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Sunday, March 22nd, 2015

U.S. Supreme Court to hear Confederate license plates case

A battle over whether Texas license plates can bear an image of the Confederate flag will reach the U.S. Supreme Court Monday, when the state of Texas and a Confederate heritage group argue over the extent to which First Amendment freedoms protect offensive speech or images.

Sunday, November 2nd, 2014

San Antonio gang member executed for triple slaying

Former San Antonio gang member Miguel Angel Paredes was executed Tuesday for his role in a 2002 slaying that left three people dead.

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Same-sex marriage advocates battle in court

A federal court in San Antonio will hear arguments Wednesday in a case challenging the legitimacy of Texas’ constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. It is one of several cases pending in courts statewide, a venue in which gay rights...

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

SCOTUS won’t intervene in Texas abortion case

U.S. Supreme Court justices on Tuesday rejected a request by abortion providers to intervene in their lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of new abortion regulations in Texas that took effect in November.

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

DOJ still messin‘ with Texas voter ID

The U.S. Department of Justice announced on Thursday that it will again seek to dismantle Texas’ voter ID law, this time with a lawsuit alleging the measure violates Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act. The department...

Monday, June 24th, 2013

Supreme Court sends Fisher case back to lower court

Eight months after hearing oral arguments, amid much anticipation, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday sent a prospectively landmark affirmative action case involving the University of Texas at Austin back to a lower court.

Friday, January 20th, 2012

Supreme Court nixes judge-drawn redistricting maps

The U.S. Supreme Court threw out court-drawn Texas redistricting maps on Friday morning, saying a panel of federal judges should have used the Legislature's maps as their starting point.

Saturday, December 10th, 2011

Supreme Court freezes Texas election maps

In a late Friday afternoon order, the U.S. Supreme Court blocked the use of court-drawn maps for legislative and congressional districts in Texas, telling the lawyers involved to be ready for oral arguments next month.

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

U.S. Supreme Court declines to hear Planet K case

The U.S. Supreme Court decided Monday to not hear a case brought by the owners of a Planet K store on Interstate-35. Planet K owners argued that a city ordinance prohibiting the exposure of junk vehicles violated...

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

Council again extends SOB moratorium

The San Marcos city council unanimously extended a prohibition against sexually oriented businesses (SOB) this week while the city staff and council struggle to decide how such businesses should be zoned. The extension, passed on emergency, keeps...