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Texas Gov. Abbott makes first public appearance after suffering severe burns

FILE - In this Friday, July 8, 2016 file photo, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, right, responds to questions about the police shootings during a news conference at City Hall in Dallas.

FILE - In this Friday, July 8, 2016 file photo, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, right, responds to questions about the police shootings during a news conference at City Hall in Dallas.  (AP)

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott made his first public appearance since being hospitalized last month with severe burns.

Abbott attended the groundbreaking Monday afternoon of a nearly $900 million new harbor bridge in Corpus Christi. The project will eventually replace the aging hat-shaped bridge that's a signature landmark of the coastal city.

Abbott didn't refer to the extensive second- and third-degree burns he incurred on his lower legs and feet after being scalded July 7 while vacationing in Wyoming. His office won't say exactly how he was burned.

Abbott missed the Republican National Convention and underwent treatment at San Antonio's Brooke Army Medical Center.

He was scalded the same day a sniper killed five Dallas police officers. Abbott held a news conference the next day but didn't disclose at the time he was injured.