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By Michael E. Young, The Dallas Morning News

DALLAS — The latest U.S. Drought Monitor report, released Thursday, shows continued improvements across Texas, but areas of “extreme drought” — the second most severe category — remain in Dallas, Collin, Denton, and Tarrant counties.

Heavy rains in late July provided enough moisture along the U.S. 380 corridor in northern Denton and Collin counties to put those areas in moderate and severe drought, which despite how they sound, were significant improvements over past readings.

Most of Tarrant remains in extreme drought, as does the western half of Dallas County. Pockets of “exceptional drought,” the worst designation used, remain in the Panhandle, in some of the Red River counties and on the western fringes of Dallas-Fort Worth.

Overall, more than 17 percent of Texas is drought-free — compared with just 5 percent three months ago. Only about 3 percent of the state is now in exceptional drought. Three months ago, more than 21 percent of Texas was in the most severe drought category.

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Donald Trump Jr.

Screenshot from Twitter

You've probably heard about Donald Trump's claim that his Democratic rival got "a big fat se onhot in the ass" before delivering a nearly perfect performance on a recently televised town hall. Or his more recent demand that Joe Biden get a "drug test" before their debate on Tuesday night. Having spent months lowering expectations for Biden, the Trumps are now busily defaming him as a junkie.

But that particular slur backfired spectacularly over the weekend when the Trump campaign posted a bizarre video of Don Jr. -- seemingly in a condition that called for rehab services. As his father might put it, "many people are saying" that the presidential spud looked and sounded like someone abusing a controlled substance. (His slurred message was disturbed too, something about an "army of able-bodied men and women" to intimidate voters).

It's both funny and sad to watch Don Jr. decompensate on Twitter. (More funny, though.)

Click and judge his condition for yourself.