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Ron Wright. Photo: Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call via Getty Images

Susan Wright (R), the widow of Rep. Ron Wright (R-Texas), will advance to a runoff contest in the special House election for Texas' 6th congressional district, AP reports.

Why it matters: Ron Wright became the first sitting member of Congress to die of the coronavirus, two weeks into his second term and the seat has been empty since.

The state of play: Susan Wright was the only Republican candidate to receive an endorsement from former President Trump, the Texas Tribune notes.

  • Republican Jake Ellzey will compete against Wright, beating Democrat Jana Lynne Sanchez for second place.
  • The seat has been occupied by a Republican since at least 1984. However, several polls in the district showed mixed results leading up to the race, per FiveThirtyEight.
  • Democrats had hoped Sanchez would advance to the runoff, putting the seat into play to help them expand their slim majority but the seat will remain in Republican hands.

Editor’s note: This post has been corrected to show that the race will go to a runoff contest after any candidate failed to get 50% of the popular vote. An earlier version of this story indicated that Wright had won the race.

This post has been updated to note Republican Jake Ellzey will compete against Wright.

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Arkansas judge orders state to resume pandemic unemployment benefits

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A judge in Arkansas ruled Wednesday that the state must resume pandemic unemployment benefits after Gov. Asa Hutchinson halted them, the Associated Press reports.

Why it matters: The decision could impact 69,000 jobless workers in Arkansas who lost their additional jobless benefits on June 26, AP notes.

At least 3 dead after Amtrak train derails in Montana

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An Amtrak train derailed near Joplin, Montana, resulting in at least three deaths and multiple injuries to passengers and crew on Saturday, per authorities and a company statement.

The big picture: 141 passengers and 16 crew members were estimated to be traveling on the westbound Empire Builder train from Chicago to Seattle and Portland when eight of the 10 cars derailed about 4p.m., Amtrak said early Sunday.

Updated 4 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Federal judge blocks vaccine mandate for NYC teachers

Students are dismissed from the first day of school at PS 133 in Brooklyn on Sept. 13. Photo: Michael Nagle/Xinhua via Getty Images

A federal appeals court is set to hear a challenge Wednesday to a vaccine mandate planned for New York City school employees.

Why it matters The vaccine mandate was set to begin on Monday, prompting concerns over staffing shortages in schools across the nation's largest school system. But a judge on Friday temporarily blocked the measure, per AP.

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