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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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The birth certificate requirement under HB 25 goes further than rules from University Interscholastic League, which governs public school sports in Texas. (Getty Images/The Texas Tribune)

A bill that would restrict transgender student athletes from playing on school sports teams that align with their gender identity is heading to Gov. Greg Abbott's desk after the Texas House accepted Senate amendments to the legislation in a 76-61 vote Sunday afternoon.

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A surgery room at the Whole Woman's Health Surgical Center in San Antonio in 2013. (Jennifer Whitney/The Texas Tribune)

By Reese Oxner

A federal judge temporarily blocked Texas' near-total abortion ban Wednesday as part of a lawsuit the Biden administration launched against the state over its new law that bars abortions as early as six weeks of pregnancy.

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Gov. Greg Abbott and House Speaker Dade Phelan during a press conference at the state Capitol on June 16, 2021. (Sophie Park/The Texas Tribune)

Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday announced a third special legislative session that will begin on Sept. 20 and tackle redistricting, restrictions on transgender student athletes and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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