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Abortion-rights opponents outside a Planned Parenthood of North Texas event in Fort Worth in February. The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that Texas can defund Planned Parenthood clinics because the organization provides abortions. David Kent/MCT/Landov hide caption

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A ship cutter helps dismantle a ship at the Bay Bridge Texas recycling yard. Michelle Lopez for NPR hide caption

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Pedestrians stand along the River Walk in San Antonio, Texas, in May. The state has gotten a reprieve from more than a year of drought. Eric Gay/AP hide caption

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Will American emerge from bankruptcy as a stand-alone airline, or will it merge with US Airways? An American spokesman says it's considering all options. Matt Rourke/AP hide caption

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James Bendele runs the Falcon Lake Tackle Shop in Zapata, Texas. Bass fishermen flock to the lake, despite the presence of a Mexican drug cartel. Wade Goodwyn hide caption

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Almost 70 years ago, Dorothy Flood was denied access to a train dining car because she was black. Now, after finally dining in a first-class car, she says she'll never ride another train again. Rachel Greiman/Jeremy Bloom's Wish of a Lifetime hide caption

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Rachel Greiman/Jeremy Bloom's Wish of a Lifetime

Republican candidates for U.S. Senate (from left) Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, former Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert and former Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz participate in a debate on April 13 in Dallas. Brad Loper/The Dallas Morning News/AP hide caption

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Protesters in San Antonio argue against efforts to cut Planned Parenthood from Texas' Women's Health Program in March. Helen L. Montoya/San Antonio Express-News hide caption

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Michael Morton and his mother, Patricia Morton, in October after a judge announced him free on bond after nearly 25 years in prison for a wrongful conviction. Courtesy of The Williamson County Sun hide caption

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American Airlines and American Eagle employees protest Monday in New York City against American's plans to cut jobs and labor costs while under bankruptcy court protection. American is seeking permission to break up union contracts and cut expenses, but the unions oppose those plans and support a potential takeover bid by US Airways. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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Texas businessman Harold Simmons stands outside a Dallas courthouse in this 1997 photo. Flor Cordero/Reuters /Landov hide caption

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