KUT Morning Newspod January 9, 2012
Supreme Court Hears Texas Redistricting Case Monday
The U.S. Supreme Court takes up Texas redistricting this afternoon. Legal teams from Texas are gathered in Washington for oral arguments over which redistricting maps should be used for this year’s primary elections. As KERA’s Shelley Kofler reports, the impact on minority voters is at issue.
Gov. Perry Aiming for South Carolina
New Hampshire Republicans head to the polls Tuesday to select the candidate they want to run against President Obama in the fall. Texas Governor Rick Perry isn’t playing to the New Hampshire crowds. He’s already in South Carolina, as Ben Philpott reports for KUT News and the Texas Tribune.
Akins Student Fatally Shot
An Akins High School student was fatally shot during an incident in South Austin over the weekend. APD said it responded to the shooting at about 12:44 a.m. Sunday. Here’s part of the Austin Police Department’s press release:
“Witnesses stated that a family member heard suspicious noises outside and eventually three brothers went out to investigate. They were looking for a suspect they believed was attempting to break into a vehicle. One of them encountered the suspect and was shot. The victim, Mark Brandon Dominguez, was transported to the University Medical Center at Brackenridge by Austin-Travis County EMS with life threatening injuries. He later died as a result of the injuries he sustained in the shooting.”
Two juveniles were arrested after officers found them in a taxi cab nearby carrying guns. Both are charged with unlawful carrying of a weapon; one is charged with murder.
The Austin Independent School District released the following statement:
“We are deeply saddened by this tragic loss of one of our students. We extend our deepest condolences to his family. The district is providing counseling and other support to the Akins community during this difficult time.”