The Brief: Top Texas News for Aug. 7, 2013

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Despite Gov. Rick Perry’s decision to zero out state financing for the Travis County Public Integrity Unit, the prosecutorial team will live on. The Travis County Commissioner’s Court voted 4-1 on Tuesday to use local county funds to continue financing the unit, which prosecutes fraud and corruption across the state, for at least another year.

In June, Perry made good on his threat to line-item veto the unit's state financing in the 2014-15 budget unless Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, a Democrat, resigned from her post and allowed the governor to appoint her successor. Lehmberg ...

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