Gov. Rick Perry speaking to the Texas Republican Convention on June 5, 2014. Bob Daemmrich

The Brief: June 20, 2014

Gov. Rick Perry spent his lunch hour Thursday with a couple dozen reporters in Washington, D.C., in an attempt to turn the page on last week's controversial remarks on homosexuality and to once again stoke talk of a 2016 presidential run.

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The Dow chemical plant along the Brazos River in Freeport, Texas. Michael Stravato

Texas Among Nation's Worst Water Polluters

Texas is the second-biggest water polluter in the country, in terms of pounds released. But when the toxicity of the pollution is factored in, Texas jumps to the top of the list — and it’s not even close.

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A live surveillance camera view from a BlueServo camera BlueServo

The Brief: June 19, 2014

Texas' top leadership on Wednesday evening gave orders to boost spending at the Texas-Mexico border by $1.3 million a week through at least the end of the calendar year. 

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Graphic by Emily Albracht

The Brief: June 18, 2014

In the new University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll, the influence of the Tea Party is seen in a hardening line on immigration and views on the state's role in addressing the gender wage gap.

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Former U.S House Majority Leader Tom DeLay before opening arguments in his trial on Nov. 1, 2010. Marjorie Kamys Cotera

DeLay Back in Court Over Reversed Conviction

Former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay will return to court Wednesday as prosecutors ask the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals to reinstate convictions against him for money laundering and conspiracy.

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