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In order to maintain a balance of power in the Texas Senate, Democrats are planning to recover the seat that will be vacated by Wendy Davis as she leaves it to run for governor.

State Sen. Royce West, D-Dallas, has confidence his party will be able to fill that seat or possibly one of the other five vacant Republican seats in the Texas Senate.

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Texas Matters: The United States Supreme Court is wrapping up its session and decisions continue to come down. A ruling has been made in a Texas-Oklahoma water dispute, and a decision is expended soon on a case involving the Voting Rights Act, which could have major implications in Texas. Also on this show: An inside look at Texas Monthly's Best and Worst Legislators 2013 list, and a look at how Mexico's drug war killings are effecting both sides of the border.

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At the beginning of the special session, several lawmakers representing some of the districts caught up the redistricting fight requested that the hearings be taken on the road, so that those living in these voting districts had a chance to voice their concerns directly.

House Redistricting Chairman Rep. Drew Darby, R-San Angelo, said the first of three field meetings will be in Dallas this Thursday, June 6. The next two meetings will be held on Monday, June 10 in San Antonio and Wednesday, June 12 in Houston.

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In the first segment:

A pro-gun rally was held this past Saturday outside the statehouse in Austin, complete with a faux Paul Revere, while inside a stack of firearm-related house a bills were debated and voted on.  

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The House Committee on Homeland Security and Public Safety heard from the chief investigators of the explosion at the West fertilizer plant this morning at the state capitol.

Nim Kidd, chief of the Texas Division of Emergency Management, told lawmakers that the state uses an EPA law that places the responsibility for responding to emergency at the local level.

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