Updates and Breaking News

Candidates capitalize on the ever-powerful ‘religious vote’

ATLANTA (AP) — Republican Donald Trump has told conservative evangelical pastors in Florida that his presidency would preserve “religious liberty” and reverse what he insists is a government-enforced muzzling of Christians.

The same afternoon, Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine praised another, more liberal group of black church leaders in Louisiana for their “progressive values that are the values of Scripture,” and he urged them to see Hillary Clinton as a kindred spirit.…

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Romo gives Cowboys scare as Seattle rolls past Dallas 27-17

SEATTLE (AP) — Three plays were all it took for Dallas to get yet another injury scare surrounding Tony Romo.

The quarterback lasted just 90 seconds into the Cowboys’ 27-17 preseason loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday night before leaving with what appeared at first to be a potentially significant injury, but ended up being minor.…

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Stocks rising in early trading following 2 days of declines

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are rising in early trading Friday following two days of declines as investors await a speech by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen that may hint at the timing of future interest rate increases. A handful of stocks were moving higher after reporting results that were better than analysts had expected.…

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Sports Updates

Wildcats to Host Bulldogs

The Wellman-Union Wildcats will open their 2016 season at home on Friday night as they face the Loraine Bulldogs in a 7:30 p.m. contest.

The Wildcats have had two scrimmages which have shown second year head coach Tommy Tritz the areas where work is needed, as well as where the Cats are strong.…

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Four on the floor for Simone Biles; Bolt coasts in 200 heat

Four on the floor for Simone Biles; Bolt coasts in 200 heat

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Simone Biles closed her Rio Games with more gymnastics gold. Usain Bolt breezed through another sprint as he makes a run at one final Olympic title in his favorite race.

Bolt easily won a qualifying race Tuesday in the 200 meters, the first step in his bid for the gold Thursday.…

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Olympic Updates

Phelps, Ledecky, Lochte: Star power on display in Rio

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Plenty of illuminating star power for the Rio Games on Tuesday.

Michael Phelps, Katie Ledecky and Ryan Lochte are in the pool. Simone Biles and the American women’s gymnastics team are on the mat and the Brazilian women’s soccer team will try to pick up the slack for the celebrated men, who have underwhelmed early in the Olympics.…

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Area News

Terry County reunion set

The 56th rendition of the Terry County Reunion, formerly the Old Settlers Reunion, is set to welcome locals of all ages Saturday in the American Legion Building.

The reunion is one of the community’s longest-standing traditions and organizers say it is coming together well.

Brownfield, Meadow and Wellman-Union graduates from the classes of 1991, 1966, 1956 and 1941 will be recognized for their 25th, 50th, 60th and 75th  high school reunions, respectively.…

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Students return to school

Enrollment numbers at Brownfield schools won’t firm up until after Labor Day, but the local district saw a slight decline in enrollment after two days of classes, compared to last year.

Early figures and trending show that BISD’s population included 10 fewer students than last year, according to figures obtained by the Brownfield News.…

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Grape Music Fest Ready to Rock and Roll

The First Annual Grape Music Festival is taking place on Saturday, August 27 just barely west of town on State Highway 380. Seven hundred feet outside the city limits. Look for the signs as you approach the location on the south side of the highway.

T4 Ranch is sponsoring this event and is hoping to make it an annual affair.…

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