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Pence, Cruz to speak to the RNC

DONALD TRUMP and Mike Pence (Trump-Pence campaign photo).

DONALD TRUMP and Mike Pence (Trump-Pence campaign photo).

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and Texas Senator Ted Cruz will be key speakers at Wednesday’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Pence is the pick for vice president of Donald Trump, who on Tuesday won the GOP presidential OCT News Briefsnomination. Cruz, who has not yet endorsed Trump, could be the most closely-watched for his level of support for his party’s candidate.

Trump will speak on Thursday, the last day of the convention. In the nomination vote, he won with 1,725 votes, with Cruz in second with 475 votes, followed by Tom Kasich with 120 and Marco Rubio with 114.

TURKEY DECLARES STATE OF EMERGENCY

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared a three-month state of emergency on Wednesday in the aftermath of last week’s botched coup attempt by some elements of the armed forces. At least 10,000 people have been detained and thousands of public employees fired. The decree must still be approved by the Turkish parliament.

COURT TOSSES TEXAS ID LAW

A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that the Texas law that requires voters to present a photo ID was contrary to federal regulations and was discriminatory. In New Orleans, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court ruled that the law violated the 1965 Voting Rights Act and kicked the issue back to a lower court to fix the law before the fall election. One possible remedy is for voters to sign an affadavit at the polling place instead of providing an ID.

UTAH FIRE BLOCKS PARK ROUTE

A major highway leading into Yellowstone National Park was blocked Wednesday as a fire damaged at least 10 homes in a Utah town along the route. Fires are also burning in Wyoming, Idaho, and Alaska, according to the Associated Press.

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