Here’s what you need to know to stay informed this Wednesday:
The Supreme Court will take up the biggest case concerning abortion in almost a quarter century Wednesday, when it considers whether a Texas law regulating abortion clinics infringes on a woman’s constitutional right to obtain an abortion, the Associated Press reports. The regulations would require doctors who perform abortions to have admittance at a local hospital, and they would require clinics to meet some of the same requirements as surgical centers. The deciding vote is expected to be made by Justice Anthony Kennedy, who has previously sided with the court’s four liberal members in blocking some abortion restrictions. If he sides with the liberal members the case would reaffirm a 1992 decision that gives states the power to regulate abortion, but if he doesn’t, the court would hear the case again after a new justice is appointed.
The results from yesterday’s Super Tuesday are in. In the Texas presidential primaries U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz won his home state and Oklahoma, the American-Statesman’s Jonathan Tilove reports. The victories will help him remain relevant in the fight for the GOP presidential nomination, as front-runner Donald Trump swept the South, winning in several major Super Tuesday states. Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton won in Texas riding a wave of victories throughout the Southern states, Chuck Lindell reports. Both Trump and Clinton won seven of the 12 states up for grabs during Tuesday’s vote. Locally, Margaret Moore beat out Garry Cobb for the Travis County district attorney position, Sean Collins Walsh reports. Check out all the results from the big day here.
The main suspect in a random stabbing case in Hyde Park, a teenage girl who was turned in by her mother, lived down the street from the scene of the crime, the American-Statesman’s Katie Urbaszewski reports. 18-year-old Pearl Moen was charged with attempted murder after a search of her room, which was a few blocks away from the crime scene at 44th Street and Speedway, turned up a stained leather jacket and a journal in which she bragged about stabbing someone to death in November. Moen’s mother identified her daughter as a suspect after she realized she matched descriptions of the attacker.
Just a few weeks shy of completing a year in space with a record-setting 340 days, astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko returned to Earth Tuesday, the Associated Press reports. The two waved, gave thumbs-up and looked generally well when their Soyuz capsule landed in remote Kazakhstan after checking out of the space station three hours earlier.
Travis County’s newly elected GOP chairman has gone Kanye. Robert Morrow spent election night tweeting out a few things that “for some strange reason” earned him quite a few new Twitter followers. Among his tweets, Morrow commented on “Rick Perry’s rampaging bisexual adulteries,” and how “much of the Bush family should be in jail.” Vice chair of the Travis County GOP Matt Mackowiak told the Texas Tribune his party would explore every option in removing Morrow, and that he is “treating this as a coup and as a hostile takeover.”