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TOP STORY:

RUSSIAN PROBE-FOREIGN AGENTS

NEW YORK — The special counsel in the Russia probe has referred investigations into possible unlawful foreign lobbying to federal prosecutors in New York, two people familiar with the inquiry said Wednesday. Three veteran Washington insiders — Tony Podesta, Gregory Craig and Vin Weber, a former Republican congressman from Minnesota — are under scrutiny for allegedly failing to register as foreign agents with the Justice Department, the people said. None of the three has been charged with any crimes. By Tom Hays. SENT: 480 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

CASTILE SHOOTING-PROTESTERS-CHARGES DROPPED

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The St. Paul city attorney says she won't proceed with trials against 18 people arrested during an extended protest following the 2016 shooting of black motorist Philando Castile by a police officer. The announcement came just days after a prosecutor in Minneapolis said he wouldn't charge two officers in that city in the fatal shooting of a black man in June. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.

MIDWEST ECONOMY

OMAHA, Neb. — Economic growth is still slowing in nine Midwestern and Plains states amid trade and tariff disputes, according to a monthly survey report released Wednesday. The Mid-America Business Conditions Index declined to 57.0 in July, from 61.8 in June and 67.3 in May, the report states. It's still the 20th straight month that the index remained above 50. Survey organizers say any score above 50 suggests growth. SENT: 310 words.

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MIDWEST ECONOMY-GLANCE

OVERFISHING CHARGES

ST. PAUL, Minn. — A tip to a poachers hotline has resulted in charges against a southern Minnesota couple who investigators say were found with nearly 300 crappies after fishing on Fairmont's Lake Sisseton. The state Department of Natural Resources says the possession limit for crappies in the state is 10. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words.

XCEL ENERGY-OIL BOOM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Electricity demand on Xcel Energy's grid is reaching all-time records thanks to the oil and gas boom in southeastern New Mexico and West Texas. Xcel Energy New Mexico and Texas president David Hudson says oil and gas production in the Permian Basin is driving accelerated load growth on the grid. SENT: 360 words.

IN BRIEF:

FENTANYL ANALOGS, MINNESOTA SPEEDING, MESABI METALLICS-OWNERSHIP FIGHT, PRISON-OFFICER KILLED-MINNESOTA, MEDICAL MARIJUANA, BOUNDARY WATERS-WILDFIRE

SPORTS:

INDIANS-TWINS

MINNEAPOLIS — Cleveland, with a nine-game lead over Minnesota in the AL Central, starts Carlos Carrasco in the series finale against the Twins. Adalberto Mejia goes for the home team. By Dave Campbell.

LYNX-FINISHING STRONG

MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Lynx have expressed little concern about their ability to recover from an unusually rough start, and with nine games to go they're in great shape for grabbing one of the top two seeds in the playoffs that come with a double bye. By Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 450 words, by 5 p.m. EDT.

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