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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Nearly 690,000 people in Texas' 30 largest counties cast ballots on the first day of early voting, with many areas far exceeding early balloting's opening day from the last midterm elections in 2014. Secretary of State data released Tuesday showed that the combined number of in-person and mail-in ballots cast Monday represented about 5.6 percent of the around 12.2 million total registered voters in those counties. Early voting runs through Nov. 2. Election Day is Nov. 6.

HOUSTON (AP) - President Donald Trump is ramping up his rhetoric about immigration ahead of the midterm election, casting Democrats of being soft on border security. At a political rally in Houston, Trump shouted accusations against Democrats, saying without evidence that they were "encouraging millions of illegal aliens to break our laws, violate our borders and overwhelm our nation." Trump was in Texas to campaign for his former foe Sen. Ted Cruz. The two lauded each other Monday and did some backslapping.

HOUSTON (AP) - A group of students from a historically black university have filed a lawsuit alleging a southeast Texas county is suppressing the voting rights of its black residents. In a federal lawsuit filed in Houston Monday, Prairie View A&M University students allege Waller County officials are violating the civil rights of black students and residents in Prairie View by not providing early voting locations on campus or anywhere in the city during the first week of early voting, which started Monday.

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump has signed a wide-ranging bill to improve the nation's water infrastructure, including a Florida project intended to reduce toxic algae blooms that have devastated coastal marine life and emptied beaches. The law signed Tuesday will help create a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee designed to filter out toxins that contribute to harmful algae blooms that have killed turtles, fish and even manatees and have ravaged the state's tourism-driven economy.

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