The Brief: Top Texas News for May 16, 2013

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A day after a budget breakthrough appeared imminent, negotiations were thrown back into limbo.

On Tuesday, lawmakers appeared to have reached an agreement on water funding, one of the last major sticking points between the House and the Senate. The progress put talk of a special session to rest.

On Wednesday, however, the possibility of legislative overtime was revived after a group of House conservatives revolted against a controversial rider in the budget that would set up a framework for Medicaid expansion in Texas, as the Tribune's Becca Aaronson reported.

The conservatives threatened to bring down ...

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