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The Playlist: Tears Over Beers

Three Texas breweries filed a lawsuit against the state for allegedly "stifling the craft beer renaissance," so we begin this week's news-inspired playlist with "Tears Over Beers" by Modern Baseball.

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The Playlist: I'm Getting Ready

Gov. Rick Perry is stepping up his game ahead of a potential presidential bid by breaking bread with donors and engaging in long policy briefing sessions, so we open our weekly news-inspired playlist with "I'm Getting Ready" by Michael Kiwanuka.

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Asbestos Audio

Dalton Smith speaks with a man he identified as Dan Beach, Kilgore College's director of special projects, in a secret recording Smith made about asbestos removal.

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Perry Stepping Up His Presidential Game

If he opts to run for president again, Gov. Rick Perry wants to ensure that his entry into the field bears little resemblance to 2011, when he jumped into the Republican presidential primaries with little preparation or forethought.

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The Playlist: One More Shot

Before transitioning to the governor's office, Greg Abbott, the outgoing attorney general, indicated that he intends to file at least one more lawsuit against the Obama administration, so our playlist starts with the Levon Helm Band's "One More Shot."

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The Playlist: The Thrill Is Gone

With enough House Republicans publicly backing Speaker Joe Straus to all but guarantee his re-election, excitement about the speaker's race is dissipating. So, this week's playlist starts with B.B. King and Tracy Chapman singing "The Thrill is Gone."

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