October 12: Texas bans private vaccine mandates. Which pumpkin will reign supreme?

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Good morning! It’s Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021. Here’s a look at your news across the nation:

1️. Texas governor orders ban on private company vaccine mandates

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott speaks at a news conference in Austin, Texas. Abbott, who faces a contested reelection primary next year, is pushing looser gun laws than he ever previously embraced and proposing unprecedented state actions, including promises to build more walls on the Mexican border. Similar scenes are playing out in campaigns in other red states including Arkansas and Idaho, where ultra right-wing challengers are tapping into anger among Republicans over Trump’s election loss and coronavirus-related lockdowns. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

2. Gruden resigns as Raiders coach over unearthed offensive emails

FILE – In this Sept. 19, 2021, file photo, Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden meets with the media following an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Pittsburgh. Gruden is out as coach of the Raiders after emails he sent before being hired in 2018 contained racist, homophobic and misogynistic comments. A person familiar with the decision said Gruden is stepping down after The New York Times reported that Gruden frequently used misogynistic and homophobic language directed at Commissioner Roger Goodell and others in the NFL. (AP Photo/Don Wright, File)

3. Southwest Airlines travel delays: Breaking down the flight disruptions

A Southwest Airlines jetliner taxis down a runway for take off from Denver International Airport Friday, July 2, 2021, in Denver. Southwest Airlines canceled hundreds more flights Monday, Oct. 11, 2021 following a weekend of major service disruptions. By midmorning Monday, Southwest had canceled about 360 flights and more than 600 others were delayed. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, file)

4. Gabby Petito autopsy to be discussed at Tuesday news conference

Gabby Petito was reported missing on Sept. 11. (Source: Suffolk County Police Department)

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Pumpkin Weigh-Off rewards giant gourds

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This album cover provided by Rounder Records shows “Raise the Roof” by Robert Plant and Alison Krauss. The 12-track album will be out Nov. 19. (Rounder Records via AP)

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