Here are five photos of important Texas news stories that captured the nation’s attention, including a shot of the South Texas Trail Riders, pictured above outside Tynan, Texas on their annual ride to San Antonio.

Susan B. Komen for the Cure vs. Planned Parenthood
A small group of women protested outside the Susan G. Komen for the Cure headquarters in Dallas on February 7, four days after the Komen Foundation reversed course on its controversial decision to pull the plug on the grants it gives to Planned Parenthood. (AP Photo | Rex C. Curry)

Drug Scandal Rocks TCU Football Team
Supporters of Texas Christian University pray at Frog Fountain on campus on February 15, in reaction to the drug-related arrests on campus earlier that day. Authorities arrested seventeen students at TCU, including four members of the football team, as part of a six-month drug sting. (AP Photo | Star-Telegram, Ron Jenkins)

Keystone XL Protest in Paris, Texas
Eddy Radillo of Yantis, sings and holds a Texas flag and a sign opposing the TransCanada Keystone Pipeline outside of the Lamar County Courthouse in Paris on February 17. Property rights activists rallied to protest a TransCanada suit to condemn private land in northeast Texas for the Keystone pipeline right-of-way. The proposed pipeline would carry Canadian oil to refineries on the Texas Gulf coast. Paris landowner Julia Trigg Crawford filled a restraining order against the company in support of her right to protect private property. In turn, TransCanada filed for the order to be dissolved. (AP Photo | The Paris News, Sam Craft)

Cross-Border Shooting in El Paso
Police investigate the scene where a woman was grazed by a bullet in the 200 block of E. Overland in El Paso on February 21. The woman, who was shopping on the busy downtown El Paso street, became the first victim of bullets flying across the border from Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, authorities said. She was struck at the same time Juárez police were battling alleged carjackers a few hundred feet from the U.S. border. El Paso’s chief of police said reports indicate up to fifty shots were fired in that gunfight. (AP Photo | The El Paso Times, Ruben R. Ramirez)
Yu Darvish at Spring Training
Texas Rangers starting pitcher Yu Darvish signs autographs during spring training baseball February 26, in Surprise, Arizona. (AP Photo | Charlie Riedel)