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The Midday Brief: July 6, 2011

Your afternoon reading: abortion sonogram court hearing begins; Perry surgery recovery going "very well"; Parker wields anti-gay letter directed against her in fundraising push

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Your afternoon reading:

  • "A federal judge today offered little indication how he will rule on a request for an injunction to stop Texas from implementing a strict sonogram law requiring doctors to provide images of a fetus and sounds of a heartbeat before performing an abortion." — Judge hears arguments on sonogram law, San Antonio Express-News
  • "The letter that anti-gay activist David Wilson sent out last month outlining what he calls Mayor Annise Parker’s 'homosexual agenda' is being used by Parker to solicit donations nationwide for her re-election campaign." — Parker uses letter directed against her to raise cash, Houston Chronicle
  • "On Thursday, Texas is scheduled to execute its seventh prisoner this year. While anti-death penalty advocates have rallied against all the executions, this particular case has also drawn protests from former judges and diplomats, the UN, and the Obama administration — not out of opposition to capital punishment, but concern for America's place in the international community." — In Texas, a Death Penalty Showdown With International Law, The Atlantic

New in The Texas Tribune:

  • "It may be a bad year for hunters: The number of wild turkeys, quail and even squirrels will be down due to one of the worst droughts in state history. One bright spot is that feral hogs, a statewide nuisance, will also decrease." — Lengthy Drought Takes Toll on Wildlife

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