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CHICAGO — Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential campaign will center on boosting economic security for the middle class and expanding opportunities for working families, while casting the former senator and secretary of state as a “tenacious fighter” able to get results, two senior advisers said Saturday. President Barack Obama all but endorsed her, saying, “I think she would be an excellent president.”

The senior advisers provided the first preview of the message Clinton planned to convey when she launches her long-anticipated campaign on Sunday with an online video. Until now, the former first lady has offered only hints of what would drive her if she were to run a second time for the White House.

The strategy described by Clinton’s advisers has echoes of Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign.

SAN ANTONIO — A former Texas district judge accused of soliciting and taking bribes from a San Antonio lawyer is expected to appear in court Monday to plead guilty.

The San Antonio Express-News reports that U.S. District Judge Xavier Rodriguez has set a plea and re-arraignment hearing for Angus McGinty, who stepped down from the 114th District Court bench amid an FBI investigation into graft.

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AUSTIN — The staff of Rep. Molly White, who has proposed prohibiting the recognition of same-sex marriages, told a gay rights activist not to expect a meeting with the lawmaker.

The Temple Daily Telegram reports that White’s staff told Frank Carlson of Equality Texas, the state’s largest gay-rights organization, to “drop off your literature and leave.” White’s chief of staff, Hannah Bell, told Carlson that speaking to White about gay rights “would be a waste of time.”

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WASHINGTON — Large food recalls have forced consumers to throw away hummus and ice cream that may be contaminated with the same potentially deadly bacteria — listeria.

Tainted Blue Bell ice cream products are linked to eight listeria illnesses in Kansas and Texas; three of those who contracted the illness have died. Blue Bell has temporarily closed its facility in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, and shut down a production line at its facility in Brenham, Texas, where the company is headquartered. Blue Bell has recalled more than two dozen of its products since last month.

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You’ve heard this voice on Texas Public Radio for years, but you may not realize she lives here in the Alamo City.  It starts with that enticing, spacey music.  

[Editor's Note: hit "Listen" above to hear the music and Ms. Wood]

“Stardate April 9th…”

It’s the sounds of Stardate, and its on-air host.

“I’m Sandy Wood.”

Stardate is the daily 2-minute radio piece produced by the McDonald Observatory and broadcast on 300 NPR stations nationwide, detailing our galaxy and beyond. She’s been doing it for quite a while.