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AROUND THE STATE & NATION:

2018 MIDTERMS-DEMOCRATS

A single-payer health care advocate in South Texas. A gun restriction supporter in Dallas. Cheerleaders in Arkansas and Iowa for public option health care. Weeks into the primary season, Democrats' midterm class is shaping up to test what liberal messages the party can sell to the moderate and GOP-leaning voters who will help determine control of the House after the November election. By Bill Barrow and Thomas Beaumont. SENT: 1010 words. Photos.

LA BARBIE-SENTENCING

ATLANTA — A former Texas high school football player who authorities say rose to the top ranks of a Mexican drug cartel is set to be sentenced on drug and money laundering charges. By Kate Brumback. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated. AP Photos.

JUDICIAL SANCTIONS FOUGHT

HOUSTON — A former judge in Harris County running for election to return to the bench is fighting sanctions from a state judicial conduct panel that found she violated the rights of an alleged rape victim by ordering the woman to jail. UPCOMING: About 250 words

FACT CHECK-WEEK

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is presenting a skewed portrait of how the world does business with the U.S to rationalize his escalating trade dispute with allies. At the same time, he's glossing over aspects of the U.S. economy that don't support his faulty contention that it's the best it's ever been. The complexities of health care for veterans are also set aside as he hails a new era in the Department of Veterans Affairs' system. A look at some of his statements over the past week and the reality behind them. By Calvin Woodward and Paul Wiseman. SENT: 2,200 words.

OIL PIPELINE

BISMARCK, N.D. — Federal officials within another month expect to wrap up environmental study of the Dakota Access oil pipeline that a judge ordered a year ago. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it has met with all four American Indian tribes who are fighting the pipeline in court and said they weren't being given a meaningful role in the study process. By Blake Nicholson. UPCOMING: 350 words.

IN BRIEF:

— FIREFIGHTER DIES — Officials say a Texas firefighter who was battling wildfires in the western part of the state has died after suffering a medical emergency.

— HARVEY-COMPLAINTS — More than 400 lawsuits and complaints have been filed by Texas homeowners against dozens of contractors making repairs to damage caused by Hurricane Harvey flooding.

— TECH COMPANY-NEW ORLEANS — A Texas-based company plans to open a technology center in New Orleans that will employ 350 people.

— TEXAS EXECUTION-APPEAL — The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to review the appeal of a Houston man on death row for the 1992 slaying of a 9-year-old boy.

__ FATHER KILLED-SON CHARGED — A 21-year-old Houston man has been arrested and charged with murder for fatally shooting his father.

— TOILET SNAKE — A South Texas man says he was cleaning the bathroom at his home when his 6-year-old son alerted him. About 3 feet of a snake was slithering out of the toilet and climbing toward a window.

IN SPORTS:

BBC--NCAA SUPER REGIONALS RDP

The College World Series field will be filled out after Game 3s in four of the NCAA Tournament super regionals. By Eric Olson. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos, by 7 p.m.

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