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Dallas District Attorney Susan Hawk had missed events and been absent for the past three weeks. Her staff said she was on a long vacation, but she later said she is being treated for depression. Courtesy Stella Chavez/KERA News hide caption

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Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry's (left) support among Republican voters nationally is neither wide nor deep. Meanwhile, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is busily ascending the GOP escalator. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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One Of The Nation's Biggest Urban Forests Isn't Where You'd Expect

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Boy Scouts To Announce End Of Ban On Gay Leaders

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Immigrants Sue Texas For Denying Birth Certificates To U.S.-Born Children

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A crowd watches after a South Carolina honor guard lowers the Confederate flag from the Statehouse grounds on July 10, 2015 in Columbia, S.C. John Moore/Getty Images hide caption

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Confederate Flag Comes Down: A Tonic For The American Soul

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Members of the clergy wait to enter the funeral service of Rev. Clementa Pinckney. Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption

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Charleston's Black Leaders Want To See Justice As Much As Forgiveness

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President Obama Delivers Eulogy At Funeral For Rev. Clementa Pinckney

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First Funerals Held For Charleston, S.C., Church Shooting Victims

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On July 9, 2013, opponents and supporters of a bill to put restrictions on abortion hold signs near a news conference outside the Texas Capitol in Austin. The bill was passed, but has been battled in the courts for two years; now, the law is set to go into effect July 1. Eric Gay/AP hide caption

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Texas Abortion Curbs Go Into Effect Soon, Unless Supreme Court Acts

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Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry Launches Second Presidential Run

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While governor of Texas, Rick Perry refused to accept federal funds to expand Medicaid. Rick Wilking/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Texas Politicians And Businesses Feud Over Medicaid Expansion

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Texas Loses Billions To Treat The Poor By Not Expanding Medicaid, Advocates Say

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New Texas Law Makes Local Fracking Bans Illegal

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