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Top Stories: SCOTUS OKs Most Texas Voting Districts, Democrats Target Young Voters


The top local stories this evening from KERA News:

A divided Supreme Court today is keeping Texas' voting maps largely intact. The 5-to-4 decision deals an election-year blow to Democrats by reversing earlier findings that intentional racial discrimination continues to stain several statehouse and congressional districts.

The high court did strike down one district -- State House District 90 in Fort Worth. It's held by Ramon Romero, a Democrat. Justices say the state relied too heavily on race when it increased the district's Latino population.

Theodore Rave of the University of Houston School of Law talked with David Brown, host of public radio's Texas Standard.

Other stories this evening:

  • Texas Democrats know they’ll have to work hard to get their voters to turn up in this year’s midterm elections if they want to win seats held by Republicans. One group that’s particularly hard to mobilize: younger voters. KERA’s Christopher Connelly asked around at the Texas Democratic Convention in Fort Worth to find out why it’s so hard to get young people to vote.
  • Comedy in America has come a long way from vaudeville shows and the 1950s TV sitcom. These days, all you have to do is scroll through your phone to find millions of Twitter jokes or funny YouTube videos. Today on Think, guest host Courtney Collins talked with Ken Jennings about how comedy has infiltrated even the most serious aspect of our lives.

You can listen to North Texas stories weekdays at 8:22 a.m. and 6:20 p.m. on KERA 90.1 FM.