• Rick Perry signs abortion legislation into law

    Texas Gov. Rick Perry signed abortion legislation into law Thursday morning.

    Perry and other Republicans spoke in support of the bill before the governor signed it. 

    “This is an important day for those who support the life and the health of women in Texas,” Perry said.

    The bill will ban abortions after 20 weeks, increase standards at abortion clinics statewide and place additional requirements on abortion-inducing drugs. Supporters of the bill claim it makes abortions safer, however opponents of the bill say it will make an abortion more difficult to obtain in Texas and will close all but five clinics in the state.

    “This was a victory for women’s health and the unborn,” Lt. Governor David Dewhurst said. 

    A crowd of protestors gathered outside and chanted ‘shame’ during the bill signing. Dewhurst briefly addressed the crowd.

    “For those who are outside chanting, and for those who don’t agree with us: We love you. We love you just as much as we love those unborn babies,” Dewhurst said. 

    Right before signing the bill, Perry told the lawmakers to go home, as soon “as you get the transportation bill on my desk.”

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  • UT campus receives more than an inch of rain

    The University of Texas campus recieved on average more than an inch of rain on Wednesday, according to three rain gauges on campus.

    Markus Hogue, program coordinator of Irrigation and Water Conservation at the University, said the campus received .73 inches of rain at the Tower, 1.32 inches of rain at the Jesse H. Jones Communication Center and 1.48 inches of rain at the Facilities Complex.

    The weather in Austin has been wet all week. On average, the campus has recieved about 1.68 inches of rain this week. Last night alone, the campus got 1.17 inches of rain.

    The chances of rain decreased after last night. There is a 20 percent chance of rain on Thursday, and a 20 percent chance of rain over the weekend.

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  • The Morning Texan: Perry to sign abortion legislation

    According to the National Weather Service, today's chance of rain is dropping slightly. There is still a 20 percent chance of rain, but that is much lower than previously.

    Later this morning at 9:30 a.m., Texas Gov. Rick Perry is expected to sign abortion legislation into law. Follow @thedailytexan on Twitter for more updates.

    Here is some morning reading: 

    Yesterday's most read story online: Three UT students have created a new start-up company to provide custom design apparel to students and local businesses. Check out The Daily Texan's feature. 

    What you have to read: Later today, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott will be finishing his campaign tour in Austin. Former Longhorn Quarterback Colt McCoy will introduce Abbott. 

    In case you missed it: Turkey is currently facing civil unrest arising from religious and political conflicts between the Turkish people and their government. Being a political, cultural and geographic bridge between the United States and the Middle East and an important American ally, Turkey’s current situation could impact its relations with America.