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Several dozen people showed up at the Capitol to protest Texas' controversial anti-abortion law on Sept. 11, 2021. (Michael Gonzalez/The Texas Tribune)

By Reese Oxner

A state district judge on Wednesday morning is hearing arguments from abortion rights groups challenging Texas' restrictive abortion law in what could be the first court hearing over the statute's constitutionality.

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Broadcasting live from Austin's ubiquitous Long Center, anchor and managing editor of "NBC Nightly News" Lester Holt made his way to host the show live from "one of America's biggest boomtowns" on Monday night.

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Children listen to a tour guide on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. (Eric Lee /The Texas Tribune)

By Reese Oxner

The U.S. Supreme Court will take up on Monday the highest-profile legal challenges to Texas' new abortion law. The Supreme Court previously declined to act on the near-total abortion ban, making next week's proceedings the first time the high court is stepping in on lawsuits seeking to stop it.

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The U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., on May 28, 2020. (REUTERS/Graeme Sloan)

By Allyson Waller

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to fast-track two Texas cases involving the state's near-total ban on abortion, but refused to halt the law from being enforced.

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