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Gov. Abbott is sending state police to help combat violent crime in Dallas. A similar effort last year proved controversial.

Dallas' mayor said he welcomes the help from state law enforcement after a spate of shootings sent the city's 2020 murder tally past last year's total.

State Troopers at a protest against COVID-19-related government mandates at the Governor's Mansion on June 28, 2020, in Austin.

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