June 27, 2013 10:42 AM
The victory of Texas abortion-rights activists may be shortlived -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced he would reconvene lawmakers to vote again on the measure -- but it is rallying people across the country on both sides of the issue. Texas, the nation's busiest death penalty state, is set to mark a solemn moment in criminal justice with the execution of convicted killer Kimberly McCarthy. If McCarthy is put to death in Huntsville as planned, she would become the 500th person executed in Texas since the state resumed carrying out the death penalty in 1982. The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday returned a closely watched case on the affirmative action admissions policy at the University of Texas at Austin to a lower court, thereby avoiding a major ruling on the issue.