WASHINGTON, D.C. (KXAN) - Closing arguments in the fight over redrawing Texas' political maps will start Tuesday in Washington, D.C. At issue – whether the GOP-drawn maps violate the federal Voting Rights Act.
A panel of three judges has waded through two weeks of testimony regarding the state's new legislative and congressional maps. Texas requires pre-approval from the Justice Department, because it is a state with a history of racial discrimination.
Minority groups have sided with the Justice Department, saying lawmakers drew several districts to reduce minority voting power. The Justice Department and the state of Texas each have an hour for closing arguments, with each of the minority groups allowed 15 minutes for their own arguments.
The Washington trial has pressed on, though another federal court in San Antonio is also dealing with the maps. The U.S. Supreme Court rejected interim maps that court drew, asking the court to redraw the maps to more closely resemble the one originally drawn by the Texas Legislature.
These proceedings and the reportedly stalled talks between the state and opposition groups have put Texas' April 3 primaries in question. Adjustments in these maps could affect the balance of power in the state and nation. Texas will gain four seats in Congress.
The state's chief financial officer says a booming Texas economy has created an extra $2.5 billion in unspent revenue.
Governor Rick Perry issued a State Disaster Proclamation for the "extensive" flood damage Central Texas experienced at the end of October on Friday.
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An armed robbery in South Austin set off a search for two men with guns early Friday morning.
Two school buses and a car crashed on eastbound Parmer Lane near Ranch Road 620 on Friday morning but there were no reports of injuries.
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