Maas, KUT-FM, Austin, "Refugio Homecoming "; Michael Marks, KUT-FM, Austin, "Astros Win World Series."

Continuing Coverage: Stella Chavez, KERA-FM, Dallas, "Muslim Prayer Room"; KUT-FM, Austin, "Hurricane Harvey."

Digital: Stephanie Federico, Andrew Weber, KUT-FM, Austin; KERA-FM, Dallas.

Feature (Serious): Christopher Connelly, KERA-FM, Dallas, "Just a Piece of Plastic: Bump Stocks Thrust Tiny Texas Town in Spotlight After Las Vegas"; Bill Zeeble, KERA-FM, Dallas, "They're Breaking the Law and Using Marijuana, but they Want to Help Their Daughter."

Feature (Light): Dennis Foley, KTSA-AM/FM, San Antonio, "Whataburger Grinch Returns"; Matt Largey, KUT-FM, Austin, "Hippie Hollow."

Online/Special Content: KERA-FM, Dallas, "Artist Spotlight"; KERA-FM, Dallas, "One Crisis Away: No Place to Go."

News Anchor or Anchor Team: Don Morgan, KTSA-AM/FM, San Antonio; KLIF-AM/FM, Dallas.

Reporter: Christopher Connelly, KERA-FM, Dallas; Stephanie Kuo, KERA-FM, Dallas.

Investigative Report: Audrey McGlinchy, KUT-FM, Austin, "Buying Up 12th Street"; KERA-FM, Dallas, "One Crisis Away: No Place to Go."

Documentary: Audrey McGlinchy, KUT-FM, Austin, "A Cousin's Mission to Say all the Things David Joseph Couldn't."

Series: Joy Diaz, KUT-FM, Austin, "Help Wanted - Get Out"; KERA-FM, Dallas, "One Crisis Away: No Place to Go."

Specialty or Beat Reporting: Mose Buchele, KUT-FM, Austin; Jerome Weeks, KERA-FM, Dallas.

Sports Play-by-Play: Brian Estridge, WBAP-AM/FM, Dallas.Best Local Talk Show: KERA-FM, Dallas, "Think: The Texas Church Shootings"; KUT-FM, Austin, "Me too in Texas Politics."

Newscast: Marlee McCormick, WBAP-AM/FM, Dallas; KRLD-AM/FM, Dallas.

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RADIO Division II:

Spot Coverage-Station: WTAW-AM/FM, College Station, "Hurricane Harvey."

Use of Actuality-Production: George Hale, Jerrod Knight, KETR-FM, Commerce, "Buried"; Scott Morgan, KETR-FM, Commerce, "Does Texas Have a Hog Problem? Yes. So How did we Get Here?"

General Assignment: Mark Haslett, KETR-FM, Commerce, "Commerce Water: What do Those Postcards Mean? "; Mark Haslett, KETR-FM, Commerce, "Norris Residents: Sidewalks, Ivory Moore Park Essential to Revitalization."

Continuing Coverage: Bill Oliver, WTAW-AM/FM, College Station, "Bryan/College Station Convention and Visitors Bureau"; WTAW-AM/FM, College Station, "Hurricane Harvey."

Digital: Mark Haslett, Jerrod Knight, KETR-FM, Commerce; KURV-AM, McAllen.

Feature (Serious): Scott Morgan, KETR-FM, Commerce, "What Conservative Women Say (and Don't) About Sexual Harassment "; Tom Turbiville, WTAW-AM/FM, College Station, "Vet's Reunion."

Feature (Light): Scott Morgan, KETR-FM, Commerce, "Does Texas Have a Hog Problem? Yes. So How did we Get Here?"; Bill Oliver, WTAW-AM/FM, College Station, "Rosie the Riveter Statue Dedication."

Sportscast: Zach Taylor, WTAW-AM/FM, College Station; Taylor Travis, WTAW-AM/FM, College Station.

Reporter: Bill Oliver, WTAW-AM/FM, College Station; Chelsea Reber, WTAW-AM/FM, College Station.

Investigative Report: George Hale, KETR-FM, Commerce, "Buried."

Specialty or Beat Reporting: George Hale, KETR-FM, Commerce, "Environment and Development"; Bill Oliver, WTAW-AM/FM, College Station, "College Station City Council."

Sports Anchor or Anchor Team: Jared Taylor, BJ Laudermilk, KETR-FM, Commerce.

Sports Play-by-Play: John Mark Dempsey, Kevin Jefferies, KETR-FM, Commerce.

Best Local Talk Show: WTAW-AM/FM, College Station, "The Infomaniacs-College Station School Rebranding"; WTAW-AM/FM, College Station, "The Infomaniacs-Hurricane Harvey."

Newscast: Bill Oliver, WTAW-AM/FM, College Station; Chelsea Reber, WTAW-AM/FM, College Station.

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