The Brief: Top Texas News for Feb. 27, 2013

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The U.S. Supreme Court today will hear a case with the power to dramatically reshape the future of voting rights in Texas.

The case, Shelby County v. Holder, challenges Section 5 of the federal Voting Rights Act, which requires many states — including Texas — and local governments with a history of racial discrimination to seek permission from the federal government before changing their voting laws.

Though the challenge was brought by Shelby County in Alabama, the case has stirred fierce debate in Texas, whose recent redistricting maps and voter ID law have been blocked by ...

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