John Burnett John Burnett is the Southwest Correspondent on the National Desk.
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In front of the Texas flag: Iraq vet and aspiring songwriter Buddy Lee Dobberteen. John Burnett hide caption

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Vets Write Music To Heal The Wounds Of War

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A track hoe sifts through Hurricane Ike debris in Smith Point, Texas, in 2008. In 2009, HNTB won a contract to manage disaster recovery, including the aftermath of Hurricane Ike. Pat Sullivan/AP hide caption

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Scientists Say Texas Agency Edits Out Climate Change

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In 2005, death penalty opponents protest the impending execution of condemned inmate Frances Newton in Huntsville, Texas. Newton was convicted of killing her husband and two children in their Houston apartment. She was put to death by lethal injection on Sept. 14, 2005.

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Mexican journalists march in a protest against violence directed against the media on Sept. 11, in Mexico City. Drug cartels, which have been responsible for many of the deaths, are now intimidating social media sites. Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Mexican Drug Cartels Now Menace Social Media

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Occasional flooding is part of life on the batture, between the Mississippi River and the levee. Kevin O'Mara hide caption

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At The Mississippi's Edge, Residents Cling To Land

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Jeans hang on a clothesline next to a burned down trailer home in Bastrop, Texas. A wildfire raging for nearly two weeks has blackened 50 square miles and destroyed more than 1,500 homes. Erich Schlegel /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Perry Takes Hard Line On Environmental Issues

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A helicopter returns to the lake to refill its tank for a water drop on fires on Aug. 31, 2011 near Possum Kingdom Lake, Texas. By Monday, the worst fire was in Bastrop County, just southeast of Austin, where the blaze had been burning out of control for more than a day. Ron Jenkins/AP/The Fort Worth Star-Telegram hide caption

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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney greets veterans after addressing the national conference of the Veterans of Foreign Wars on Tuesday in San Antonio. Eric Gay/AP hide caption

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Susan Edwards, manager of Austin Wildlife Rescue, holds a juvenile raccoon. The raccoon should be twice its size by now. But because of the drought, "the water sources are so poor, the mother's milk" lacked essential nutrients, Edwards said. John Burnett/NPR hide caption

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Texas Drought Takes Its Toll On Wildlife

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Austin Plagued By Record Heat Wave

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