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TOP STORY:

2018 MIDTERMS-KOCHS

NEW YORK — The political network created by the billionaire Koch brothers announced plans to support eight House Republicans on Thursday, including Erik Paulsen of Minnesota, pledging financial resources and activists to help re-elect several vulnerable congressmen deemed "principled" conservatives. The first wave of endorsements includes a handful of sometime-critics of President Donald Trump, particularly on immigration and spending. The announcement comes a month after Trump assailed the Koch brothers as "a total joke in real Republican circles." By Steve Peoples. SENT: 585 words, photos.

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MIDWEST STORMS

MILWAUKEE — The buzz of chain saws could be heard around Wisconsin Thursday as residents worked to clean up from this week's damaging storms. The National Weather Service says at least eight tornadoes touched down in Wisconsin as storms rolled through the state Tuesday into Wednesday. Weather service meteorologist Mark Gehring says six of those tornadoes were in Fond du Lac County. Meanwhile, flooding wiped out a beloved falls area in a small Minnesota town. SENT: 370 words, photos, video.

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MIDWEST STORMS-THE LATEST

GENERAL MILLS-FAMILY LEAVE

GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. — Food giant General Mills is giving its employees more time to bond with their newborns and adoptive children while those with an aging parent or seriously ill family members will receive paid time off to care for them. UPCOMING: 300 words.

IN BRIEF:

PENCE-AMERICAN LEGION, DRUG THEFT-PHARMACIST SENTENCED, FRACK SAND BAN, CAMPAIGN VIDEO-RACIAL SLUR

SPORTS:

TWINS-INDIANS

CLEVELAND — Mike Clevinger tries to get the Indians a little closer to another AL Central title as they conclude their three-game series against the Minnesota Twins, who are 9-9 this season against Cleveland. Game time 1:10 p.m.

VIKINGS-TITANS

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The winless Tennessee Titans wrap up the preseason Thursday night against the Minnesota Vikings (2-1) with the biggest question how many starters actually will play as each team tries to reach the regular season as healthy as possible. By Pro Football Writer Teresa M. Walker. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m. ET.

NEW MEXICO ST-MINNESOTA

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota sends true freshman Zack Annexstad onto the field to start at quarterback in the season opener, when the Gophers host New Mexico State. By Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. EDT.

BIG TEN-CALLOW QUARTERBACKS

In an earlier time, a true freshman starting quarterback wasn't necessarily unthinkable, but it certainly was an outlier. Not so much anymore. Three of the Big Ten's six new starters were in high school a year ago. By College Football Writer Eric Olson. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos, by 4 p.m.

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