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AUSTIN, Texas — President Donald Trump is coming to the aid of a one-time rival, Sen. Ted Cruz, suggesting that the Texas Republican is facing a tougher than expected re-election fight. Trump tweeted Friday that he will headline "a major rally" for Cruz in October and is "picking the biggest stadium in Texas we can find." He called Cruz's Democratic opponent, Rep. Beto O'Rourke, "a disaster for Texas - weak on Second Amendment, Crime, Borders, Military, and Vets!" SENT: 130 words, with photos. Updated on merits.


AUSTIN, Texas —Texas won't use state funding to educate immigrant children housed in federal detention, which one shelter operator says is jeopardizing partnerships with school districts along the U.S.-Mexico border and will come at the expense of the kids in custody. The Texas Education Agency told a charter school group that local schools that want to serve migrant students in federal custody can't do so with state education funding, according to a letter obtained by the Houston Chronicle. SENT: 420 words.


Ports and ground terminals in nearly every state handle goods that are now or will likely soon be covered by import tariffs. Port executives worry that this could mean a slowdown in shipping that would have ripple effects on truckers and others whose jobs depend on trade. The Associated Press analyzed government data and found that from the West Coast to the Great Lakes and the Gulf of Mexico, at least 10 percent of imports at many ports could face new tariffs if President Donald Trump's proposals take full effect. By David Koenig. SENT: 1,250 words, with photos. Also moved in advance.



WASHINGTON — A federal panel convened after the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida, will issue a series of best practices to make schools safer, including recommendations on arming teachers, a senior Education Department official told The Associated Press. Age restrictions on gun purchases also are being considered. Frank Brogan, assistant secretary of elementary and secondary education, also said the agency will let states decide whether they want to use federal grants to purchase firearms for schools or train personnel, despite strong criticism from Democrats and education groups who argue the funds are intended for academics, not guns. Brogan cited the "school marshal" program in Texas where school employees can volunteer to carry weapons on campuses after undergoing training. By Maria Danilova. SENT: 950 words, with photo.


ARAB, Ala. — The fight over Confederate symbolism has landed in an Alabama town where education leaders have banned the high school marching band from playing "Dixie" as the fight song. Dozens of opponents of the decision packed a city school board meeting Thursday night in support of the tune. University and high school bands across the South played "Dixie" for generations, but the practice waned as complaints rose about the song being a painful, racially insensitive reminder. The Marching Rebels band of Robert E. Lee High School in Midland, Texas, quit playing "Dixie" last year. By Jay Reeves. SENT: 840 words, with photos. Moving on news & sports lines.


— HARVEY-WRONG HURRICANE — Transit officials in Houston have halted a TV commercial praising the agency's response to last year's Harvey flooding because the spot wrongly showed 2005 video from Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.

— OFFICER POINTS GUN-KIDS — A West Texas police officer who was captured on video pointing a firearm at children is back on duty after a disciplinary review board cleared him of wrongdoing.

— MAGA HAT-ARREST — A grand jury in Texas has indicted a 30-year-old man on a felony theft charge after he was accused of throwing a drink at a supporter of President Donald Trump before walking off with the teenager's "Make America Great Again" hat at a fast food restaurant.

— ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK-SEARCH — Rangers in Colorado are looking for an Illinois man who didn't return from a hike in Rocky Mountain National Park a day after a separate incident in which a Houston woman was discovered injured in a fall.

— UNITED AIRLINES-COLLEGE FOOTBALL — United Airlines says it's adding more flights and using bigger planes this fall to carry passengers to college football games across the South and elsewhere in the U.S, including College Station and Austin. Moving on news, sports & business lines.



DENTON, Texas — A University of North Texas professor and one of his graduate students have spent the last nine years making meth, fentanyl and PCP in a lab. The Dallas Morning News reports it's legal — the feds signed off on it — and they've used the drugs to test a device they're developing: a breath analyzer that can identify marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine and other drugs in people's systems. The device isn't yet ready for the market. But Frisco-based InspectIR has been working with the researchers and sees law enforcement and medical uses for the device. By Stacy Fernandez, The Dallas Morning News. SENT: 710 words, with photos. Moving on news, entertainment & business lines. Not for online use in the Dallas area.



ARLINGTON, Texas — Minnesota lefty Stephen Gonsalves is looking for his first major league win in his third career start. Drew Hutchison goes for the Rangers on Friday night in the opener of a three-game series between AL also-rans. By Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 7:05 p.m. CDT.


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