The Brief: Top Texas News for Jan. 26, 2012

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A new poll confirms it: In Texas, Gov. Rick Perry's approval numbers have taken a beating since his tailspin of a presidential run.

His favorability has even fallen below President Barack Obama's, according to the poll, which was commissioned by the Austin American-Statesman, The Dallas Morning News, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Houston Chronicle and the San Antonio Express-News.

The survey, conducted from Saturday to Tuesday, found that just 40 percent of Texas adults approve of Perry's performance as governor, compared with 43 percent who approve of Obama's job performance. That 40 percent ...

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