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Abortion providers say many clinics will have to close in Texas

AUSTIN, Texas, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- The day after a U.S. appeals court allowed Texas to enforce new restrictions on abortion providers said they were already seeing the effects.

Texas honors WWII hero Audie Murphy

FARMERSVILLE, Texas, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry awarded World War II hero Audie Murphy the state's highest military honor posthumously in a ceremony in his hometown.

Texan who filibustered against anti-abortion law to run for governor

AUSTIN, Texas, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis, who staged a 13-hour filibuster against anti-abortion legislation in June, said she has announced her bid for the governorship.

Texas drops fight against American-US Airways merger

DALLAS, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- Texas has pulled out of a U.S. Justice Department lawsuit seeking to block the planned American Airlines-US Airways merger, the state's attorney general said.

Planned Parenthood sues to block Texas abortion law

AUSTIN, Texas, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- Planned Parenthood is suing the state of Texas over a new abortion law the group says would close a third of abortion clinics in the state.

Texas Sen. Davis expected to announce campaign intention this week

AUSTIN, Texas, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- Even though she isn't a formal gubernatorial candidate, Democratic Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis says she's already getting smeared by the opposition.

Wendy Davis expected to announce bid for governor

HOUSTON, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis, who gained prominence for filibustering a bill restricting abortion in the state, has told supporters she will run for governor.

Texas Chief Justice Jefferson to resign

AUSTIN, Texas, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- Wallace Jefferson, chief justice of the Texas Supreme Court, will resign at the end of September, the court announced Tuesday.

Texas' Davis close to deciding which office she'll seek

WASHINGTON, Aug. 5 (UPI) -- Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis, who created a national buzz by filibustering a bill restricting abortion, says she will run for one of two offices next year.
Politics 2014: Paul-Christie dialogue signals start of 2016 season

Politics 2014: Paul-Christie dialogue signals start of 2016 season

Winter, spring, summer or fall ... it's a long way to 2016. The Paul/Christie feud means one thing: The presidential campaign is upon us.
NICOLE DEBEVEC, United Press International

Obama reverses decision to limit aid to Texas town destroyed by blast

AUSTIN, Texas, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- President Barack Obama, in an about-face, has declared as a major disaster a small Texas town devastated by a fertilizer plant explosion.

Gov. Perry signs strict new Texas abortion bill

AUSTIN, Texas, July 18 (UPI) -- Gov. Rick Perry signed Texas' strict new abortion law Thursday, saying it shows the state's "continuing commitment to protect life."
Politics 2014: Supreme Court DOMA ruling affects campaigns

Politics 2014: Supreme Court DOMA ruling affects campaigns

Now that the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, campaign finance guidelines for gay candidates and their spouses could vary from state to state.
NICOLE DEBEVEC, United Press International

Restrictive Texas abortion bill expected to be challenged in court

AUSTIN, Texas, July 13 (UPI) -- A hotly contested bill passed by the Texas Senate that contains some of the nation's most restrictive abortion rules will be challenged in court, opponents say.

Abortion bill passes Texas House; goes to Senate

AUSTIN, Texas, July 10 (UPI) -- The Texas House, with opponents shouting from the gallery, overwhelmingly passed a bill Wednesday that would place new limits on abortion.

Sen. Boxer asks OSHA, EPA, governors to prevent chemical explosions

WASHINGTON, July 9 (UPI) -- Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., after a hearing on April's Texas' fertilizer plant explosion, called on governors Tuesday to ensure safe storage of chemicals.
Rick Perry won't seek fourth term as Texas governor

Rick Perry won't seek fourth term as Texas governor

SAN ANTONIO, July 8 (UPI) -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who sought the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, announced Monday he won't seek re-election to a fourth term in 2014.

The Issue: Texas in the spotlight; other states enact abortion laws

While the eyes of the nation were on Texas' abortion debate and filibuster, laws affecting abortion access went into effect without much national hoopla.
NICOLE DEBEVEC, United Press International

Texas state Sen. Davis popular, but trails Rick Perry in gov. race

RALEIGH, N.C., July 3 (UPI) -- Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis' filibustering of a sweeping abortion bill raised her profile in the Lone Star state, a Public Policy Polling survey indicated.

Texas House panel approves abortion measure

AUSTIN, Texas, July 3 (UPI) -- A Republican-dominated House panel OKd a sweeping bill that would restrict abortions in Texas Wednesday in the second special session called to pass the bill.

Protests mark return of Texas Legislature to consider abortion bill

AUSTIN, Texas, July 1 (UPI) -- The Texas Legislature reconvened in a special session Monday to reconsider an abortion bill Senate Republicans failed to pass last week.

Texas state senator alleges discrepancy in abortion bill vote

AUSTIN, Texas, June 27 (UPI) -- Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis said a vote on an abortion bill was backdated intentionally and she thinks there will be "further investigation" into the matter.
Perry calls another special legislative session to take up abortion

Perry calls another special legislative session to take up abortion

AUSTIN, Texas, June 26 (UPI) -- Gov. Rick Perry Wednesday called a special session of the Legislature after a special session ended without passage of a bill restricting abortion in Texas.

Texas House gives final OK to restrictive abortion bill

AUSTIN, Texas, June 24 (UPI) -- The Texas House of Representatives Monday passed by a wide margin a bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks.

West, Texas, denied FEMA aid after deadly fertilizer plant explosion

WEST, Texas, June 12 (UPI) -- West, Texas, site of a fertilizer plant explosion in April that killed 15 people, will not receive Federal Emergency Management Agency funds, the agency said.
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