Abortion-rights advocates filled the rotunda of the state capitol in July 2013 as Texas senators debated sweeping abortion restrictions. Some of those restrictions are now under federal review. Tamir Kalifa/AP hide caption

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Dr. Lester Minto closes his clinic, Reproductive Services of Harlingen, after 35 years. Lisa Krantz/San Antonio Express-News/Zuma Press hide caption

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More than 350 towns and cities in Texas have banned new billboards, but billboards companies are still pressing for new and taller signs. John Burnett hide caption

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Opponents and supporters of a law that restricts abortion in Texas rallied outside the Texas Capitol in Austin as the bill was debated in July 2013. Eric Gay/AP hide caption

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The Hilltop Women's Reproductive Clinic in El Paso, Texas, is expected to close if a state law is upheld by a federal judge. Juan Carlos Llorca/AP hide caption

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Leon Evans, director of the community mental health system for Bexar County and San Antonio, broke through barriers that had hindered care. Jenny Gold/Kaiser Health News hide caption

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Texas gubernatorial hopeful and state Sen. Wendy Davis came to prominence when she opposed legislation restricting abortions. The bill eventually became law and is now blamed for the closure of abortion clinics across the state. LM Otero/AP hide caption

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Dr. Charu Sawhney examines patient Mang Caan. Sawhney supports the Affordable Care Act, but has been frustrated by how difficult it is to find specialists who accept some of the plans her patients bought. Carrie Feibel for NPR hide caption

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Speaking about the need for congressional action on immigration, President Obama told a crowd at the Paramount Theatre in Austin, Texas, on Thursday that he would "love it if the Republicans did stuff too." Jack Plunkett/AP hide caption

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A sign posted on a roadside fence outside a Dow Chemicals plant in Freeport, Texas. The front-runner for governor, GOP Attorney General Greg Abbott, sparked controversy recently by suggesting citizens should simply go to nearby chemical and fertilizer plants and ask what's being stored there if they are worried about hazardous materials. Pat Sullivan/AP hide caption

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Gov. Rick Perry gives a speech during the Texas GOP Convention in Fort Worth on Thursday. In his address, the longest-serving governor in the state's history focused more on the future and national issues than his political legacy at home. Rex C. Curry/AP hide caption

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Tammy Boudreaux tries a tendon-stretching drill after surgery. Boudreaux was able to get much of her operation and rehabilitation covered by the insurance plan she bought via the Affordable Care Act. Carrie Feibel hide caption

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