TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 8/5/13

Since Greg Abbott received a settlement following his 1984 accident, lawmakers have erected hurdles for lawsuits in personal injury cases. There is disagreement about whether Abbott could get a similar settlement now.

Remarks Sen. Wendy Davis made Monday are fueling speculation that she's going to run for governor, giving Democrats renewed hope in GOP-ruled Texas. But breaking a 20-year losing streak won't be easy.

The new water bill has raised the profile of the Texas Water Development Board, which loans money for water projects and could be a powerful player in shaping water policy in the coming decades ...

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