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Utah Gov. Spencer Cox. Photo: Chad Hurst/Getty Images for Sundance Film Festival

Utah Gov. Spencer Cox wrote to President Biden on Tuesday to offer his state's assistance in resettling Afghan refugees.

Driving the news: The Biden administration has yet to announce how many refugees the U.S. will take, but the Republican governor noted in his letter that Utah has a "long history of welcoming refugees" and the state was "eager to continue that practice and assist with the resettlement of individuals and families fleeing Afghanistan."

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  • In particular, Cox said he wanted to help "those who valiantly helped U.S. troops, diplomats, journalists, and other civilians over the past 20 years."

The big picture: As the U.S. and other Western nations stepped up efforts to evacuate hundreds of diplomats and other civilians Wednesday, the British government announced plans to resettle 20,000 Afghans in the United Kingdom.

  • The Biden administration did not immediately respond to Axios' request for comment.

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Generals contradict commander

Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley testifies on Tuesday. Photo: Patrick Semansky-Pool/Getty Images

President Biden sold his strategy for getting out of Afghanistan on uniformity of support. On Tuesday, the people in uniform contradicted him.

Driving the news: Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley and Gen. Frank McKenzie, head of U.S. Central Command, testified they recommended keeping 2,500 troops in Afghanistan to prevent the collapse of Afghan security forces.

Parkland shooting victims' families settle suit with school district

A makeshift memorial outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on Feb. 14, 2020. Photo: Matias J. Ocner/Miami Herald/Tribune News Service via Getty Images

Families and survivors of a 2018 mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Fla., reached a $25 million settlement in their lawsuit against the Broward County school district Monday, per the South Florida SunSentinel.

Why it matters: The deal was reached in the suit over the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High after the school district won a Florida Supreme Court ruling that could have capped damages at $300,000 in total without approval from the state legislature, AP notes.

Texas Republicans pass new congressional maps in their favor

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The Texas House voted 84-59 late Monday to approve new congressional district maps that reduce the number of districts with Black and Hispanic majorities, per the Texas Tribune.

Why it matters: The legislation comes after recent census figures found Texas' growing diverse population doesn't bode well for Republicans, who then worked to protect incumbents with the redrawn maps.