The Brief: Top Texas News for June 26, 2013

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Thunderous protests and a marathon filibuster on Tuesday marked one of the most dramatic days of the Texas Legislature in recent memory.

In a stunning end to a mostly low-key legislative session, outnumbered Democrats — led by state Sen. Wendy Davis of Fort Worth — and an impassioned throng of protesters helped slow proceedings and ultimately kill a bill that would have imposed some of the nation's strictest abortion laws, including a ban on the procedure after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

Davis, a rising star in the state's Democratic Party, stood and spoke  ...

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