Crews work on a safe room for the new Plaza Towers Elementary school in Moore, Okla., behind crosses erected for the seven students who died in the May tornado. Sue Ogrocki/AP hide caption

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The Texas Camel Corps guides camel treks through the Big Bend region of Texas, where such animals once served American settlers in the late 1800s. Wade Goodwyn/NPR hide caption

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Texas Highway 130, a new Austin bypass toll road, is so far east of the city that it sees little traffic. The state recently raised the speed limit there to 85 mph in hopes of boosting its use. Wikipedia hide caption

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Dallas is preparing for Friday's 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's assassination, and hoping to show how much the city has changed. Tom Pennington/Getty Images hide caption

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Marta Rangel Medel vacuums the stage in preparation for the Texas Democratic Party 2012 election watch party in Austin. The state's controversial voter ID law is unexpectedly hindering women at the polls. Eric Gay/AP hide caption

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The Pecan Lodge's combination plate, a meat lover's dream. Wade Goodwyn/NPR hide caption

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A Texas delegate on the floor of the Republican National Convention in 2012. David Goldman/AP hide caption

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry addresses the opening session of the Texas Legislature in Austin earlier this year. Eric Gay/AP hide caption

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An explosion leveled a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, on Wednesday. The blast killed 14 people, injured more than 200 others and damaged or completely destroyed at least 80 homes. Charlie Riedel/AP hide caption

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Marchers at the state capitol building in Austin, Texas, in February protest working conditions in the state's construction sector. Jason Cato/Courtesy of Workers Defense Project hide caption

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Crime scene tape is seen outside the home of Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland. McLelland and his wife Cynthia were murdered at their home Saturday. Tony Gutierrez/AP hide caption

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A natural gas drilling rig just east of downtown Fort Worth, Texas. A new decade-long study finds the region's Barnett Shale formation has sufficient gas reserves to last another 25 years. David Kent/MCT/Landov/Fort Worth Star Telegram hide caption

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George P. Bush speaks during the 2011 Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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