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Eric Gay / AP

Civil rights groups have challenged every Texas voter map since 1970, but yesterday judges ruled that the state is barred from using its current maps in the upcoming congressional midterm elections, citing racial biases against Latino and black voters, per Bloomberg.

  • The map was most recently drawn in 2011, but lawmakers didn't draw new voting districts in consideration of their new residents — 2010 census numbers showed Texas had gained 4.3 million residents, approximately 90% of whom were Hispanic or African American, according to Bloomberg.
  • Republican Texas lawmakers have maintained that their voter maps followed "legally allowed political gerrymanders designed to handicap Democrats, not minorities," Bloomberg notes.
  • What's next: San Antonio has three days to determine if and when lawmakers will redraw the congressional map districts. The court will reconfigure the map districts itself if Texas decides not to fix them.

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  2. Education: More schools are reopening in the U.S.
  3. Vaccine: J&J CEO "absolutely" confident in vaccine distribution goals Most states aren't prioritizing prisons for COVID vaccines — Vaccine hesitancy is shrinking.
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Latin America turns to China and Russia for COVID-19 vaccines

Several countries in the Americas have received their first vaccine shipments over the past few weeks — not from the regional superpower or from Western pharmaceutical giants, but from China, Russia, and in some cases India.

Why it matters: North and South America have been battered by the pandemic and recorded several of the world’s highest death tolls. Few countries other than the U.S. have the capacity to manufacture vaccines at scale, and most lack the resources to buy their way to the front of the line for imports. That’s led to a scramble for whatever supply is available.

More schools are reopening in the U.S.

Students settle into a classroom in New York City. Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

More than 72% of K-12 students are now attending schools that offer in-person or hybrid models of learning.

The big picture: The U.S. is seeing an almost-universal return of schools that were in-person as of November, as well as a gradual return in parts of the country that had been virtual for almost a year.