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Newly reported attempts at infiltration and social media manipulation are a reminder of Russia's continued interest in meddling in U.S. politics. There is no clear evidence, experts said, of efforts by the Kremlin designed to disrupt elections in November. But it wouldn't take much to cause turmoil. Targeting of the U.S. political system has come on three fronts — efforts to get inside political campaigns and institutions; probes of electoral systems; and fake ads and accounts on social media. By Adam Geller and Frank Bajak. SENT: 2,360 words, with photos. With a 900-word abridged version.



HOUSTON — Police documents reveal previously unreported details about a decades-old drunken-driving arrest of Democratic Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke. O'Rourke has long acknowledged the 1998 drunken-driving arrest, saying he made a serious mistake. The Houston Chronicle and the San Antonio Express-News recently obtained copies of state and local police reports pertaining to the arrest. O'Rourke did a court-ordered diversion program and a drunken-driving charge was dismissed. O'Rourke is now a congressman. He's challenging Republican Sen. Ted Cruz in November. SENT: 230 words, with photo.


— SCHOOL SAFETY-TEXAS — The Texas Education Agency is asking lawmakers for $54 million to pay for school safety initiatives in a request just months after deadly gunfire on a campus.

— AIRMAN'S WIFE-TODDLER DEAD — Prosecutors have dropped an evidence tampering charge against an ex-Child Protective Services supervisor in the 2012 starvation death of a Texas toddler while her airman father was deployed overseas.

— AMARILLO AIRPORT-ASTRONAUT EXHIBIT — A West Texas airport that carries the name of a 2003 shuttle Columbia victim has unveiled an exhibit saluting NASA astronaut Rick Husband.

— AMERICAN IDOL-LOUISIANA — ABC's "American Idol" will host open call auditions Sept. 9 at the Shreveport Municipal Auditorium.



HOMER, Alaska — A new children's book out this month fulfills a request made by two Seward boys to their mother. Kai, 5, and Sylas Reising, 4, had seen a coloring book put out by the state of Texas about its dinosaurs. "They thoroughly enjoyed that," said their grandmother, Homer writer and naturalist Janet Klein. "They asked Deborah, 'Mom, we want a book on Alaska dinosaurs.'" Klein and her daughter, Deborah Klein, along with Seward artist EmmaLee Moore, have published "Alaska Dinosaurs and Other Creataceous Creatures." Printed by Janet Klein's Kachemak Country Publications, a "color and learn" book for children and adults. By Michael Armstrong, Homer News. SENT: 770 words, with photos.


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.

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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.


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.



LANDOVER, Md. — No. 23 Texas opens its season against Maryland, a team that upset the Longhorns in last year's opener and will be making its debut under interim coach Matt Canada. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game started at 11 a.m. CDT.


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