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Texas Redistricting Fails DOJ & Nightly Roundup

By Staff Reports

Dallas, TX –

DOJ Rejects Texas Congressional Redistricting

The U.S. Justice Department says the Texas congressional redistricting maps do not meet federal anti-discrimination requirements. But the department's filing leaves open the door for the state to provide more information at an upcoming court hearing.

Texas gets four new House seats after the 2010 Census. But minority groups who sued say the Republican state lawmakers who drew the new election district boundaries did not accurately reflect the statewide Hispanic population boom. State attorneys dispute that.

Possible UT Exit from Big 12 Gets Nod

University of Texas regents have voted to give president Bill Powers, Jr. the authority to move the Longhorns out of the Big 12 to a new conference. Powers says the school should be able to explore its options. He says that could include "staying" in the Big 12.

Regents at Oklahoma made a similar move earlier in the day Monday. Texas A&M has already announced plans to leave the Big 12 in favor of the SEC.

Reno Crash Victim From Texas

A Texas woman is among the ten people killed in Friday's air race crash in Nevada. Officials have identified the woman as Regina Bynum of San Angelo. Three of those killed in the Reno crash have yet to be identified.

Execution Tuesday In Fort Worth Murder

A death row inmate convicted of raping and killing a Fort Worth woman is scheduled to be executed Tuesday night. 47 year old Cleve Foster has been spared twice on appeal. He is a former Army recruiter convicted of the woman's murder nearly a decade ago, and linked to a second murder in Fort Worth. His attorneys are seeking a third stay of execution.