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Top Stories: SCOTUS To Hear Texas Voting Maps Case; How Companies Might Respond To Net Neutrality


The top local stories this evening from KERA News: 

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal by the state of Texas to preserve congressional and legislative districts -- that's after a lower court struck down the districts as racially discriminatory.

A lower-court ruling found problems with two congressional districts and statehouse districts in four counties. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton says he's eager for a chance to present the state's case before the Supreme Court.

Primary elections are scheduled for March under the existing, challenged maps. The Supreme Court probably will hear arguments in April and decide the case by late June.

Other stories the evening: 

  • At the end of last year, the Federal Communications Commission repealed net neutrality rules - in place since 2015 - that forced internet service providers to serve up all legal web content at the same speed. What will that mean for the way we use the web going forward? On Think, Krys Boyd talked with Klint Finley of Wired magazine about how companies might respond to the suspended regulations.
  • The Stewpot in Downtown Dallas is best known for providing services to clients experiencing homelessness. For decades, the organization has also run a weekly club for kids whose families may be at RISK for homelessness. Raphael Dominguez works with those kids. In this week's State of the Arts, KERA's Anne Bothwell talked with him about using art to navigate heavy topics. 
Samantha Guzman is the coordinating editor of Arts Access, a partnership between The Dallas Morning News and KERA expanding arts coverage in the Dallas-Fort Worth area through the lens of equity and access.