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The Brief: Abbott Reveals Source of Severe Burns

While campaigning for San Antonio GOP Congressman Will Hurd, Gov. Greg Abbott revealed that the severe burns that landed him in the hospital earlier this year came from a hot shower.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott speaks during a Rotary Club of San Antonio luncheon on March 23, 2016.

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While in San Antonio campaigning for U.S. Rep. Will Hurd, R-San Antonio, on Saturday, Gov. Greg Abbott revealed that the severe burns that landed him in the hospital earlier this year came from a hot shower.

As the Tribune's Patrick Svitek reports, Abbott suffered second- and third-degree burns that required emergency treatment and skin grafts after he was accidentally scalded by hot water during a family vacation in Wyoming.

"I was in a shower with scalding water on my feet," Abbott said Saturday. "Because of my paralysis, I couldn't feel the burns that were taking place, and as a consequence, it was like having my feet in scalding water for several minutes. And it resulted in third-degree burns to my feet."

The incident, which happened in July, caused Abbott to miss the Republican National Convention along with other political events. He received treatment at at Brooke Army Medical Center and said he “has healed miraculously.” 

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Sandra Bland's Family Looks Forward from Lawsuit Settlement, by Johnathan Silver — With one major legal battle seemingly behind them, Sandra Bland's survivors and advocates are gearing up for the next phase of their quest to wrest change from the 28-year-old black woman's death. 

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Quote to Note

“We in this room know taco trucks for what they are: the very ambassadors of community, of justice, and of guacamole — truly all that makes life worth living, the very bedrocks of our democracy, and of our breakfast."

— Austin Mayor Steve Adler at the Texas Democratic Party’s annual Johnson-Jordan Dinner Saturday night.

News From Home

•    It was a banner year for The Texas Tribune at the annual Online Journalism Awards, which were held over the weekend: We swept all three categories in which we were finalists, including General Excellence.

Trib Events for the Calendar

•   A Conversation with Pete Gallego, Candidate for Congressional District 23 on Sept. 22 at The Austin Club 

•   The Texas Tribune Festival on Sept. 23-25 at the University of Texas at Austin

•   The Washington Post's Politics & Pints with Chris Cillizza: TTF Edition on Sept. 24 at Scholz Garten

•   TribFeast: A Dinner To Support Nonprofit Journalism on Sept. 24 at the University of Texas at Austin's Etter-Harbin Alumni Center

•   A Conversation with state Reps. Four Price and John Smithee on Oct. 4 at Amarillo College in Amarillo

•   The Texas Response To Zika on Oct. 18 at BCBSTX Headquarters in Richardson

•   A Conversation with state Reps. Andrew Murr and Jason Isaac on Nov. 14 at Schreiner University in Kerrville

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