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Circuit Court of Appeals, in a 2-1 vote, vacated the federal judge's ruling and described the law as a "legitimate regulation" of professional conduct that simply codified good medical care. Any restrictions it places on physicians' speech was entirely incidental, the appeals court said, since it "was intended to protect patient privacy and curtail abuses of the physician-patient relationship." Lawyers representing doctors and others had argued that the law violated healthcare providers' First Amendment rights by threatening them with heavy fines and the possibility of losing their license should they broach the subject. Many doctors said they ask about gun ownership as a normal part of screening new patients, including it on a long list of health questions about drug and alcohol use, smoking, exercise and eating habits. Critics of the law said the appeal was driven by the National Rifle Association and the gun industry to prevent regulations.
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The new poll was conducted from July 17 to 20 and included 804 registered voters. Of the respondents, 549 said they were likely to vote in the November election. In the May poll, both Walker and Burke held 46 percent among registered voters, and Walker led Burke 48 percent to 45 percent among likely voters. Both ways of looking at the results of the poll are within the margins of error, which are 3.5 percentage points for the full sample and 4.3 percentage points among likely voters, said Charles Franklin, poll director.
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U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, a Texas Democrat, said in a statement Friday that law enforcement agencies across Texas received $23.1 million in Operation Stonegarden funding in the current fiscal year. That's up from $19.4 million last year and pays for overtime and equipment that local agencies use to aid border security.
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