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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. He is out to reassert his power after failing last year to mend bitter party infighting in the Republican-controlled Legislature, and lawmakers brushed off many of his policy demands after Abbott dragged them into a special session. By Paul J. Weber. SENT: 420 words, photos.
— ELECTION 2018-TEXAS-NEWS GUIDE — 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: 520 words, photos.
MEXICO CITY — Thousands of Central American migrants traveling in a caravan have arrived in the Mexican capital and begun to fill up a sports stadium, still hundreds of miles from their goal of reaching the U.S. a day before midterm elections in which President Donald Trump has made their journey a central campaign issue. By afternoon 2,000 or more had arrived at the Jesus Martinez stadium, which has a capacity of about three times that, and eagerly began sifting through donations of clothes, gave themselves sponge baths, lunched on chicken and rice under the shade of tents and picked up thin mattresses to hunker down for the night. Trump has ordered U.S. troops to the Mexican border in response to the caravans, with more than 7,000 active duty troops earmarked to deploy to Texas, Arizona and California. By Sonia Perez D., Mark Stevenson and Maria Verza. SENT: 1180 words, photos.
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TEXAS GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:
ELECTION 2018-VOTING PROBLEMS
ATLANTA — Tuesday’s midterm elections will mark the first nationwide voting since Russia targeted state election systems in the 2016 presidential race, with federal, state and local officials seeking to reassure the public their voting systems are secure. There have been no signs so far that Russia or any other foreign actor has tried to launch cyberattacks against voting systems in any state, according to federal authorities. “Things are running pretty smoothly around the country,” said Matt Masterson, senior cybersecurity adviser with the Department of Homeland Security. The same can’t be said about early voting and the voter registration process in some states. Voters casting ballots early have encountered faulty machines in Texas and North Carolina, inaccurate mailers in Missouri and Montana, and voter registration problems in Tennessee and Georgia. In other states, including Kansas, Election Day polling places have been closed or consolidated. Some of the problems have prompted lawsuits, and there is concern that last-minute court rulings on voter ID requirements in a handful of states will sow confusion among voters and poll workers. By Christina A. Cassidy and Colleen Long. SENT: 800 words, photos. Moved on national general and political news services.
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HOUSTON — A jury has convicted the husband of a former sheriff’s deputy of murder for the strangulation death of a man the couple confronted outside a Houston-area restaurant. Terry Thompson’s trial will move to its punishment phase on Tuesday, and attorneys will present additional testimony over several days before jurors deliberate a sentence. Thompson faces up to life in prison. By Juan A. Lozano. SENT: 550 words, photos.
SODUS, N.Y. — The ex-girlfriend of a man killed in a double homicide and her husband, a former Texas Panhandle police chief, were both charged in connection with the October slayings in upstate New York, authorities announced Monday. Charlene Childers, 25, of Sunray, Texas, was charged with conspiracy and criminal possession of a weapon, and Timothy Dean, 32, was charged with murder, conspiracy and criminal possession of a weapon, the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office said. SENT: 300 words.
BOISE, Idaho — The Idaho Department of Correction says one correctional officer was hospitalized with an injured shoulder after Idaho inmates being housed in a Texas prison participated in a “group disturbance.” The Idaho Statesman reports the incident took place Friday evening at the Eagle Pass Correctional Facility in Texas, which houses 548 Idaho inmates. A department spokesman said what happened at the Texas facility was not a riot, but a disturbance that required a prison tactical unit. SENT: 300 words.
The U.S. Olympic Committee has taken steps to decertify USA Gymnastics as the governing body for the sport at the Olympic level, choosing to pursue the nuclear option for an organization that botched its own rebuilding attempt in the wake of a sex-abuse scandal involving former team doctor Larry Nassar. The organization, even with a newly constituted board of directors, made repeated mistakes after the revelations Nassar molested Olympians while working as a volunteer. Those included the botched hiring of a program coordinator and an interim CEO to replace Kerry Perry, who lasted barely nine months on the job after replacing Steve Penny. Penny — named as a co-defendant in several civil lawsuits filed by former elite gymnasts — was arrested last month and charged with destroying or hiding documents related to Nassar’s activities at the Karolyi Ranch, the ex-national training center near Huntsville, Texas, where a number of gymnasts said Nassar abused them. By National Writer Eddie Pells. SENT: 1000 words, photos. Moved on national general and sports news services.
BISMARCK, N.D. — The Standing Rock Sioux is challenging new government conclusions that the $3.8 billion Dakota Access oil pipeline, operated by a Dallas-based company, poses no significant environmental threats to American Indian tribes in the Dakotas. The Army Corps of Engineers in August finished more than a year of additional study ordered by a federal judge. The agency said the work substantiated its earlier determination that the chances of an oil spill are low, any impacts to tribal hunting and fishing will be limited and that the project does not pose a higher risk of adverse impacts to minority and low-income people. By Blake Nicholson. SENT: 390 words, photos. Moved on general and financial news services.
— INTERSTATE SERIAL RAPIST — Police say a man sought as a suspect in three sexual assaults in Dallas may also have made similar attacks in northern Louisiana. SENT: 130 words.
— IKE-OIL SPILL-PARK — Officials say Hurricane Ike-damaged Galveston Island State Park will be closed in late 2019 for a major renovation that might take about three years. SENT: 130 words, photos.
— UTILITY LAWSUIT — A trial has been delayed in a $1 billion-plus lawsuit by the state of Mississippi against its largest private electrical utility — Entergy Mississippi. SENT: 130 words.
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