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Miguel Gutierrez Jr. for KUT News.

From Texas Standard.

As the nation waits for lawmakers to decide what to do, if anything, about DACA, a federal judge in California has decided not to wait for Congress.

Last week the judge, based in San Francisco, used a local case to issue a nationwide injunction – an order to keep the Trump administration from pulling the plug on DACA. The Department of Justice has asked the Supreme Court to intervene.

Marvel

From Texas Standard.

Next month, the legend of the Black Panther is set to explode with a new movie. But this comic book character is more than just a costumed superhero.

King T’Challa, better known as Black Panther, was originally dreamed up by Marvel Comics legendary editor-in-chief Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby in 1966 and he’s been tearing up the pages of comic books ever since.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

From Texas Standard.

Reports last year show that immigrant detention centers in Texas, including the Karnes City and Dilley centers, were operating below capacity. Illegal border crossing arrests are at a 46-year low. There is one immigration-related statistic, though, that increased over the past year. A report by the Houston Chronicle and the nonprofit investigative organization Injustice Watch found that 2017 was the deadliest year since 2009 in immigrant detention facilities nationwide. Twelve detainees died in custody last year – and some of those deaths were deemed preventable.

City of San Antonio

From Texas Standard.

Much of Texas woke up to frozen roads and windshields covered in ice this morning – a bad winter storm, to be sure. But as winter weather events go, this certainly pales in comparison to what happened 33 years ago this week in San Antonio. In 1985, a winter wonderland descended on the Alamo city with the kind of impact few Texans had ever seen before.

Shelby Knowles for The Texas Tribune

The U.S. Supreme Court announced today it won’t be hearing a challenge to the state’s political maps from the Texas Democratic Party. In a lawsuit, Democrats claimed state lawmakers drew political boundaries in 2011 in favor of Republicans.

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