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GULFPORT, Miss. — Sandbags were filled, patio furniture was taken inside and shoppers stocked up on batteries and bottled water as people along the Gulf Coast prepared Tuesday for Tropical Storm Gordon, which was forecast to become the second hurricane to hit the region in less than a year. A hurricane warning was in effect for the entire Mississippi and Alabama coasts with predictions Gordon would become a Category 1 storm. Flooding was also a risk. As much as 8 inches of rain could fall in some parts of the Gulf states through late Thursday as the tropical weather moves inland toward Arkansas. By Stacey Plaisance and Kevin McGill. SENT: 760 words, with photos, video. Developing.
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AUSTIN, Texas — Security officers are now guarding a mosque in Austin following vandalism over the weekend. Officials say the vandalism occurred early Sunday at the North Austin Muslim Community Center. The center’s security footage shows what appears to be a white man breaking several of the mosque’s windows and slashing a vehicle’s tire in the parking lot. The break-in triggered the center’s security alarm, but the suspect fled before police arrived. The mosque has reported the incident to police as a hate crime. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words, pursuing photos.
WASHINGTON — Just two months before the midterm elections, bipartisan legislation to try to prevent foreign hacking into U.S. election systems is stalled in Congress as the White House and some Republicans worry it could exert too much federal control over the states. Supporters of the bill say the delay could embolden Russia, which targeted election infrastructure in at least 21 states in 2016. By Mary Clare Jalonick. SENT: 1,090 words, with photo.
WEEPING VIRGIN MARY
HOBBS, N.M. — A Virgin Mary sculpture in a New Mexico Catholic church that has appeared to be weeping in the past is reportedly crying again. Devotees say the bronze Our Lady of Guadalupe statue in a Hobbs, New Mexico, church was seen shedding tears again on Saturday, the Hobbs News-Sun reports . Believers at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church said it’s the first time in more than three months and the fourth time overall the statue has “wept.” The Catholic Diocese of Las Cruces is investigating the Virgin Mary sculpture. News of more tears for the statue spread beyond Hobbs, a city of about 34,000 near the state line with Texas. SENT: 360 words.
— TEXAS STORMS — Parts of South Texas have been soaked with more than 9 inches of rain in a system that experts say is not related to Tropical Storm Gordon in the Gulf of Mexico.
— DON’T MESS WITH TEXAS-SONG — Organizers of the iconic “Don’t mess with Texas” advertising campaign are looking for a new tune to promote the anti-trash effort. With photo.
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SAN ANTONIO — Oil producers in the Permian Basin, dealing with a shortage of pipelines, are increasingly turning to trucks and rail to ship the flood of crude from the West Texas oil field to refineries and export terminals on the Gulf Coast. The San Antonio Express-News reports crude oil production in the Permian has reached 3.6 million barrels a day, while pipeline capacity out of the region is just 3.5 million barrels a day, according to the energy research firm Wood Mackenzie. Next, crude is selling for as much as $10 more a barrel in South Texas, the Gulf Coast and other markets outside of West Texas, where inventories are building in part because of the lack of pipeline capacity. By Rye Druzin, San Antonio Express-News. SENT: 870 words, pursuing photos.
FRISCO, Texas — Brett Maher’s strong training camp helped the Cowboys reach the stunning conclusion that Dan Bailey’s recent struggles and hefty contract were enough to dump the second-most accurate kicker in NFL history. The first regular-season attempt of Maher’s career will come with second-guessers ready to pounce. By Pro Football Writer Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.
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