The Brief: Top Texas News for Jan. 11, 2013

The Big Conversation:

The latest churn of the rumor mill has stoked speculation about the political futures of two prominent Texans.

On Thursday, WFAA-TV's Brad Watson reported that Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has, according to an unnamed source, signaled to donors that he's running for governor in 2014.

The report cited someone "who has spoken with Republican donors." The source said Abbott had told the donors of his plans before the biennial campaign contribution blackout, which bars state officeholders from fundraising during the legislative session.

Abbott spokesman Eric Bearse denied that the attorney general had made any ...

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