The Brief: Top Texas News for July 1, 2013

The Big Conversation

Less than a week after an epic clash over abortion convulsed the Texas Capitol, the debate has returned.

At 2 p.m. today, the Legislature will convene for the second special session of 2013, which Gov. Rick Perry called after Democrats — led by state Sen. Wendy Davis of Fort Worth and aided by hundreds of boisterous protesters — defeated major abortion legislation last week in one of the most explosive political moments in recent state history.

Looking to capitalize on the national attention that the debate has drawn, protesters have planned dueling rallies at ...

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