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10:14 am
Sat December 24, 2011

Top Morning Stories, December 24, 2011

Happy Christmas Eve! Parts of Texas are looking at an honest-to-goodness white Christmas, Virginia puts a lump of coal in Rick Perry's stocking and a Justice Department ruling could affect a law taking effect in Texas in 2012.

Snow blankets West Texas, Rain Dampens Central Texas

From El Paso eastward to San Angelo this morning, that really is snow! One to three inches of snow has blanketed the western arm of of the Lone Star State, delighting kids and frustrating travelers. Over 200 passengers were stranded at an El Paso Greyhound bus station Friday, after the heavy snow closed roads heading into New Mexico. Winter storm warnings and weather advisories cover West Texas, stretching north into the Panhandle. But Central Texas is dreaming of a wet Christmas instead, with rain forecast most of Christmas Eve ending by Christmas morning.

Perry, Gingrich Not on Virginia Ballot

When Virginia Republicans go to the polls on Super Tuesday, two prominent names will not be on the presidential nominating ballot: Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich. GOP officials in the Old Dominion say neither the Texas governor nor the former House speaker submitted the needed 10,000 petition signatures to qualify for the March 6 ballot. Texas Congressman Ron Paul and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney were certified for the Virgina primary election.

South Carolina Voter ID Law Rejected

The U.S. Justice Department rejected South Carolina's voter ID law late Friday, calling it "discriminatory." The law was passed by the South Carolina legislature and is similar to one passed by Texas lawmakers during their 2011 regular session. During an appearance at the LBJ Library earlier this month U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said the Justice Department would place voting laws, like the ID requirement, under stricter scrutiny.