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EL PASO, Texas — Beto O’Rourke has already used his once-longshot Texas Senate run to become a national Democratic phenomenon, shatter fundraising records and set off whispers that he could be a credible 2020 White House contender. But will it be enough to upset — or even stay close to — incumbent Republican Ted Cruz in a state as deeply conservative as Texas? The two candidates square off Tuesday in their hard-fought race that could help determine control of the Senate. By Will Weissert. SENT: 620 words, with photos, video.
AUSTIN, Texas — Texas’ surprisingly close Senate race and record-smashing turnout in early voting isn’t giving Republican Gov. Greg Abbott jitters as he breezes into Tuesday’s midterm on the brink of a second term. A far bigger test looms after the election. Democrat Lupe Valdez, the former sheriff of Dallas County, was a longshot from the start against Abbott and never put together a serious statewide campaign. Her base of Texas liberals have largely overlooked her run and instead poured their energy — and tens of millions of dollars — behind Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke’s high-profile Senate run and congressional challengers. By Paul J. Weber. SENT: 420 words, with photos.
ELECTION 2018-TEXAS-NEWS GUIDE
AUSTIN, Texas — While all eyes in Texas are on the unexpectedly close U.S. Senate race, further down the ballot Tuesday are races that could determine control of Congress and end a Democratic drought for statewide offices. Here’s what you need to know. By Paul J. Weber and Jim Vertuno. SENT: 510 words, with photos.
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MEXICO CITY — Thousands of Central Americans dreaming of getting to the United States streamed into Mexico’s capital and bedded down in a sports stadium on the eve of U.S. midterm elections in which President Donald Trump has made the migrant caravan a central issue. Authorities counted more than 2,000 migrants entering the Jesus Martinez stadium by midafternoon Monday, and a steady flow continued into the night. The facility has a capacity to hold 6,000, officials said, and four big tents set up for sleeping filled up. Mexico City is more than 600 miles from the nearest U.S. border crossing at McAllen, Texas. By Sonia Perez D., Mark Stevenson and Maria Versa. SENT: 870 words, with photos.
GALVESTON, Texas — NASA has begun a series of supersonic research flights off the Texas Gulf Coast near Galveston to test how the community responds to noise from a new experimental aircraft. The Houston Chronicle reports the research could contribute to efforts to cut commercial flight times. NASA on Monday began testing so-called “quiet sonic booms” using F/A-18 jets as part of its Quiet Supersonic Flights 2018 campaign. The newspaper reports the jets are flying over the Gulf of Mexico in a unique maneuver as part of a two-week project to assess public reactions to the noise. UPCOMING: 275 words. Pursuing photos.
NEW YORK — Amazon isn’t commenting on reports that it plans to split its new headquarters between facilities in two cities rather than choosing just one. The New York Times, citing unnamed people familiar with the decision-making process, said the company is nearing deals to locate in Queens in New York City and in the Crystal City area of Arlington, Virginia, outside Washington, D.C. The Wall Street Journal, which also reported the plan to split the headquarters between two cities, says Dallas is still a possibility as well. SENT: 400 words, with photo.
— ALAMODOME JANITOR-OVERCHARGES — The operator of a janitorial service that cleaned the Alamodome in San Antonio must serve more than two years in federal prison for what prosecutors call an overbilling scam.
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EXCHANGE-COWBOY COUNTRY MUSEUM
STAMFORD, Texas — How do they measure success? The Abilene Reporter-News reports by the number of kids wanting to hang out in the museum. “We had a time where we had to turn them away because they were just coming in here to hang out,” said Luci Wedeking, director of the Cowboy Country Museum, laughing. The museum is located on the east side of the square in Stamford, about 200 miles west of Dallas. Wedeking and Jewellee Keunstler, who took over as museum curator from the retired Sandra Rhea, have been on something of a treasure hunt inside their own building. By Ronald W. Erdrich. SENT: 970 words, pursuing photos.
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