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July 11, 2013 | By Chris Tomlinson, Associated Press
AUSTIN, Texas - The Texas House began debating a bill on Tuesday that would impose tough new restrictions on abortions, as national activists on both sides of the issue descended on the state Capitol. Republican Rep. Jody Laubenberg, of Parker, outlined the bill that would require doctors to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, only allow abortions in surgical centers, dictate when abortion pills are taken and ban abortions after 20 weeks. Exceptions to the ban would only be allowed when the women's life was in imminent danger.
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July 10, 2013 | By Dan Balz, Washington Post
SAN ANTONIO - Texas Gov. Rick Perry, the longest-serving governor in the state's history, announced Monday that he will not seek reelection in 2014 amid speculation that he will run again for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016. "I remain excited about the future and the challenges ahead, but the time has come to pass on the mantle of leadership," Perry told an audience at a heavy equipment company in San Antonio. "Today I am announcing I will not seek reelection as governor of Texas.
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July 3, 2013 | By Jim Vertuno, Associated Press
AUSTIN, Texas - State troopers lined the halls of the Texas Capitol, and 5,000 protesters rallied outside against proposed abortion legislation, as lawmakers convened Monday for a second special session that Republican leaders pledged wouldn't descend into chaos like the first. The Texas House and Senate each met for less than an hour before recessing for the week. That was just long enough to schedule new committee hearings for the proposed restrictions that would make Texas one of the toughest places in the nation for women to get abortions.
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June 28, 2013 | By Jim Vertuno and Will Weissert, Associated Press
AUSTIN, Texas - As she spoke late into the night, railing against proposed abortion restrictions, a former teen mom catapulted from little-known junior Texas state senator to national political superstar in pink running shoes. Wendy Davis needed last-minute help from shrieking supporters to run out the clock on the special session of the state Legislature and kill the contentious and sweeping bill, but her old-fashioned filibuster earned her widespread praise from fellow abortion-rights supporters - including a salute from President Obama.
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June 27, 2013 | By Juan A. Lozano, Associated Press
HUNTSVILLE, Texas - Texas marked a solemn moment in criminal justice Wednesday evening, executing its 500th inmate since it resumed carrying out capital punishment in 1982. Kimberly McCarthy, who was put to death for the murder of her 71-year-old neighbor, was also the first woman executed in the United States in nearly three years. McCarthy, 52, was executed for the 1997 robbery, beating, and fatal stabbing of retired college psychology professor Dorothy Booth. Booth had agreed to give McCarthy a cup of sugar before she was attacked with a butcher knife and candelabra at her home in Lancaster, about 15 miles south of Dallas.
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June 26, 2013 | By Jim Vertuno and Will Weissert, Associated Press
AUSTIN, Texas - Texas' lieutenant governor late Tuesday suspended a senator's filibuster against wide-ranging abortion restrictions, but Democrats moved quickly to appeal the decision and set off a parliamentary fight over the rules. Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, after determining that Democratic Sen. Wendy Davis strayed off the topic when she talked about a sonogram bill passed in 2011 and how the new abortion restrictions only compounded the antiabortion laws in Texas. Democrats immediately appealed the decision and set off a heated debate.
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June 26, 2013 | By Chris Tomlinson, Associated Press
AUSTIN, Texas - The Republican-dominated Texas Legislature pushed Monday to enact wide-ranging restrictions that would effectively shut down abortion clinics across the nation's second most-populous state, and Democrats planned an old-fashioned marathon filibuster to stop the final vote. After the House easily approved it Monday morning, the wide-ranging package of antiabortion measures was headed to the Senate. But with the special session scheduled to end at 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, the clock presented a far bigger obstacle than the votes to win approval there.
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June 21, 2013 | By Kathy Lally, Washington Post
MOSCOW - A few pictures and a video: The 2-year-old with Down syndrome smiles, smiles again even harder, and stretches her arms out until she tips forward. No one is there to hold her. Heidi Burrows, a mother of seven, could feel the yearning thousands of miles away in Texas. She and her husband determined to adopt the Russian orphan with the sweet grin. They found Daria through a U.S. organization called Reece's Rainbow, which collects information about orphans with Down syndrome from around the world, posts their photos to acquaint prospective parents with them, and offers encouragement and fund-raising for the adoption process.
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June 16, 2013 | By Will Weissert, Associated Press
AUSTIN, Texas - Surrounded by sleigh-bell-ringing Santa Clauses, Gov. Rick Perry on Thursday signed a law protecting Christmas and other holiday celebrations in Texas public schools from legal challenges - but also stressed that freedom of religion is not the same thing as freedom from religion. It was a serious tone for an otherwise fun bill-signing and should bolster the governor's Christian conservative credentials before he travels to Washington for the Faith and Freedom Coalition's "Road to Majority" conference with the likes of tea party darlings and Sens.
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June 13, 2013 | By Angela K. Brown, Associated Press
FORT HOOD, Texas - Defense attorneys ordered to help the Army psychiatrist charged in the 2009 Fort Hood shooting rampage said Tuesday that it would be unethical to give him their legal advice and opinions while he's representing himself at his forthcoming murder trial. After allowing Maj. Nidal Hasan to serve as his own attorney, Col. Tara Osborn, an Army judge, last week said his former attorneys would stand by and help him if he requests it. On Tuesday, former lead defense attorney Lt. Col. Kris Poppe said that complying with the judge's order would be unethical because it seems to have no limits and requires the attorneys to give legal opinions in addition to doing research.
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